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!
Momochi-san Chi no Ayakashi Ouji has been published in English as The Demon Prince of Momochi House by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint since July 7, 2015, and in Polish as Strażnik domu Momochi by Waneko since July 3, 2015.
It's good to see a shoujo manga with a different theme and not the usual cliche setting like unpopular girl meets popular boy and they will fall in love. Though the story is not that unusual I guess. Ayakashi-themed manga.
It actually reminded me a bit of Kamisama Hajimemashita at first (probably cause of the cat/fox ears) though both have different plots anyway.
But as I read, it gets really interesting and intriguing. Really! Though I've only read 12 chapters so far but enough to piqued my interest anyway. It's cute, funny and a bit of mysterious. And since this is also supernatural/fantasy, I'm
expecting more things will happen.
And then the art. I'm usually picky when it comes to art but this manga's art is really gorgeous. Especially the boys lol.
It's a good read. I can't say that it's really one of my super duper fave manga (YET), but I'm really looking forward for more chapters. I bet this will become popular soon especially if it gets an anime adaptation.
If you enjoyed manga like Kamisama Hajimemashita, Watashi no Ookami-kun, Akaya Akashiya Ayakashi no, Natsume Yuujinchou, or any manga that have ayakashi theme on it, then you will enjoy this!
They say not to judge a book by its cover, but can we just deal with how beautiful the covers of this manga series is?! The cover designs were the initial reason why I picked up this manga, and I can't say that I was disappointed by its content.
*This review contains no spoilers.
I've read the first nine volumes of this manga so far, and it manages to sustain an engaging story. One of my favourite qualities about it is the relaxed, enchanting atmosphere of the story and setting. It's hard to determine where the plot is going in the first few volumes (which instead
focuses on Himari's relations with the other characters while setting up the story concept), but in later volumes it appears that the main plot arc revolves around discovering Aoi and Himari's seperate pasts and freeing Aoi from Momochi House. The one thing I found a little aggravating was the lack of permanent story development. Often in chapters something big would happen (such as romantic development), only to have a "just kidding" conclusion, as if to tease the reader to buy the next volume. Despite this slow-paced plot, the atmosphere and main character (Himari) kept me satisfied throughout the series.
The art in this manga is wonderful. The fine outlines, swirl motif and almost "watercolour" style of the art goes so well with the story concept, and it really captures the Ayakashi fantasy vibe. The character designs are equally great, from their hair to their clothes. I often found myself admiring the art, both on the covers and the inside pages (but mostly on the covers).
All too often the main character of a romance manga is dull and uninteresting, or so needy and stupid that it spoils the entire manga. One of the reasons I continued with this series is because of Himari's bright, optimistic and kind personality. She is so cute and positive that I couldn't help but smile each time I read her! :3
However, I wish the story payed more attention to the other characters. I feel like the male characters have so much potential, but they never get a fair chance to expand and become unique and interesting. Aoi, the main love interest, is gentle and mysterious. Ise is active and forthright. Yukari is thoughtful and reliable. But that's about as much as we get from them--at least at this current point in the series. We don't get much insight into their hopes and dreams, their desires and fears... but perhaps this will change. Perhaps I'm asking for too much.
The characters are all likeable, but they're nothing spectacular (unless you count their looks, because DAYUM are they fine!).
I continue to enjoy this manga series enough to buy every volume as they get released. It is definitely one of the better Shoujo romance mangas I've read. The art is what does it for me. If the art was slack and the main character was boring/annoying then I most likely wouldn't be persisting with this series. This is the type of manga that leaves you relaxed and smiling afterwards, and the romance is pure and totally worth it! One of my favourite chapters, which was surprisingly deep and heart-wrenching, is chapter 11 of volume 3. Pretty sure I nearly cried at that part >_<
When you add up all the aspects of this manga, it's pretty good. You certainly won't dislike it. I recommend this manga to anyone who appreciates that dreamy, casual vibe and beautiful art style. Not for someone who wants steamy romance and a fast-paced story.