Saturday, July 18, 2015

Manga Review: The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Volume 1, by Aya Shouoto

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Volumes: 7+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!


This might actually be my favorite Aya Shouoto book yet. And even I’m surprised to say this.
Himari gets left a house she didn’t know about on her sixteenth birthday. She’s been on her own for most of her life, living in an orphanage but with no family. She hears that the house she inherited is haunted, but she goes on anyway. And when she gets there, she finds the house trashed with three boys inhabiting it. They try to warn her away, but she refuses to listen, stubbornly sets in and fights them about it, even when they try to scare her.
Himari is a great heroine. She’s strong, charging forward, not letting herself be afraid. And she wants a family. She tries to be firm with the boys, either to kick them out or demand rent, but she’s okay with them just being family, if that works out.
Aoi is the human boy who lives there, as the omamori, or the demon prince who guards the house. They have a lot of demons inhabiting and invading the house at all times. His main companions are the two demons who help him and protect him. We don’t know too much about those two, but I think Aoi is a sweetheart. He’s trying to do what’s best for Himari, but he also likes her and wants to protect her, and he has no qualms with touching her and sleeping with her. He’s a sweetie who also just wants a family, to do good, and I love him already.
Like a lot of people, I got the feel of Kamisama Kiss from this series, but it is very different. I suppose there are some similarities, but the overall feel and the characters are very different.
This might actually be my favorite of Shouoto’s already, and I am really excited for the next one. I kind of can't believe how fast this series grew on me.
Oh, also! Color pages! There are two color pages at the beginning of the book, much like in Kiss of the Rose Princess, and they are very pretty! The art style is also similar to He’s My Only Vampire, but the storyline doesn’t seem as dark, which is good.

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