Gr 10 Up-Haruhiko, 17, has a reputation for being able to fix things. He picked up this skill trying to impress his neighbor, Yika, a sweet young woman who is now a teacher at his school. His bumbling crush on her is his greatest concern, until a bizarre twist transforms the story from a typical high school romance into an occult fantasy. Suddenly, Haruhiko finds himself the object of attention of a demon named Eukanaria, who just happens to be the spitting image of his love (except that she is dressed in incredibly skimpy clothing and has wings). She was drawn to Haruhiko because he smells like her dead master, whose soul she is trying to find a vessel for, and to preserve the safety of the school and the woman he loves, Haruhiko needs to help Eukanaria. While there is no actual nudity, the erotic tension of this book runs high, and the demon girl's various poses are both revealing and highly provocative. Even the main character is uncomfortable at times. Because of its sexy humor and art, this is for older teens.-Dawn Rutherford, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Many years ago a powerful human-turned-demon named Fulcanelli experimented with the transmutation of metals to produce tools with Demonic Powers. Today, Eukanaria, his demonic lover, is in search for the perfect "shell" for Fulcanelli's soul: he's lost his corporeal form and she's determined to bring him back. Enter Haruhiko Kanou, good with machines and the perfect candidate for Fulcanelli's new body. Chaos quickly follows, as Haruhiko must suddenly fend off both demons and Eukanaria. This manga struggles to fit itself into many different genres-romance, comedy, and action-and falls short in the process. The frequent sexual jokes and shots of Eukanaria's panties become stale, and actually succeed in slowing the story down. What saves it from becoming unbearable is Haruhiko. His naivete and bashfulness make him charming and his passive manner offsets Eukanaria's overbearing personality, making the interactions between the two feel (almost) like a well-played comedy routine. Fan service aside, Kawachi's artwork is an interesting mix of cuteness and masterfully drawn action sequences, with an appeal to both male and female fans. This series has the potential to become quite enjoyable, depending upon whether or not it can focus itself more clearly. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.