Welcome to the cursed island of Shina Dark. This island is called home by the dark lord Exoda C. Claw AKA Satan. He's as powerful a being as you could ever hope to meet. Feared and hated the world over for the infinite amount of atrocities he's committed. He's.....actually a really nice guy who just wants to chill out around the castle and relax... After a month long nap he awakens to find that the rest of the world has made up another ridiculous rumor and blown it way out of proportion and that has caused his little island to be crowded with a thousand beautiful princesses meant to be his mistresses/sacrifices. Worse yet is that since they have set foot on his island they are all believed to be cursed and are now shunned by their homelands. What's a couch potato Satan to do with 1000 women who wont leave? Who can say?
Surprised that this doesn't have any reviews. Yet.....
Arararararararararara....where to start???
Shina dark, as the description says, is about a guy called satan, living on an island called Shina Dark, gets a package call of boat loads of women and fair maidens from across the lands as sacrifices. Funnily ironic, he is the opposite of his rumors that were started. I'll get into better detail later.
Rather, there is a nice story that goes along with this manga. How the whole "Satan-is-going-to-kill-you-all-if-you-don't-give-him-all-your-fair-maidens-&-princesses" was proven wrong actually went well and the concept of an island of despair turning into an island of prosperity because of
Satan just wanting peace was also a good concept. But the story doesn't fully focus on him. It also focuses on former princesses and the several maiden citizens that live on the island. All of them have a back story. Well, the important ones at least. Each of those main characters had either a tragic past or the reason they are there. It has a "problem of the day" formula or "character spotlight" for each chapter. Some times a mix of both. The comedy is suttle, but nothing to complain about. There are ecchi scenes in the first 13 chapters of the manga, but then it just mellows out a bit later.
Overall, it's a fine story. It has a good balance and does not overdose on its ecchi contents.
The art style is, how to say, stands alone in its own shining light. Rather than that, it is very great! It has a good design for its characters and monsters, also a nice consistence with no sudden changes to its style. It has a natural feel and has a nice use of screen tones. It does have little problems but those are just clouds in the sky if you know what I mean. It's pretty much something I can't really comment on that much since I have no problem with it. Well, I would say that it lacks much luscious backgrounds and areas, but that's not really a big deal. You'll indeed enjoy this manga if you like ecchi art, beautiful girls and sometimes barren landscapes.
I have to say, I like these characters. If you must know, the main two princesses that the story focuses have a sort of opposite composite type of character. Like one is very suttle, calm, shy, your near-typical-but-not princess and then your battle front-lines princess that is all for justice or such. Their personalities are pretty separate, sometimes don't complement each other but it's a good set up.
Now lets look at the other three protagonists. Satan and his comrades. All I will say is that they indeed complement each others personality. Jokes can be easily made with them around and are rather there for good mellowing out on bringing in the bad but funny news. They are characters that you really have to see to know.
I have so far enjoyed this manga and have waited so long just to see the chapters. Of course, I haven't grown tired so I really like this series. I really have nothing to say here.
A well made, story that can mellow out between its ecchi, comedy and drama content. Though, not really the best, since it could work out if you like either even if one or two of the three contents that are weak, then the third might catch you. All it needs is just world turning events and some of the sort. It's a nice manga, but needs more substance to its story. If you don't like its ecchi content, believe me, I don't think you'll like the rest. But give it a try when your time is open after reading all those other manga.
Shina Dark is like a little curious child that is eager to try out everything in reach which might seem promising one way or another. Similarly it is unable to decide what to do or what it wants to be and never manages to finish what it started.
It all begins with the revival of the demon lord 'Exoda Zero Clow' (henceforth simply referred to as Satan) which happens every 100 years during an eclipse. According to the legends he is an evil powerful being whose thirst for blood comes second only to his lustful desire for beautiful virgins. That is why, in order to appease
his wrath, the various nations of the world sent their most beautiful women and princesses as sacrifices to his island, Shina Dark. There's just one problem – Satan is actually a good guy who only longs for peace.
So much for the premise. Surely, it's not the first time we hear a story about a demon lord who doesn't quite meet the expectations associated with his title. And it's also not the first time our protagonist is surrounded by a bunch of beautiful women (whose only purpose is to please him). Still, it's not too bad of an outset. In fact, if it wasn't for the comedic part and the mess that it turns into later on, it could raise some interesting questions about the definition of good and evil, prejudices and inevitable conflicts.
So, what goes wrong? In order to elaborate on that, let me introduce some important characters first.
