Friday, January 19, 2018

Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss, Volume 25, by Julietta Suzuki

Limited Edition
Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: October 2017
Volumes: 25.
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 24.

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Nanami inherits a shrine, it comes with divine powers and a hot fox spirit!

Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she's just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwittingly taken over his job as a local deity!

This limited edition includes the dramatic conclusion of Kamisama Kiss in a volume with new cover art as well as an exclusive art book with 16 pages of color illustrations, a character chart, bonus epilogue chapter , pencils for the final chapter and an interview with the author.
Regular Edition cover

Nanami is almost at graduation, and it's drawing close to time for them to become fully human. She's finishing up some things, and we get to see some old friends again. Ami and Kurama have had a flirtation going for a while, but haven't done anything about it, and it's very obvious Kurama is trying to avoid it. It's nice to see this at least be hinted at a conclusion for them, because I do actually quite like them as a couple.
We also get a concluding wedding. Nanami tries not to push it on Tomoe, because she doesn't think he wants it, but it ends up being super cute. While I don't normally care for wedding endings, I think it fits for this series, and that it is done really well here. Given that Tomoe is giving up being a yokai for Nanami, I don't think marriage is too far out of reality for them.
While the romance is in a nice place, it's still a sad ending, because they have to say goodbye to everyone. I won't spoil the ending, but I really liked how it ended, it was sweet. I got the limited edition one, so the extra story and artbook were very pretty.
This was a really fun series, and I am really happy with the ending. I hope that more of her stuff gets picked up over here.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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