FUNimation Announces More Simulcasts for Winter 2015

FUNimation Entertainment has announced more anime series that the company will be simulcasting on its website for the Winter 2015 season:

  • Shonen Hollywood – Holly Stage for 50 -: The first episode will be available on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. ET, with subsequent episodes every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET.
  • Kamisama Kiss – Season 2: The first episode will be available on Friday, January 5, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. ET, with subsequent episodes every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. ET.
  • Tokyo Ghoul A: The first episode will be available on Monday, January 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. ET, with subsequent episodes every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Manga Review: “Kamisama Kiss” Volume 16

Kamisama Kiss Volume 16 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 16 continues Nanami’s adventure in the past as she attempts to find a way to remove the curse that is afflicting Tomoe in the present. Nanami returns to where Yukiji is, and learns that Yukiji will be marrying a feudal lord.

Meanwhile, Tomoe meets up with Akura-Oh, who has heard about Yukiji getting married and wants to see her. He wants to have someone drag the bride from her marriage procession and be brought to him. After a yokai tries to take Yukiji before the wedding, Nanami volunteers to be Yukiji’s double and go in her place in the procession. As part of the deal, she wants Yukiji’s family to try and find Kuromaro, the fallen kami. As soon as I read that Nanami wanted to serve as Yukiji’s double, I had a bad feeling that things were not going to go as Nanami expected.

Akura-Oh sends Kirakaburi to attack the palanquin carrying Yukiji. Privately, Tomoe decides that he’ll be the one to kill Yukiji first to make up for not being able to kill her earlier. When Kirakaburi attacks, Nanami fights back; unfortunately, Kirakaburi attacks her with a dart dipped in a paralytic. But as hope seems lost, Tomoe suddenly appears and takes down Kirakaburi.

What happens next is rather interesting, since we get to see Nanami interaction with the Tomoe of 500 years ago; but Tomoe thinks he’s interacting with Yukiji, and Nanami doesn’t correct him. Even though Tomoe had intended to kill her, he doesn’t do it. At first, Tomoe treats her like a pet or like a piece of property, but as he spends more time with her, his attitude changes; in fact, Nanami has to keep him from kissing her so he doesn’t become her familiar in the past. Not only was this section interesting, it was also kind of cute. I can just imagine the willpower it had to take for Nanami not to admit her feelings to the Tomoe she encountered in the past; yes, he was different than what she’s familiar with, but it’s still Tomoe in front of her. But being able to interact with him in the past like this should help giving Nanami a better understanding of why Tomoe is the way he is in the present.

Unfortunately, at the end of the volume, it appears that Nanami fails in her attempt to lift the curse from Tomoe. I found myself feeling bad for Nanami, because she’d gone through so much while she was in the past and ultimately has nothing to show for it. Also, she may have inadvertently changed things in the past. Even though Tomoe thought she was Yukiji, having this misunderstanding ultimately still changes the essence of what had happened in the past. I hope that in whatever volume Nanami returns to the present in, we see what may have changed due to her going back to the past and doing some of the things that she did.

Volume 16 also includes a special episode, where Nanami returns late to the shrine because she stops to buy takoyaki to take home to everyone. This is a nice light-hearted story that helps to blunt some of the reader’s disappointment over the fact that Nanami appears to have failed in her quest in the past. With so much emphasis being placed on Nanami in the past over the past couple of volumes, we haven’t gotten to see characters like Mizuki, Onikiri, and Kotetsu; at least this special episode lets us see them, even if it’s only for a brief time.

I enjoyed reading this volume so much that I didn’t want to put it down. I’ve been reading the Kamisama Kiss series for about two years now, and I enjoy it just as much now as I did when I first started reading it. I’m looking forward to when Volume 17 is released so I can find out what’s going to happen to Nanami next.

After reading this volume, I have to say that if you’ve read and enjoyed the previous 15 volumes of Kamisama Kiss, then you should also enjoy reading Volume 16.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Kamisama Kiss Volume 16 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

More Cast Members Announced for the Second Season of Kamisama Kiss

This year’s 23rd issue of Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume is announcing that the following cast members have been added for the second season of the Kamisama Kiss television anime series:

  • Wataru Hatono is Jiro
  • Akira Kamiya is Sojobo
  • Hiro Shimono is Yatori
  • Daisuke Hirakawa is Suiro
  • Ayaka Saito os Botanmaru

The magazine is also announcing that the second season of Kamisama Kiss is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in January 2015.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: October 12-18, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of October 12-18, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Vampire Knight Volume 19 by Matsuri Hino
2. Naruto Volume 67 by Masashi Kishimoto
3. Fairy Tail Volume 42 by Hiro Mashima
4. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
5. Kamisama Kiss Volume 16 by Julietta Suzuki
6. Food Wars! Volume 2 by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki
7. Happy Marriage?! Volume 8 by Maki Enjoji
8. Maximum Ride Volume 8 by by James Patterson and NaRae Lee
9. Unofficial Hatsune Mix by KEI
10. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama

Promo for the Forthcoming Second Season of Kamisama Kiss

A new promo video is now available for streaming to hype the forthcoming second season of the Kamisama Kiss television anime series.

I am embedding the video below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

New Manga Releases: October 7, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for October 7, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Apple and Honey GN (18+)
Food Wars! GN 2
Happy Marriage?! GN 8 (18+)
Honey Blood GN 1
Kamisama Kiss GN 16
Knights of Sidonia GN 11
Manga Dogs GN 1
Missions of Love GN 9
My Love Story!! GN 2
Naruto GN 67
Natsume’s Book of Friends GN 17
A New Season of Young Leaves GN (18+)
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 23
One Piece Omnibus GN 10
Oresama Teacher GN 17
Pokémon Adventures: Platinum GN Box Set
Pokémon Black and White GN 18
Strike Witches: 1937 Fuso Sea Incident GN 2
Toriko GN 24
Twittering Birds Never Fly GN (18+)
Vampire Knight GN 19
Vampire Knight GN 19 Limited Edition
Vinland Saga GN 5
Voice Over! Seiyu Academy GN 7
World Trigger GN 1
World Trigger GN 2
ZE GN 9

Cast Announcement for the Second Season of Kamisama Kiss

A cast announcement has been made for the forthcoming second season of the Kamisama Kiss television anime series:

  • 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
  • Showtaro Morikubo is Okuni-nushi
  • Hinata Kusunoki is Mamoru (young monkey form)
  • Daiki Yamashita is Mamoru (child form)