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Manga: Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Kiss (Kamisama Hajimemashita) is a Shoujo manga series created by Julietta Suzuki. It begins when teenage Nanami Momozono's father skips town to escape his gambling debts and leaves her to face his angry creditors. Nanami is evicted from her home and ends up on a nearby park bench with no money and no family to turn to. She saves a strange man (Mikage) from a dog, and after hearing her story, the man offers Nanami his house as a thank you for saving him. Since she has nowhere else to go, she decides to check it out.

Following a map the man gives her, Nanami finds a rundown shrine instead of a house. Upon hearing ghostly voices, she quickly decides the shrine is haunted and tries to run, but is cornered by a pair of friendly shrine spirits and Tomoe, a bad-tempered Kitsune familiar. She discovers that Tomoe had been expecting his master, Mikage, who left twenty years ago for a trip into town and never returned. Tomoe is less than pleased to find that far from returning himself, Mikage has bestowed the kamisama kiss, or god kiss, on Nanami and gifted her the shrine, making her the local land god in his stead, and by extension, Tomoe's new mistress. Hilarity Ensues.

TMS Entertainment recently did an anime adaption with Akitaro Daichi, of Fruits Basket fame, as the director. Junko Yamanaka, the art director from Detective Conan, handled the character designs and it featured the voice talents of Shinnosuke Tachibana, Nobuhiko Okamoto and Suzuko Mimori. The first episode aired on October 1st, 2012. A two episode OVA was released on August 20, 2013. Funimation began streaming the English dub on December 30, 2013. On August 01, 2014 it was announced the series would be getting a second season.

Series contains examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: How Tomoe sees the carp princesses—and the gaggle of female admirers he picks up at Nanami's school.
    • Then there is Akura-Ou's lackey, Kirakaburi. If he considers you beautiful odds are good that your life expectancy just went down a bit.
  • Accidental Marriage: Nanami almost ends up getting married to Mizuki. Meanwhile, Mizuki almost ends up getting killed by Tomoe.
  • Accidental Pervert: Tomoe, partially as a result of Humans Through Alien Eyes and partially because he has No Sense of Personal Space.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The anime. Compare the first episode to chapters 1 to 3 of the manga...
  • Adaptation Expansion: That being said, the anime does elaborate on a few things especially where Otohiko is concerned. To begin with the manga merely implies that he and Mikage are good friends, the anime shows that they are. Also Otohiko shows up earlier in the anime than he did in the manga and is shown to have been behind Narukami's appearance and the trouble that occurred on the trip to the beach.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Tomoe is a prime example.
  • All Just a Dream: Tomoe becoming a nicer dance instructor and confessing his feelings to Nanami. Turns out that the whole dream was Otohiko's Secret Test of Character for Nanami.
  • All-Star Cast: The anime has some fairly famous Japanese voice actors in it. Namely: Junichi Suwabe (Akura-ou/Kirhito), Hiroki Takahashi (Otohiko), Akira Ishida (Mikage), Hyo-sei (Narukami), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Mizuki), Yui Horie (Himemiko), and Satomi Sato (Ami).
  • Always Save the Girl: Tomoe has made it blisteringly clear on several occasions that his only priority is Nanami. In the beginning this is simply because of the familiar contract between them, but later his protective instincts begin to blossom for an entirely different reason.
  • A Magic Contract Comes with a Kiss: This is a shojo manga after all.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Otohiko. He definitely looks and acts the part. To top it off he has a biohazard suit decked out in flowers and his familiars are show-dogs with a heart shaped collars.
  • And I Must Scream: Let's just say that the last few centuries for Akura-Ou have not been pleasant.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Tomoe does this constantly.
  • Animal Motifs / Animal Stereotypes: Oh, about half the cast. To be more specific we have:
    • Tomoe: Fox (Duh)
    • Mizuki: Snake
    • Kurama: Crow / Raven
    • Himemiko: Catfish
  • Art Evolution: Nanami has a more rounded look in later chapters.
  • Asshole Victim / Kick the Son of a Bitch: Akura-Ou kills some robbers waylaying Nanami. And it is implied he did it because she had canned peaches he liked and not to rescue her.
  • Attempted Rape: Tomoe's antagonism toward Mizuki makes a lot of sense when one remembers what happened early on. Nanami is much more forgiving.
    • Nanami's decision to take Mizuki to Izumo distresses Tomoe, partly because of jealousy and partly because he wonders how she can be so carefree around a guy who tried to assault her.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Tomoe and Nanami, naturally.
  • Bad Ass: Tomoe in spades. Why? Well amongst other things he kicks a War God's ass!
  • Bad Boss: Narukami is pretty rough on her familiars. How rough you ask? Her current two are her forty-second pair!
  • Baleful Polymorph: One of Tomoe's favorite attacks is to transform an opponent into a game animal of some kind and than use his fox-fire to cook it alive. One especially memorable scene has him turning Kurama into an ostrich. The next thing we see is one of Nanami's classmates informing her that there is an ostrich being chased by a fireball down the hall.
