Friday, July 28, 2017

Manga Review: Demon Prince of Momochi House, Volume 9, by Aya Shouoto

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Volumes: 11+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 8. 10.

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. Thanks to Himari’s journey in the spiritual realm, Aoi is able to remember his past. While preparing a party to celebrate, Yukari tells Himari that Aoi shares a special connection with her parents…


We come to the conclusion of the arc involving Aoi's parents. It's rather sad, mostly. It's a sad ending for the little girl, and it's really bittersweet for Aoi. It's both good and bad.
Though, mostly, I'm wondering why we didn't see more of the connection between Aoi and the Nue. It was hinted earlier that Himari needs to not separate them so much, and yet nothing happens regarding that.
After that, the house throws a surprise party for Aoi. Himari even finds some magic fireworks. It's a nice reprieve, but it also ends up giving Himari a new insight into Aoi's point of view, the reason he's stayed so content in that house for so long--his purpose. It's sweet, but it's also a little sad, given the reason he was hanging on.
This volume was really good. It was at times depressing and beautiful and touching. I'm not sure where else this series is going, but I am enjoying it so far.

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

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