Gods and demons wage a neverending battle with the mortal realm as their battlefield. As with most longstanding feuds, the reasons are no longer important--hatred is a way of life. But it is foretold that one would arise who could restore harmony between gods and demons. Enter Raenef...heir to a set of demon royalty, he is hardly courtly material. The demon king assigns Eclipse to be his tutor, to mold Raenef into proper demonic shape. The two begin a journey of discovery and are soon joined by a human knight and a god-blessed priest.
Initially bursting with potential, Demon Diary appears to be the result of what happens when writers are changed during the progression of the story, when plot line sort of either disappears or emerges to have as much sense as a can of beans.
Likely to be this manga’s weakest link, Demon Diary begins with a simple plotline of Raenef’s education to become Demon Lord. Slowly, characters are introduced and relationships are established. This all turns to hell halfway through when ‘revelations’ are made which are about as believable as claiming that pigs could fly. The change in authors appeared to have resulted in a plot that
does not flow smoothly as we would have liked, as we are left with mysteries and hopeful aspirations for potential events that could and did not ever appear. Much depth and story could have been pulled from the series, yet we’re left with a premature finish that may leave some satisfied, and others bitterly wanting for more.
Arguably one of the strongest points in this series (next to characters), Demon Diary gives to us eye candy to the extreme as Eclipse and Raenef fulfil the requirements of “What makes a bishounen”. The manga brings to us an interesting mix of ‘chibi’ art, action, violence and those scenes that attempt to melt one’s heart, overtaking the story in importance and becoming one of the most prominent reasons for many individuals love for this title.
The characters are a mixed bag. We are likely to start off loving them, yet by the end we may be left with a notion of dissatisfaction as we realize that many characters hardly received the development they so deserved, crushing our hopes of what we may have expected. The backgrounds of certain characters are only explored lightly, and this may give anyone difficultly in sympathising or at least comprehending their actions or decisions throughout key events in the story.
On a personal level, this series appears to have a huge following, with good reason. Despite the apparent flaws in the storyline and characterisation, we are given an attractive combination of good artwork, loveable (to the point of potential disappointment) characters and a comedic upbeat storyline of the development of Raenef as a Demon Lord. We may also have much disappointment radiating from the series, as we slowly wish that initially developments had widen to become something much more then what reality gave us, but perhaps if we drop this outlook we can fully embrace this series for what it is.
Summarising Demon Diary’s strongest areas:
Beautiful artwork with elaborate character designs and bishounen that will may keep your eyes glued to the screen (especially if you are female).
Lovable characters that may have lacked development in some cases, but still remain lovable nonetheless.
Change of writers truly made this series suffer on the whole. But if we overlook all of this we may be able to fully enjoy what this title offers to us. As mentioned earlier, this title has a huge fan base. And it is important to emphasise the fact that this has a huge fan base “for good reason”. At the very least, it is a series that can be recommended to all those looking for some comedic fantasy, bishounen or another take on the master and servant relationship. Some may feel disappointed at the developments in this series, but many will most likely not regret giving Demon Diary a try.
I consider Demon Diary on of my favorite manwha's. The story and characters are funny, enjoyable and adorable. To be honest I didn't think I would like Demon Diary that much but I found myself completely loving the entire series.
Yes, the authors did change(Lee Ji Hyoung had high school entrance exams and was busy) but the new author(Lee Yun Hee) took the story and made it something that you could find yourself reading again and again.
The art, story, and pretty much everything else was very enjoyable. It first caught my eye at a used bookstore...the cover looked interesting enough so I bought it. I'm quite happy to say i was NOT disappointed at all…in any way. Well, except one…i wish it had continued. Mostly because I was…dissatisfied with the ending. Quite frankly, it could have been better. It seemed to almost be a cliffhanger in a way, if I'm remembering correctly.
This manga wasn't BAD, per say. It was just very, very flat. If not for the canon-ghey appeal, there would be nothing left to this, not even to fangirls. It takes the uke-seme stereotype and plays it up to cardboard. I just got bored and gave up on it after a few volumes.
If canon-ghey in-of-itself, regardless of good story or character, is enough to hold your attention, then by all means. You may enjoy this. If you prefer shounen-ai with character, read "FAKE"; it's a good old standby.