Demons, women, women demons and women who fight demons. It’s a much of a muchness in Hakodate Youjin Buraijou Himegami, Volume 5 (箱館妖人無頼帖ヒメガミ).
Having defeated the evil, demony, well-endowed, cross-dressing French proprietor of the Black Widow brothel, Himeka has been indulging in some well-deserved snuggling with Hyou, despite Hyou’s reluctance. Once the marks of her curse recede, Hyou uses that as an excuse to escape from Himeka’s clutches. (What a maroon, as Bugs would say. Himeka’s also well-endowed with full lips and soft skin. DUH, Hyou.) Himeka is making no bones about her interest in Hyou. We’ll just have to imagine that she wears the girl down eventually.
In a long, drawn out bathing scene (where we see Hyou, Himeka and her Himegami sisters Ranka and Aika – but not Kirika – naked, without seeing anything at all, which is kind of an art in itself, I think) we learn that Hyou’s “miburo,” the marks on her back that indicate the presence of the Youjin, the power that forges the Himegami’s transformations and the power that the evil Frenchwoman held are all related, in a sense.
Having invoked her, it’s no surprise at all that, when a new enemy appears, it’s just the same enemy all over again – apparently they didn’t kill her enough.
More importantly, this time she uses the Himegami’s power against them, forcing Hyou to save Himeka this time. Yay
Oh – and Hyou’s beloved dead teacher turns out to be the Himegami’s not-quite-as-dead-as-Hyou-thought teacher. In the final scene, Hyou joins the ranks of Himegami at Himeka’s side. Just to put a period on it, Himeka tells Hyou she loves her, to which Hyou replies in time-honored Han Solo fashion, “I know.” We’ll have to imagine the celebration on our own, because the story really, truly comes to an end there. ^_^
This was brain-crinkling nonsense, but I just adored it. I wouldn’t actually recommend it to anyone who isn’t me and there’s no hope that it would ever be licensed because it’s dire. But if I hit the lottery on Monday, this series would be second on my list of things to throw money at. Because it’s dire, but fun!
Art – 7
Story – 8
Characters – 8
Yuri – 4
Service – 8
Overall – 8