    • He earlier did the same thing (except the Baleful Polymorph is a fish this time) to one of Himemiko's attendants after he insults and threatens Nanami.
  • Battle Butler: Tomoe's duties as a familiar include shopping for, preparing and serving Nanami's meals (in which he passive-aggressively inserts shitaki mushrooms, the food she hates most in the world, at every opportunity), dressing her, doing the laundry and keeping the shrine and grounds meticulously clean. Oh, and performing a supernatural smackdown on anyone who looks at her the wrong way.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: Tomoe visits a demonic marketplace to get supplies for the shrine. Nanami follows him of course, barefoot and in her pajamas, much to his mortification/aggravation.
  • Beach Episode: Chapter 21 and 22.
  • Beast and Beauty: Tomoe's a demon with a terrifying amount of power and Nanami is the teenage girl that keeps him in check.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Tomoe is like this whenever Nanami's plans go wrong. Which is always.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Almost perfect description of Tomoe and Nanami's relationship.
  • Berserk Button: Nanami is this to Tomoe, and later, Mizuki.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tomoe saves Nanami just in the nick of time both from Mizuki and Izanami's servants.
    • He later saves her twice in the past. Once from Akura-Ou's lackeys and once from some human bandits.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: After Nanami restores him to his adult-sized form, Tomoe surprises her with a big smooch, ostensibly to re-up the familiar contract. Of course it is, Tomoe. No, really. We understand.
    • And then again in chapter 100, this time with more feeling to it.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Panels featuring Ookininushi are generally awash in sparkles.
  • Bishounen: Both Tomoe, and especially Kurama, are so pretty it hurts. Mizuki isn't exactly ugly either.
    • On the villains' side you have Kirihito.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Narukami invokes this when she first meets Nanami and pretends that she wants to do her a favor by taking her position as a landgod and also Kirihito.
  • Blatant Lies: Nanami thinks Tomoe is doing this while they're on a date at the amusement park. Subverted because, thanks to Mikage, Tomoe really doesn't remember his old girlfriend, Yukiji.
  • Blow You Away: Otohiko is the wind god, so him having wind powers only follows.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Tomoe towards Nanami, eventually.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the second episode of the anime after her Motor Mouth All Just a Dream speech in which she summarizes the previous episode and remarks that it was just a stupid dream, she sees Kotetsu and Onikiri kneeling at the foot of her bed. Realizing That Was Not A Dream she turns and looks directly at the audience with a WTF? expression on her face.
  • Break the Haughty: The events leading to Tomoe lying wounded on the side of the river.
  • Bridal Carry: Tomoe to Nanami after he saves her from Mizuki and when she falls from a ladder.
    • This also happened when they first contracted.
  • Broken Masquerade: Nanami's class seems to be headed this way in regards to her situation and what the guys really are in the last few chapters. Ami pretty much knows Nanami isn't ordinary and now one of her other classmates got a real good look at Tomoe's real Little Bit Beastly form (and an earful from both him and Mizuki). Kurama is terrified of this happening and there is a photographer following him around while a lot of supernatural stuff is starting to happen on the island field trip. We believe that is called foreshadowing.
  • Broken Pedestal: Nanami doesn't take it too well when she finds out what Kurama's really like.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Take a guess.
  • Brutal Honesty: Tomoe. It's not that he doesn't understand tact or subtly, he is fully capable of using them during formal settings. It just that he chooses to be a straight to the point asshole most of the time.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Some of the other familiars at the God's Conference are very insulting and disrespectful to Tomoe but considering he just gave Ikusagami, a friggin War God, a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown this is probably not a smart move on their part.
  • Buy Them Off: Nanami tries to do this with Sukuna, by getting back his eye for him. She asks him to let Tomoe go in exchange and abandon his revenge on him.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: When Kurama finds out that Nanami is the Land God he immediately thinks he can usurp her power by eating her heart! Unfortunately for him, Tomoe intervenes and teaches Kurama that this is a real, real bad idea by trying to feed him to Nanami.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: A recurring gag in the series is something happening that causes Nanami to ask Tomoe if he likes her or loves her (and it's pretty obvious he does) only for Tomoe to deny it or invent some excuse for his actions.
    • He finally manages to spit it out in Chapter 100.
  • Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: Tomoe and Nanami's situation rapidly becomes this.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Suirou. Nanami eventually has enough and calls him on this.
  • Caretaker Reversal: When Narukami turns Tomoe into a child with the Luck Mallet Nanami ends up caring for him, much to his chagrin. Usually it's the other way around.
  • The Casanova: Okuninushi seems to be this.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Nearly every male in the series is on a sliding scale of attractive, from cute boy lolita to full-on Bishounen.
  • Cheerful Child: Mamoru in his human form and the Tengu children.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Remember that hairpin Tomoe bought Nanami right before she dragged him off to the amusement park, the one she made a big deal when she found it? It starts becoming much more important during the Time Travel arc.
