My Thoughts: I absolutely love Kanokon! It is a comedic romance with supernatural elements, and plenty of fanservice. It is definitely made for an 18+ audience, and there is nudity and sexual content in nearly every chapter. Despite that there is so much whole-hearted and honest love between the protagonists Chizuru and Kouta.
Chizuru is adorable, feisty, and so much herself – she doesn’t let anyone or anything change who she is or what she wants! Kouta, on the other hand, is the typical cute, innocent, little high school boy who tries to please everyone and resists the hot girls advances for some strange moral reason that he can’t even explain.
That’s my only complaint with this series so far: Kouta is just so annoying and doesn’t express his feelings for Chizuru nearly enough. Overall Kanokon is sweet and cute but also sexy and fascinating!
Summary from Goodreads: Innocent country boy Oyamada Kouta is about to lose his innocence forever. After transferring to a big city high school in his freshman year, Kouta quickly becomes embroiled in a world of crazy.
First, a beautiful second-year student named Chizuru hands him a love letter. Kouta can hardly believe his luck, but when he meets up with her after class, he gets an even bigger surprise: It turns out that Chizurus is a fox yoikai and she has set her sights on Kouta.
Soon, Kouta is spending day and night fending off the frisky fox spirit’s advances. Even worse, he soon learns that his new school hides a shocking secret: it is full of yokai who pose as human students, each with their own agenda! In a dog eat dog world, Chizuru’s foxy love for Kouta may be his only hope.
My Thoughts: I wanted to love Inukami but I just don’t. I find myself skimming the dialogue, looking for the next emotional moment between the protagonists, which are few and far between their bickering and jokes.
The plot is interesting, and the characters are good foils to each other, but the humor isn’t really my style and that gets reflected in the artwork as well, which can be sketchy and less detailed at times.
I really enjoy when Yoko plays tricks on Keita, and subsequently when she lets down her guard and shows Keita how she really feels. I also like the character designs for the protagonists and the background characters, but those others are not really explored in the first omnibus volume.
I hope to see more of Inukami‘s background characters and real emotion in the next volume!
Summary from Goodreads: Inukami: a sacred being with a dog-like appearance that forges a contract with a powerful human tamer to help him eliminate evil monsters and demons.
Teenage slacker Keita Kawahira is the descendant of a long line of Inukami-tamers, but seems to lack the necessary ability and has been therefore been forsaken by his family.
One day, he meets a cute Inukami named Yoko, who, at first glance, looks graceful, obedient, and beautiful…but after forging a contract with her, Keita discovers that Yoko is a wild and mischievious Inukami that no one has ever been able to control.