Well, last time I reviewed a manga entitled “Bad Kitty”. Now here’s a bad manga about a cat woman. This is “Omamori Himari”.
Plot: Loser is such a loser! He has cat allergies! …Wait, seriously? THAT’S the hook? Terrible! Anyway, he gets a new protector in the form of a luscious lady, who’s actually a cat spirit. Needless to say, his allergies go catatonic! …Sorry.
First, the art. I can go on saying that it’s nice, but I don’t really think it is. Sure, it’s shiny. But Loser looks utterly generic, even for his kin. In fact, all the guys do. They look like something out of an American “How To Draw Manga” book. Naturally, the girls look a lot more defined and refined (“naturally”, because this IS a harem). Other manga had more memorable looking loser-type protagonists, like Keita from “Inukami!”. Moving on.
The characters range from forgettable to annoying. One character, the cat lady, didn’t fit either too much. I actually kind of liked her in one chapter. She was, dare I say, cute and interesting. She wanted Loser to pick out an outfit for her, and she was SOOOOO happy when he did. It really had quite the heart. But then there’s the other characters. Loser himself is a dullard, his childhood friend is annoying and obviously not going to wind up with Loser, the water spirit that tries to kill him… we’ll get to her soon.
But there’s one character that irked me, just with his name alone. Kaitou. “Well, how is that annoying?” Because that’s not his name! The first time we meet him he’s called Kaitou, but every subsequent encounter, he’s called “Taizou”. Yeah, that’s just bad translation, but you JUST introduced him! How can I trust translators ever again? After that, I mentally called him “Kaitou” forever more. Which is find, because he’s barely more than a character as a sundress is.
Now, the aforementioned water spirit. I didn’t mention, for reasons I’ll explain soon, that Loser is being hunted by monsters because of his family line, monster hunters. A water spirit is one of those who wants to kill him (but somehow ends up moving in with him/falling in love). She’s not great, but any mediocreness is washed away with her tagline, “You know.” I don’t even get it. What does it mean? Is is some kind of Japanese pun about water? If so, why not explain it in translation? In fact, why even have her say it? It doesn’t add to the story. STOP BEING SO FAITHFUL TO THE ORIGINAL!
Why didn’t I mention the monster hunting? Because it’s an afterthought. They fight one monster in the beginning, a few in passing, and the water spirit, which is a little interesting. If the cat lady is supposed to protect him against monsters, why not actually show scenes of such things other than mindless pandering to a male audience? Is this a harem, an action, what? Infuriating!
The humor isn’t. I liked one line about how a killer whale isn’t a fish, and that was just a chuckle. Allergies aren’t a good source of humor. They don’t lead to many comedic outcomes. She turns into a cat, he sneezes, the end. Riveting?
I tire of these typical harem stereotypes. In Ranma 1/2, Ranma isn’t interested in women, nor is he averse to them. He gets his way sometimes, and he has considerable strength. The women like him because he’s engaged to them, he defeated them in battle, or whatever Kodachi’s reason is. Why do all harem manga nowadays (and most in earlier days) have to be about losers with no outstanding qualities or charm, and women who just fall in love with nothing to back it up? Loser isn’t appealing. He’s got NOTHING to offer! He’s about as charming as Keita. Just do something mildly nice for a lady and she’s putty in your hands. BOO!
Overall Opinion: Nothing new, but with cat allergies. Isn’t harem manga wonderful?
Rating: Two Thumbs Down, One Star out of Five, and a “D–“.