eBook Finish! Demon Prince of Momochi House, vol. 6

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Pre-ordered this book for October so on the night of the release date, it said it was ready for download. I said to myself, “yay, but I should really wait till the morning to read it since it’s so late already.” Did I listen to me? No! So I stayed up late and finished volume 6 of the Demon Prince of Momochi House in, like, half an hour. Maybe less. It’s been a while since I breezed through a manga volume like that. And was left wanting more but I have to wait all the way to January for the next book, argh!!

Uh, anyway.

So last volume, Himari finally plucks up her courage and confesses her feelings to Aoi. And of course he rejects her for some unknown-but-maybe-kinda-obvious reason. Aoi turns away casually saying they better go get some of the watermelon everyone got or it’ll be all gone. The rejection is so brief Himari’s left kinda stunned.

Later that night in the bath, Himari notices the curse mark on her hand is gone, like Kasha said it would. Although he said something about it washing off in some hotsprings but hey, he’s a demon so I guess we can’t really trust anything he says.

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Aoi overhears and burst in on her in the tub demanding to see her hand. In classic comical fashion, Himari freaks out, smacks Aoi, and passes out from getting overheated. Yukari admonishes Aoi for bursting in a girl in the bath.

The next morning, all the residents have heard of Himari’s rejection. Yukari makes her sekihan (a sticky rice with red beans made for special occassions) while Ise and the others perform a song about how she got rejected to “comfort” her. It’s really hilarious but Himari doesn’t think so and rushes off to school.

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At school there’s a new teacher that everyone calls Natchi. Young type, he’s pretty popular with the students. He’s teaching one of Himari’s classes and has her come clean his office after it’s apparent she didn’t do the homework.

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When she arrives Natchi kind of sneaks up on her, appearing out of seemingly nowhere and questions her about Momochi house. He knows that Momochi house sits between the human and ayakashi worlds and asks if she’s seen anything weird in her house, especially if she’s seen a “mysterious boy.” O_O

Before Himari can say anything, a group of students arrive to hear some more interesting stories from Natchi. Himari does get the chance to tell him that her house is just old and she does know about the rumors but there’s nothing special about the house. When she turns away to start dusting the shelves, she thinks about how strange it is that Natchi seems to know about her house. Something about him also reminds her of Aoi.

O_O  Uh, a-anyway, Natchi proceeds to tell the students about a ghost in Kagome park. It’s a creepy story about a spirit that shows up at dusk wearing a school uniform asking children if want to peek inside his coat. Okay, that sounds more pedophile than anything, but the creepy thing is that any child who sees him disappears.

Natchi then tells the story of a yokai (spirit or demon) who guards the area. He talks about how beautiful this yokai is and people who see him turn in to yokai themselves. Which is why “you must never look at him.”

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O_O…. o_O!!! Holy cow, that’s the same thing Aoi says in the first volume when he transforms into the Nue!! In the beginning, Aoi would say “You mustn’t look at me” when he was about to become the Nue. Once, he even covered Himari’s eyes and said it. There might not be any significance to that but I thought I’d point it out anyway. Natchi doesn’t actually say he’s talking about the Nue but you got to wonder what he knows and how much.

Story time’s over and the students leave. Natchi asks if Himari needs to go back home to Momochi house while Himari questions who he is when she realizes all the stuff on his shelves are really old. He says collecting relics and books on that type of stuff is a hobby and shows her a special mirror called the “seeing mirror” that shows what’s inside people’s hearts.

Getting flustered, Himari pushes Natchi and the mirror away, causing Natchi to lose his balance and fall. The fallen books reveal Natchi is something of an occult freak like Senoo, one of Himari’s classmates, who likes collecting ghost stories and wants to be a playwright. He apologizes for scaring her because he hoped she would tell him some ghost stories about her house. Himari smiles and accepts his apology.

At the end of the chapter, the ghost from Kagome park shows up in the school hallways dragging a blindfolded Nue who is bound by a rope and paper seals.

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The next day Himari realizes she brought the seeing mirror home with her. Yukari tells her a superstition about how spirits pass through mirrors facing each other. Then Yukari comforts Himari over being rejected. Strange. In fact, everyone is being nice to her; Zushi and Ise too. Himari is bewildered by the weird kindness everyone is showing her. As she’s walking through the house an ayakashi appears! Telling it get out doesn’t work and then Kasha appears, saying that she’s the one who invited the “suspicious guest” into the house. He remarks how human can’t see themselves clearly and the shadow ayakashi  goes toward her.

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Aoi comes to the rescue and says the mirror might have something to do with the unexpected appearance of the shadow ayakashi. He tells her she should break the mirror but she’s reluctant to, since it doesn’t belong to her. She tells him what kind of mirror it is and Aoi asks if she was trying to see inside his heart. Blushing, she tells him no to which he responds that she didn’t need a mirror for that as he loves her.

