Kamisama Kiss (神様はじめました Kamisama Hajimemashita) is a Japanese manga series by Julietta Suzuki and serialized by Hakusensha in the shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume. The series is licensed for regional release in North America by Viz Media as part of their Shojo Beat imprint. An anime adaptation will be produced by TMS Entertainment and directed by Akitaro Daichi.
After her father having run away due to gambling debts, and being evicted from her apartment, Nanami meets Mikage, a strange man who is afraid of dogs. Nanami "saves" Mikage from a dog and tells him her story. He gives Nanami his house as a thank you for saving him. Nanami accepts the offer, due to having nowhere else to go. Mikage draws her up a map showing her where to go. Upon arriving, she finds that it is a rundown shrine. Nanami is then almost killed by Tomoe, who was expecting Mikage to finally return after his 20 year absence. She is then greeted by both Onikiri and Kotetsu, as the new land god of the shrine. Unable to accept Nanami as the new land god, Tomoe mocks her then leaves the shrine, which, without Tomoe's power transforms back into a run-down state. Not wanting to rob Tomoe of his home and realizing that her powers as a god are too weak anyway Nanami leaves, but eventually is brought back by Tomoe after she seals a contract with him, making him her familiar.
- Nanami Momozono (桃園 奈々生 Momozono Nanami)
- Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori
- A teenage girl whose father ran out on her because of his gambling debts, she was often mocked for her poverty by her classmates. She becomes the local land god after former god Mikage transfers his position as master of the shrine over to Nanami. She begins with very little spiritual power, but works hard at balancing her godly duties with her schoolwork. Nanami is often upset when Tomoe flirts with other women. Tomoe always puts Shitake mushrooms in Nanami's food even though he knows she hates them. Nanami falls in love with Tomoe, but is rejected by him since it is taboo for a human and a demon to be lovers.
- Tomoe (巴衛)
- Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana
- A fox yokai who serves as the familiar of the land god. Several centuries ago, he was a wild and cruel fox who served the Evil King, but occasionally took mercy on girls who showed spirit. He has a very cynical, often mocking demeanor, partly because he is distrustful of others, but he can be very charming when the occasion demands it. He is also extremely powerful, and is able to apparently disable other familiars and independent demons without much effort. His power is restricted by Nanami's words however; if she orders him to do something, he must comply. He can transform by using enchanted leaves, and can also transform other creatures with the same leaves. Tomoe worries a great deal about Nanami and is very aware of how delicate she is as a human, threatening anyone who harms her or speaks ill of her.
- It is often implied that he loves Nanami, such as doing random acts of kindness for her and refusing to kill in front of her. Plus, it is also indicated that he sometimes gets very jealous of other guys who hang around her. He is also very loyal to Nanami, as shown by him kissing her to seal their contract again after it had been broken. In the most recent chapters it's revealed that he as suspected is in love with Nanami, however Nanami is unaware of this fact.
- Mikage (ミカゲ)
- Voiced by: Akira Ishida
- A mysterious man who was once the land god of the shrine, and who left twenty years ago for unspecified reasons. He met a newly homeless Nanami and bestowed the land god mark on her, saying that she was better suited to be the god than him. He has light hair and glasses, and wears a trenchcoat and hat.
- Shinjirou Kurama
- Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio
- A wildly popular idol with the gimmick of being a "fallen angel", with goth makeup and a bad boy attitude. He is a crow tengu who wished to become the land god instead of Nanami by eating her heart. After being thwarted by Tomoe, he becomes friendly with Nanami and even allows her to stay at his apartment when she temporarily loses her godhood. He has a lingering dislike for Tomoe. He left Kurama mountain 16 years ago and has been living in human world since then. He also shown to have more normal human's attitude than the others (Tomoe, Mizuki, etc.).
- Mizuki (瑞希)
- Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
- A snake familiar at the Yonomori shrine. When Nanami saves his life from her cruel classmates by releasing him out a window, he falls in love with her. He later becomes Nanami's familiar to save her from a sea demon. He was apparently raised in a greenhouse and has little knowledge of how most snakes behave. He has the power to make wonderful sake.
- Onikiri (鬼切) and Kotetsu (虎徹)
- The two attendants at Nanami's shrine. They appear to be two bald, childlike yokai wearing masks, but like Tomoe they are able to shapeshift. They are extremely fond of both Nanami and Tomoe.
- A bratty, selfish sky god who has an unrequited crush on Tomoe. She steals Nanami's mark, shrinks Tomoe into a toddler, and takes control of the shrine for a short period. She is very demanding and apparently goes through attendants at an unheard-of rate, and seems to take sadistic delight in abusing her familiars.
- Himemiko Numano (沼皇女 Numano Himemiko)
- A catfish who became a swamp deity, and lives in a palace underneath her swamp with her many fish attendants. Ten years ago she fell in love with a young boy, Urashima Kotarou and she asks Nanami to help her reconnect with the boy once again. As repayment, when Nanami visits her palace she allows her to wear one of her luxurious kimonos so she will look her best in front of Tomoe.
- Sukuna Ryūō (龍王 宿儺 Ryūō Sukuna)
- Dragon Lord of the sea, who has a been waiting to seek revenge against Tomoe for 526 years for ripping out his right eye and attacking the north gate of Ryuusuu Castle. He found Tomoe after he saved a girl from drowning in the sea. The Dragon Lord's eyes are known as the Longevity Elixir and are said to give great power to whoever has drank them.
Kamisama Hajimemashita began its serialization run in 2008 in the sixth issue of the semi-monthly shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume. The collected chapters were later republished in tankōbon volumes by Hakusensha with the first volume released on September 19, 2008. North American publisher Viz Media licensed the English language distributions rights at the 2009 New York Anime Festival.
An anime television series adaptation will be produced by TMS Entertainment and directed by Akitaro Daichi. the first episode will air on October 1, 2012.