  • Cherry Blossoms: The setting of the first meeting between Jirou and Nanami and also their goodbye. In the latest time travel arc, Tomoe offers to build Nanami a palace in a grove of blossoming cherry trees if she will stay with him.
  • Chick Magnet: When Kurama attends Nanami's school just about every single female student starts fighting over who gets to sit near him. Then Tomoe starts escorting Nanami to school...
    • Clueless Chick Magnet: Tomoe is almost completely oblivious to the fact that most teenage girls find him attractive. He also fails to notice the signs that Nanami is starting to fall in love with him and refuses to believe it when Kurama points it out to him.
  • Childhood Friends: Tomoe and Akura-ou.
  • Cock Fight: Let's see we have Tomoe and Mizuki, Tomoe and Kurama, Tomoe and.... are we noticing a pattern here?
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Let's see, we have Tomoe's use of Baleful Polymorph and about half of Akura-Ou's actions.
  • Comforting Comforter: Tomoe does this many times for Nanami even before he falls in love with her.
  • Cool Sword: The wild fox Tomoe carries a pretty sweet katana, and Ikusagami borrows a special sword when he goes to serve the god-warrant on Tomoe.
  • Cover Blowing Super Power: Tomoe warns Himemiko that this will happen to her human form if she ever uses black magic.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Tomoe. See Green-Eyed Epiphany/Green-Eyed Monster down below.
    • Mizuki is also pretty jealous over Nanami's affections. However, while Tomoe is extremely upfront with his jealousy Mizuki wages a much more subtle war by frequently attempting to manipulate Nanami into liking him more and trying to make Tomoe look bad.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Tomoe tries to give Kurama one. Being transformed into a game animal, cooked alive and fed to a teenage girl would not be a pleasant way to go.
  • Cry into Chest: Common between Nanami and Tomoe, most notably after she first meets Jirou.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Tomoe, especially in the anime. However, when he's pissed they are much more noticeable and nowhere near cute.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Himemiko, at least when she's in human form.
  • The Cutie: Ami
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tomoe.
  • Deal with the Devil: Tomoe made a deal with a Fallen God to become human in order to live out the rest of his life with the woman he loved, the catch being that the moment she died he died.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Nearly everyone Nanami knows has ended up like this.
  • Defrosting the Ice King: Nanami to Tomoe
  • Distressed Dude: Tomoe when Narukami turns him into a child with the Luck Mallet. Subverted when Sukuna kidnaps him because it's revealed that he let himself be captured because he didn't want to kill in front of Nanami. Tomoe turning Kurama into an ostrich and chasing him down the school halls is another example and of course, when they both are locked in a cage by Jirou.
    • Lampshaded in the incident with the cage. Tomoe is convinced that Nanami is looking for him. She isn't.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: When he's not posing as a human, Tomoe nearly always goes barefoot.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Kirakaburi comes to regret constantly bullying a certain little furball in chp. 94.
  • The Dreaded: Akura-Ou and his partner Tomoe. Back when they were together they cut a path of destruction across Japan that terrified humans, gods and other yokai.
  • Dreadful Musician: Mizuki cannot play a flute.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Tomoe when he teaches Nanami the Kagura. Eventually, his attitude does a 180, but it turns out that it was All Just a Dream, which served as a Secret Test of Character. However, Tomoe is still nothing compared to Jirou.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Suriou. The tengu children lampshade it when they remark that he is prettier than Nanami.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Both Mizuki and Tomoe kiss Nanami while she's unconscious. For the same reason on top of it.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Kirihito doesn't hesitate to smash the mirror serving as an entrance to Yomi-no-kuni, which is spewing poison, when he hears his mother's voice.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Tomoe tells Akura-Ou that he dislikes senseless massacres when he witnesses Akura-Ou kill the women in a brothel for the sheer hell of it.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys. Mamoru-kun, Nanami's shikigami.
  • Expy:
  • Face Fault: He does this too in response to her actions, episode 2 of the anime being a prime first example.
  • Face Palm: Nanami frequently causes Tomoe to do this.
  • Falling into His Arms: What usually happens between Nanami and Tomoe once he makes a Big Damn Heroes entrance.
  • False Start: Nanami and Tomoe, so very much.
  • Familiar: Tomoe and Mizuki
  • Fantastic Racism: Yukiji, when she first encounters Nanami, hates youkai with a passion. In fact, her response to hearing the village militia is hunting down a wounded Tomoe is to throw a little party.
  • Far-Out Foreigner's Favorite Food: Nanami takes a bunch of canned peaches with her back into the past and Akura-Ou becomes addicted to them.
  • Ferris Wheel Date Moment: In chapter 38.
  • Fish out of Water: Mizuki in the human world, along with a few other youkai. Nanami twice; first when being introduced to godhood and then with her time travel escapades.
  • Flight of Romance: Briefly, between Nanami and Jirou.
  • Foreshadowing: Both the Dragon King's Eye being in Nanami's body and her resemblance to Yukiji hint at the fact that Nanami is related to Yukiji.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Izanami, ruler of Yomi-no-kuni, takes the form of Kayako before Nanami since her own form rotted away long ago.
