Yasuke lives at a shrine with his mysteriously amazing older sister. One day he’s left alone with his childhood friend Akari, whom he was long been in love with, and plans to finally confess to. However, before he can do so, he accidentally breaks the shrines divine mirror, causing the clumsy but kind goddess of misfortune sealed in it, Orehime, to be released and Yasuke to be cursed. The way the curse works, is that his soul is separated from his body, flying into whoever seems to have the strongest feeling for love for him at the time, with at that moment being Orehime. Yasuke must stay in physical contact with, such as through holding hands, with the person his soul is in, or he’ll begin to die. If that occurs, within a limited time frame, he can be brought back from that point, however that involves being kissed by whoever has possession of his soul. Furthermore, the the condition for lifting the cure is fully making Orehime happy. Hence, his life of sticking very closely to Orehime begins. But that’s not all. His soul flies towards whoever has the most love for him, and since Akari too has feelings for him, sometimes it flies towards her, hence resulting in him having to stay in close contact with her too. Then Orehime’s more strict and serious sister, Amaterasu appears, originally to bring back her sister, causing her to curse him with the same curse as well at some point now related to her happiness, but she falls in love with Yasuke as well, resulting in her also ending up as part of the fold. And then Yasuke ends up praying to a goddess that hadn’t been prayed to in a long time, Izuna, with his worship being the only thing tying her to the world, which resulted in her also falling for him, thus she also joins the group. He also seems to have made some promise to another shrine maiden at some point that also comes into play. Hence, Yasuke’s begins the difficult task of balancing being in love with Akari while also trying to make the two goddesses Orehime and Hina happy to lift a curse and also keeping up affection for Izuna so she doesn’t disappear, all the while dealing with the normal things that high schoolers have to deal with as well as a bunch of supernatural matters related to goddesses.
There’s a lot about this manga that’s standard harem rom-com fare, with the overall plot falling very much exactly into this. However, the exact mechanics of how it works, in relation to the soul and having to be in contact with each other, is quite interesting, and combined with a cast of characters that work very well around it, it becomes tremendously entertaining to watch unfold. How quickly and easily they fall into a sort of pattern where they’re all interested in the protagonist but also good friends was quite interesting from a character and relationship development point of view. The various escapades slowly building up to an expected but solid ending also worked quite well in a way that isn’t tremendously memorable, but entertaining in a laid back sort of way. Though there is the issue that it does get somewhat repetitive at point, both in terms of the events occurring and the humor used within them, and thus feels like it’s not really going anywhere at times. Also there are some very awkward aspects to the relationship, primarily the main character not actually loving all of them, or at least not admitting it, which makes everything feel sort of off. Still, if not taken too seriously it’s a solid read. The art in terms of style was pretty good and there were a lot of good shots, but in terms of quality it felt only decent.
A manga that isn’t incredibly memorable and very much by the book in terms of what you expect, but is solidly amusing nevertheless.