Severely allergic to felines, Yuuto Amakawa spends his mornings nursing a drippy nose courtesy of his friend Rinko’s cat. But on his sixteenth birthday, it’s not just Rinko’s pet that’s riling up his allergies (to say nothing of his hormones)! Appearing before him is Himari, a buxom, sword-wielding cat spirit in human guise, who has sworn to protect Yuuto, now the target of vengeful spirits! It’s clear that Yuuto’s allergies are the least of his problems — he’s gonna need Himari’s help if he wants to live to see his seventeenth birthday!
Omamori Himari was published in English by Yen Press from October 26, 2010 to July 22, 2014, as well as in eBook format from November 14, 2011 to July 22, 2014. Yen Press also released a guidebook companion for the manga and anime and labeled it as Volume 0, which was published digitally and in print on September 25 and October 30, 2012 respectively. The series has also been published in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint as Il Talismano - Omamori Himari since June 7, 2014.
Typically when you have too much of one thing, you tend to get tired of it; but what about when you have too many difference things? Well Omamori Himari happens to be a Shounen, Supernatural, Action, Harem, Ecchi, Romantic, Comedy, Drama *breathe* yeah… that's quite a mouthful. And with all these different genres meshed together, it’s all bound to feel somewhat diluted. Although there are plenty of great things to be found in this unoriginal yet refreshing manga.
Set in modern-day Japan, an average teenage boy named Yuuto Amakawa, is taken care of by his childhood friend Rinko Kuzaki, ever since he lost his parents. Now where have I heard this set-up before? Well after turning 16 years old, a strange girl named Himari Noihara appears before him and she later claims to be a demon cat (fully equipped with nekomimi) who has to protect him from demons and such. The reason why it’s occurring now is because Yuuto happens to be a descendant of a line of demon slayers and more plot & stuff.
From that description alone it is easy to tell that this will be a rather straightforward story, dabbling both high school antics and demon slaying action. Though apart from some annoyances, like Yuuto constantly falling face first into misunderstandings and given the Keitaro treatment (Love Hina), there’s a good amount of story & character development that brings it a notch above your typical Harem. The story goes from Yuuto’s lofty goal, whereby he wishes to get Humans and Demons to somehow co-exist, to that of defeating the big bad. Neither plot-point being original on their own, but within a Harem manga it’s refreshing to see some actual plot from time to time and I’m not referring to that other kind of “plot”.
But what’s not as refreshing are the characters, with the females simply being a collection of “deres”. We have the classic Tsundere, the Kuudere, the Himedere, the Mayadere, the Deredere, and some Lolis thrown in there for good measure. Sure fans of the genre tend to enjoy these character traits, but when characters like Rinko become nothing more than their character trait, their very existence within the narrative begins to feel forced and pointless. At least strong female characters like Himari & Kuesu help pick up the slack, bringing with them some striking dialogue and seductive moments. Then there’s our protagonist, Yuuto who is the typical spineless young adolescent male you'd find with a harem. Well at least that’s how he is in the beginning. He actually does develop throughout the story’s progression, growing a backbone when needed, but at heart he's too generic to be appealing for me.
I guess that’s a problem of me having read too many manga, as I can have a gripe about anything; take the artwork for example. The artwork happens to be quite nice and clean, with a lot of effort put into every panel. And sure the character designs look rather generic, you can tell that without doubt the mangaka can draw his generically cute girls. The same cannot be said about the action sequences, as they simply pale in comparison to what you'd find in your typical shounen battle manga.
All in all Omamori Himari is an all round good read, even though it doesn’t really excel at anything. The harem is entertaining but rather cliché, with little to feel invested in until the very end. The supernatural side of things does add some depth and intrigue to the story but the stale action sequences do not do it any justice. It tries to force its Love Hina level of physical comedy, which becomes tiresome rather quickly. So you just have to think to yourself whether you would enjoy something with; multifaceted connections between demons & demon slayers and some tits? read more
I have read quite a few harem, ecchi, etc. type mangas and they all have somethig that half decent even if the pplot is nonsensical. This is often the comedy like Rysing x Rydeen or the characters like Rosario to Vampire. This manga howerver has no redeeming features as everything it does has been done before but better by other mangas. Nyan Koi beets it in the cat allergies plotline department. To Love Ru does the ecchi better. Rosar to Vampire does action better.
Story - 2
Its about youkai, so its basically been done to death. However its been really poorly as the action and the plot is unbelievably boring.
Art - 5
The art is mediocre at best and not nice to look at in the slightest.
Character - 1
Terribly cliche and boring with the main character being the most spineless, useless piece of shit ever.
Overall - 2
The comedy is shit, the characters, story and art are shit, so avoid this like the plague it's unbelievably boring.read more
I started reading this series after I finshed the anime, and after the first few volumes I relized something. Tha Manga is way better than the anime, so if you liked the anime I highly recomend you read the Manga . The storyline is really good, the auther does a good job keeping you geussing on what will happen next, as well as sprinklying in some comedy and fan service. The Manga is good cause we get to see more of Himari and friende and in the Manga Yuuto actual grows a back bone and starts to fight rather than always letting girls protect him. All in all the story was really well drawn and writen, and I can't wait for the next volume to come out. read more
This is a very, very, overused, unoriginal, and tired harem story. Harem story is one term, because harem stories can be very interesting and cool. However, this is one that you could get from anywhere else. There isn't anything new, even with this sort of supernatural-twist that comes with every harem series that has no originality to it.
Even as a person who doesn't really mind moe, there is moe prevalent throughout all the character designs. But I still wouldn't mind that. In fact, the girls in this series are quite cute. No, what makes this moe different is...nothing. This is art and character design that is indistinguishable from a lot of other series with bishoujo in them. The manga-ka is a former hentai artist, which makes this the least explicit thing that he's done.
Speaking of which, the reason this is decent is because the eye candy is quite good, expected from someone with the manga-ka's credentials.
The fight scenes are poorly constructed; I can barely tell what's going on in one panel or another. Plus, you won't even be interested in the fight scenes because the story is so boring.
I can safely say that Yuuto is the first harem protagonist I've seen that I didn't like not because he was a major fucking douchebag (Rin from SHUFFLE! and Makoto from School Days). No, it's just that he's JUST a nice guy. That's it; he doesn't have a lot of personality outside of that. And the density of the character isn't really examined, expanded upon, or played with. Ichika Orimura may be a moron, but his density is massive enough to make him at least passably interesting. That's right; Yuuto is boring enough to reflect poorly on Ichika Orimura, who I have mixed feelings about.
Really, those are the points I have to cover. This series is boring, and you should avoid it if you don't want to be bored. As it is an ecchi harem and moe series, you'll enjoy it even less if you don't like that. In fact, in that case you'll probably hate this series.read more