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Books 11-13

ノラガミ 4 [Noragami 4] (Noragami: Stray God, #4)ノラガミ 4 [Noragami 4] by Adachitoka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one had a very different feel. For one, Yato is trying to keep away from Hiyori, fearing that being tied to him too closely will lead her away from her own mortal life. On the other hand, he and his shinki, Yukine have become closer, working as a good team. Yukine does still resent some of Yato's hand to mouth lifestyle and he's lonely even with Hiyori helping him with his 'studies.' It only serves to highlight that he's dead and this is really pointless.

He does find companionship in another very young shinki one of Bishamonten's. And really this is mostly her and her shinki's arc. Kazume is very worried about her, not only worrying that she might realize he helped Yato but also that she is taking on far too many shinki. It weakens her to spread herself so thin. Bishamonten is becoming so weak she can barely function. Kazume fears there is sedition in the ranks of her shinki and he's right.

A lot of darkness is set up in this one and it shores up Kazume as a character. I'm curious to know what comes next.

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Vinland Saga, Omnibus 6Vinland Saga, Omnibus 6 by Makoto Yukimura

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one didn't capture me as much as the rest of the series has. If you are very character oriented and Thorfinn is who you are here to see, this one might disappoint you. He is really much more a minor character in this.

The whole first part of it is about Canute who seems in part to be losing his mind talking to the hallucinated image of his father's decapitated head. Canute may or may not have just poisoned his brother Harald to death so he could be king of Denmark and England at the same time. He also plans to use rich landholders, like the one who owns Thorfinn, as money sinks for his military campaign even if he has to kill them and take their lands. And if the first part isn't about Canute it is about Ketil, the land owner and his sons.

Finally we go back to Ketil's lands and Thorfinn (with a brief detour with Leif who is still looking for Thorfinn) but it is Einar and Arnheid who are the spotlighted characters this time and Snake and a runaway slave and how this all binds them together. In fact what it really does is two things, to highlight that Thorfinn has made a conscious decision to never fight and kill again in his quest to understand what his father meant about being the perfect warrior. And that he's so good at fighting that Snake observes it seems impossible that Thorfinn could have been taken as a slave so one must assume he allowed it for some reason (being broken by not getting to kill Askeladd probably did it).

While there is a lot of fighting in this, it still seemed slow. Maybe because I didn't really care that much about any of the story lines. I want to get moving again with Thorfinn being something more than a farm slave. That said, the art in this is simply amazing.

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

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I rarely read shoujo and when I do, it's usually something like this: supernatural. As in all stories involving minors (Himari is 16) either the parents have to be negligent in keeping an eye on their kids or absent. THis one runs with absent. Himari is an orphan who has just been willed the family house, the titular Momochi house. She leaves school and the orphanage to go live in this house she knew nothing about only to find it occupied by three hot guys (because yes this is sort of a rom-com).

She quickly learns that a) they want her to go but it's for her own protection b) this house is on the boundary between reality and the spirit world c) not all ayakashi are good and some might hurt her and d) she was meant to be the guardian of this house but in her absence, it fell to Aoi, a young boy who wandered into the house and was claimed by it as its protector. He's now a teenager and guards it with his two shiki, Ise (an Orangutan spirit) and Yukari (a water serpent). Even Aoi isn't fully human any more. He is a Nue, a spirit who looks a lot like a cross between a kitsune and an angel.

The subsequent stories are all of Himari trying to help and getting lured by the house and Aoi and the others having to fight back the spirits. There's nothing really new here plot wise. I've seen much of it before. Himari tries to be tough and has potential to be more than just the damsel in distress. I like the characters and might see more of this one but it's also one where I could see it getting old fast if all it is is Aoi to the rescue every chapter. At least he's not the abusive boyfriend type you all too often see in these things. He's very sweet and I like him.

I'm not sure why he is often naked though...The art is also very pretty. I'm sure I'll get at least one more volume to see how this goes.

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Tags: historical fiction, manga, urban fantasy

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