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Omamori Himari (おまもりひまり, "Protective Charm Himari"), a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Milan Matra. The manga began serialization in the May 2006 issue of Fujimi Shobo's manga magazine Monthly Dragon Age, and the first tankōbon was released by Kadokawa Shoten on February 7, 2007. A four-panel spinoff ran in Monthly Dragon Age from November 2009 to November 2010, and a 12-episode anime adaptation produced by Zexcs aired in Japan between January and March 2010. The manga is licensed in North America by Yen Press, and released the first volume on October 26, 2010.

Story

Seven years ago, Yuuto Amakawa's parents died in a car accident, leaving him alone without a single relative, the only item left of his family being a strange and mysterious amulet given to him by his late grandmother. Ever since then, his childhood friend Rinko Kuzaki (and her parents) has cooked and taken care of him. His life takes a drastic turn on his 16th birthday when he meets Himari, a cat spirit samurai girl. Himari reveals to him that some of his ancestors were part of the twelve Demon Slayer families that have been slaying demons since the feudal era. She has sworn an oath to protect Yuuto from the demons that are out to kill him, but Yuuto's allergy to cats makes it somewhat difficult to deal with.

Later on, Yuuto encounters various girls who take a liking to him: Shizuku, a mizuchi in the form of a small child; Lizlet, a tsukumogami in the form of a busty tea-serving maid; and Kuesu, another Demon Slayer who is revealed to be Yuuto's fiancée and an object of Yuto's lost past.

As the series progresses, Yuuto and the group encounter some powerful ayakashi and more women, with some of them been allies, and Yuuto eventually makes a life-changing decision to fight for his belief of coexistience between human and ayakashi.

Reception

The fourth volume of Omamori Himari reached 29th on the Tohan charts between November 11–17, 2008. Volume 5 reached 15th on the Tohan charts between April 7–13, 2009, and 27th between January 11–17, 2010. Volume 7 reached 16th on the Oricon charts between August 2–8, 2010, and 22nd between August 9–15, 2010. Volume 8 reached 19th on the Oricon charts between April 4–10, 2011, and 30th between April 11–17, 2011.

In North America, the third volume of Omamori Himari reached The New York Times Manga Best Seller List, reaching #7 between April 24 and April 30, 2011.

In many people's points of view they describe the show as "decent" or "not bad".

Trivia

  • In Japanese culture a Omamori is an amulet worn as either a good luck charm or to ward off evil spirits. This is a reference to the title character's role in the story as a bodyguard and her purpose of replacing Yuuto's cherry blossom charm, given to him by his grandparents to protect him so long as the magic in the charm lasted.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omamori_Himari

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