After the Demon Lord is slain at the hands of a lone human warrior, humans rejoice over the end of his reign of terror. But an intense tournament gathering powerful fighters who hope to be crowned the next Demon Lord draws in the unlikeliest of contestants—Helck, who claims to hate humans but is a human himself! How will Helck change the course of the war between demons and humankind? Three months have passed since the Demon Lord was struck down by a single hero, and the Demon Realm is running a tournament to crown his replacement. The leading contestant is Helck, a human hero who claims to hate humans! Some aren’t happy with the idea of a human becoming the next Demon Lord—especially Vermilio the Red. She wants nothing more than to protect demonkind and prove Helck to be an enemy of the demons, even if she has to rig the competition to do it!
Source: VIZ Media
I'm a bit surprised it ranked pretty hight up there but has no reviews, any ways here's is quick one. What introduced me to the manga was the cover for it on my manga reader app (mangarock) it look interesting. I read the first chapter and was hesitant to continue further, the main character is different from a steriotypical manga protagonist which was hard for me at first. Helck's protagonist is a huge, built man and crazy powerfull (reminds me of the adventures of Lunk from cyanide and happiness). As the story progresses you stick to him, not just him but almost all the characters in the story too. The story line at first was still pretty good but as the I kept reading the story was getting darker and a lot more interesting. I glued to it and binged the chapters till I got caught up. Now I eagerly await for new chapters. I recommend you read or at least try it out, but don't do like me and stall on the first chapter because of the main character. He is one of my favorite manga characters now. If you are into the fantasy, adventure genre I definitly recommend this.
The story have some interesting twists and turns. World-building is established, but may fall flat in certain areas as they introduce more modern themes that may not be cohesive with the existing medieval fantasy themes. Main characters are alright and I did like seeing their journeys. Some characters I wished to see more of didn't get to make much of an appearance in the later chapters. It is really focused on Helck and Vermilio for the majority of the main journey. The story will spend a large majority of its efforts in long monologue-like speeches, so if you're not particularly fond of a lot of dialogue and was hoping to see more action, this may not be it for you. I would've liked it a bit more if they spent less time with motivational speeches and more action. Everything seem to freeze for them to get the power of friendship jammed into not just the antagonists' brains that all they do is go "RAHAHAHA, I'll make Helck the most depressed individual and he will raise Helck among demonkind!!!", but also your brain. Overall, a good read that may tickle your imagination a little bit.
Overal Thoughts: Very good series, but as a note - you do not 'get what appears on the package' in the first chapters.Basically series starts as a light hearted comeny - 'what if the hero wanted to become the new demon lord?' - ends up in a much darker place about 1/4th into the series and gets worse from there (in a good way). This series is presented as a comedy - it's actually a pretty dark drama. While it does retain some comedy throughout the series - if your reading this for a 'laugh' your NOT getting what your expecting. It's also not a flawless series either, be aware of that, though it's a good series. Falls a bit into some annoying minor story troupes. For example; if I see another magical world with a super advanced civilization thing I'm going to flip a table at this point. In regards to plot – it falls into said troupes pretty hard, however in regards to character it undermines them. There are some pretty major tear jerker moments in the series. However another point of contention is with the ending, it ultimately ends up on a happy way in the end. This sounds like a strange criticism, but I feel it detracts ultimately from some of the major emotional beats of the story. This truthfully is the biggest 'flaw' I find with the series - ending resolves everything a little to well and ends up 'cheating' the middle of the stories important moments that are tragic. There are some exceptions, but for the most part this series ends "to well" for most of the main cast... a strange criticism I know, but once you get through and think about it you'll understand, and I felt the ending cheated the middle of the stories emotional punches. After the author 'smacks us in the face' with the feels – I felt a little disappointed that he didn't 'go all in' on those punches in the end. Final Recommendation: Yes. Read this. Series isn't perfect - but is VERY good at actually undermining the readers expectations. The only flaw is with the 'good' ending cheapening the rest of the story (minor complaint). Arguable it would of been better if it had ended on a worse note for the main characters. *I'm about 50/50 considering comparing this series to Madoka Magia in some major ways – I kept adding in and removing this line when I was writing this – so I've got 'mixed' feelings on including it. It very much has a 'similar style' in that regard (other then the ending being 'good' rather then 'tragic'). I've included this line here as a 'not sure – but maybe' as food for thought for other readers.
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