First of all there's Satan, of course. He is a pretty easy-going and lazy fellow who only wishes to savour his days in peace. On the other hand, he is good-natured, caring and willing to help others whenever they are in need of it. Somehow, he seems to have had a sad past as every now and then he indulges himself in reminiscences of a woman who apparently had a fairly big impact on his life. Unfortunately, we never learn anything about that woman or how she was related to Satan and the way he is now, at all. We can only guess.
Besides Satan, his butler and his maid (who both mostly exist for the humorous part of the manga), there are two highly important former princesses, namely Galett Fey Sowauge and Christina Rey Holden, who were sent as sacrifices to Shina Dark by their countries. Galett is a strong, righteous girl who wishes to be of use to others. Christina, on the other hand, is a shy, insecure and frail girl who only wishes for a place that she belongs to. The former abandoned by her parents, the latter abandoned by her nation. In addition to their origin from enemy nations they possess various contradictory traits which makes it difficult for them to form a lasting friendship.
In the beginning those two big-breasted beauties mainly serve to accumulate the amount of ecchi scenes and emphasize the harem-elements of the manga. (There is, however, no real romance in Shina Dark.) Later on, when the story starts to focus more on these characters, their past, their motives, what troubles and what drives them, emotional drama starts to replace the images of their bodily features (most of it at least).
Still sounds interesting? Well, yes, it is - to some extend. The real problems come with the execution. Somehow, Shina Dark just can't decide what it wants to be. It is constantly changing between various plot-elements, genres and the direction the characters are developing into.
For instance, it starts as a simple ecchi comedy harem, then gains an emphasis on the princesses' story whereby simaltanously many political as well as some economical issues arise. Tensions between opposing nations, historical events, conquests and wars and the colleteral problems that come with it; all of that is mentioned but never explained or elaborated on, much less tried to resolve. Many characters are introduced, mainly relatives of Galett and Christina, but never given any purpose.
Furthermore, monsters emerge from the depths of the world and Shina Dark turns into some kind of battle shounen (not quite though), even worse as it suddenly obtains RPG elements which really don't make any sense at all. Lastly, we get some mystery and horror components mixed in which just seem completely out of place.
Shina Dark fails to fully focus on even one of those aspects and the few solutions that it does manage to give to the huge amount of questions raised are mostly dull and implausible. Why would Satan, for instance, a good-natured helping guy, watch the population of his island fight some legendary beast which they can hardly deal with – whereby many sacrifices are given – just so that the two princesses can strengthen their resolves and their relationship to each other? And why do the people suddenly stop believing in the legends and voluntarily move to Satan's island, although he was considered an evil wrathful being which has to be slayed as fast as possible for hundreds of years (apparently, he proved them wrong – in no time at all, with no effort at all)?
Shina Dark uses too many plot devices with no real structure or concept behind it and thereby only manages to be average at most things. It did have its potential. And if it didn't leave everything unanswered or with unsatisfying dull solutions it would have been a much more interesting read.
Still, it's not as bad as my score might indicate. It has its good aspects. The art is one of them. It is clean and lucid. The character design is typical for an ecchi manga and said characters are drawn rather well. There is nothing to complain about here. It should meet the requirements of most readers – including myself; at least if you aren't turned down by some bare skin.
Perhaps if this troubled child were given a future, that is to say a sequel which further elaborates on the many questions raised and solves the numerous problems that emerged in Shina Dark, then it could turn into a fairly interesting being that, hopefully, won't leave a messy trail of the things it played with behind. So let's hope it gets that future, along with the ability to eradicate its flaws.
Originally, the premise seems interesting, however, the story does not expand after the first couple chapters. However, the plot gets lost after the island becomes a democracy, perhaps even before then.
In conclusion, this manga would have had the potential to be great, however, the plot dissolved, became a bunch of random arcs which had no connection, and finally, it ends upon a cliffhanger without a sequel.
Okay this is my favorite manga i ever read
Well this is my fourth or third times i write review of my favorite manga
Story: The story is great every details of each chapter and simple and easy to read of the story.
Art : Outstanding i like it the drawing of every places of each chapter and the beast or monster drawing that i saw this manga.
Character: Well Outstanding too i like the face of character their expression,show the chibi mode, and cuteness i like it most of all the Demon King when he's angry but i want to see the more fear and angriest face of
the Demon King.
Enjoyment: Great in chapter 14 or 13 to 15 my enjoyment has drown i don't know where the story go just like in Shina Dark place of the Demon king and the country of his people to argue of their money?.Well i don't understand the situation but i think it's not good to place like that.
Overall : Well Outstanding why? Because of the Art and Character but when the story become the end that Demon King why he is kind person? Because of his past lover and i want to read another season 2 of Shina Dark
I know my sometimes my grammar are very poor but i think my review that make you understand a little