Ashiya has spent the first seven days of high school stuck in the infirmary because of a youkai attaching itself to him. He ends up asking the owner of a small tea room called the "Mononokean" for help. Mysterious stories involving the very morose owner of Mononokean guiding the youkai that happened to wander into this world go to the next world.
This manga is a hidden gem, its absolutely wonderful and it's a shame that it isn't more popular. The story is interesting, it has a lot of comedic moments along with serious and mysterious ones. The story isn't super predictable and it throws a ton of interesting characters at you. I love all the characters, they all have something to them that really makes the reader connect! This manga is the perfect mix of comedy, exorcism, and danger. I found it nearly impossible to not read it all in one go. If you're looking for a new favorite then this is the manga to read!
The main reason I decided to type this review was to express my frustration about the inconsistencies in the releases of the manga chapters. At the time of typing this, the only place to read The Morose Mononokean to it's current chapter is through Crunchyroll's Simulpub, which is only available for premium members. This manga could've easily been in my top 10, but sadly the effort has died down on the mangaka's end - probably because it's not a popular manga. This story is unique and captivating from the very start. A clumsy yet endearing boy named Ashiya and a hothead named Abeno team up to aid yokai. Ashiya creates memorable bonds with yokai throughout his colourful journey. The poor boy becomes far too emotionally invested in yokai, to the point where Abeno gets irritated by his naivety. The two clash very often and later realise that they make a great team. It's not often you read a story about friendly yokai, let alone cute looking yokai. The art style is very current, cute and Ikemen-esque. overall rating: 7/10
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