Kamisama Kiss is an anime that is uplifting and joyful to watch. The characters make you smile and the conflicts, although surrounded by light-hearted banter manage to have major consequences within the world. A romantic comedy on the surface, Kamisama Kiss also has elementsof a coming of age story as well as a wonderful, slightly supernatural, slice-of-life anime. Kamisama Kiss is from the director of Fruits Basket, this was a great choice as the two are similar in their style and storytelling. The choice for director created a wonderful world for this anime.
Nanami is an ordinary high school student, albeit a little down on her luck. One day she finds herself without a home and no money. She ‘saves’ a man from a dog and they begin talking. This man offers to let Nanami stay at his home and gives her a little kiss on the forehead. Little does Nanami know that this kiss just changed her life. She is now a Land God. What does a Land God do, you may ask. Well, Nanami must find out as well with the help of the shrine spirits and a bad tempered fox-spirit named Tomoe. Oh, and what about the romance? Well Nanami ends up being surrounded by multiple beautiful, although strange and unique, boys looking for her attention. And did I mention that she seals contracts with a kiss?
While reflecting on Kamisama Kiss I find it very hard to complain about anything. The series keeps the characters close, with just enough side characters to create a realistic world. Each character, even the minor ones, never seem superfluous. You are able to place yourself in Nanami’s world easily which helps you to lose yourself in the anime while watching it. Our main character appears at first to be a girl who is not particularly extraordinary but is thrust into an extraordinary world. This is a perfect set up for comedy. And throw in, good looking boys vying for her hand or confusing poor Nanami’s teenage emotions through comments and gestures, and you have a romantic comedy. A beautifully timed and silly romantic comedy at that.
Kamisama Kiss is not just that. In the middle of all of this romance and hilarity, Nanami is trying to become a great Land God. She is learning about herself and growing as a person. Some of this happens because she is trying to make it happen and other times she is placed in situations where she has no choice. One of Nanami’s greatest assets is her ability to care for others and determination thus invoking a caring and devotion in them. She is able to use this to overcome, admittedly with help from others, challenges that come her way. It is hard to believe the series is only twelve episodes long as there is so much great material.
Kamisama Kiss is available in two editions from FUNimation. Both editions contain the Blu-ray and DVD discs of the series. I suggest you go to funimation.com and watch an episode to see whether you are going to like it or love it! This will help you to determine which edition would be the best fit for you; the combo edition or the Goddess edition. The extras on both the editions are textless songs, commentaries on episodes and trailers of other FUNimation releases. The differences come in with the swag that comes with the Goddess edition. The Blu-ray and DVD’s are placed in different cases and then within a beautifully decorated box. Also included in the Goddess edition set are seven postcards, a gorgeous hair pin worn by Nanami, a fan, a tote bag, and a lucky Tomoe amulet. So, if like me, you fall in love with Kamisama Kiss within one episode you may want to check out the Goddess edition but don’t worry no matter which edition you go with, you will be happy.