Jinna Amakura was a typical, if not a bit stingy, high school boy. Typical, that is, until he died...at least he was supposed to die, but he didn't. Jinna is now considered by the powers that be as a "Soul Irregular."
Enter Nagi who is a Grim Reaper on her first job—to kill Jinna and return his soul to the proper cycle of life and death. If she fails, she will be turned into her favorite dessert and eaten by the head of the Angels of Death. Not only does her job start off as worse as it possibly could, but Nagi and Jinna form an almost friendly, if not unusual relationship...just wait till her boss finds out...
Shinigami to Chocolate Parfait is a story about a guy, Jinna Amakura, that doesn't want to die. The problem is, a Shinigami (Soul Reaper), called Nagi Fuuryuu has to reap his soul, so Jinna can continue the cycle of rebirth. Only Nagi just keeps failing doing this. It's actually extremely funny to see a clumsy shinigami hunting such a "skilled" surviver.
Between the parts were Nagi tries to kill Jinna, you can really feel some kind of weird romance also found in other "romantic" action comedies like Shakugan no Shana or Zero no Tsukaima. They will never say that they love each other, but they will
protect each other no matter what.
The story itself wasn't too long, so there weren't any annoying chapters about their feelings or too many scenes were Nagi chased Jinna. Any more stuff wouldn't be necessary and could be tagged as filling material or a sequel.
Though I read the manga in poor quality, I thought the art is very good. Nagi is really cute, Jinna doesn't look too weird and the background art is pretty decent too.
The characters are really simple. You'll learn what they want to achieve and they'll use any method they seem necessary to achieve that. Nagi is a bit of an exception, thats because she doesn't know what she wants. She has to kill Jinna, but her morals (and Jinna) say that killing is a bad thing.
It was nice to see how Nagi changed her opinion and fought with morals and duties, but it was a bit disappointing that Jinna didn't change that much.
Overall I thought that this manga was great and I'll probably read it again, since it is fairly short, funny and I liked the "romantic" atmosphere.
This manga is overall a pretty standard but solid introduction to a larger story. It is standard in the sense that it feels like a pretty generic romcom. There are some interesting concepts, such as a hero that's super stingy, and a heroine that's trying to kill the hero, but for a good reason, that add some flair to the humor that keeps it from getting boring. Still, it does feel a bit slow at times, because while I'm not opposed to side episodes that are used just to give more time to the characters and their relationship without pushing the plot forward in any meaningful way, these side
episodes weren't particularly interesting, just sort of middling in terms of quality and also somewhat cliché. As it approaches the end, it does set up some interesting concepts, such as some new twists on the relationship between the hero and heroine and setting up a new direction for the plot to take, but as this is just a short adaptation of a light novel series, it ends at the point. All things considered, this is a pretty good break point, though in the end it still feels like it ended too quickly, but I suppose that's inevitable considering what it was meant to do. The art was okay.
tl;dr: A manga that is a slow but solid start to a larger story not to be adapted.