Heart-Pounding Excitement at Mononoke Girls’ Academy is a yuri manga I have been following for a while now. It truly lives up to its passionate title. And I love it for that.
While passing through a cemetery on a rainy morning, Amano Arare somehow arrives in the world of mononoke at an all-girls boarding school. As a human, she is in danger of being violated or even eaten by the various youkai there. Luckily, with the help of Kiri (a nekomata) and Pero (an akaname), Arare is able to not only survive, but become a student under a false youkai identity.
Spiriting away is a common theme in many Japanese stories. Mononoke Girl’s Academy combines this idea with school life. It really makes a fascinating blend of the weird and the familiar. Each day, Arare sees unexplainable phenomenon and meets her diverse class full of obake, spirits, kappa, yuki-onna, and anything in between. At the same time, she struggles with worldly problems of identity and love. The contrast makes a curious take on some common anxieties of teenage years.
At one point, Arare is faced with a tough dilemma. She has to decide between her human identity and her relationship with Kiri. If Arare were to consummate her love with a youkai, she would become one herself. (“If Arare’s mouth down there kisses on that of a youkai’s, you’ll turn into that sort of youkai too”). I thought that is just an interesting, albeit a bit silly, set up. It also raises the issue of identity and love from a rather unique angle.
Mononoke Girls’ Academy manages to gracefully incorporate relatable ideas and melodramatic plot into a rather inane story. This really adds a lot of substance to the plot and the silly humor, which can actually already stand on its own. There are so many scenes that make me chuckle at the ridiculous developments. And there are so many heart-wrenching moments as well.
Furthermore, this yuri manga does not take itself too seriously. Thus, not only can it deliver some really funny situations, it can to go over the top with yuri. In fact, this is perhaps one of the most ecchi serialized manga I have read in a while. Just look at Pero, the akaname. The akaname is a youkai who loves to lick things clean. I think that should be enough hints to the kind of things that happen in the manga. Mononoke Girls’ Academy is a very sexual manga that really makes hearts race and blushing faces hot. Heart-pounding excitement indeed.
Yet despite all this, the yuri is not really distasteful. It is simply rich, fun ecchi.
I really enjoy Heart-Pounding Excitement at Mononoke Girls’ Academy. I mentioned before that I love myths, folklore, and supernatural stuff. This yuri manga not only has all those elements that I love, but it incorporates the plot into its setting beautifully. Plus, it has a lot of gratuitous yuri.
- After a hiatus, I usually like to ease back into blogging by doing a mini review of some of my favorite yuri manga, especially those in Yuri Hime. This is certainly a nice opportunity to write about the little gems. Anyways, I am not entirely done with all my stuff yet, so there will still be some lag time in my responses.
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