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.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: February 23-March 1, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of February 23-March 1, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
2. Attack on Titan Volume 11 by Hajime Isayama
3. Deadman Wonderland Volume 1 by Jinsei Katoka and Kazuma Kondou
4. Naruto Volume 64 by Masashi Kishimoto
5. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama
6. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 1 by Naoshi Komi
7. Kamisama Kiss Volume 14 by Julietta Suzuki
8. Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama
9. Blood Lad Volume 4 by Yuuki Kodama
10. Black Butler Volume 16 by Yana Toboso

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: February 16-22, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of February 16-22, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Blood Lad Volume 4 by Yuuki Kodama
2. Bleach Volume 59 by Tite Kubo
3. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
4. Attack on Titan Volume 11 by Hajime Isayama
5. Judge Volume 3 by Yoshiki Tonogai
6. Naruto Volume 64 by Masashi Kishimoto
7. No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! Volume 2 by Nico Tanigawa
8. Kamisama Kiss Volume 14 by Julietta Suzuki
9. Toradora! Volume 6 by Yuyuko Takemiya
10. Monster Musume Volume 1 by Okayado

New Anime Releases: February 25, 2014

Here are the new anime releases for February 25, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Appleseed XIII: Tartaros & Ouranos [DVD]
Appleseed XIII: Tartaros & Ouranos [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Blast of Tempest Complete 2nd Season [DVD]
Dallos Complete OVA Series [DVD]
Di Gi Charat Winter Garden [DVD]
Girls und Panzer OVA Specials [DVD]
Girls und Panzer OVA Specials [Blu-ray]
Ghost in the Shell: Arise Vol. 2 [Blu-ray import]
K Complete Collection [DVD]
K Complete Collection [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Kamisama Kiss Complete Collection (Goddess Edition Box Set) [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Lily C.A.T. [DVD]
Love, Election & Chocolate Complete [DVD]
Love, Election & Chocolate Complete [Blu-ray]
Mighty Space Miners [DVD]
Star Blazers 2199 Volume 1 [DVD]
Star Blazers 2199 Volume 1 [Blu-ray]

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: February 9-15, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of February 9-15, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Bleach Volume 59 by Title Kubo
2. Naruto Volume 64 by Masashi Kishimoto
3. Toradora! Volume 6 by Yuyuko Takemiya
4. Attack on Titan Volume 11 by Hajime Isayama
5. Black Butler Volume 16 by Yana Toboso
6. Soul Eater Volume 18 by Atsushi Ohkubo
7. Durarara!! Saika Arc Volume 3 by Ryohgo Narita and Akiyo Satorigi
8. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
9. Kamisama Kiss Volume 14 by Julietta Suzuki
10. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: February 2-8, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of February 2-8, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Bleach Volume 59 by Tite Kubo
2. Soul Eater Volume 18 by Atsushi Ohkubo
3. Attack on Titan Volume 11 by Hajime Isayama
4. Durarara!! Saika Arc 3 by Ryohgo Narita and Akiyo Satorigi
5. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
6. Naruto Volume 64 by Masashi Kishimoto
7. Black Butler Volume 16 by Yana Toboso
8. Dragonar Academy Volume 1 by Shiki Mizuchi and Ran
9. Kamisama Kiss Volume 14 by Julietta Suzuki
10. Attack on Titan Volume 10 by Hajime Isayama

New Anime Releases: February 11, 2014

Here are the new anime releases for February 11, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Kamisama Kiss: The Complete Series [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
MM! Complete Collection [DVD]
MM! Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Strike Witches: The Complete First Season S.A.V.E. Edition [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Strike Witches: The Complete Second Season S.A.V.E. Edition [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]

New Manga Releases: February 4, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for February 4, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Air Gear GN 30
Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game GN 4
Blade of the Immortal GN 28
Bleach GN 59
A Centaur’s Life GN 2
A Devil and Her Love Song GN 13
Dragon Ball Full Color Edition GN 1
Dragonar Academy GN 1
Happy Marriage?! GN 4
High School Debut Omnibus GN 1
Kamisama Kiss GN 14
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 19
One Piece Omnibus GN 8
Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum GN 10
Pokémon Black and White GN 14
Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura GN 12
Toradora! GN 6
Toriko GN 20
Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy GN 3

English Dub Trailer Posted for Kamisama Kiss

FUNimation has posted an English dub trailer for the Kamisama Kiss television anime series to promote the company’s “Goddess Edition” box set release that’s coming out in February 2014.

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

English Dub Cast for Kamisama Kiss

FUNimation has announced the English dub cast for the Kamisama Kiss television anime series:

  • Tia Ballard is Nanami Momozono and YUkiji
  • J. Michael Tatum is Tomoe
  • Sean O’Connor is Kurama
  • Micah Solusod is Mizuki
  • Joel McDonald is Mikage
  • Ian Sinclair is Otohiko
  • Luci Christian is Narrator
  • Jad Saxton is Onikiri
  • Josh Grelle is Kotetsu
  • Monica Rial is Himemiko
  • Chris Burnett is Kotaro
  • Lydia Mackay is Narukami
  • Robert McCollum is Dragon King
  • Anastasia Munoz is Kamehime
  • Michelle Rojas is Megumi
  • Apphia Yu is Chie
  • Alexis Tipton is Ami
  • Brandon Potter is Akura-Oh

Jerry Jewell is directing the dub, and Kyle Phillips is the ADR Director.

It’s also been announced that FUNimation will doing a premium edition release in addition to the regular release. The “Goddess Edition Premium Box Set” will include:

  • Nanami’s ornamental hair stick
  • A Tomoe omamori lucky amulet
  • A folding fan
  • A tote bag
  • Seven postcards
  • All 13 episodes in a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack
  • Video and audio episode commentary
  • Trailers, textless opening, and closing songs

The premium edition will retail for US$129.98, and will only be available in a limited quantity that will not be reprinted. The standard Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack will retail for US$54.98.