Rintaro Senkawa is a regular guy in his mid-20's who got a little drunk one night and fell to his death. But that is just the beginning of Rintaro's story, as he finds himself unexpectedly in Hell where he meets his guide, the painfully sexy devil Koyori. Can Rintaro take his situation seriously enough to repent for the sins of his former life or is he fated to be eternally tempted, teased, and tortured by scantily-clad devils with iron spiked clubs?
A 27 year old man gets drunk and accidentally dies (alcohol is bad, kiddies) and then he goes to hell. He gets a cute and inexperienced demon named Koyori as his guide. She is here to punish him for his sins and he may only leave hell when he has endured enough punishment to properly repent. I love stories with devils as good guys and anything with sadistic women, so I had high expectations for this manga. It did not entirely deliver, but it also was not bad by any stretch of the imagination.
This manga is pretty sweet and rather funny. I read it
because of an Oretama recommendation, and I really liked Oretama, but this manga was not nearly as ecchi or off-kilter, and the similarities were mostly superficial. The romance here was also a much smaller focus than in Oretama, with the main characters' interactions being a lot less interesting. Most of the humor in this manga is slapstick as opposed to ecchi, but slapstick comedy about people being skinned can still be pretty hilarious, if repetitive. It was an okay comedy. The main character could not catch a break at all, and it was pretty humorous to see him struggle and suffer, even if we are kind of rooting for him. Seeing as this manga had very simplistic art, plot, and everything else, humor was its only real strength and there certainly wasn't any depth to it. The characters were generally cliché and it didn't offer too much originality overall. I will say that the unveiling of a certain trap was one of the only times I've been surprised by that plot device and it was done hilariously. The sadistic demons also made for some very funny situations. The idea would have had a lot of potential as a comedy, psychological, or ecchi manga, but it didn't always play to its strengths properly and the execution was a bit disappointing.
My problems with this manga lie with my disappointment in several aspects of it. Only a couple of the characters were entertaining, none of those being the main character, and the development between them was forced. This is supposed to be a romance, but the love happens very quickly and inexplicably and we never see anything come of it. This manga had a good idea, but it would have been better off staying away from romance territory entirely and just sticking to laughs. Otherwise it could have developed the romance earlier and used it to add to the comedy, working it into the manga far more effectively. I feel as if I could have really liked the relationship between the main characters if it was better led up to, and if I saw more of it
One of the things that kept me reading was the mystery of why the main character was sent to hell in the first place, but the revelation was disappointing and felt very out of place for the series. I was expecting something moderately funny or more creative. It really killed the mood that the manga had going and then it kind of glossed over it. Perhaps I'm nitpicking, but in such a short manga even a small thing can be significant, and I simply did not like that plot development at all.
Overall, I'd probably recommend this manga to the average person, although it is admittedly just mediocre. It was not really anything special, but it was a short read, and I did rather enjoy it. I always looked forward to the release of the next chapter and I am a bit disappointed to see it end. I was ultimately a bit underwhelmed, and there was a lot of wasted potential, but I never actually disliked any of it, which is still more than I could say for the majority of manga that I have read or reviewed. The enjoyment factor bumps the otherwise mediocre score of a 5 up to a relatively generous 6.
Jigokuren: Love In Hell is a pleasantly surprising novel that is packed with a lot of perverted humor, some drama, and even a few surprisingly heartfelt moments (that will still make you laugh). Many people may be surprised by it's content, as it's taken a step over the line of being borderline pornographic, although being a 16+ novel.
The concept of the story is very, very different. Surely not everyone is going to like the story because of the content or it's humor, but if someone is coming in looking for a different type of story, you might want to check this out. The plot
is plain and simple, although it's not super exciting or special. This book is mostly made for it's content and humor, and nothing else. It's definitely for a different crowd of people. It pokes fun in a very perverted way. It doesn't take itself seriously at all, and there are some parts that will leave you very confused, but you can't help but laugh. There were a few plot holes here and there and we were kind of left with a dead end, although you didn't know what else of a direction it would go in anyway.
The art style was different but drawn out well. It was fresh to the eyes seeing different manga styles that are varied from the norm of what usual manga looks like. A fraction of the art is dedicated to nudity and sexual situations, mostly for humor purposes. It's also dedicated to well-drawn breasts (nipple and all) that as the reader myself, did not expect to see. They are everywhere. If you don't want to see bare breasts and scantily-clad women, then don't read it. Besides that, any of the other visuals, like the demons, looked pretty cool to look at.
The characters were nothing special, although the personalities were enjoyable. There were several minor characters that were introduced that made the story even more entertaining, and actually created some minor tension between characters. The characters were quite pointless to the story, as there wasn't much of a story and more of a goal in mind. The random encounters made the humor better, as each one would get stranger and stranger, but none of them served well for the story, but fulfilled the goal in mind.
Although it felt like there was something entirely huge missing, it didn't take away from the fact that these three volumes were insanely entertaining and funny. There are even parts you don't want to laugh at, but you can't help it. Being a female reader, although women were sexualized because of it being writen by a male author, it had male humor too. You were able to laugh at both genders in this story. Both male and female were able to play a dominant part, and male and females were able to equally play a submissive part. If you're into perverted humor, this is definitely the manga for you. It's a quick read that is enjoyable but not too distasteful.
I can make this short, without spoilers, read chapter 1.
Did you like it or find it interesting? Congrats, every chapter feels like it.
Did you not like it? The feel doesn't change at all so its not likely you will like it with more chapters.
Really read the discription, its really all there is to this manga.
On a side note, the story feels like its over FAR too soon, but it also feels like there couldn't have been more written at least in the context of the stories original premise.