While on a job deep in the forest, Dale–a young, but famed adventurer–comes across a little devil girl who's almost wasted away. Unable to just leave her there to die, Dale takes her home and becomes her adoptive father. Devil or not, Latina is beyond adorable, and the adventurer soon finds himself head over heels with being a parent. But why was she out in the forest in the first place–and why does she carry the mark of a criminal?
Source: Seven Seas
Real talk. This is the most precious and cute things I've ever read. If you liked Usagi drop, or barakamon or just love kawaii smol girls being adorable and making you want to protect them, read this. Yea it's a fantasy world and there is some violence rarely here and there. But it really is just about watching Latina being super adorable and learning and growing up while Dale and everyone dotes on her for being so damn cute. It's slow paced but your gonna get some feels.
When Dale first takes in the orphaned Latina after finding her in the woods, she can't speak the human language. She's a demon. But she's a quick learner. This manga is at its most adorable in the opening section while she's learning how to speak and fit in with her surroundings. Dale quickly becomes a doting parent, spoiling and fawning over her and relaying stories about her to anyone who'll listen. He's an adventurer residing at the Dancing Ocelot, an inn run by Kenneth and Rita, who also help raise Latina. The hardened and gruff adventurers like Gil who frequent the inn melt at the sight of the adorable child and display uncharacteristic kindness. Latina is a perfect child. She's kind and cheerful, thoughtful and polite, diligent and earnest. Other than the feel-good adorableness, the manga's strong point is how it portrays the tension of Latina being a demon in a society that is largely devoid of demons. While demons are allowed to live with the other races, there is still some discrimination and fear. And there are very few demons actually living in the cities. Because of the longevity of demons compared to other races, Latina has to grapple with the fact that she will eventually outlive all of her loved ones--primarily Dale, but others as well. And she also remembers almost nothing about what it means to be a demon or what her life was like before she met Dale. While the majority of the manga is airy and light, I do appreciate the more melancholic undertones of some sections. [Reviewed at chapter 29]
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