Ayame and Hyoue are the couple in class known for their PDA – Ayame cannot stop kissing Hyoue. Of course, there’s more to this couple than meets the eye: Ayame is a medium, raised in a remote mountain village, and Hyoue is her protector, a dog-spirit. Ayame, as all her ancestors have, made a deal with the spirit world and Hyoue – if he guards her, she will allow him to feed off of her life force, hence all of the kissing. Of course, Hyoue hasn’t been completely honest – kisses aren’t officially necessary, but who can pass up such a sweet deal?
A combination of supernatural suspense, school comedy, and a growing romance, Her Majesty’s Dog is an endearing take on the powerful girl/protector manga fantasy plot. Hauntings and exorcisms add a creepy aspect to the tale, but the real story is Ayame’s coming of age as both a medium and as a teenage girl. Sheltered from birth, adjusting to a typical city high school is not easy for her, and a new girl is an easy target for bullying. While Hyoue is a comforting, if occasionally bratty, companion, Ayame embraces the possibility for friends. Being a medium complicates her life, but she handles her duties with sensitivity and power that is a nice shift from schoolgirls fumbling newfound powers. As the series continues, only time will tell how long she can remain independent from the villagers who still try to control her, and whether all of Hyoue’s smooching will build to something more.
Her Majesty’s Dog Volume 1
by Mick Takeuchi
Go! Comics, 2006