In the town that Takada Chinatsu moved to, there's a legend about demons called Tsumitsuki that possess the feelings of guilt a person has over their sins. Those who are possessed are slowly devoured, body and mind, as the demon manifests. As one of Takada's friends starts acting strangely, her classmate Kuroe steps in to help... but his true motives are hidden behind a mask.
I realized once I got to the end of chapter four that this whole story was intended to show Kuroe's character growing and shifting. In the first chapter, fe comes across as cruel and uncaring, willing to manipulate others into self-destructive paths in order to maintain a fresh supply of tsumitsuki to feed off of. Tsumitsuki are a type of spirit that turn people overwhelmed by feelings of guilt into literal monsters. The second and third chapters still include Kuroe's creepy smile, but fe is starting to be affected and empathize with the young girls fe encounters and show signs of hesitation at being cruel. By authorial happenstance, all of the possessed people are young girls. And in the fourth chapter, we see the culmination of feir personality shift as fe enters a state of melancholy resignation at the endlessness of human suffering. Other than Kuroe and a fox, the only other character who shows up in more than a single chapter is Takada. Each chapter basically covers a different tsumitsuki which Kuroe deals with. There is also an origin story chapter at the end, which tells how Kuroe got feir tsumitsuki-fighting powers. I sorta got ghosts-turning-into-Hollows-and-needing-to-be-defeated-by-Ichigo vibes from the set-up. The theme is about trauma and how there can be cycles of trauma, where those hurt end up hurting others in turn.
I'm torn about this series. On the one hand, the premise is awesome, but frankly the execution did not do it justice. It was still pretty great, but it could have been better. The story involves a school where those who sin become demon-like creatures. A boy hunts them, but he is not quite as kind as he first appears. See? Awesome sounding plot, right? The main character is also quite intriguing, maybe not the most original in this scenario but still a good enough character. The problem is with the rest of the characters, who are beyond bland, and the execution of the story, which just seemed to let it down. Still, I gave it a 7/10 overall because I did still enjoy it, and frankly I loved the premise and main character enough that I just about ignored the rest of it. So. should you read it? If you want something short and with a good concept, then yes. If you want a well executed story with a wide selection of good characters, then no. It's certainly something I can say I enjoyed, but the actual quality of it leaves quite a bit to be desired. Review for November 2016 DMMC
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