Yuuri Mito is a typical, normal Japanese teenager. He goes to school, works on people's motorcycles and performs exorcisms. Okay, that last part's a little bit unusual, but his family lives in a shrine and they do that sort of thing. Still, you would think he'd know enough to be careful with an ancient relic he finds in the woods, especially when a mysterious goddess appears and tells him to leave it alone. Unfortunately, despite Mito's best efforts, the seal gets broken anyway and a number of dangerous "tayuti" that it held in stasis get loose. This is bad. Mito also ends up with a beautiful goddess girl who decides that she's going to marry him. This might not be so bad. if he wasn't already caught up in the middle of a war between the entities he's released. The flesh may be weak but the spirit's more than willing to compensate.
Right off the bat, just by reading and "looking" at the first few color intro pages, you get the cliche ecchi guy+girl kind of feeling. Not long after (literally a few panels), we get introduced to the supernatural aspects of the story. Advance a few more panels and we get to the comedic and romance elements. Although not listed on MAL specifically, the gender-bender genre gets thrown in as well. See the pattern so far? Everything is pretty jammed pack right from the get-go. While the plot was pretty simple the pacing was horrid. I think this manga would have benefited from more chapters; maybe not 20-30 like other works but definitely more than 6.
~Okay for the most part. Very simple character designs but unique enough to tell apart each and every character. Background work was pretty much nonexistent and our characters often interact in front of flat, glowing, airy backgrounds a la shoujo manga. One "winning point", if you can call it that, is at least the female cast was for the most part appealing enough. The focus is pretty much on these females so kudos to the mangaka for handling that department properly.
Disappointing. As mentioned in my story assessment, the characters in the story would have benefited from more chapters. This in turn would allow for more backstories, more development, more growth and more interactions. While it was obvious telling apart the two mains and the side characters, it's quite easy to consider them all to be mains. Also, the romance/relationships between our characters was just one big snafu. One female shown with possible romantic interest was abandoned, another female (who I THINK was the osananajimi) hinted at romantic feelings but was wrapped up and abandoned within mere minutes of each other. A real mess in this department honestly.
After I finished up the manga, I went on MAL for my usual business. Which was then that I noticed there was an anime adaptation! Ah, I possible screwed up. Fun fact: I never read a manga without watching the anime adaptation first just to see how far off the adaptation was. However, looking at the mere 6 chapters of clusterfunk that is the manga source and seeing the higher overall score with a proper 1-cour duration, I can't help but wonder if the anime was tons better than the manga. Maybe once I get around to watching the anime, I will come back to edit my overall assessment but as of right now, there's really no reason to read this unless you need a quick read while commuting or something. read more