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Kamisama Kiss: The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

Kamisama Kiss- The Complete Series Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack

While not my cup of tea, “Kamisama Kiss” has its charms.

After becoming homeless due to her father, Nanami is offered to stay in a rundown temple by a stranger (Mikage). Nanami soon learns that Mikage is no ordinary person, however, as he is revealed to be a Land God. Stranger still, the temple is home to two childlike Yokai (Onikiri and Kotetsu) as well as Tomoe (a fox Yokai who is Mikage’s familiar). As if Nanami’s day couldn’t get any weirder, Mikage makes Nanami a newly appointed Land God with Tomoe now serving as her familiar. While Nanami and Tomoe don’t get along initially, the two find themselves falling for one another.

Aside from the aforementioned central story, the show’s 13 episodes also contain plots about encounters with various demons, Isara (Imperial Priestess of Lake) visiting Nanami, Nanami helping people (or non humans), Nanami’s adventures at school, Mizuki (a snake who wants to marry Nanami), Nanami encountering Gods (like the God of Thunder), Kurama (a pop star/crow tengu/classmate of Nanami), an ill Nanami, Tomoe going to school in place of Nanami, a beach trip, Tomoe’s past (and past love interest), time travel, the Dragon King (and his eye), Nanami attending a mixer, Nanami’s friends, a festival at the shrine, and a box of miasma.

“Kamisama Kiss” is the definition of a hit-and-miss anime series. It’s overly loud, it’s goofy (that narration!), and it features some groan worthy slapsticky humor (see the pop up bubbles), and yet, this fast paced lighthearted show has a really engaging character in Tomoe. Sure, he’s a smug, mean spirited, loner who hides his true feelings, but he has a heart. He’s a love/hate character that winds up being the most complex and intriguing part of the entire series. It’s just a shame the character is surrounded by uninspired romantic sap and a half baked story…

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The colors really shine in this beautiful hi-def transfer.

Audio Tracks: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0. How do they sound? The English track is overacted while the Japanese track is clearly the best option of the two.

Extras:
* Trailers for “Fairy Tail,” “Wolf Children,” “Summer Wars,” “Fruits Basket,” “Sakura Wars,” “One Piece,” “Shakugan No Shana,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “Guilty Crown,” Anime Classics and Funimation.com.
* A passable commentary on episode 1 by Jerry Jewell and Tia Ballard.
* A U.S. trailer for “Kamisama Kiss.”
* Commentary on episode 12 by Jerry Jewell and J. Michael Tatum. Not much here aside from lots of jokes.
* 1 textless opening song and 13 textless closing songs.
* An episode 6 video commentary by Jerry Jewell, Sean O’Connor, Tia Ballard, and J. Michael Tatum. Even though it may not be the deepest commentary, I find the video commentaries to be much more involving.

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March 14, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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