Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Manga Review: The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Volume 6, by Aya Shouoto

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Volumes: 9+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 5. 7.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Himari Momochi inherits a mysterious house that comes with its own gorgeous demon guardian.

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!

Himari Momochi inherits Momochi House, an estate which exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms. Himari is still coming to terms with Aoi’s rejection of her love confession when Takamura Nachi, the Classical Literature teacher, shows her a mirror that is said to reflect the true feelings of its beholder…


After that last cliffhanger, it's no surprise that Himari is bummed out, though Aoi is acting perfectly normal. Realizing why Aoi responded the way he did is only more sad than anything, though a bit annoying.
We meet a new character in this volume, a teacher, and he's got an interest in ghost stories. Particularly the Momochi house yokai stories, though Himari does her best to brush him off and mislead him. There are a few new yokai and cursed item chapters throughout, including a yokai who's like a mother to Aoi but dislikes Himari no matter how nice and helpful she is, but mostly they're making Himari reflect on what's happening, and what she needs to do to fix things.
Then there's that new cliffhanger, involved in the teacher, that is sure to be intriguing. I'm also interested in how it's hinted at Aoi being remembered by old classmates and friends, particularly that Himari wants Hayato and Aoi to meet again. I'm sure that's going to connect with her figuring out how to get him out of the Momochi house, so I'm looking forward to that progressing.
This is a fun series, more thoughtful and plot-moving than I expected. I still find Aoi adorable, and I am still reading.

 A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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