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Manga Review: The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 2

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 2 focuses on Himari Momochi, who inherited an estate that exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms. She found that a boy named Aoi Nanamori was already living there with two shikigami, Ise and Yukari. It turns out that Aoi can transform into Omamori-sama, a demon that protects the house.

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 2

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 2

Written by: Aya Shouoto
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 6, 2015

Volume 2 shows Aoi feeling conflicted. On the one hand, he wants Himari to leave so she doesn’t have to deal with the demons that try to cross over into the human realm through the house. But on the other, Aoi really seems to like Himari and wants her to stay by him. Yukari doesn’t seem to mind Himari’s presence, but Ise would be happier if she left. And the lower demons that reside in the house really want to see Himari go as well.

Himari and the reader are given the backstory for how Aoi came to be in the house as a child, became the Omamori-sama, and what effects it has had on him. One of those effects is that a barrier keeps Aoi trapped inside the house, and he hasn’t been able to go outside since he wandered in.

Learning this backstory helps the reader to understand why Aoi seems so clingy and almost childlike at times. Himari is moved, but she doesn’t want to feel pity for Aoi. Instead, she is determined to find a way to help Aoi break through the barrier and end his imprisonment in Momochi House.

There’s a moving story about Onmoraki, one of the lesser demons. He is determined to see his sister as she passes through the house as part of a lantern procession since that’s the only time each year when he can see her. When Onmoraki accidentally takes on the form of a human, he despairs he won’t be able to see his sister. But when a soul eater emerges from the procession, Aoi does something unexpected with the lesser demon that makes Onmoraki become a more important character for the series. It will be interesting to see how he could potentially be utilized in later volumes of the series.

Near the end of the volume, Himari transfers into a school that’s near Momochi House. She seems to quickly make friends, and is surprised to learn about the stories told to her peers about her home being a haunted. Of course, some of her classmates are curious about it and insist on going to see it. There’s actually a very humorous scene for how Aoi, Ise, and Yukari hide the fact that they’re three guys living with Himari. Unfortunately, the fun doesn’t last long when Aoi informs Himari that one of the classmates who came with her is already dead. The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 2 ends on a cliffhanger as Himari tries to figure out which of her classmates is the ghost student and get them out before they absorb enough energy from the house to transform into a demon.

While the first volume spent all of its time establishing the characters and concept of the series, The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 2 starts delving into more than exposition. After a good portion of it is spent on Himari learning more about Aoi and adapting to life at Momochi House, it was refreshing to see her be able to go out into world and into a new environment when Himari attends school. Going to school and trying to hide the truth about Momochi House could become quite stressful for Himari, though. And while the story returns to Momochi House by the end of the volume, the stakes become higher than they had been with the mystery of the ghost student.

So far, I feel like I can safely say that the potential I saw for The Demon Prince of Momochi House seems to be starting to show itself as Volume 2 progresses. By the end of this volume, I found myself becoming more interested in this series than I had been by the end of Volume 1, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this series will progress.

Manga fans who enjoy shojo manga with supernatural elements will likely find something to like in this series. Readers who enjoyed the first volume of this series will likely appreciate what they see in The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 2.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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