Article first published as Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Two by Julietta Suzuki on Blogcritics.
Kamisama Kiss Volume Two is a manga by Julietta Suzuki, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2011. The series is rated “T” for teens; from what I’ve read of the series so far, I would agree with this rating.
A high school girl named Nanami Momozono becomes homeless after her father racks up big gambling debts and runs off. She encounters a strange man in the park, who offers to let her stay at his home; he gives her a kiss on the forehead before he leaves. It turns out the man was the land god, and that he has been gone from his shrine for 20 years; the kiss he gave Nanami put the god’s mark on her foreheard, making her the new god of the shrine.
Tomoe, the fox demon who serves as the land god’s familiar, refuses to acknowledge Nanami at first. However, through events that took place in the first volume, Nanami binds Tomoe into a contract with her.
Volume Two introduces a character named Kurama, a mysterious young man who has become a teen idol. He transfers into Nanami’s school and is in her class. It turns out there’s more to Kurama than meets the eye, and Kurama becomes a major focus on this volume.
This volume also introduces Raijin Narukami-hime, a kami with a shrine in the sky. She wants Tomoe to serve her, and will do whatever it takes to get Tomoe away from Nanami. As part of her plan, Raijin Narukami-hime shrinks Tomoe down to the size of a child; she says she won’t return Tomoe back to normal until he agrees to serve her. Raijin Narukami-hime also takes the mark from Nanami and takes over the shrine.
The one thing about this volume that I had a hard time believing is the fact that Kurama is such a teen idol. With the way this character is designed, he looks more like someone who would be branded as a “freak” instead of having teen girls going crazy over him. The story plays up how very little is known about him, but this aura of mystery surrounding him wouldn’t overshadow his looks.
If you’re willing to use your “willing suspension of disbelief” to overlook that, then the character of Kurama does add some interesting elements and complications to the story of Kamisama Kiss. I also have to say that the kid-size version of Tomoe looks very adorable.
By the end of Volume Two, I saw as much potential for the story as I did when I finished reading Volume One. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to read the next volume of the series to see where the story goes next.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Kamisama Kiss Volume Two that my older daughter checked out through the King County Library System.