Friday, March 16, 2018

Manga Review: The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Volume 10, by Aya Shouoto

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: October 2017
Volumes: 12+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 9. 11.

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 makes her way into the depths of Momochi House in search of a way to free Aoi. She is attacked but is saved by the Guardian of the Gate. Hoping to get his hands on the Momochi name, the guardian tries to get Himari to marry him. Naturally, Aoi has no intention of letting him have his way!


Now that Aoi has confessed his feelings to Himari, we get to see them dealing with their new relationship. It's new to both of them, and mostly Himari doesn't know how to act around him. And now that they're “settled”, of course they have to throw in a new boy to cause some drama. We meet Hakka, who's determined to win Himari, and competes with Aoi. It's nice to see the Nue take over during this, and then conclusion is also better than I expected.
I can't help but think of Nue and Aoi as one person, even if they have slightly different personalities. Himari doesn't consider them one, and I'm waiting for the problem in that to become apparent.
We get a glimpse of some trouble brewing at the end of this, though no real idea what it means.
In the second half of the volume, we get to see Ise's past. I still don't really have a feel for either of Aoi's shikigami, but it was still nice to see how Ise ended up there. It was a fitting story for him, and I do like seeing how close they are.

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

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