Helck

Vol: 12; Ch: 106
2014 - 2017
4.043 out of 5 from 602 votes
Rank #2,861
Helck

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!

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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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