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review 2015-04-02 15:10
Shh. Be Very Quiet. I Think I Can Hear the Winds of Change
Kamisama Kiss, Vol. 01 - Julietta Suzuki,Tomo Kimura

Spring is here and I have officially run out of excuses for not cleaning.  I have gained all of my original weight back, and that means that I have entered DEFCON 3 and I now have to keep the sugar away through any means necessary.   Since I can't go to the gym three days out of the week (two days because I donate plasma for that sweet, sweet book money) I will need to turn days that I get milked for my blood water into cleaning days. 


Just... I can't possibly get those scorch marks out of the carpet where that cast iron got dropped from that fire.   Rugs?  Gah.


I got my record player set up in the bedroom, and listening to records while writing in bed is actually a pretty great joy.  Listening to that "Encounter with Monolith" song from 2001: A Space Odyssey on vinyl is an atmospheric, haunting experience.


I will have to start cleaning soon, but before I go about doing just that -


Kamisama Kiss, Vol. 1


Filled with a lot of that Shojo googly-eyed softened close-ups of character's faces as they come to realizations about other people's feelings, most of this is pretty uninteresting and has been done previously already,  HOWEVER - the manga managed to surprise me about, oh, four times or so, with a few laughs to be had, surprisingly enough.   You look at the cover, you know where this story is going to go.  The protagonist is all knees and elbows, literally and figuratively knocking into everything like a seven year old, the guy is all aloof towards her and has adorable fox ears.  The story is all Fruits Basket with its homeless pretty girl with no family and all of these mystical male characters telling her that she's actually super pretty *gasp* and super special somehow. 


HOWEVER - this story is apparently contingent on the protagonist becoming powerful as she learns her own powers and grows to Believe in Herself(tm) and I have a soft spot for this type of trope.   Also, I like how in spite of her weakness, she has some real balls and doesn't back down when she gets her mind to it.  


I will give this manga one more volume to prove its worth to me, for I do have a sometimes longing for Shojo as long as its lower on the trashy spectrum. 


Goddamn shojo,


Intense close-ups of the girl characters with their hair fluttering in the wind and a "I just saw a man naked for the first time" look on their faces for a good 1/5 of the manga - laziness, lack of artist ability or ART?  You decide!

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review 2013-12-07 22:31
Kamisama Kiss (vol. 1) by Julietta Suzuki
Kamisama Kiss, Vol. 01 - Julietta Suzuki,Tomo Kimura

This volume was okay, but there was a slavery element to it that made it a bit discomfiting to read, especially since I'm assuming Nanami and Tomoe are going to fall in love at some point. It reminds me a little of the relationship between Inuyasha and Kagome in Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha series. I'm not entirely sure why Kamisama Kiss rubs me the wrong way when Inuyasha didn't.

At this point, there's very little indication that Tomoe likes Nanami. I'm not particularly enamored of Nanami yet, myself. I plan to continue this series, just to see if it gets better, but so far it hasn't really grabbed me.


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2013-08-11 00:00
Kamisama Kiss, Vol. 01 - Julietta Suzuki,Tomo Kimura *Manga Series This Reminds Me Of*
+ Inuyasha (Japanese Myths, Japanese Society and Religion, youki-complete with ears in humanesque form)
+ Fruits Basket (Main female character, some school stuff, basic Shojo aspects)


I really didn't expect to like this book; I'm not a fan of much Shojo manga and the cover did nto fill me with much confidence. Instead, I found a story that was engaging, hilarious, and...yes, I want to see what comes in the series.

Nanami Momozono doesn't have a great life, her father has bill collectors after him while he gambles away what little money he has, she is teased at school, and now her father has run away and she is evicted from her home. Having nowhere to go, when a strange man gives her a place to stay and kisses her forehead, she's takes it. I like Nanami, she's rather like a more outspoken, more real Tohru (Fruits Basket manga) in someways.

She discovers, however, that the kiss Mikage gave her made her the Tochigami(deity) of Mikage's shrine complete with a youki(demon) guardian. Tomoe, a fox demon, takes a dislike of Nanami and it takes most of the book for them to work together, because of a kiss Nanami bestows on him. This binds him to be her guardian. I predict a rough relationship ahead. Mikage's kiss gave her kami(deity) powers and these in a human act as a siren call to all supernatural beings, most who wish her harm. Tomoe has his work cut out for him.

The volumes ends with our meeting the ruler in charge of a local swamp under the shrine's protection, Himemiko - an incarnation of a catfish - who has a request of the new Tochigami. She has fallen in love with a young human and wishes the kami's blessing and aid. The beginning of that realization is quite cute.

An intriguing series, I want to see where it goes. Do make use of the glossary in the back though.
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review 2012-11-14 00:00
Kamisama Kiss, Vol. 01 - Julietta Suzuki,Tomo Kimura

I am a sucker for 'I love you/I hate you' relationships in books, especially if there is a good reason and if there is chemistry between the 2 main characters. And that is what I found in 'Kamisama Kiss'. Again there is a master/servant relationship, something I have read a couple of times, but that so far, it is not bothersome.

Nanami, as the new Land God in this Shrine, has Tomoe, a fox yokai, as her servant. Usually I am not a fan of 'ears' (like in "Loveless") but it suits Tomoe. Both of them are amusing together. Both are sarcastic and stubborn. The elements of fantasy are interesting: the other two loyal servants, Onikiri and Kotetsu have funny looks, and the rest of the characters that we meet in this volume, such as The Princess of the Swamp, her servant and the rest who were in the other world.

So far it attracts my attention, so I'll continue reading this manga.

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review 2011-02-06 00:00
Kamisama Kiss, Vol. 01 - Julietta Suzuki,Tomo Kimura Nanami's deadbeat dad runs away the same day loan sharks evict them from the family home. A deadbeat local god who's trying to work up the courage to go home gives Nanami his godly powers and sends her to his shrine. Tomoe, the god's fox spirit servant, isn't thrilled by this replacement but has a soft heart underneath his gruff exterior, is bound unwillingly by a kiss to Nanami's service, etc. etc. etc. I find Nanami and Tomoe so much less appealing than the major characters in Julietta Suzuki's other available series, [b:Karakuri Odette|6419520|Karakuri Odette Volume 1|Julietta Suzuki|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51zYCVOxNXL._SL75_.jpg|6608668]; I think Suzuki's trying for a similar sense of fun and wonder, but Nanami and Tomoe's bickering and the semi-acknowledged consent issues take a lot of the fluffy fun out of it.

I do love the mononoke, though, especially the pop-eyed catfish princess, so I may continue checking it out for the folklore and the art.
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