Synonyms: Cool-headed Hoozuki
Published: May 23, 2011 to ?
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SynopsisHoozuki is a deputy of Yama, king of hell and judge of the afterlife and a super "S". This is a daily life of Hoozuki and his people.
Related MangaAdaptation: Hoozuki no Reitetsu, Hoozuki no Reitetsu OVA
Hoozuki is the Deputy Chief to the King of Hell and like most unfortunate secretaries; he does most of the organising and scheduling while also being responsible for unforeseen obstacles while his boss does very little indeed: the life of Hoozuki sounds daunting to say the least. However, unlike most people (because obviously he isn't most people: he's a demon), he doesn't get emotional or violently stressed out, he's just so chill that if you place a giant ice cube on top of his head, it would frost over. Anyways we follow the protagonist around Hell, watching him talk to subordinates and beat the crap out of Momotaru.
Firstly, this is a gag Manga so you should expect a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour and (un)subtle name-dropping. It's supposed to be a light read, to cheer you up or whatever. I didn't think it was a light read, I thought of it as a random and incredibly superficial chapter-episode series that tried (at times) too hard to be funny. Maybe my light reads aren't titled as 'light-read gag Manga', maybe my light reads need actual plot line and some sort of consistency between chapters or maybe Hoozuki no Reitetsu is just not a very good LIGHT READ!!!
The story is filled with characters that are so STUPID, so utterly utterly STUPID that they just vex the reader to no end. It's just like your worst nightmare of being trapped in a room with drooling idiots had found its way onto paper. The main character had to survive in this literal and metaphoric Hell surrounded by these characters or other individuals that only had names and bodies. These names-and-bodies-only characters didn't even have a full square caption to speak: no, their dialogue is literally in the background (the font is in italics and its size is small). What development? THERE IS NO CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!
The art was pretty good, except that I wasn't really into all the horned people (I mean Satanic much?) but considering that the main scene IS Hell, I sucked it up. I really liked the fact that all the characters had unique facial features (that they actually HAD facial features was a plus) and the fact that although the proportion was iffy, the illustrator had succeeded in creating a gothic element within the scenes. The illustrator also succeeded in portraying Hell as a place that is direly uncomfortable; the pointy rocks and biting cats and dogs pretty much suck.
However, all is not forgiven [even if I liked the art]. The author had such a good initial first chapter, where did it all go wrong? Why didn't the writer try to go for a plotline instead of just episodic gimmicky chapters? Why?!
**Audience: Calm down, Maz-Maz! Don't be so melodramatic.**
Now that I'm a little less hysteric, I'd like to say that no, I do not recommend this Manga for people expecting a consistent, logical plotline with depth and character development (it just wouldn't be your cup of tea). However, I'd encourage readers who like episodic Manga which have authors that don't expect any tenuous brain activity what so ever from the readers to read this Manga: I hope you enjoy it. read more
Both feature the daily lives of mystical beings. Saint Oniisan focuses on Jesus and Buddha, while Hozuki is about the staff of Japanese hell, but they have a similar sense of humor regarding things that should seem completely ordinary. Both bring in other famous mythological figures and are a lot of fun to read.
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