Aoi says since he can’t leave the house he can’t always be with her. Himari tells him she’s not going anywhere and Aoi asks her if she wants to be trapped in the house with him. Confused, Himari says she wants to free him and he says it’s not possible since he’s already an ayakashi and transforms into the Nue.

The Nue asks if he frightens her and when she replies no, he smiles in a way that tells Himari that’s not really Aoi and she realizes she’s trapped in the mirror. The shadow ayakashi that was chasing her was actually her. Himari realizes the shadow was the her sorrow at being rejected by Aoi but she remembers that when she confessed her feelings he smiled for a moment.

Himari decides not to run from her pain and tries to find a way out by going to the big mirror in the house. She sees Aoi sitting on the porch and sees the two mirrors facing each other are a portal.

Suddenly Himari is woken up by Natchi. She’s back in his office, having fainted upon looking in the mirror. Natchi tells her she was out for a couple of minutes and she truly is a Momochi for having a strange experience. Himari insists she just had a dream while Natchi says he’ll lock the mirror away just to be safe, laughing creepily while Himari tells him not to abuse the mirror for ghost stories. Himari heads home, reflecting on the mysterious experience and feeling like she’s forgetting something. Aoi’s there waiting and welcomes her home.

Next adventure shows Aoi in a slump. As a result, the house is overrun with ayakashi. Then an old ayakashi named Nekobaba appears and cleans house for Aoi. Nekobaba is a two-tailed cat spirit called a nekomata and she treats Aoi as one of her own ever since he took to her as a kid.

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Nekobaba comes to visit

Turns out Nekobaba has a reason for visiting Momochi House. She wants Aoi to choose an ayakashi bride!

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As landlady, Himari cannot stand by and tells Nekobaba that this is not what Aoi wants right now and anyway, he’s human. Nekobaba simply scoffs at the statement and brushes her off.

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Nekobaba is pretty much a monster-in-law (no pun intended) and puts Himari to work cleaning. Thinking to play a trick on her, Nekobaba pretends she lost a hair ornament that she hides in her fur and has Himari look for it. And search Himari does, even when Nekobaba tells her she might have dropped it in the pond, Himari goes in looking, even after dark. When Nekobaba asks if she’s trying that hard to win her over by searching for the ornament, Himari just replies that that’s not it and it’s a family heirloom so it must be precious.

The pond search obviously turns out with nothing even with Aoi helping. The next night, the ayakashi lanterns that keep Momochi house lit instead of electricity get all wet causing a blackout. While that lanterns dry, Himari suggests they take advantage of the dark by having a “blackout hotpot” for dinner!

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Everybody puts their own edible ingredients in and the results prove hilarious. Nekobaba sees how the humans and ayakashi of Momochi house interact even though she believes the two shouldn’t mingle.

The next morning Nekobaba pops in on Himari and tells her she’s going back to her lair in the spiritual realm. Also, her hair ornament reappeared and she decides to give it to Himari. It looks bigger than a typical hair piece and Nekobaba says it was actually a lantern that is “supposed to light the way of the path of truth, but only once.” Nekobaba tells Himari that Aoi has been lost since the day he entered Momochi house. I think this pretty much means he’s forgetting how to be human or even that he is human. She asks if Himari can be like the lantern and light his way back.

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Of course, Nekobaba believes it’ll be less painful if Aoi just becomes an ayakashi but Himari disagrees, because it robs him of his human memories something no one should have to go through.

At school, some of the students decide to do a summer research project about the Kagome park ghost. Hayato believes he might have seen the ghost and that his friend disappeared. This prompts Himari to ask if a family named Nanamori (Aoi’s last name) lived in the area. Curiously, the students answer no. One of the girls Rui tells Himari she looked at the town register and there was no family by the name of Nanamori.

The students ask Mr. Nachi if he might have an older map of the town to see if the name will show up. He gets excited at the idea that it might be supernatural related and Himari tells him it’s not.

As Himari’s leaving his office she realizes what she’d forgotten at the end of the mirror incident. After Himari looked into the mirror was when the illusion started, the books fell over and Natchi had told her about himself and his interest in the occult. And yet he said she fainted soon after looking in the mirror. Himari wonders just how much of what happened was an illusion.

Back in his office, Natchi takes off his glasses and looks out his window. In the reflection he sees what looks like a young Aoi in the center of a ring of children playing the game Kagome, Kagome. He asks, “has Aoi grown up?” and chapter ends withe line, “who is that behind you?” from the game.