  • Free-Fall Romance: Tomoe accidentally drops Nanami from the top of a skyscraper, then immediately jumps too, to save her. Subverted because she had just confessed she liked him and he told her he would never return her feelings, then hefts her up for a walk along the railing to "cool her head". Ouch. She tearfully reproaches him and he's shocked to realize that maybe he does care about her, just a little. For Tomoe this is a shock. Hence the dropping.
  • Funny Background Event: While Nanami is trying to explain to Tomoe why Mizuki is now one of her familiars, if you look in the background Sukuna is being beat up by his wife. Kinda makes you wonder why he thought he could take Tomoe on.
  • Furo Scene: Tomoe in chapter 42.
  • The Gambling Addict: Nanami's father.
  • Gender Bender: Tomoe has posed as Nanami a couple of times. Once to cover for her at school because she is sick in bed and another time because she was attending the God Summit. One time though....
  • Gender-Blender Name: Both Tomoe and Mizuki are male but have female names. The status of Tomoe's name gets lampshaded in the first episode:
    Mikage: Tomoe is bound to jump-kick me the moment I show my face. note 
    Nanami (thinking to herself): Tomoe, is that his wife?
    • And after they meet:
    Nanami (thinking to herself, again): Wait!?! Tomoe is a guy? He's gorgeous!
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Nanami towards Kayako when the later almost succumbs to her Enemy Without.
  • Gilligan Cut: A classmate asks Isobe if he bullies Nanami because he likes her. Isobe denies this, but then Tomoe enters in Nanami's form, oozing that special allure that only kitsune seem to have. Isobe is floored by her sudden attractiveness.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany/Green-Eyed Monster: Tomoe tends to be very condescending and rude to Nanami. But should any other man so much as talk to her he flips his lid. A prime example happens in an ice cream parlor where Isobe is mocking her poverty and belittling her. Cue a little panel labeled 'Tomoe Vision' full of hearts and Nanami and Isobe flirting with each other, followed by a picture of Tomoe practically seething. Also, during the beach arc, Mizuki takes full advantage of Tomoe's reluctance to go into the ocean...
  • Happiness in Slavery: Mizuki to Nanami. Tomoe also eventually becomes this, though he would never admit it.
  • Heel Realization: While carrying out the Honey Trap below Jirou's actions causes Tomoe to admit what an asshole he's been to Nanami.
    "Hey, be a man and just admit it if you love her. Looking at you is like looking in a mirror, and it's seriously irritating."
  • Hellish Pupils: Tomoe has violet cat-like eyes. Mizuki has green snake-like eyes. A few other demons we see also have them.
  • Honey Trap: When the original plan to get Jirou really drunk so that his wards are weakened fails, Tomoe turns into Nanami and starts seducing him. Since Jirou is attracted to Nanami and very much in denial about it, it works magnificently.
  • Holding Hands: Nanami and Tomoe do this at the end of chapter 16.
    • Nanami forces Tomoe and Mizuki to do this until they can learn to get along in chapter 25 with often hilarious, sometimes heartwarming results.
  • Horned Humanoid: Akura-Ou
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Tomoe is sarcastic, rude and highly critical of just about anything Nanami does. But should anyone else insult her and/or criticize her he is quick to come to her defense.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Jirou and Nanami.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes: It is usually played for laughs but Tomoe honestly doesn't seem to understand human emotions a lot of times. In fact, Kurama flat out tells him this and more specifically that "He doesn't get girls Nanami's age." Mizuki is pretty much in the same boat.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Tomoe against Ikusagami.
  • Identical Grandson: From the start we saw that Nanami looked a lot like Yukiji. Eventually we learn the reason for that resemblance is because Nanami is Yukiji's direct descendant.
  • Idol Singer: Kurama's day job.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Tomoe does this for Nanami when she suffers from stage fright.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Tomoe frequently thrills the in-world female population and real-world fangirls with his collection of elaborate kimonos and fans. Nanami also occasionally breaks out her traditional Japanese clothing for festivals and special events, and Kurama is always punk-rocker chic.
  • Indirect Kiss: Tomoe inadvertently does this by drinking from Nanami's sake cup, not realizing how intimate the gesture is.
  • Interspecies Romance: Tomoe and Nanami and various others.
  • Instant Fanclub: Kurama gets one the moment that he starts attending Nanami's school.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A variation of this. When it looks like Tomoe doesn't want to renew his familiar contract, Nanami is ready to let him go.
  • Jerk Ass: Tomoe immediately springs to mind.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Tomoe is an asshole towards Nanami most of the time, but a lot of the advice he gives her is pretty sound. Too bad she doesn't listen too good, or at all.
  • Joshikousei: Nanami and Ami.
  • Kid with the Leash: Tomoe is a powerful and ruthless demon, but thanks to the familiar contract if Nanami gives him an order he must obey it. He chafes at this restriction regularly.
  • Kimono: Tomoe wears them most of the time, and Nanami sometimes, too, especially for celebrations.
