There’s not too many series that make me shriek with outraged sensibilities and hysterical laughter at the same time, and even less that are also very good. Tokimeki Mononoke Gakuen is tops on that list. This collection of Yuri Hime chapters about a “normal” rain fairy, and her soujourn at an all-girl, all-youkai high school, is absolutely a must read for anyone who doesn’t mind having their brain hurt slightly.
Arare knows she’s a rain fairy – her mother is clearly not entirely human but on her first day of high school she definitely does not expect to enter the Otherworld. Nor does she expect her teacher to have a ridiculously long neck, or her classmates to be a variety of ogres, snow demons, cyclops, ghosts, mist, or the twin-tailed cat, Kiri, and long-tongued girl, Pero, who befriend her. Nor does she expect the veil between the worlds to close behind her, leaving her stranded in this school for girl monsters.
Arare decides to make the best of it. Her adventures range from meeting the cow-girl whose magic breast milk makes other girls’ breast large, to trying to beat the heat by sucking up to the snow demon, all while hiding her identity as a *human*. You see – she’s got a navel and a true youkai don’t.
More importantly, Arare has to deal with the decidedly inhuman way the other girls deal with sexuality. Not being human, they really don’t see the big deal with a little onna-doushi. It becomes even more of a crisis when Arare realizes that not only does she enjoy kissing Kiri, she’s fallen for her and gets jealous at the very thought of Kiri kissing – or worse, doing something more – with another girl.
Arare finally comes around to Kiri’s way of thinking and decides that she’s ready to go further, but Kiri reminds her of the warning she had given Arare when they met – if Arare makes love to a youkai….she’ll become a youkai! Oh Noes!
Tokimeki Mononoke Gakuen is played for laughs, so even if you’re a scaredy cat, the ghosties and ghouls should not be a problem. However. If you like your vegetables to not have faces and are squicked at the idea of milking cow-girl demons…stay away. Things like Rokurokubi-sensei’s neck cramping are funny enough, but the double-mouthed girl and her kappa girl lover might flip you out. If that doesn’t faze you – hurry, go read it! This is a really funny book. And it’s Yuri.
Art – 7
Story – 8
Characters – 8
Yuri – 7
Service – 7
Overall – 8
Tokimeki Mononoke Gakuen one of the stories from Yuri Hime I look forward to most every quarter. I’m very happy to have it as a collected volume. Can’t wait to see how Arare resolves her love for Kiri. ^_^