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Ghosts, illusions, tricks, and creepy children’s games made this volume an awesome Halloween read. There’s a short story at the end of the volume called “Child’s Play” about how Aoi first met Kasha and features the lyrics from a children’s game called Hana Ichi Monme which is kind of like red rover.

In the book the lyrics go: “I want that child. What child? Let’s talk about. Let’s do that. Happy to win. Sad to lose. Together forever.”

Creepy right?

Questions remain! Who’s Nachi? How does he know Aoi? Guess I’ll have to find out next volume!!

The Box

I keep referencing this Box and what it is, obviously is a box of books I need to read. Still working on finishing the books mentioned in the post linked above and hopefully by next year I can finally get my read on.

Two series are in the box:

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The Ghostwalker series by Christine Feehan

They were just soldiers wanting to defend their country. Paranormal romance queen, Christine Feehan’s Ghostwalker series is about a group of military soldiers who have been psychically enhanced by the government. I read the first book, Shadow Game, already about Captain Rylan Miller, who’s unit is being kept locked in a facility by the government. And someone’s been killing the members of his unit. With the help of Lily Whitney, daughter of Dr. Whitney who enhanced them they escape the facility and find out who’s killing Rylan’s men.

The next book is Mind Game about Nico, another guy in Rylan’s unit.

Emma Holly’s upyr series.

I read “The Night Owl” in the anthology Hot Blooded and realized it was a series so I wanted to start from the beginning. The first is Catching Midnight and I’m really looking forward to it since it takes place in the Middle Ages (which I don’t see a lot) and I like some historical. Pubparlor did a review of the book here and I’d like to add my two cents in once I read and finish the book. Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait!

Currently still going through the books in my Manga Madness and the Box post. I’m on volume 3 of Requiem of the Rose King and the prologue part is done. Now the real story begins.

Stay tuned for more of my randomness in the book forest!

eBook Finish! Demon Prince of Momochi House, vol. 5!

Finished this awhile ago (don’t I always?) and thought I get this out the way since volume 6 just downloaded to my Nook last night and I finished it!
Last time, Himari got quite the shock when Yukari revealed he used to be a human condemned for the sin of eating human flesh. Holy-! O.O

Yukari drops that bomb but at the beginning of the chapter it’s a hot summer day at Momochi house, which doesn’t have A/C or electric fans. Everyone’s hot and grouchy except Yukari, who tells Himari it’s because he’s a water ayakashi. The gang all get Aoi to take them to the ayakashi world where there’s a watering hole or something. Of course, the public pool is filled to capacity with other lesser ayakashi looking to stay cool.

Interesting enough, some of them say the waters elsewhere are becoming tainted. Hmm… Since it’s crowded, Yukari takes them to the Momochi house well where they’re transported to a sacred spring of the dragon god, Ryujin. Ryujin’s the one who turned Yukari into an ayakashi and that spring was where Yukari stayed until ordered by Ryujin to Momochi house.

Kinda lonely as it’s Ryujin’s job to purify the water so he’s constantly on the move. But this pure water oasis doesn’t stay that way for long as the water turns black with taint. At first the lesser yokai believe Ryujin is mad Yukari for leaving the spring. Um, what? Ryujin told Yukari to leave. Hmph! Then they decide a human sacrifice is required to somehow appease the god. Himari, who had previously been wearing a headband that disguises her human status, reveals herself and says she’ll be the sacrifice!

After protests from both Aoi and Yukari, Himari is prepared as the sacrifice. Lo and behold, it works and Ryujin appears but he’s doesn’t look good!

Ryujin becoming a cursed god

After taking Himari, Yukari begs Aoi to release the seal on his power and as a water serpent ayakashi gets close to Ryujin. As Yukari goes to rescue Himari and try to talk to Ryujin she notices a paper seal. When she touches it, something happens and we get to see memories from Yukari’s past!

We get to see a quick flashback of how Yukari was abandoned in feudal Japan, taken in by a nobleman, trained by said nobleman to assassinate the emperor, infiltrate the palace as a girl, and befriend the emperor. Thing was, Yukari started to feel sympathy for the emperor, who wasn’t a bad guy just not fit for the job, and couldn’t kill him. Bad thing, ’cause a rival of the nobleman’s kills the emperor and blames it on Yukari!

Rather than make a public spectacle of it and to protect himself, the nobleman has Yukari sacrificed to Ryujin who in turn decides to make Yukari an ayakashi.

Thanks to Himari’s help, Ryujin is able to break the seal’s hold on him and have a bit of a heart-to-heart with Yukari. Ryujin has to constantly move around to keep the waters pure so he kind of closed his heart off. Same with Yukari who had an emotionless air and expression about him. Himari reassures Ryujin that the waters he purifies ties them together and Yukari promises to visit with Ryujin more often. Ryujin’s glad he sent Yukari to Momochi House because he’s not so expressionless anymore and is surrounded by a family of sorts. It’s a nice ending.


