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.
So we got this story of where a demon king has awoken and brave heros prepare to fight this evil but I'm the mean time they send him bitchs to fuck in the mean time.
Sounds like a hentai plot already or just a really generic harem.
The sky cracks, the ground shakes , trees wither , animals run in fear and a cold wind blows though the lands,
The Fabled eclipse has happened which means that the evil demon king exoda C claw has woken up from his slumber and the island of shina dark has risen
from the deeps to be the demon king's home once again.
With no heroes around at the time to combat the demon king,
The nations of humanity decide to send over a thousand sacrificial maidens,
in order to stop his wrath from consuming there nations and to provide an outlet for his lust which is seid to be as endless as the dark abyss he was spawn from.
When the maidens land on the cursed land, they soon find that maybe the things they have been told about the demon king may have been false
As they find out that he doesn't intend to destroy the world nor does he want all these harem girls on his island, he would rather prefer to just chill or do mundane thing like fishing or gardening, which is very different from the picture that most people paint him as, it actually turns out that quite a lot of his actual legend keeps on getting changed a lot or new shit gets added in like the whole thing about his lust.
So after the demon king finds out about all these girls that have basically been forced to come to his island, seeing that he has caused a lot a suffering to all these girls who old lives where ripped away from them,
he decides to tell them all that they are free to leave as they wish and go back to there old lives if they choose, but sadly they don't have that option because when most of them try to do that, they basically become the trash of society because they have been on the demon king island and so they are forced to come back to shina dark because they have no where else to turn to.
So in order to remedy the situation he then decides to declare the island of shina dark a country so these girls can start new lives and pass the time intill an "actual" hero can defeat the demon king.
So the story is pretty much a very basic how to run a country,
It's very similar to tears to tiara or utawarerumono in that respect,
But unlike them shina dark doesn't have what made those titles work.
Because in those titles there was always problem that has to be dealt with when you run a country or it was building up some sort of end game.
But there is none of that here.
It's for the most part is doing mundane things.
Like planting crops or starting a trade route with other countries,
Which was pretty interesting to see them try to establish the basics to make there country work and to see some of the small details.
While every now a then random heroes show up to fight the demon king and get there ass kicked because for some reason this fantasy land doesn't under stand that the title of hero isn't something you give to people just because,
it is something that is get though hard work and plus it's a title you can only get though Earning it, but it's kind of expected from the type of story this is, so I give it a pass on that little nick pic.
The only things of actual interest or tension that was was going on is where we find out that human kingdoms in this world are actually on the decline and slowly decaying. Because the people is power refuse to change there ways and they are basically putting themselves in a corner and also because quite a few people are moving to the new country of shina dark because it's pretty much the only country at the moment not run by idiots and they want a new life,
Which again was interesting to see but sadly they never go to deep with it,
Which I believe was a miss opportunity because they could of showing how it got to that state and how people became so despite that they would risk moving to the shina dark which is sied to be an evil place.
The other thing which kind of had something interesting to it was how one of the maiden's that's a princess has been slowly poisoned by her evil step mother because reasons.
Which could have been done interesting way like for example her trying to kill her so her children will be next in line for throne, but we get none of that because her whole reason for it was because she was related to poor.
Another thing is how we are also showed that some people where sent to shina dark just to get them out of the way so some people can make there lives even more shit or take what these people have for themselves.
Which was kind of one note but it was also interesting to see how this world is generated by false fear and how some people will use that to there own benefit.
So overall the story has glimpses of good ideas but they never go anywhere with them,
Because even though most of the ideas have kind of been done before and In some cases better.
It could have started off plan and then Slowly build up to something fine or good
Which it seems like it was hinting that it was going to do that.
But wasn't given enough time to do that,
Plus it only has 20 chapters with no sequel in sight.
Which is probably the most disappointing thing about it.
The main character exoda C claw is pretty much two dimensional at the most,
He has a very chill and relaxing personality which is some what different from what you would expect from the type of character he is or what people paint him out to be.
but it seems like and they actually hint or imply this,
That he wasn't always like the way he is now,
Because if he always like this then why would true heroes try to fight him and stop him if he was this chill dude.
So there is definitely some sort of back story here which we never told or given the opportunity to be told.
The side characters are all pretty one note,
There all likable for the most part,
but the problem is that you don't have enough time to know these characters and also the lack of prescence there sort of there.
I am a person who good with names and can't for the life of me remember any of the characters.
The artwork for the most part is fine,
It has a very moe like style which isn't that off putting.
The character designs are basically a mix of generic fantasy and moe.
When it comes to enjoyment I liked the ideas that shina dark was using and I wasn't p bored to tears while reading it and it was very relaxing to read so I enjoyed it with the bare minimum requirements,
But what really put a spanner in the works in terms of enjoyment is that it seems like I seid before that seems like it was going some where but wasn't given the chance to do so.
Now if your new to manga and what not and want something very simple and quick to read then shina dark is worth checking out as an ok time passer and also to say that you have got another finished manga under your belt.
But if your well experienced In manga and story telling in general then probably don't read this unless your really bored.