  • Kitsune: Tomoe.
    • Even for a fox, his powers appear to be unusually formidable. He's said to be able to control a sea of fire and is nigh invulnerable to injury. Ikusagami had to borrow a special sword in order to face him in the past.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The series is very much light-hearted and idealistic but whenever Akura-Ou shows up things get much more serious and people start dying bloody and violent deaths.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Kurama and eventually Tomoe.
  • Lap Pillow: The old Tanuki-woman Mizutame does this for Tomoe after he drinks himself into a stupor. He allowed her to escape from Akura-Ou in the past.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Justified since it is revealed that Mikage made Tomoe forget his relationship with Yukiji.
  • Lazy Bum: Mizuki, according to Tomoe. This is somewhat hypocritical as Tomoe is not exactly adverse to taking it easy himself; the first episode had him abandon the shrine and head to the Red Light District rather than deal with Nanami.
  • Lean and Mean: Ikusagami, Akura-Ou and Kirihito.
  • Lemony Narrator: The anime has one.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The US release of the anime has been confirmed to get one.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Tomoe, Kurama, a few others.
  • Living Shadow: Kuromaro is depicted as this in both the flashbacks and in brief glimpses Nanami sees of him to begin with. When she finally meets him face to face he is revealed to be just as pretty as the rest of the male main cast.
  • Location Theme Naming: Three guesses as to which mountain Kurama was born on.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: While Nanami is off to the god summit with Mizuki, Tomoe seizes the opportunity to visit the yokai version of a Red Light District. Despite his popularity with the Tanuki-girls, once there he finds his heart isn't in it and simply drinks until he falls asleep.
  • Love at First Sight: Tomoe tells Yukiji, actually Nanami disguised as Yukiji, that he fell in love with her the moment he first laid eyes on her back when Akura-Ou razed her village. It's subverted though since he's confusing Nanami with Yukiji, it was Nanami possessing Yukiji's body when she and Tomoe first met and Yukiji hates yokai with a passion and was very much in love with her lord husband.
  • Love God/dess: Mikage was a god of matchmaking, so presumably Nanami is as well.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Tomoe in his wild fox persona.
  • Love Hurts: Nanami after Tomoe rejects her.
  • Love Redeems: Jirou thanks to Nanami.
    • Turns out Nanami, not Yukiji, did it to Tomoe in the past.
  • Love Triangle: One gets introduced with the time travel arc; Tomoe, Nanami and Yukiji.
  • Magic Contract Romance: Tomoe and Nanami, of course.
  • Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: Tomoe express this fear at the end of chapter 16, although it is of the non-sexual variety. Later, Mikage tells Nanami that he sent her to Tomoe precisely because he hoped that she might be able to help Tomoe overcome it.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Tomoe, though later on he accuses Nanami of this.
  • The Matchmaker: Mikage's divine specialty is matchmaking and Nanami's attempts to do this make up the plot for several story arcs.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: The reason why love between humans and yokai is forbidden. Made worse by the fact that when yokai do fall in love, they love very strongly and even long after their partner died.
  • Mistaken Identity: Tomoe mistook Nanami for Yukiji in the past mainly because Nanami doesn't know the meaning of the phrase "do not interfere."
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Nanami and Tomoe, although he is much older and more powerful than her, she can bend him to her will thanks to the familiar contract.
  • Monster Roommate: Nanami is an ordinary human teenager who ends moving in with a Kitsune and a pair of shrine spirits.
  • Monster Sob Story: Despite being a brutal, sadistic and ruthless bastard it's hard not to feel at least some empathy for Akura-Ou with some of the things he gets put through.
  • Morality Pet: Nanami, to virtually everyone who initially meant her harm. Examples include: Tomoe, Jirou, Kurama, the Dragon King and Mizuki. Even Akura-ou's present incarnation appears to be softening towards her.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: What does Tomoe do after first meeting Nanami and getting pissed with her? He heads to the demonic Red Light District. Judging from the way the geishas treat him he goes there quite often. Then Nanami follows him.
    • Tomoe can also be seen smoking from a pipe on occasion, including on school grounds. He's pretty loose with the booze, too, at one time going through eight bottles of sake on his own. In one instance, he takes a cup of sake from Nanami because she's underage and drinks it himself. He's utterly clueless as to why everyone is so shocked.
  • Most Definitely Not A Demon: Tomoe and Mizuki wind up revealing their true natures to one of Nanami's classmates. They also tell her about Kurama; he immediately denies that he is anything but an ordinary human in a way that is not really convincing at all. It doesn't look like she bought it either.
  • Mystical White Hair: Both Tomoe and Mizuki have white hair despite their youthful appearance and it is clue to the fact neither one of them is human.
  • Near-Rape Experience: Tomoe, in the distant past, to Nanami, after rescuing her from Kirakaburi.
  • Noble Demon: Tomoe used to be this, when he was still following Akura-Ou/the Evil King.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Tomoe and Mizuki. Mizuki, while a little on the naive side when it comes to human culture, is generally polite and treats other people with respect. Tomoe is confrontational asshole that likes booze and trips to the Red Light District.