All’s well that ends well. Of course, Aoi isn’t happy with Himari putting herself in danger and devises a cute punishment for her by having the fox brother’s tie her up for a bit before she rushes off to school.

Punishment

At school, it seems Himari has become something of a handy-dandy pyschic for helping Hayato. Everybody wants her advice or to use her special Momochi powers to help them with their problems. While Himari insists she doesn’t have any special powers she does try to help her fellow classmates as best she can.
With her new-found popularity comes a few haters. Nothing real big, just a few girls who have a crush on Hayato and don’t like Himari being so close to him. Pretty typical but also funny since last volume everyone was convinced he was cursed and avoided him like the Black Plague.

The girls invite Himari and Hayato on a scare-dare to a certain mountain with a rock that has a face on it. It’s suppose to speak if you make it to the top of the mountain at night with only a single candle to light your way. Himari and Hayato agree but Aoi refuses to help Himari in any way when she tells him where she’s going. Aoi reassures himself it should be alright since she’s going to Renge mountain where a benevolent ayakashi is suppose to reside.

The night of the scare-dare, it turns out one of girls got the name wrong and it’s Renri mountain, not Renge. The group head up there anyway and the girls all “accidentally” trip, push, and shove Himari into the dirt.

Poor girl. She’s all muddy before they even make it to the top. And they get mad when Hayato shows concern and tells her to stay close to him. You’re mad at that?! Of course if you bully her like that she’s going to get more attention. *Sigh* dumb girls.

The group make it to the top and at first nothing happens. Then the rock starts moving so Hayato and Himari both reach out to grab it and then it starts laughing.

 Everybody freaks out and rushes down the mountain where they eventually make it to Momochi house. Hayato heads out for some lights and the girls are left alone while Himari steps out.
I love this part. So the girls are convinced Himari’s playing a trick on them since one of them saw her messing with her phone but when they leave the room, determined to show that Himari isn’t some “spiritual priestess”, they get the scare of their lives!

Thanks to some sleeping incense the girls pass out and won’t remember the night. Then the Nue notices a mark on Himari’s hand from where she touched the stone.
Both Himari and Hayato got cursed and have to kiss within a week or die!

Aoi goes to Kasha for help which he gives in return for the pillow incident last volume. We also learn from him that those paper seals might be the work of a human.

Kasha helps

After an interesting day at school in which those girls apologize for Himari getting hurt (she had to bandage the seal on her hand to hide it) one of the girls resolves to be honest about her feelings for Hayato. Empowered, Himari decides to do the same with Aoi.
When stops at home real quick before going back out, she tells Aoi she’s in love with him.

Confession

 How does he react? At first the look on his face is ecstatic, he looks so happy! But what does he tell her? “I’m sorry, Himari, I can’t see you that way.”

#friendzoned!

What?
The volume ends with that. Aoi, why???! It’s so obvious he feels the same way, I mean, look at his face when she confesses!!


Does that look like the face of a boy who doesn’t feel the same way?! I was beside myself with the ending so I pre-ordered the next volume. Now volume 6 was great, it came out in October and the content was amazing for Halloween! But more on that in the next eBook Finish!

Writing Prompt Wednesday!

A little late in the day but here’s something for you:

write a piece about the apocalypse; but DON’T include:

-zombies

-deadly virus

-global warming

-nuclear holocaust

I know, I’m probably taking the fun out of it. But I’m putting a little more fun back in to get your creative juices flowing. Good luck my peeps and happy writing!!

Writing Prompt Wednesday!

Halloween’s over (booo!) but if you’re Latino, Día de Muertos has begun! For any who don’t know, Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead is a two-day holiday (Nov. 1 & 2) originating in Mexico where people honor their dearly departed loved ones. For more info, check it out here.

Anyways, here’s a twofer for you! You can pick either of the two prompts or do both, it’s up to you. You can’t even combine the two (le gasp! Bold)!

-Use the this image in your Day of the Dead story: a road of marigold petals.

-Write a story using the five senses to describe  the season of Autumn.

Good luck and happy writing!!

NaNoWriMo 2016!!

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I mentioned last year that November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. What is it, you ask? For the whole month of November people challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel. You can sign up at their website, nanowrimo.com and keep track of your progress, get some useful tools that could help or connect with other writers.

NaNoWriMo starts November 1st and ends November 30th. For any writers looking to challenge and motivate themselves to write that novel they’ve been wanting to get to, this the perfect setup.

For all the writers out there looking to do this challenge officially and unofficially, best of luck and happy writing!!