The Kamisama Kiss or Kamisama Hajimemashita in Japanese is a romantic anime television series based on the manga of the same title. It was first published on February 20, 2008 and run until May 20, 2016.
The story follows a high schooler named Nanami Momozono, who had lost everything. One day, she encountered a man being harassed by a dog and in return for helping him, the man offers his home in gratitude. After learning that the man’s house was indeed a shrine, Nanami tried to escape only to be caught by two shrine spirits and a fox named Tomoe. The spirits mistook Nanami for being the land god of the shrine Mikage. Realizing that they have mistaken, the spirits and Tomoe leaves shortly.
Realizing that she has nowhere to go, Nanami immerses herself into the divine duties. She takes care of the fox until ending up in trouble and sealing a contract with him. The journey will start here as the two traverse the path of godhood. New threats will arise because a youkai wants to devour Nanami and a snake wants to marry her. The story touches into Nanami’s developing feelings for the fox.
The manga was written and illustrated by Julietta Suzuki. After half a decade of publishing, the manga was picked up by television channels to create an anime TV series adaptation.
Kamisama Kiss Season 1
The Season 1 of the Kamisama Kiss was aired on October 2, 2012, and became a hit for fans and new viewers. The season one introduces the main characters of the manga, from the homeless high school girl Nanami to the hot-headed fox and other minor characters.
Nanami’s background was disclosed in season one. She was born to a father who is reckless and irresponsible. She had a sad and difficult childhood and grows into hardships. During her high school years, Nanami’s father messes up terribly and ends up putting the family in debt. With no money and income, she was kicked out to the place she was staying.
In her journey to being homeless, she wondered for a while and make the park her home. This time, she met a man who’s hanging from a tree because a dog is chasing him. Because Nanami has always been kindhearted, she helped the man to come down and chases the dog away from him.
Later that day, Nanami and the man talked for a while until she finally narrates her story of why she is homeless. The man named Mikage was moved by her story and offered his home as a token of gratitude. This is when the story becomes exciting as Nanami discovers that Mikage’s house was not an ordinary house but a shrine.
Nanami walks into the two keepers of the shrine which are Onikiri and Kotetsu. Upon finding out that Mikage’s home, she tried to get out but did not succeed, as the two intercepted the way. Later that day, Nanami learns more about the history of the shrine and meet the fox or Mikage’s familiar, Tomoe. She also found out that when she saved Mikage, all his powers and responsibilities as an Earth deity was transferred to her.
And the journey awaits for the new Earth deity as she gets used to the role and started working hard to be a worthy deity. During this season, the love interest of Nanami for Tomoe was highlighted, especially in the times when he protects her from the villains like the snake and the youkai. Tomoe’s true feelings will be shown in this season, however, he continues to hide it from Nanami as a relationship between a familiar and its protector is considered a taboo.
Kamisama Kiss Season 2
During this season, more villains will try to harm Nanami. Tomoe, being her protector, fights with the spirits and bad people who will cause harm to the Earth deity. This season will also show more about Nanami’s training for being worthy for the position. Aside from the traditional dance, scripture writing, and other duties, she also needs to undergo tests to see whether she can attend the divine assembly in Izumo.
The test was given by Otohiko or the wind god, who’s characterized by dressing up as a woman rather than a man. He has feelings for Ookuninushi, which is the God of wealth. Otohiko will give unfair tests to Nanami and see whether she’s ready for the assembly. This time, Nanami will prove her worth by passing all the tests with the help of Tomoe by her side.
One of the tests that were given to Nanami is hatching a shikigami. After waiting for long, the egg finally hatched into a Mamarou, a tiny monkey with brown fur and a red apron. The Mamarou changes into a human form and becomes a small child that clings to Nanami. In this season, more rivalry between Tomoe and the Mamarou are shown. Tomoe loves bullying Mamarou due to its size and usefulness. Mamarou also scratches Tomoe when he is annoyed with him and does everything he can do to make Tomoe irritated.
One touching moment that Nanami felt was the time when she was stuck in a library and encountered a gigantic spider. Tomoe immediately saved Nanami from harm. The two had been fighting about Nanami going to Izumo because Tomoe doesn’t want her to go anywhere and just stay at the shrine. Since Nanami want to prove her worth, she tries to learn all the things a deity does.
It is also in season two when Nanami encounters Kirihito-sama, a powerful demon in an immortal body, only considering Tomoe as his equal. When Tomoe left him, he succumbed to the gods and lost his body on the process. After being locked up, Kirihito-sama returned as Akura-ou in a boy’s body, in a constant search for his lost body.
The season two was put to an end when Tomoe and Nanami finally reached graduation and wedding day. Tomoe finally let go of his fears and doubts, finally realizing his love for Nanami. In the final scene, Tomoe has finally confessed his love for Nanami and reached out to kiss her. Nanami kissed him back under the full moon that night.
Kamisama Kiss Season 3
Up until today, there are still no news or updates about the Kamisama Kiss season 3. However, fans are making speculations that season 3 will come out in 2020 or 2021. Millions of fans are still waiting for the new release but there’s still no announcement made by the producers of the anime.
The only thing sure about Kamisama Kiss season 3 is that it will focus more on the husband and wife life of Nanami and Tomoe, and their complicated relationship. As more villains will try to attack Nanami, Tomoe as her husband will protect her even more now that she’s not only his familiar but his better half.
For two seasons, the Kamisama Kiss has been a success. These anime series has acquired millions of fans not just in Japan but also the rest of the world. In light with this, TMS Entertainment is yet to announce any development regarding the anime. However, there’s news circulating that Kamisama Kiss will be back in 2020.