  • Non-Action Guy: Mizuki seems to be stronger than a human, but so far he hasn't shown any real fighting skill and is so clueless and naive he generally acts like a goofy, lovable baby most of the time. And since a tengu's powers are derived from the mountain he was born on and Kurama as spent the last 17 years living among humans, he is very close to this, too.
  • No Sell: Kayako Hiragi tries to force Tomoe to become her familiar by forcibly kissing him, but since he is already bound to Nanami, he just wipes his mouth and proceeds to mock her. His later, uncharacteristically open-hearted explanation to Nanami induced a near-audible squee of delight from fangirls and a Face Palm moment for him.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Tomoe often is like this in regards to Nanami, much to her embarrassment. However, once he learns that she loves him, he stops for a while, only to fall back into the habit again. When he finally starts noticing that he returns her feelings after all, he goes back to being hesitant about behaving in this manner.
  • Not So Different: Despite their different personalities and backgrounds Tomoe and Nanami share more than a few similarities. They both have lost a loved one that they deeply cared about; both were abandoned by someone they trusted; both have pretty bad tempers; both speak their mind no matter what the situation calls for; and finally, both have a rebellious streak in them and don't behave like society expects them to.
    • Also both Tomoe and Nanami are looked down upon for their rank. Nanami is looked down upon for being a mere human trying to live up to land god status, and Tomoe is (somewhat more understandably) looked down upon for his jaded past as a wild-fox-yokai-turned-divine-familiar.
    • Nanami directly invokes this after Narukami takes over the shrine, saying that she and Tomoe are like family because they have been thrown from the same house.
    • Tomoe and Mizuki aren't as different as they would like to believe. Mizuki was waiting for a god that would never come back, like Tomoe. Nanami is Mizuki's Second God, just like Tomoe. Like Tomoe, Mizuki has romantic feelings for Nanami. Mizuki also fears Nanami disappearing and being lonely again, similar to Tomoe's fear.
  • No Woman's Land: Women are forbidden to enter Kurama Mountain. In case you couldn't guess what happens from the entries above Nanami enters it anyway.
  • Onmyodo: Nanami uses this type of magic and so do other humans.
  • Oh, Crap:
    • Tomoe's response to being made Nanami's familiar? Screaming Crap! at the top of his lungs.
    • Kurama has this reaction when Tomoe reveals just how powerful he is after Kurama announces his intention to usurp Nanami's position as the Land God.
    • Mizuki when Tomoe interrupts the Shotgun Wedding.
    • Tomoe after being wounded by Ikusagami in the past.
  • One Head Taller: Tomoe and Nanami, Mizuki and Nanami, Kurama and Nanami...are we sensing a pattern here?
  • Opposites Attract: Nanami and Tomoe
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Nanami is a dirt-poor example.
  • Orphean Rescue Mission: Nanami does this for Kirihito.
    • Tomoe does this for Nanami, risking imprisonment by the gods of Izumo in the process.
  • Our Time Travel Is Different
  • Out, Damned Spot!: When Tomoe first met Mikage his hands (and clothes) were covered in blood he could not wash off. He later has a repeat of this situation with Nanami.
  • Paper Talisman: Nanami's main weapon. However, she cannot cause effects with them that exceed her own power.
  • Parental Abandonment: Nanami. Her father skips town only a few minutes ahead of the debt collectors and he doesn't seem to care what happens to her as a result. Also, her mother died when she was young.
  • Petting Zoo People: Himemiko's true form is more fish than human. We see a few others throughout the series.
  • Physical God: Mikage and Nanami. Later Nanami gets called to a God Summit and we get to meet a few more of them. Then later in the story we get to meet Fallen Gods, beings who retain their godlike power but are more demonic in nature.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Tomoe tries to become human so he can marry Yukiji. The transformation fails, triggering a curse that will eventually kill him. The fallen god's spell is so powerful that even Mikage can't undo it.
  • Pretty Butterflies: Mikage is associated with butterflies and can even turn into one.
  • Piggyback Cute: Tomoe begrudgingly does this for Nanami in chapter 60 after she gets drunk.
  • Playing with Fire: Tomoe's favorite magical weapon is his fox-fire and given his willingness to use it in any-and-all circumstances, and his sadistic glee when doing so, is almost enough to label him a pyromaniac.
  • Plucky Girl: Nanami, probably her biggest defining character trait. She likes making people happy and nothing ever seems to get her down.
  • Power Limiter: Mikage did this to Tomoe when he became a familiar, but it is later lifted with the Luck Mallet to beat Ikusagami. Also, Kurama's powers in the human world are very weak, because a tengu's powers are derived from the mountain they were born on.
  • Rags to Riches: Yukiji used to be an ordinary farm girl until she was adopted into a well-off family following a traumatic incident. Nanami counts too, though it is more of a case of Rags to Godhood. In fact, Rags to Riches is used as a cover story by Nanami to explain the fact that she actually has money now and why Tomoe follows her everywhere.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Tomoe looks to be in his late teens, early twenties, despite the fact he is over five centuries old at least. Mizuki also counts, so does Mikage (looks like a middle-aged man despite haven been around for a few centuries).
