Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss V 2 by Julietta Suzuki @shojobeat


May Contain Spoilers

When Nanami learns that super-idol Kurama will be attending her old high school, she decides to put her reservations about facing her classmates aside and start attending classes again. Who wouldn’t want a chance to breathe the same air as Kurama? Rumored to be a fallen angel with black wings, Nanami can’t get to class fast enough. Tomoe isn’t convinced that it’s a good idea.

Tomoe, afraid that a yokai will attempt to devour her because the mark of the tochigami on her forehead, refuses to allow her to go. That goes over about as well as you’d expect, and Tomoe agrees to let her go – on one condition. That condition is a ridiculous cat-ear  hat that covers her forehead.

Kurama turns out to be jerk, Tomoe needs to intervene, and you have a light-hearted story arc with a weird, sorta hot guy who probably has really bad intentions towards the clueless tochigami. Kurama’s true nature is revealed, Tomoe works a little magic on him, and Nanami has to step in before Kurama ends up in a stew pot.

Then Raijin Narukami-hime, a powerful spirit, decides that a high school student doesn’t deserve Tomoe or the Mikage shrine. She whacks Tomoe with a magical mallet transforming him into a helpless chibi-Tomoe, steals Nanami’s mark of Mikage, and takes over the shrine. Oh dear! It doesn’t look like things can get any worse! Homeless yet again, through no fault of her own, Nanami becomes desperate when Tomoe collapses and falls ill with a high fever. With no one else to turn to, she begs Kurama for help.

I enjoyed this longer story arc. I love Julietta Suzuki’s art. The delicate inking, steady stream of emotions, and occasional bursts of action are simply delightful. I’m glad I picked this series up, and even happier that the library has all of the volumes available to borrow digitally. This series looks fantastic on my Kindle Fire.

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Nanami doesn’t want to miss out on the fun when a hot teen idol joins the student body. Tomoe reluctantly agrees to let her go, as long as she conceals her divine mark. After all, what could possibly go wrong at high school…?