The Facts are These:
Mephisto Bart Kucabara is a lawyer of the underworld saving the souls of people who were wrongly sent to hell. He does this to gain an energy called “Dark Matter.” With the help of his friend Bichura, he saves the lives of wrongly convicted souls. But, why was he banished from the Demon World.
Defense Devil starts off great, with an interesting subject of a demon lawyer saving wrongfully convicted souls. Though later on it turns into an action manga. That is not a bad thing, it is just the the original fusion of law case and combat was interesting. Just later when they start to go into more combat and only briefly do a mini arc with a case do we see it again. Though the manga is overall consistent and good material. I have a problem with the ending though, that is to say it has Inuyasha Syndrome (where the show ends, with a cliffhanger and the big possibility of no continuation). The manga ends saying that Kucabara has to defend a case for God against the angels. I would like to see that, but I will probably never see that. This was probably to show that they continued on together having adventures, etc… It is just you shouldn’t end a story with the possibility to continue if there will not be a continuation.
Behind the Scenes:
The series was written by Youn In-wan, his other more notable work is Blade of the Phantom Master. The series was illustrated by artist Yang Kyung-il, his other works include Blade of the Phantom Master, Blade of Heaven, and Area D Inou Ryouiki. The series was published by Shogakukan, in the weekly magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday from April 2009 – September 2011. It has been collected into 10 volumes with 100 chapters.
A Brief View of the World:
The universe of Defense Devil contains several realms in in. First is the human world were humans live. Then there is the Demon World where the demons live and the souls of humans who have committed sins suffer. Heaven where angels, righteous souls and God dwell, and finally the Event Horizon where souls of unknown fates are brought and the demon Kucabara lives.
The manga is enjoyable with a great story and characters. It is just that I felt that it changed itself part way through the story and did not end on a completely satisfying not. The ideas and backstories were fantastic and well thought out it just did not end the best way possible.
The manga is rereadable with only 100 chapters, you can probably breeze through it in a day. Though the story will probably not stand as well during a second reading.
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