Staff and Cast Announced for the Second Season of Kamisama Kiss

This year’s 19th issue of Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume magazine has announced the staff and cast for the second season of the Kamisama Kiss television anime series.

TMS Entertainment is producing, and Akitaro Daichi is directing. Junko Yamanaka is designing the characters and serving as an animation director.

The cast for the second season of Kamisama Kiss includes:

  • Shinnosuke Tachibana is Tomoe
  • Suzuko Mimori is Nanami Momozono
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto is Mizuki
  • Daisuke Kishio is Kurama
  • Hiroki Takahashi is Otohiko
  • Akira Ishida is Mikage
  • Junichi Suwabe is Kirihito/Akurao
  • Satomi Satou is Ami Nekota
  • Shuta Morishima is Isobe
  • Naoko Matsui is Onikiri
  • Chika Ookubo is Kotetsu
  • Vanilla Yamazaki is Narrator

Manga Review: “Kamisama Kiss” Volume 15

Kamisama Kiss Volume 15 is a manga by Julietta Suzuki, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2014. The series is rated “T” for teens; from what I’ve read of the series so far, I would agree with this rating.

The main character of Kamisama Kiss is Nanami Momozono. She’s a high school student who ends up becoming a kami at the land god’s shrine after the land god gives her a kiss on the forehead that gives her the power of a kami. Nanami has two familiars serving her: Tomoe the fox demon and a snake incarnation named Mizuki.

Volume 15 opens with Nanami still in the past, where an injured Tomoe (who has disguised himself as a child) stays at Yukiji’s home while Nanami. Nanami claims that Tomoe is a child from her village and that his name is Himetaro. While all this is going on, Nanami has to try not to get too involved and inadvertently change what happens to Tomoe in the past. Once Tomoe appears to be getting better, Nanami leaves. Unfortunately, just as Nanami is about to talk to the kami that placed the curse on Tomoe, she is pulled back into the present because her time ran out.

After Nanami is able to get some rest and gets encouragement from her friends, she returns to the past. When she returns, she encounters Akura-Oh. He is out in search of Tomoe, because he had heard a rumor that Tomoe had fallen in love with a human girl. Akura-Oh makes Nanami take him to the capital so he can try to find out why Tomoe would be interested in a woman from there. The time Nanami has to spend with Akura-Oh is actually rather amusing to read for the most part.

I have to give Nanami credit for the actions she takes in the past. While she wants to do what she can to save Tomoe, she’s still rational enough to realize that she can’t do anything to tamper with the past, because it would change her world in the future. But could her encounter with Akura-Oh have unintended consequences that cause changes in the futue? Hopefully Volume 16 will answer that. But by doing this storyline, it allows Suzuki to show the audience more of what happened to Tomoe in the past than what we’d seen in the flashbacks provided in previous volumes, and it allows the audience to see a lot of what happened through Nanami’s eyes. There are still some scenes that take place without Nanami around, but for the most part, she was there in some way, shape or form.

This volume also includes two “special episodes.” The first one has to do with Nanami trying to figure out what’s in a package that is given to Tomoe by Tanuko. The second has to do with Nanami’s friends convincing her to buy lingerie, and her attempts to hide it from Tomoe. Both of these stories don’t really have much of anything to do with the main storyline, but they were light-hearted and amusing to read.

At the end of Volume 15, I’m wondering how much longer Nanami will remain in the past and if she’ll succeed in talking with the fallen kami and find out how to break the curse.

After reading this volume, I have to say that if you’ve read and enjoyed the previous 14 volumes of Kamisama Kiss, then you should also enjoy reading Volume 15.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Kamisama Kiss Volume 15 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

New York Times Manga Best Seler List: June 15-21, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of June 15-21, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Volume 6 by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
2. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
3. Fairy Tail Volume 39 by Hiro Mashima
4. One Piece Volume 71 by Eiichiro Oda
5. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama
6. Kamisama Kiss Volume 15 by Julietta Suzuki
7. No. 6 Volume 7 by Atsuko Asano and Hinoki Kino
8. Say, “I Love You.” Volume 2 by Kanae Hazuki
9. Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama
10. Attack on Titan Volume 10 by Hajime Isayama

