ARC Review: The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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!

I must admit, a part of my interest to this novel was because of the artwork on the cover. The artwork is the highlight of this manga, mostly because the story is a bit lacklustre.

Himari inherits her family’s Momochi house (which is said to be haunted) when she becomes 16, after living in an orphanage for most of her life. She is naturally excited to have a house to herself and rediscovering her family’s legacy. But the house has squatters, namely three extremely handsome guys (at this point, I should mention that no matter how handsome they were, the most appropriate response in this situation would be to involve the authorities) who refuse to leave. Turns out they are guarding the barrier between the spiritual and human realms, and she will just have to put up with them.

The manga is a bit over-the-top, starting with Himari entering to find a naked Aoi (why was he naked, though, even with all the strategically placed smoke), to her cleaning a house and coming across all sorts of spirits lurking. It reeks a little of Kamisama Hajimemashita, too (main love interest with furry apperance? Check!Girl being bullied into leaving? Check! Too attractive guys? Check!) Aoi’s job basically becomes to protect her from all the mischievous spirits lurking in the house (hello damsel in distress herione – my least favorite trope) and Himari’s is only to get into more trouble from which he can save her, while looking on adorably in despair.

Basically, it feels generic but the fantasy element and the artwork draws me in.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.

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