    • In short, if they aren't human, they are this.
  • Rearrange the Song: The ending theme for episode 10 is remixed and sung by Kurama. Justified as the last scene of the episode is him singing at a Karaoke Box.
  • Red Light District: Tomoe frequently goes there in the early parts of the story.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Nanami is red; passionate, energetic, frequently acts on impulse, very extroverted. Tomoe is blue; very proud along with being much more calm, intellectual and tends to think before acting.
  • Restraining Bolt: How the familiar contract works when Nanami orders Tomoe to stop doing something, especially killing people.
  • Semi-Retired Monster: Tomoe was pretty much the exact opposite of a saint before Mikage recruited him to be his familiar. And he still isn't exactly a nice guy.
  • The Rival: Kayako Hiiragi is also a teenage girl blessed with a god's powers and is determined to surpass Nanami.
  • Rivals Teamup: Kayako and Nanami, Tomoe and Mizuki, Tomoe and Kurama, etc... Rest assured if a character is a rival to the two protagonists sooner or later they will team up.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Tomoe, whenever someone hurts or kidnaps Nanami.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Tomoe is more intelligent, pragmatic, realistic and laid-back than Nanami. He is also more powerful than her but thanks to the familiar contract she literally drags him along on multiple ocassions, like going to the amusement park.
  • Secret Test of Character: It turns out, that Tomoe declaring his love for Nanami and wanting to elope with her was all just a dream created by Otohiko, which was supposed to test if she was suitable to be a landgod.
  • Sensitive Guyand Manly Man: Mizuki and Tomoe. Although Tomoe has been shown to be both.
  • Sex Is Evil and I Am Horny: Jirou, ohhh boy, are you in trouble.
  • Shapeshifter
    • Shapeshifting Seducer: Tomoe is more than capable of doing this and has actually done it once that we know of. Remember, the guy is a Kitsune.
      • Oddly enough, while disguising himself as Nanami, Tomoe has a habit of increasing her bust size. When confronted about this by Kurama, Tomoe claims that his version is accurate and that Nanami is "fleshier than she looks". Make of that what you will.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Tomoe's reaction to Nanami after Himemiko lends her one of her kimonos.
  • She's Got Legs: Nanami's school uniforms and even her street clothes show off the maximum amount of stems. The catfish princess qualifies too, in her human form.
  • Shock and Awe: Narukami's power.
  • Shoujo Demographic
  • Shotgun Wedding: Mizuki tries to do this to Nanami. Considering what Tomoe's likely reaction was going to be, this is probably not the smartest thing he has ever done.
    • Himemiko is subjected to this too.
  • Shout-Out: The English book Tomoe is reading in class is A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; otherwise known as the first Sherlock Holmes story.
  • Shrines and Temples: Nanami lives in one and later she visits Okuninushi's shrine to attend the god summit.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Toyed around with. Nanami is the only woman Tomoe has ever really loved but he ended up confusing Nanami and Yukiji five hundred years ago; largely because Nanami was masquerading as Yukiji half the the damn time in the past.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Mizuki has quite a few magical tricks up his sleeve but as Tomoe puts it, he grew up in a glass house and has no idea about how the world really works.
  • Slasher Smile: Akura-Ou has a rather impressive one. Tomoe does it too on occasion.
  • Snakes Are Sexy: If you have any doubts take a look at Mizuki.
  • The Social Darwinist: Jirou
  • Spiritual Successor: To InuYasha. Both series' plots, along both series' male and female leads have a lot in common.
  • Spoiler Opening: The show's intro rather prominently features Kurama, Mizuki, Otohiko and Sukuna before any of them show up. Also all of them had very antagonistic first meetings with Nanami but the opening shows them in friendly group shot which kind of spoils the fact that none of them remain enemies for more than one episode or so. The ending credits also spoil the fact that Kurama isn't a human teen popstar but is actually a Tengu, that Mizuki can shapeshift into a white snake and what Tomoe looked like before he joined up with Mikage.
  • Stable Time Loop: Nanami is the one who rescued a wounded Tomoe from the riverbank five hundred years ago, not Yukiji. In fact, Nanami is the reason Tomoe starts to fall in love with Yukiji in the first place since she makes the local kid promise to tell Tomoe it was Yukiji who saved him and Tomoe confuses Nanami with Yukiji.
    • She also runs into a past version of Mikage and tells him about her experiences with Tomoe, setting that portion of the plot in motion too.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Tomoe, to Nanami/Yukiji in the past, though he refuses to admit that his feelings are romantic.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: Tomoe's view on human/yokai relationships.
  • Stealth Mentor: Otohiko to Nanami, during the contest with Kayako.
  • Straight Edge Evil: Jirou
  • Super Toughness: Yokai and Kami can take more damage than humans can, a fact that Tomoe brings up on multiple occasions.
