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Mononoke Sharing is an Urban Fantasy Slice of Life manga by Cool-Kyou Shinsha starring a high school student named Yata Kagami, and the five Yōkai that act as her roommates.

The manga ran in Young Magazine the 3rd from 2015 to 2017. It was licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment and began release in North America in March 2018.

This work contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Amusing Injuries: Momi has a habit of ripping out her horns when she needs to fit in among humans, resulting in a comical amount of blood spurting from the sides of her head.
  • Bathtub Bonding: Attempted by Yuki in chapter 8. Unfortunately, simply dipping her foot in the water causes the bath to freeze, and Yata ends up catching a cold.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Kuro tries to form a comedy duo with Yata in chapter 7, noting that she's the only tsukkomi in the house.
  • The Cameo:
    • Mizuchi attends the same college as and is classmates with Akane.
    • Momi is watching the anime adaptation of Komori-san Can't Decline! in chapter 17. Which is odd, since, due to the above cameo, the two manga should exist in the same universe. That is assuming it's an anime she's watching. That chapter has multiple bits of foreshadowing Momi's true nature, making it entirely possible she's just using the TV to keep an eye on the world she helped make.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Justified. Mizuchi explains to Yata that all yokai resemble humans in an attempt to blend in. Those that don't have long since died out. Momi also reveals near the end of the series that they are actually becoming more human as the generations go on, and will eventually lose their powers all together.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Miho's pupils are + shaped.
  • Expy: Momi is basically Lucoa as a lazy shut-in. She has horns, large breasts, and is an All-Powerful Bystander, and has a thing for little boys. However, while Lucoa is just playful teasing, Momi has no problems with the real thing. Multiple times.
  • Expy Coexistence: While Momi is an Expy of Lucoa, due to a Shared Universe, the latter also exists but is currently living elsewhere with Shouta.
  • Festival Episode: Yata, Yuki, and Kuro go to a summer festival in chapter 11.
  • Generational Magic Decline: The mononoke race has become progressively more human over the generations due to them not having been part of the plan of the gods when the world was created, which is why they all appear as Cute Monster Girls. It's mentioned near the end of the series that all of them will be born fully human within the next few decades.
  • God Was My Copilot: Near the end of the series it's revealed that Momi was the creator of the entire mononoke race.
    Yata: You mean all this time I've been sharing a bathroom with a god?
  • Hide Your Otherness:
    • All the girls except for Kuro have to take measures to appear human when they're in public. Mizuchi wears a wig to hide her head plate, Yuki wears extra layers to keep herself from freezing everything, Yooko wears a hoodie to cover her ears, and Momi rips out her horns.
    • Inverted with Chiehime, who dresses like a stereotypical yokai in order to hide the fact that she's functionally human.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Mizuchi has, on several occasions, joked about a desire to feast on human souls.
  • Irony: Of the situational variety. At one point Momi offers to make Yata's chest bigger, only for her to refuse the offer as to just up and change her body would be like spitting in God's face. As Yata much later learns, a God was the one making the offer in the first place.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": All five of the Yokai have names that in some way reference their species.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Yooko. She's probably the only person to ever use sex to hide a conversation.
  • Monster Roommate: Five of them, in fact.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Chiehime is a pure-blood yokai, but lacks any powers and is functionally identical to a human.
  • Nurikabe: Oi-chan spends most of her time acting as a section of a wall in the cast's apartment building (since she can't hold a human form for long periods of time).
  • Only One Name: None of the yokai has had their last names revealed if they even have them.
  • Physical God: Momi helped create the world alongside Lucoa, Miki, Akiko and others, and was the one who created the entire mononoke race to stave off her boredom until humanity came around.
  • Power Incontinence: Yuki has very little control over her ice powers, which results in her freezing everything around her.
  • Primal Scene: Invoked. Yooko starts having sex with a ghost she was talking to when Yata barges into her room in order to hid the fact that she was asking it advice for getting Yata a birthday present.
  • Pungeon Master: Kuro is an aspiring comedian, and constantly makes puns surrounding her neck.
  • The Reliable One: Mizuchi is the most responsible of the girls and most of them rely on her in order to function (in Momi's case, this includes basic hygiene). When she goes away for a few days, the apartment becomes a complete mess.
  • Scholarship Student: This is the main reason why Yata ended up in the apartment in the first place, since she couldn't afford housing otherwise.
  • Shout-Out: When showing off her neck jokes in chapter 7, Kuro forms the Sega Dreamcast logo.
  • Token Human: Yata is the only major human in the story.
  • To Unmasque the World: The plot revolves around seeing whether or not Yōkai should reveal their existence to humanity and assimilate into society, using the test of five yokai living in an apartment with a Token Human. The epilogue shows that the test was a success, with yokai and humans now living together.
  • Trash the Set: Volume 1 ends with Mizuchi, Yooko, and Momi accidentally blowing up the apartment when they set off some fireworks. The first chapter of volume 2 focuses on everyone trying to find temporary housing until the landlord can have the place rebuilt.
  • The Unmasqued World: The main reason for the yokai living with Yata is to see if they should reveal themselves to humans. This comes to pass in the epilogue.
  • Visual Pun: Oi-chan (a nurikabe) is the only mononoke to lack giant boobs, even when she's shown as an adult in the epilogue. She's flat as a board.
  • World of Buxom: All the yokai have large breasts.
  • Yōkai: Five of them. Mizuchi is a kappa, Yooko is a kitsune, Kuro is a rokurokubi, Momi is an oni, and Yuki is a yuki-onna.
  • Yuki-onna: Yuki, as her name implies, is one.