Reviews: Hakodate Youjin Buraichou Himegami
A Yuri series that deserves a spot on your shelf
In the quaint fishing town of Hakodate had become a nesting for vile monsters known as youjin, who are being controlled the world powers in a bid to seize control of Japan. Their only opposition is the 15 year old Hyou Hijikata, a young samurai girl who works at the local cabaret, who kills the youjin under the identity of Miburo. One night, Hyou gets ambushed by a hoard of youjin sent to take her out of the picture, but is saved by a mysterious woman known only as Himegami. Hakodate Youjin Buraichou Himegami is an excellent Yuri series that was written by Tamaki Nozomu. The writing for the series was pretty good, very little in the way of plot holes, likable characters and a very gripping story. Admittedly it does use some cliche' plot points and concepts (like being set in the meiji era), but it uses them so well that it's not groan inducing. Plus the characters can more than make up for any other faults in the series. The characters all have great personalities that really help make them stand out. Hyou had a fairly aggressive side to her but is also agreeable when she needs to be; Hyou also displays the ability to strategize plans to defeat her foe rather than rely on brute force like most shonen heroes do. Himeka creates a great balance to Hyou being more calm and cheerful than her. The villain Gwain managed to be a great threat to the heroes proving to be both calculating and merciless against Hyou and her allies. The art is spectacular as well, good attention to detail the structuring of buildings inside and out are well drawn and have a good sense of scale to them. The action has great dynamics and a good pace to it. Almost all of the character's designs look very distinctive from one another and can't be switched by just changing around some wigs coughakiratoriyamacough. The manga's length was decent for the story and didn't really need to be longer. There were some drawbacks to the story, the ending can seem a little rushed, there's a ton of fanservice and the Yuri is only really implied. That being said, it's still worth the read; please support this manga if you can! Overview:
- Plot: 4/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Art: 4/5
- Fanservice: 3/5 strangely even with a lot of fanservice it's not as bad as you think
- Yuri: 2.5/5 It's subtextal but abundant.