Faced with the choice of being married to a strange spirit or being made into dinner, Aoi decides to create a third option for herself!
Aoi Tsubaki inherited her grandfather’s ability to see spirits—and his massive debt to them! Now she’s been kidnapped and taken to Kakuriyo, the spirit world, to make good on his bill. Her options: marry the head of the inn her grandfather trashed, or get eaten by ayakashi. But Aoi isn’t the type to let spirits push her around, and she’s determined to redeem her grandfather’s IOU on her own terms!
Aoi wants to work off her debt to the Tenjin-ya inn, but she only has one day to find a position and none of the managers are willing to hire a human! If she can just get someone to see past her family background, Aoi is certain she can prove her worth!
I was already a fan of this, thanks to the anime, and when I got a chance to read the manga as well, I jumped on it. It is the story of a young woman (she is a university student in this, for a change, not a high school kid, thank god) who gets carried away to the spirit realm to be the ogre king’s bride as payment for the deceased grandfather’s debts, and who is an independent girl who creates her own path. Aoi is resourceful and mature, who has had a hard childhood from abandonment, and who can see spirits and therefore feeds them to gain their benevolence. Her life in Kakuriyo is off to a rough start in this volume, as she is looked down upon by nearly all the spirits and some even consider her to have insulted their boss (who seems shady and strict as of now). Oh, and the artwork is gorgeous – I love the details on their hair and clothes, and the environment itself. I can’t wait to read future installments.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.
This edition releases on January 1, 2019