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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 and Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1605100005
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Kamisama Kazoku Vol. #02

By Erin Jones     February 11, 2009
Release Date: August 15, 2008


Kamisama Kazoku Vol. #02
© Go! Comi

Miracles and music boxes may prove to be the highlight of the series so far, but a panty thief is definitely the worst we've seen this series yet.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Tapari and Yoshikazu Kuwashima
Translation: Christine Schilling
Adaptation: Brynne Chandler

What They Say
Life as a human isn't quite what Samataro expected! His divine family and friends no longer remember his former status, and for good reason - it's a lot harder to get along on his own than he expected! A little divine intervention would come in handy when Samataro finds out Kumiko is moving away... but he's determined to handle things on his own!

The Review!
Angered at Samataro's flippant attitude towards giving up his god powers, Tenko promises to do everything she can to get him together with Kumiko.  Her meddling is a complete success, resulting in a friendly lunch on the rooftop and an entertaining afternoon at the movies and dinner for the pair.  Unfortunately, the guardian angel is not able to separate her self-imposed matchmaker duties from her true feelings for Samataro, who wants to become a human even after the success he had with Kumiko.  His willingness to throw his future away for a girl has made Tenko feel useless, making her wish to become human, as well.  Samataro finally decides to have his father revoke his divinity, not realizing that he would lose Tenko in the process.  In the alternate world that is nothing like his past one, it takes the help of the new, human Tenko and a large miracle to make Samataro realize where his feelings truly lie.

And with that, Samataro is allowed to go back to his original god candidate state... But considering the meddling nature of his all-powerful and overly protective father, that's not all too surprising.  And, unfortunately, the series returns from its sweet, candid high to the hit-or-miss screwball comedy in one chapter about... a panty thief.  Shinichi and Samataro later go spying on a girl who seems to have mysteriously changed over the school break. Looking into the girl's dressing room from a high tree lands Shinichi in the hospital in the broken leg, where he meets a standoffish girl in a wheelchair who reminds Samataro of someone he can't quite remember.  Tenko's problems are much more serious, as a misdirected miracle from Papa sends her a baby that she is convinced came from Samataro's peck on the cheek.  It's innocent, cute incidents such as this that help make me forget things such as the (so far) unimportant panty thief episode.  If this series could maintain its sweetness and stop with things like
Samataro's mother wearing the refrigerator in the summer, it would be that much better.  As it is, readers will just have to tolerate the strange with the appealing, because the mid-volume climax proves that Kamisama Kazoku has a lot of emotional depth to offer.

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