If you missed the reviews of the first 10 volumes of this series then you’ve got to take a look at these spoiler free reviews!! The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1-5 // A Review. The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 6-10 // A Review.
Genre Shoujo, Fantasy, Supernatural, Mystery, Romance, Japanese Mythology
On her 16th birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits the ancestral estate 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!
The Demon Prince of Momochi House series
by Aya Shouoto
Published (vol.11) March 6th 2018
by VIZ Media LLC
I have to start with the smart, smart plot!! I LOVED how now we are exploring what it means to be the Omamori-sama… We think we understand what it means to be one with the Nue… but this volume throws a bomb in that and we come out the otherside with some pretty ominous conclusions for Aoi. The masked spirit was a really great villain and yet also makes me feel so sad for him… I LOVE that dichotomy.
The dream sequences were very intriguing and I think the art really shines in this area. The battle sequences were not as dreamy this time as the dark nature of the nue companionship is shown through the art. There wasn’t really forward movement with Aoi and Himari’s relationship so much as a companionship that is shown through the simple frames they share. For the first time we see Momochi House more for the character it is rather than a creepy and beautiful setting.
The authenticity that grips us by the throat is the fact that if this master and shikigami of a year can have such a powerful bond… what will happen to Himari and Aoi? Ise and Yukari and Zushi and the other ayakashi that have gotten close to Aoi… what of them?! This fear has come from 10 previous volumes of authenticity that has sucked us in and made us care!!
The connection between this previous nue and Aoi creates this incredible tension! Since the entire volume is about this previous nue as Aoi comes up against a problem and as he works through those difficulties more and more problems crop up. At one point you are as shocked as Himari at what happens!! We see that in the next volume we’ll probably learn about Amane and his shikigami… and we are dying to get a glimpse at the possible end for Aoi at the same time…!
If you go back and read my review of the first 5 volumes you’ll see that I felt the first 2 were somewhat shallow but with lots of promise… as I read later volumes, 9 and 10, the story exploded with all that potential paying off! And we get the implications in volume 11… Was it just a fluke this mangaka was about the craft this plot so masterfully?! I’d say not!
At each story arc we saw another facet of the Nue/Aoi bond, sometimes from his POV and sometimes from Himari and sometimes one of his shikigami. By changing the points of view a little more depth is added by simply running events through a different person! It is one of the best uses of multiple POVs I’ve seen and to find it in a manga is masterful…
This series delivers gorgeous art… but it also introduces us to characters that engage us… from kind and loving Himari who refuses to give up on Aoi to our dual sided hero who is fighting his transformation from human to ayakashi. AND THE STORY… allows us to dabble across the line between the human and spirit world!!
What keeps you hooked on a series?!
For me I want to feel the characters are growing and they are being exposed to situations that change them and make them choose who they are and what they want to become… Those stresses come to bear on their relationships and seeing a couple draw together is a cherry on top!!
Thanks for Reading XOXO
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.