A supernatural comedy about the prince of Hell and his cat who ran away together from Hell. Somehow upon entering the human world, the prince's appearances changes from tall, dark,and buff to short,light and skinny. And his cat becomes a tall busty female. Now the prince is living life as a regular highschool student and the cat is the school's nurse.
Meanwhile, King of Hell sent a womanizing vampire, a short temper werewolf, and a kind hearted zombie to retrieve his son.
Harlem Beat wa Yoake made was first published in English as Mad Love Chase by Tokyopop from August 19, 2009 to February 8, 2011. VIZ Media later took up the license, and published the title digitally from October 21, 2014 to February 17, 2015, under the VIZ Select imprint.
Demon prince decides to skedaddle out of his wedding, and have a fling in the human world. Daddy demon king sends minions to retrieve him. Prince and his attendant, and the three minions, blend into the same school, playing cat and mouse. Hilarity ensues.
Despite changing his appearance and name (now he's a student named "Kujou"), the prince cannot remove the marking on his back. Once Kujou becomes a suspect, the minions have to figure out a way to get his shirt off! How do you do that in school?
I think that really good shoujo comedies are rare. But this is a good one. It got a grin, laugh, giggle, or squeal out of me at least once a minute. Not only are the situations funny, but the drawings do a great job of heightening the comedic effect. (It switches back and forth between detailed shoujo art, to highly simplified drawings--making things VERY funny!)
For most of it, there isn't much of a story per se. The whole situation is set up within a few pages, and most of what follows is a slapstick routine. The minions try to figure out if Kujou is really the prince, more minion groups are sent from hell, none of the demon groups are communicating so all the operations are at odds with each other...but things coalesce into a story for the ending.
What made the story lovable was the prince's gusto for earth life. He is excited about everything. He's no groucho. And he loves being friends with Taiki (who has a secret of his own). For him, their friendship is the best thing about being on earth. The way the art style was done, Kujou was too often highly cute and squeal-inducing!
The only drawback for me was some occasional nudity from Kujou's assistant.
If you appreciate shoujo stories and art, but like a good laugh, and don't mind a crazy, unbelievable, off-the-wall story (where there is any story), I highly recommend this!
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