[This review is for the second season of Kamisama Kiss. Beware of spoilers!]
Still the land god of the small Mikage shrine, Nanami is called to a meeting with the other gods to prepare for the new year. But seeing as she is mortal, there are more than a few obstacles she must face along the way. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the interest a few dark individuals have on her faithful familiar Tomoe….
The violence in this season is actually a hint higher than the last. This is due to getting more of a look into Tomoe’s past, which is pretty blood-filled. We see both him and his past partner covered in blood in numerous flashbacks. We also see a few characters receive head injuries and such where blood is shown. There’s nothing hyper graphic. Nothing that would even require a higher rating, but if you are sensitive to blood, this might be more on the PG13 side for you.
The amount of cursing is around the same as before, some sh-ts and such, one or two instances of the illegitimate son word and that’s about it. Nothing to worry over.
Again, around the same as last season, which is to say, nothing to report. Aside from a new sidekick character (who is usually a monkey, but can transform into a boy who, for some reason, only wears an apron), nothing has changed. Very clean on this end.
As is clear in the Story section, this series is still hip deep in Japanese mythology and such. If these kinds of things bug you… well, I’m not sure how you even made it as far as season two, but yeah, it doesn’t change. If anything, this season introduces even more mythological characters, so be ready for that. This said, again, there isn’t any indoctrination going down so it all plays out very much like a fantasy. Which is what it is.
Just like season one, this show continued to be very entertaining to watch. It’s still, by far, not the best show out there, but it’s at least not offensive, which is saying a lot in this age of constant big boobed and panty-shot loving shows. Aside from a slight spike in violence, its clean and it actually has decent character development, something very few shoujo shows (or anime in general) have. Nanami continues to get better at what she’s supposed to be doing, which is running a shrine and protecting those there. Not only that, but she continues to push herself to fight her own battles, another break from most shoujo series. Although it’s not as forward thinking as Yona of the Dawn (a show I haven’t quite finished yet, but am very much enjoying), it’s getting there. Nanami is no simpering heroine. She actually does stuff and some of that stuff kicks some serious monster butt.
And then there’s the comedy, which I’m happy to report is still very much intact. Like many season twos, it does slacken a hint as more serious arcs take center stage. But overall the comedy remains high enough to keep drama at bay, something I love in shows like this.
In the end, if you were worried this show doesn’t keep the same tone in season two, put that worry aside. Season two has a hint more violence, but the same quality (if not better as there is more development character-wise) as before. The only downside? We still didn’t see the wrap up of all the new villain stuff (which we caught a glimpse of as early as season one’s end) so we’re still on a cliff’s edge and hoping for a third season…
Personal rating: 10+
Official rating: PG
Genre(s): Romance, comedy, drama
Official streaming: Hulu