Friday, August 31, 2012

Kamisama Kiss: Volume 9

by Julietta Suzuki, 192 pages

Nanami and Tomoe stumble upon a young tengu in search of a long-lost kinsman.  The aging leader of his clan has fallen ill and the resulting power vacuum threatens to destroy their mountain home.  The little one is sure that if he can find his missing idol,  conflict and tragedy can be avoided.  Finding the human-world-acclimated heir is the easy part.  His beautiful face is plastered on billboards all over the city, after all.  But convincing him to take up the responsibility-laden life he left behind proves more complicated.

Kurama reluctantly takes center stage for something unrelated to his stardom.  The source of his troubles is a most unpleasant tengu name Jiro, whose cold, cruel nature and history of pragmatic violence has earned him the fear, but not the love, of his fellows.  It's good to see Kurama address his earlier-hinted-at origins here and I look forward to seeing him outshine his rival--with, of course, help from a few friends.  I'm also curious as to how Jiro's scheming hanger-on, Yatori, connects with the confused Kirihito.  There are so many shades of "badness" to the villains of this series.  I have a feeling there's going to a lot of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" philosophizing before these messes get cleared up.

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