Soon after the last Demon King was defeated, the Demon Empire started a contest to choose the next Demon King.
But the favorite contestant to win the tournament was no other than a human, The Hero Helck, whose motive to become the Demon King was to defeat his own race.
What are Helck's true motives to participate in the contest and defeat the human kingdom? It's up to one of the Four Heavenly Kings of the Empire, Red Vamirio, to discover and unfold Helck's true intentions
Helck is literally the most fun i ever had with fiction.
It doesn't sound like anything particular innovative, and it isn't really, the Demon King was defeated and they're holding a tournament to choose the next one, does the twist that the guy who killed him is in the tournament and goes around with a funny face saying that he hates humans makes it more interesting? Of course it does.
Helck has a lot more comedy in the early part than the rest, i'm not going to pretend it's a series that "starts childish but get serious" or anything, it's just a series that happens to mix
stupid comedy with interesting twists to plots we have seen before.
But, if that's the case, then why did i gave it a 10?
Because it's freaking amazing.
Even tho Helck's name is in the title, almost the entire manga is presented to us from Vamirio's POV, she's may seen like just a tsundere, but she's actually really likeable and cautious, since we follow her trying to discover the truth about Helck, it allows us to see not only Vamirio's character better, but also makes Helck's past more powerfull, i didn't expected this series to give me the strong emotions it did, but i understand that because the series relies so much in her, a lot of people might not enjoy it that much, i also feel that the author understood this and porposefully made the first arc more comedy-heavy.
Big gentle guy and small angry demon girl are a lot of fun to follow.
I noticed the artwork getting significantly better as the series goes on, i also think that this has the best usage of lightning in shot composition i have ever seen, not just black or white backgrounds, the character design is also really good.
If you feel like Helck's strength is going to make it not fun to read because he will punch his way through everything, keep in mind that Vamirio is almost the protagonist of the series and that characters like Azudora have fights that are a lot more detailed than Helck's, and honestly even tho i would enjoy more tecnical fights, the fact that the strength of those characters is actually a plot line and not just a gag makes me forgive it easily. Also, having such insanely powerfull punches makes up for some incredibly well executed scenes later on.
If you're going to read Helck, i can guarantee you'll laugh a lot, and save some of the pages because you want to look at then for the rest of the day, but unless you find yourself so invested in Vamirio's character as i was, then this will probably just be a entertaining series for you.
What is it that makes Helck so enjoyable, I often ask myself. The story is nothing new, nor is the art anything special. The cast is simple: there are good guys and then there are bad guys. It really isn't anything groundbreaking.
But what it has that separates it from other manga is its execution. Helck delivers a heartfelt story filled with laughter and tears in a simple yet elegant manner. There is nothing else to it- it's not convoluted like Death Note, and it doesn't need to be.
All it needs to do to kick-start the whole thing is ask one question: "So, can a
human who hates humans become a Demon King?"
Story (8): Helck is a story set in medieval-esque times, with demons and monsters. Just before the start of the story, a hero killed a Demon King. The plot begins with the titular character entering a tournament to decide who will become the next Demon King.
Yes, he's a human entering a tournament for demons.
Naturally, when Vamirio, one of the Four Heavenly Kings (who is higher than a Demon King in the demon hierarchy) finds out about this, she freaks out and tries to sabotage his chances of winning. However, Helck is ridiculously powerful, and he is pretty much a maxed out RPG character at Level 99.
Needless to say, things don't go as planned and it goes downhill for her from there. Along the way, they face a threat to the Demon World, and it seems Helck may know more than he lets up on.
Basically, it starts off as seemingly slapstick humour and One Punch Man-esque jokes before developing into something more substantial.
Art (8): Nothing special, to be honest. The art is on par with most manga, but it does seem to be getting better as the story progresses.
Characters (10): The characters, from Helck to Vamirio to the other human characters are mostly stereotypical characters abiding by common tropes, but as the plot thickens the way they interact with one another becomes something special. For example, Helck is the typical hero with the heart of gold, and Vamirio is the cold kuudere loli. But the more they interact with each other, the more interesting they become, building off of each other to create distinct personalities that veer away from their default character templates.
