Shindo, Arashi. Disgaea. Trans. Satsuki Yamashita and Jason R. Grissom. Los Angeles: Broccoli Books, 2006. Summary
: Upon awakening from a two years long slumber, Prince Laharl of the Netherworld learns that his father the King has died. Now if Laharl wants to claim the throne, he will have to defeat the competition. And deal with Angel Trainee Flonne, who showed up with orders to assassinate the King. Comments
: Okay, I am at a loss for words: I cannot think of any expletives vulgar enough to characterize this heretical waste of acid-free paper stock. There's little in the way of plot, even less in the way of characterization, and all of that lowbrow, bawdy humor is creepy when paired up with Shindo's loli/shotacon character designs. Oh yeah, and the art is really difficult to follow to boot because everything's over so damn quickly that I was constantly paging back and forth trying to figure out what I missed (nothing). As if reading it once
weren't bad enough.
Needless to say, I have never been especially impressed by any of the books put out by Broccoli (we're talkin' stuff that barely deserved to make the backlist), but this one without question represents a nadir. I hadn't gotten past page 20 before I was desperate to get my money back. Was the videogame so
popular that there were enough poor dupes out there willing to buy solely for the Disgaea
logo? I mean, c'mon! Anyway, it's no wonder they closed up shop--there are so
many other manga out there that deserved the effort more. Rating
- Argh. The scores don't get any lower than this...but I'm tempted to make an exception for this manga. Yes, it's that bad.