The noble William possesses a rare kind of intelligence. The school he attends and his family background both draw much attention. However, one day, his family loses money after his uncle's business fails. Worrying about how this would affect his school's reputation, he returns home to help the family butler search for things to sell. What they found was an underground room that had been used by William's ancestors. The room contains a magical seal, with which William unintentionally summons a demon. The demon, Dantalion tells William that has the ability to choose the king of the demon world! Naturally, the candidates for king will come after William...who will become king in the end?!
So i just finished reading this and i'm very glad i randomly started to read this a few days ago cause I WAS HOOKED! It's honestly a really good storyline and overall enjoyable. The story was it's own thing i believe.
The plot is somewhat original ( at least to my limited knowledge ) and the details GAWD DAYUM i mean c'mon the writer knew the histories and all the shiet before writing this manga. They did some hardcore googling.
IN all seriousness although it is a great story with likable characters...SO MANY FLAWS.I'll list them:
1.PACING- Maybe it's just me and i'm slow butt the
pacing was so fast! At times it seemed like the story was random and nonsensical. Like one moment we see one thing happening and the next page it switches to a whole different scene and plot line...like whatttt?? I've never been this confused, not even in chemistry class. The story , imo, has pretty BAD flow. That really hinders the enjoyment and experience because it's so fast paced and you're like " WTFFF IS GOIN ON RN". Maybe things should've been taken more time to explain properly and wasn't so congested and,at times, forced. Pacing and flow really is probably the biggest flaw of the series because the story itself is really great.
2. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT- There was character development of course, but it was fricking confusing af. I say that for the two main characters; William and Dantalion. I get it that ( SPOILERS maybe idk )william has the soul of Solomon and Solomon and Dantalion have a special connection, but William and Dantalion BARELY spent much time together. At least it wasn't showed. They only had a few meetings in school and the demon world but how can they so easily care so much for each other? At least how can WIlliam care so much about him? To me it seemed like their relationship didn't really have much time to grow to that point. I wish we saw their bond grow rather than it abruptly being thrown at our faces. I still appreciate their bond. It's very heartwarming and stuff but i can't help but think how. Maybe i'm just a party pooper for emotions.
3.Characters- Now i won't say the characters are really generic but sometimes they seemed as if they had no depth. It felt like i was forced to feel bad for them or forced to like them, etc etc. They just felt too 2D at times and i wish, that especially with a story like this, it were more realistic or at least more deep. Although i did like the concept of William being a realist.
Although Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist is certainly not THE BEST, i can still say it is really great. If you can keep up with some confusions throughout the story and weird pace then it'll be even better for you. I gave it a 9/10 based purely on enjoyment and a biased view. If i were to be unbiased i'd still give it a 7/10. I enjoyed plot which was fairly different from your general shounen, demon world and fantasy stuff. The characters are likable ( and dis-likable ). The story is well balanced, it has it's epic fights, emotional moments, funny moments, heartwarming moments...it's a mixture of all. It definitely kept me interested all throughout and i would highly recommend that anyone give the manga a read.
A fascinating story I got around to read thanks to pure coincidence, but as of late I've seen myself grow more and more addicted to this little pasterpiece.
The art is fabulous, to say the least, and the story is so colourful, deep and full of mistery. The characters are nicely developed and I like were the story is currently headed. Overall, a fine manga that I can proudly call one of my favourite. No way in hell I give it less than 10.
I find it odd that while the anime had a lot of bad reviews this manga isn't known at all.
Let's just say that the plot isn't the best I have ever seen, but it has a lot of originality in it, like as other works from the same authors, the fact that demons are actually less evil than angels in the end is one of the points I liked mostly. Even though the series is quite new, it needs more time to fully develop.
This was absolutely, the most gorgeous, magnificent, and most elaborate manga I have ever read, you should definitely take a
look at it if you like amazingly drawn manga, because the art is one of the biggest point of it.
The characters from Makai Ouji are incredibly various, from saints to people that really existed in history. The main character has his unique charm which is being an absolute realist to the point of even contradicting himself, most demons have a well developed backstory and not all of them belong to the same faction, which makes the thing much more interesting and intriguing. Just because it has a large cast of male character, it doesn't mean women are useless in the manga, but it's a josei manga after all.
If you're looking for something original, you'll definitely like the manga, if you like the action themed genre you'll also enjoy it, apart from some chapters that are almost useless, the pacing is very quick.
Don't let yourself get fooled by the poor anime adaption, this manga should become more popular as it has a very high potential, it shouldn't also be overlooked or underrated, it's kinda like an hidden gem of manga.
This is, in truth, one of my absolute favorite mangas of all time.
Now, I'm VERY picky when it comes to manga. With anime, I'm typically not as critical, however since the mangas are (usually) the original version of whatever the anime may be (unless it doesn't have an anime adaption), I have much higher expectations. I watched the anime first, as I usually do, because I like to understand the whole story and basic plot of the series before really diving deep into it. This was exactly the case with Devils and Realist. The anime adaption was OK, the animation was pretty choppy in some
parts, and they made it pretty fanservice-y, which I didn't really like before for me, either have actual romance there or don't. It should be one or another. And the way they adapted the art in the anime really bugged me sometimes- certain parts of the characters seemed too big (usually their noses or eyes), and the anime just overall wasn't a very good adaption. But, I liked the whole idea, and I LOVED the characters, so I decided to check the manga out.
The manga absolutely blew me away. It went into way more depth, and I couldn't stop reading! I loved the characters, the art, their designs, and their interactions and relationships with eachother. I was pretty shocked when there were actual historical figures in there, and angels that are really in the bible. To me, it added to the manga's sense of realism. There are way more characters in the manga, and I particularly am very interested in the relationship between William and Dantalion.
Yes, I ship these two. No, it's not because "oMG YAOI!1!!!!!111!", I could care less whether they were gay, straight, or goddamn hippos. I can sense a pretty deep connection between them, partly because of William having (spoilers start here) Solomon's blood in him. Now, I can't say too much as of now because I haven't been able to finish the manga yet. (I really want to, but a lot of personal issues have come up.) And even though at first, Dantalion only stuck around to convince William to choose him as elector, but if that were the case now then he would've left to go back to Hell the moment Lucifer awakened. Why did he stick around? That I'm unsure of right now, but what I'm trying to say here is that their relationship definitely has so much depth and emotion to it and it draws me into this manga even more. As I keep reading, I can't wait to see how their relationship changes (I've seen many spoilers, so I do have some idea).
And, the art is absolutely PHENOMENAL. Definitely one of my favorite manga styles now, the way the characters are drawn and the expressions show so much about each characters personality and emotions.
I don't want this review to drag on, so I'll quickly wrap this up. Why isn't this manga more well-known? The storyline is so creative and unique, it's pretty historically accurate, the characters are all different and intriguing, the art is stunning, and it's very well written in general. I hope that in the future it becomes more wellknown, though I don't wish for it to become a mainstream manga because most of those aren't the best. The lowest rating I would give this manga is a 9. But, I'm giving it a 10, because of all the various things I listed above and more. I'm excited to catch up to where the manga is currently!