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: June 8-14, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of June 8-14, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Crimson Spell Volume 4 by Ayano Yamane
2. One Piece Volume 71 by Eiichiro Oda
3. Millennium Snow Volume 3 by Bisco Hatori
4. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
5. Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda and Yu
6. High School DxD Volume 1 by Ichiei Ishibumi and Hiroji Mishima
7. Soul Eater Volume 20 by Atsushi Ohkubo
8. Kamisama Kiss Volume 15 by Julietta Suzuki
9. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama
10. Naruto Volume 65 by Masashi Kishimoto

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: June 1-7, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of June 1-7, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Pokémon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 8 by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto
*NOTE: The New York Times page lists Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 8, but all of their “Buy” links take you to Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 11*
2. High School DxD Volume 1 by Ichiei Ishibumi and Hiroji Mishima
3. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 1 by Takaya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto
4. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
5. Soul Eater Volume 20 by Atsushi Ohkubo
6. Millennium Snow Volume 3 by Bisco Hatori
7. Pokémon Black and White Volume 16 by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto
8. Monster Musume Volume 3 by Okayado
9. One Piece Volume 71 by Eiichiro Oda
10. Kamisama Kiss Volume 15 by Julietta Suzuki

New Manga Releases: June 3, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for June 3, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liars Game GN 5
A Centaur’s Life GN 3
Dengeki Daisy GN 14
Dragon Ball Omnibus GN 5
Dragon Ball: Full Color GN 3
Girls und Panzer GN 1
Happy Marriage?! GN 6 (18+)
Hard Temptation GN (18+)
Kamisama Kiss GN 15
Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) GN 19
Knights of Sidonia GN 9
Ladies Full of Love GN (18+)
Makunouchi Deluxe GN 2 (18+)
Millennium Snow Omnibus GN 1-2
Millennium Snow GN 3
Natsume’s Book of Friends GN 16
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 21
Nurse’s Paradise GN 2 (18+)
One Piece GN 71
One Piece Omnibus GN 9
Pokémon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum GN 11
Pokémon Black and White GN 16
Private Teacher! GN 4
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign GN 1
Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan GN
Takasugi-san’s Obento GN 2
Toriko GN 22
Virgin Games GN (18+)
Voice Over! Seiyu Academy GN 5

Manga Review: “Kamisama Kiss” Volume 14

Kamisama Kiss Volume 14 is a manga by Julietta Suzuki, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2014. The series is rated “T” for teens; from what I’ve read of the series so far, I would agree with this rating.

The main character of Kamisama Kiss is Nanami Momozono. She’s a high school student who ends up becoming a kami at the land god’s shrine after the land god gives her a kiss on the forehead that gives her the power of a kami. Nanami has two familiars serving her: Tomoe the fox demon and a snake incarnation named Mizuki.

At the beginning of Volume 14, Tomoe’s condition has suddenly worsened, which causes the spells that have been maintaining the shrine to dissipate. As Nanami is at a loss as to what to do, the Land God returns and places Tomoe in a mirror.

The Land God explains to Nansmi that Tomoe has a death curse from an old deal, and will likely die in about seven days. She’s also told that Tomoe likes her and that this broke the seal on his memories of Yukiji.

At first, Nanami thinks there’s nothing she can do for Tomoe. However, after being captured by Kirihito and hearing him talk about how he’s not going to give up on his goals, Nanami finds the will to escape and a potential plan to save Tomoe.

Nanami ends up using the incense burner that turns time to go back into the past to try to find the fallen kami that placed the curse on Tomoe to try to find out how to get rid of the curse mark. However, while she’s in the past, something happens that could potentially change the present that Nanami returns to…

Volume 14 ended up being a rather intense volume, due to the severity of Tomoe’s condition and how much Nanami struggles with her emotions and how frantic she is about trying to find a way to save Tomoe. I also liked how it was through an interaction with one of her adversaries that Nanami gets the initial inspiration for the plan she ultimately has to save Tomoe.

When Nanami goes to the past, she meets the kami that will ultimately found the shrine that Mizuki came from. Nanami also finds herself in a village and being accused of being a yokai. She has an unlikely savior in Yukiji. However, there’s a surprising twist at the point where Yukiji is supposed to rescue an injured Tomoe from the river. And it’s this surprising twist that could have a drastic effect on Nanami’s present when she returns.

Thanks to that surprising twist at the end of Volume 14, I really want to Volume 15 in order to find out what happens next. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, Volume 15 isn’t scheduled to come out for about another two months. I really don’t know if I can wait that long to find out!

If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous 13 volumes of Kamisama Kiss, then I feel very confident that you’ll really enjoy reading Volume 14.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Kamisama Kiss Volume 14 that I checked out through the King County Library System.