  • Supporting Harem: Mizuki, Kurama and Jirou. Nanami's own little ménage à trois.
    • In recent chapters it looks like Kurama is moving out of the harem.
  • Temporal Sickness: The longer someone stays in the past thanks to Mizuki's artifact the more of a toll it takes upon their body. Naturally, Nanami pushes this to the limit.
  • The Tease: Tomoe is not wholly unaware of his attractiveness and can be quite pragmatic about employing both his looks and his charms when it suits him. To prove a point, he acts like this towards Nanami in chapter 47. She is not pleased, to say the least.
  • That Was Not A Dream: The first couple of episodes have a Running Gag where Nanami goes to sleep in the shrine, wakes up and monologues about how she dreamed the supernatural events that just happened. Then she sees Kotetsu and Onikiri kneeling at the foot of her bed.
  • Time Travel: Mizuki has a magical artifact that can send people back in time.
  • Time Travel Romance: Played with. Nanami travels back in time to save Tomoe from a curse and ends up causing Past-Tomoe to fall for Yukiji.
  • Together in Death: Yukiji is reunited with her beloved husband, who was killed in a youkai attack, when she dies giving birth to their daughter.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Nanami, the first few chapters she mainly has to rely on Tomoe to save her when she gets into trouble but eventually manages to solve her own problems and fight her own battles.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Tomoe.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Tomoe is a Bishounen Jerk with a Heart of Gold and a Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Tsundere: Tomoe is a sarcastic ass towards both towards Nanami and Mikage 90% of the time but there are several moments were he shows that he really does care for them and that he can be kind when he wants to.
    • Nanami is the exact opposite. Normally she is very sweet and caring, but piss her off and the claws will come out.
  • Two-Person Love Triangle: Past Tomoe has fallen for Yukiji, but in actuality he has fallen for Nanami disguised as Yukiji. Nanami loves Tomoe, but hasn't gotten around to telling him that he had fallen in love with her disguised as Yukiji. Meanwhile, Yukiji hates Yokai with a passion and would probably try to kill Tomoe if he appeared before her.
  • The Underworld: Yomi-no-kuni
  • Undying Loyalty: Tomoe. He dooms himself to literally die of a broken heart after entering into a contract with a fallen god for the sake of his love for a human girl, whereby becoming human himself so that he can die when she dies. It all goes wrong of course, as he does not become human but is dying anyway when Mikage finds him wandering in the woods. Mizuki displays this too, especially after Mikage returns to the shrine to say good-bye to a dying Tomoe. Mizuki refuses to acknowledge anyone but Nanami as the land god, but begs Mikage to save Tomoe's life despite the fact that the two normally fight like cats and dogs.
  • Unusual Ears: Tomoe has fox ears. A lot of gods and demons also seem to have elven-looking ears, and the Dragon King sports a fin-like pair.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Averted. It's a big event when an ostrich is being chased by a ball of fire in the school.
    • Gets averted again when Tomoe follows Nanami into town to look for the kid that Himemiko has a crush on...without bothering to disguise his Little Bit Beastly true form. Just about everybody on the streets stops and stares at him.
  • Urban Fantasy: The story takes place in modern day Japan.
  • Vain Sorceress: Narukami is a goddess but otherwise she fits this perfectly. Kayako is a lot like this, too.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Kayako has a good one after Kirihito kicks her to the curb.
    • Furball has one when, after killing and eating several people to gain strength, Akura-Ou tells him that he still isn't impressed with him and to go away.
  • Villainous BSOD: Akura-Ou goes into shock and then into depression when Tomoe tells him that he wants to become human and live with a human woman for the rest of his life.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Pretty accurate description of Tomoe and Mizuki's relationship. The same with Tomoe and Kurama and... Hell, assuming he doesn't kill them first Tomoe has a habit of winding up as Vitriolic Best Buds with just about everybody.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Tomoe is capable of disguising himself as an ordinary human and even shapeshifting into ''Nanami''.
    • Mamoru, Nanami's monkey shikigami, can become a cute little boy at will.
    • Mizuki can turn into a snake.
  • War God: Ikusagami
  • The Worsening Curse Mark: After he regains his memories of his lost love, Tomoe collapses and these start appearing all over his body.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Nanami eventually becomes this.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Tomoe seems to have had quite a bit of trouble with the concept in the past.
  • Winged Humanoid: Kurama, Jirou, pretty much every other Tengu. Kurama even uses it as part of his Idol Singer schtick, were he pretends to be a fallen angel from Heaven.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Tomoe in his early days as a super powerful, super badass wild fox yokai. Okay, maybe for him it was white hair, dark gray heart...
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Tomoe gives a speech of this type to Nanami before she dances the Kagura.
  • Youkai: Numerous examples in the series.
  • You Are Not Alone: Mikage gently reminds Nanami of this when her friends rally to support her efforts in recent chapters.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Akura-Ou inherits the retinue of the Mountain King after he kills said king.
  • You Sexy Beast: The premise of the main romance.

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