On the very first day that innocent country boy, Oyamada Kouta, transfers to a city high school, the prettiest girl in school asks him to meet her alone. They meet in the music room, all alone. Her shining hair and entreating eyes! Her flushed cheeks! Her sweet lips! Her...fox tail?!!
Who is this mysterious and alluring girl and just what does she want with unsuspecting Kouta?
A supernatural setting with tons of eye candy and fan service for the readers. Yes, please. The story did flow properly from beginning to end and I don't recall much if any plot holes or loose ends that weren't tied up. However, the plot can get a bit predictable and wonky at times. It would shift back and forth from serious to ecchi to downright silly. Drama/action scenes had plenty of plot armor, deus-ex machina and the sorts but not so bad that it deteriorates the overall story that much. The comedy and ecchi fan service was aplenty so at least the individual elements
of the manga did their jobs well.
Decent for it's time probably. MAL lists the publishing dates from 2006 to 2010, but the artwork stayed consistent throughout the entire publication. I felt that the some of the character designs were subpar but the females were pretty much top notch and aesthetically pleasing. The panel backgrounds were relatively simple that offered nothing more than supporting the characters in the scene. The action scenes albeit simple, are well drawn and were fluid.
Probably my most enjoyable area of the manga. First let's make this clear, the male lead is pretty much a wuss when dealing with the opposite sex. Despite this, he does rise to the occasion and fights hard to protect his friends and loved ones. The supporting characters are mostly there to fill in the spaces but they do a rather competent job in playing off the main characters. Their interactions flowed naturally and did a decent job when called upon for other purposes besides showing up. The only debatable element among the characters is the "hybrid main/supporting" female, Nozomu. I had a hard time deciding whether or not she was more of a supporting character or a true rival to the main female lead Chizuru.
Usually I'm not one to compare anime to manga and without going into huge spoilers and long walls of rant text... damn, did the anime adaption do the manga source no justice. Having watched the anime prior and immediately going straight into reading this manga-- it seems like my enjoyment per chapter and overall was boosted ten-fold. Story lines were expanded upon, characters were much more developed and the overall plot direction was handled much better. So readers, avoid the manga if you can. To my fellow anime watchers that already suffered through the TV show, pick this up and enjoy the work that will be much more memorable.
Ecchi-7/10 Mild nudity. Most of the panels were not ecchi.
Supernatural- 9/10 Yeah, this whole story is much about youkais, and even the main male character seems to be more than just a human as well. Mysteries abound as well.
Romance- 7/10 Some great romance scenes, but a lot of the story has to do with other stuff.
Well, the story got off with a surprise, and from then on was developed quite nicely, but somehow I felt it was a bit draggy and there were a lot of mysteries being developed but have not been resolved for quite some chapters. Intriguing, but may
be a little overdone. But, definitely a deep plot is present, and it has great potential.
Most were clear, except for some fighting scenes, where the powers used may have blocked the sight for the user's body parts and etc.
The characters were well developed, especially the 2 main characters, and about every1 in the manga have attitude and their own respective motives and sides. Well done, well balanced.
Enjoyed the manga quite a bit due to the suspense, romantic scenes, action etc. but felt there were some panels which were unnecessary (especially some ecchi scenes which seem to come out of nowhere), which kind of broke the flow of events.
Overall a good read for those who like youkai and supernatural stuff, but sometimes there would be some anti-climax scenes which are kinda disappointing. It's not exactly constantly good but this story is still worth reading :D.