- Takamichis Jiu Jiu Obedience Training Goals:
1. Stop them from following you to work
2. Dont expose them to the full moon
3. Save them from execution—Back-of-the-Book Blurb, Volume 1
Hachioji Takamichi was born into a family of "Dark Hunters": those who hunt the demons and supernatural creatures that lurk in the shadows to prey on humans. When her twin brother Takayuki is killed on a mission, Takamichi is suddenly thrust into the role of heir to the Hachioji clan. Mourning her brother's death and feeling the full weight of her clan's expectations, she is saved from despair by a pair of Jiu Jiu — shape-shifting, half-demon familiars — in the form of two wolf pups called Snow and Night.
Now Takamichi is sixteen years old, a high schooler and an active Hunter. Snow and Night can't wait to enroll in the same school, following her in their human forms to "protect" her. But are they ready to go off leash...?
The manga is written an illustrated by Touya Tobina, with the first volume published in 2009.
Tropes present in Jiu Jiu:
- Angsty Surviving Twin: The death of her twin brother caused Takamichi to close off her heart.
- Demon Slaying: The Hachioji clan's ancestral line of work has been hunting down and killing rogue demons. In the present day, there's a government office that sends them assignments.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Not technically called werewolfs, but the Jiu Jiu (half-human half-beast shapeshifters) in the series operate by similar rules, what with the full-moon being an issue.
- Posthumous Character: Takamichi's brother, Takayuki — he appears alive for all of one page in the first volume, before Takamichi's narration declares "that was the day my brother died."
- Shapeshifter Baggage: Snow and Night are able to transform from medium-sized dogs to teenage boys (and back again), with no mention made of where that extra mass goes.
- Spare to the Throne: Up until her brother's death, Takamichi was largely ignored and belittled by the clan. Now that she's the sole heir to her clan's demon hunting legacy, she's put under an immense amount of pressure.