My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This manga has some neat ideas but doesn't quite bring it all home. Or maybe it's just skewing too young for me (and well the lead is sixteen after all). This volume does fill in a lot of the history of Momochi house and it's 'demon prince' for HImari, the rightful owner. She was supposed to be the protector of the house, a place where the veil between this world and the spirit world is thin.
Instead Aoi ran into the house as a ten year old boy and much of this volume is his history. We don't know entirely why he ran in but the house will not let him go. HIs existence in the real world has been erased. As the episodes go by it's hinted at that being the Nue, the demon prince that guards the house, is taking a toll on Aoi (maybe one he doesn't even realize). Skipping over the unlikelihood of a 10 year old raising himself with the help of a couple of shiki, it's used to explain his some times child-like behavior.
Himari is determined to free Aoi even though he doesn't really want to be free and his shiki definitely don't want it. SHe isn't really wanted in the house by the various resident ayakashi and shiki (well Yukari seems okay with her).
The story is still mostly episodic with the history of the house and Himari's determination to free Aoi linking it all together. The stories are good, one is quite sad and the art is lovely. However, this is one I wish the library had because I'm not sure I like it enough to keep buying it.
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