Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: October, 2013
The elite and beautiful Ririchiyo Shirakiin has a bad habit--she can't help but lash out at people with her vicious tongue, all while hiding behind a mask of haughty cool. This attitude has a lot to do with people minding her business because of the Shirakiin family name, but it troubles Ririchiyo to no end. In search of independence and solitude, she moves to the Maison de Ayakashi, an apartment building full of wealthy tenants and with its own Secret Service. Ririchiyo is eager to be alone, but upon her arrival, she is greeted by Soushi, an SS agent arranged for her by her parents. Ririchiyo tries to turn Soushi away, but Soushi's dogged devotion to his new mistress will not be deterred. The threat against the residents of the Maison de Ayakashi are not to be taken lightly, after all. And despite his puppy-like demeanor, Soushi is not to be trifled with either...
I was really hopeful with this series. I watched the anime just earlier this year and really enjoyed it, and have heard very good things about the manga. Still, I was surprised (mildly) to see that Yen Press was publishing it, but added it to my list immediately. And because of how excited I was, how hopeful, I doused that with a lot of worry. Because I didn’t want to have my expectations too high, to be disappointed. Either way, this was a really good volume. It didn’t get me obsessed or anything yet, but with a few more volumes, who knows.
Our main character, Ririchiyo, has a hard time not being mean to other people, no matter how badly she wants to be nice. She’s grown up with a hard shell, and doesn’t know how to tear it down. At the start of the series, she moves into a dorm-like building, with several other people like her, and all of whom have a servant/bodyguard. Hers is Soushi, who is very fond of her, rather protective and ‘emotional’ and attached to her. She doesn’t want a bodyguard, but he doesn’t intend to leave, unless she strictly orders him to do so, and she doesn’t want to do that.
I love their relationship, particularly how Soushi acts with her, all adoring and fond and not wanting to leave her side for a second or let her make her own breakfast. I am really looking forward to their relationship growing and developing, and for them to develop on their own, as well as seeing more of their back-stories.
Then there’s the other occupants of the house. They’re all very unique and adorable and hilarious. There’s a woman who has a fixation on good looking women like Ririchiyo, and her ‘master’, someone who knows Ririchiyo from when she was younger, who is lazy and laidback. There’s Roromiya, who is quiet and observant and always eating something, who I personally love and really want to know better. We met a couple other characters as well, Natsume who is manipulative and kind of psychic, and Watanuki who likes Roromiya and is defensive and dislikes being looked down on, and there are still more to come, I know.
There’s a lot more to find out with the characters and the plot, and I’m really looking forward to reading more, seeing it all develop.