Gingitsune (ぎんぎつね Gingitsune, lit. Silver Fox) is a fantasy slice of life Seinen manga series written and illustrated by Sayori Ochiai. It was first serialized in Ultra Jump on 2009.Makoto Saeki is the daughter of a shrine priest in a small Inari Shinto shrine dedicated to the God Ukanomitama. Despite being the fifteenth generation heiress of the Shrine, she is living a good life after her mother died. However, she has an unusual gift when she met the messenger of the god Inari: an anthropomorphic fox named Gintaro, declaring her the successor. Gintaro can see a short glimpse into the future and find lost things despite being rude and unmotivated, but still developed a good friendship with Makoto. As she is the only girl who can see the spirit, both of them decide to be a go-between for the gods and humans as they try to help those who come to the shrine.It has currently sold over 1 million copies in Japan, though no fan translations of it exist. An anime began airing in October 2013, and is watchable on Crunchyroll
Tropes present in Gingitsune:
The Ace: Satoru gets a lot of attention because he has even better grades than Hiwako, is very good at Kendo, and good looking. He's also a lot better when it comes to keeping the shrine clean and following rules.
Broken Ace: However, people who don't know him don't tend to see his emotional isolation and virtually non-existent social skills.
A Day in the Limelight: Many of the episodes, especially after the introduction of Satoru and Haru in episode 4 ("Satoru and Haru"). For example, episodes 9 and 10 focus on Haru and Hatoru, respectively, while episode 8 focuses on Hiwako and her father's assistant, and the turtle herald in episode 3.
He Is Not My Boyfriend: When Satoru and Makoto go out, several people assume they're dating and she has to keep telling people that he's just a friend of the family who happens to be living with them.
Hidden Eyes: Satoru, a few times in episodes 4 and 5 when he has a falling out with Haru, and again in episode 6 when the girls try to force him to be more social. Later episodes continue this, as he is always struggling to hide his emotions.
Humble Pie: The first episode had this with Makoto. She and Gintaro had an argument because she was using using his power for selfish reasons and acting like a brat when she didn't get her way. After realizing she was wrong, she apologizes and starts treating him with more respect. Also, Yumi tries to get back together with her boyfriend, but it isn't until she learns to be more humble that she is successful.
Hypocritical Humor/Not so Above It All: Haru complains about being woken up by noisy kids visiting the shrine, then starts cheering on the girls when they fight against the boys. Gintaro later complains about not being able to sleep through the noise and points out that Haru ended up being the loudest one.
Intergenerational Friendship: Makoto and Gintaro, a high school girl and centuries-old herald, though they've been together since Makoto was 4 years old. It's said that it's rare for an heir to be so young. Satoru and Haru also have this, with Satoru first gaining "the sight" when he was 5.
Invisible to Normals: Heralds can only be seen by heirs to shrines. Because of this, most people no longer believe they or the gods exist. This also becomes awkward when Makoto talks to them in public and people think she's talking to herself.
Those Two Guys: Most heralds work in pairs. The two lion-dogs are always seen together.
Trademark Favorite Food: Gintaro loves tangerines, but will settle for oranges, and whenever Makoto needs to ask him for a favor, she gives him at least one. There's a flashback showing him as a regular-sized fox and a woman giving him a tangerine.
Haru likes fried tofu, though it's mostly due to not having tried anything else. Although it turns out that she really liked cream buns and is embarrassed by the fact.