Dale is a cool, composed, and highly skilled adventurer who's made quite a name for himself despite his youth. One day on a job deep in the forest, he comes across a little devil girl who's almost wasted away. Unable to just leave her there to die, Dale takes her home and becomes her adoptive father.
Devil or not, Latina is beyond adorable, and the adventurer soon finds himself head over heels with being a parent.
But why was she out in the forest to begin with, and why does she carry the mark of a criminal?
When you've grown tired of killing, taking care of a beautiful little girl can heal the soul and bring happiness to your life. (Warning: this is a age-gap love story, you have been warned. Usagi Drop all over again)
Good (early) story: Dale stumbles upon a little demon girl, and decides to let her live with him. The idea of a human taking care of a demon when they are generally looked down upon really is an interesting premise and it gives this story a different feeling than most fantasy novels I've read. But it is more of a romantic story than the title implies. There
is also a really slow start, so do not expect much action, adventures or anything else early on. (I liked the calm atmosphere though)
Mediocre Characters: The personalities are not very unique, it's actually a let down compared to the story. The shy little girl whom everyone adores. The overprotective older man with a dark past. As well as friendly Inn owners that doesn't stand out. It's all been done before, but I can't say I dislike anyone of them.
Art: It's not a very big part of light novels, but the art is really beautiful in this one. Latina is adorable, Dale is quite handsome and the pictures are perfectly portraying that. Absolutely among the top illustrations I've seen in light novels.
Overall, There are many time skips, so the girl's age is always changing, it's a shame that the author rushed the story so much. But if you do not mind age progression, then the story is very interesting. But that title really should be changed, since Latina is not considered a daughter for very long.
Story: This is series has two parts. The first part (volumes 1-3) is what you would expect from the title: man finds a demon child and raises her. It's very heart warming; I had a smile on the entire time. The second part (volumes 4-5) does a near 180 and goes into the histories of the characters and the age gap romance between the two leads. The story pretty much ends with volume 5, as the subsequent volumes don't progress the story in any meaningful way.
Art: Illustrations are very good. Nothing much to say here. One thing to note is that the illustrator was changed
after volume 1 for some reason.
Character: Generic but in a good way. Not bad at all, but nothing mind blowing either. I think it works for a story like this.
Overall: The overall plot is very similar to the manga Usagi Drop. Whether you'll like this series will depend a lot on your personal tastes (especially the 2nd part). Decide for yourself whether you think you'll like it or not.
Wonderful series. I really liked how Latina and Dale's relationship progressed. It does seem weird that the daughter-father relationship changed like that, but Latina never saw Dale as a father, and it took a while for Dale to accept her feelings. The author took some time to write about how Latina sees everything, so I think that helps too.
Volumes 4-6 is where the series really shines. It's where we find out why Latina was banished from her hometown, and we get to see Dale be a true hero. We also learn about Latina's parent's backstory (a better romance than Latina and Dale's imo). There is
a lot of action, and everything seems to flow well.
Volume 7-8 are more filler, minus the wedding at volume 8.
The illustrations are really beautiful and help make the characters come to life.