The Demon Prince of Momochi House is a gentle urban fantasy story of a haunted house and the spirits who live within. Our heroine is sweet, her love interest subtle, and the entire feel of the story very low key. Although the cover art makes this seem very much like another Kamisama Kiss (Kamisama Hajimemashita), in reality we have a story about protecting our girl rather than harassing her for humor.
Story: Orphan Himari Momochi discovers she has inherited a mansion on her 16th birthday. But upon arrival, she discovers a derelict house with three squatters. Turns out two are spirits and the one human has dedicated his life to protecting the house and Momochi family. Himari would happily throw the handsome boys out – but the house is proving more dangerous than she could have expected and she is saved more than once. For the mansion exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms. Even more disturbing, the human boy, Aoi, transforms into a Nue (a protection spirit)in order to defend Himari and the house. As Himari becomes closer to Aoi, the odd nue, she realizes there’s much more behind her history, Aoi’s, and the mansion’s than she could ever have realized.
The story unfolds at a gentle pace. I really like that Aoi is sweet, a bit innocent/sheltered, and clearly full of secrets. It makes a nice contrast to the shoujo where the love interest is snarky and always picks on the heroine. Himari has spirit and although she seems to need to be rescued too often, it is obvious she has a good heart and is a good foil for the boys. The other two spirits are interesting as well – I am looking forward to seeing how they transform in future volumes.
The art is solid and Shouoto has drawn some really beautiful panels in there. Aoi is a bit mysterious but his illustrations also show quite a bit personality despite his somewhat detached manner. The transformations are quite visual and interesting.
The series looks to be intriguing and I look forward to the next volume. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.