Makai Senki Disgaea, “Demon World War Chronicle Disgaea” • Arashi Shindo • Broccoli Books (2006) • Ichijinsha (Comic Zero-Sum, 2003) • 1 volume • Video Game, Action, Comedy • 13+ (cartoon violence)
Based on the tactical RPG Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, the Disgaea manga faithfully follows the game world and characters. Prince Laharl is rudely awakened from his two-year slumber by his vassal Etna and notified that the king of the Netherworld is dead. Prince Laharl boasts of his new kingship and sets off to rule the Netherworld, but no one will listen to him, due to the attitudes of the demons he’s supposed to be ruling. Various demons challenge the prince and are comedically thwarted. The story is simple and the gags tend to recycle, but all in all, it’s a cute comedy, laced with smarmy characters. The cover, by Takehito Harada, does not reflect the interior art.
Makai Senki Disgaea 2, “Demon World War Record Disgaea 2” • Hekaton • Broccoli Books (2007) • MediaWorks (Dengeki Maoh, 2006–ongoing) • 1+ volumes (ongoing) • Fantasy, Adventure • 13+
The manga companion to the RPG video game of the same title. Now that everybody in the world has been turned into a demon, it’s up to Adell, the last remaining human being, to challenge Overlord Zenon and put things back the way they were. Too bad he conjures up Zenon’s daughter Rozalin instead. The first volume also includes some original chapters explaining what happened between the original Disgaea and the sequel.