I won't say too much for fear of spoiling, but it's amazing how far the cast has come in 62 chapters (as I'm typing this, that is). I struggle to think of characters that can beat Helck in terms of sheer memorability. Everyone has a role to play in this story, and every one of them fit it so well that it makes my enjoyment seamless. And speaking of which...
Enjoyment (10): What more can I say? I enjoyed this, and I'm still enjoying this weekly. Also, special mention to translator Rello on Batoto. His one-man translation is the reason why us Helck fans get to even enjoy this hidden gem, and all props to him for bringing this single-handedly to our attention.
Helck is a manga that is definitely worth reading. It is a simple manga that works off a simple premise, which evolves into an intriguing story that is still simple but absolutely excellent in its execution of said story. It can be touching one minute and boisterously fun in the other, a balance I have found to enjoy greatly. There really isn't much else I can say about this without going into spoiler territory, but I can guarantee Helck will take you for a wild ride.
I discovered this manga on Christmas when it got the first translated chapters, and kept it opened in my browser tabs for 2 weeks, because I had other manga to read too... 3 days ago I watched the comments, and saw that it already got 49 chapters, so I decided to start reading, I had read the 3 pages, which is the introduction and then put it on hold on for another 2 days, until Yesterday. That was a good decision, this manga is AWSOME, and is great that I had the chance to read 52 chapters at once, I wouldn't have been able to
live with the cliffhangers of the last chapters. While I was researching to see how many chapters are out there I was surprised by the lack of information about this manga on the internet. I entered then on MAL and saw the lack of reviews and activity (probably because the translations are fresh, despise being like 1,5 years old. Anyway, like this, I decided to be the first one to make a review and share this great piece of art with you.
Helck is a parody RPG themed manga, about a Hero that participates in a tournament to become the next Demon King. You can already imagine that because this is a parody, this shit is gonna be funny. The manga starts with an explanation about how a Hero defeated the Demon King and how humanity was happy that they are free (at this point I trough that this story is gonna be a fighting shounen), then 4 months later we are in the Demon World where demons come to participate in a Tournament where the winner will become the next Demon King. After a brief introduction of the situation, we have the first characters discussing about the Tournament: the first one is Vamiro, a female high rank demon, the Manager of the Tournament, and Hon, the Assistant Manager. After a small discussion we are introduced to Helck, the Protagonist of the series. He pretty much looks like Arnold S. in his youth, playing Hercule, but with more steroids. He is not very charismatic at first (I was about to drop the series when I saw him first time e e), but just like Saitama showed us that he is more than a baldy with a cape, this MC will win your admiration and respect quite fast. This is all I can say, as I want to not spoil you, and let you be surprised just like I was. Believe me, just read the first chapter as a test ... you won't stop until you finish it. The comedy in this manga is hilarious, despise the similar situation with One Punch Man, the comedy in this one is less forced. Even when the outcome of a situation is predictable, you will still laught and find it funny because is delivered in such a way. Yet there is more than simple comedy in this story, it starts as a parody, but as the story goes on, it becomes more serious, and even darker ... you will laught, you will cry, you will feel revolted, and you will find yourself talking with the monitor and the characters in the manga (''Ohhhh!!! Now you did it! You chose the wrong enemy fool! Ma' man Helck is angry! Go bro', show him who is the boss!'').
Characters: The characters are great. The main protagonist is kind, strong as fuck and badass. You will find yourself loving him really fast. Vamiro, the other protagonist is cute, cool and badass too. She is one of the strongest and the most important demons, yet her attitude towards Helck is one of the strongest points of the story. There are many things to say about her, but lets keep the spoilers away. The rest of the characters are interesting and fun too: from the other important characters to the Demon Kings we will see only in pictures, and hear from the stories, you will love them all.
Art: Art is not really special, it is not bad, but is not great either. Yet is very suited with the story.
Enjoyment: This is the best manga I head read in the last year.
Overall: This manga is a truly hidden jewel. If you like One Punch Man you will love it. If you love Gintama, you will love this too. Actually, as long as you like manga, this should be for you.