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Every 100 years, 100 demon children are sent to Earth to compete in a battle to become king of the Demon World. Each demon is paired with a human partner who is given a spell book of a specific color. The human can cast the demon's spells through their book. If a demon's book is burned, they disappear and return to the Demon World. The last demon remaining becomes the king. The show is oriented around Gash Bell and his human partner, Takamine Kiyomaro.
Won the 48th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category.
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i love this series! the characters are awsome, a good story line, great action, i am pretty much satisfied, and lets not forget it has great humor as well, i say it deserves to have the same ratings as Bleach or Naruto
I really like this manga. I've heard some people don't like it because of the art. I can't really find any complaints with the story besides the fact that it's a somewhat typical shonen. But what really does it for me is the comedy, most importantly, the facial expressions on the characters. They make me laugh just thinking about them. It's pretty much been said in other comments, but this manga is great. OoO
An amazing read.
From the moment you pick it up it just hooks you. Time flies by incredibly fast due to the quick and hilariously told plot. Characters are great and the battles never lose your interest. I've read this over twice (though not to the end) just because it's that good. To date I've only read only 2-3 mangas twice.
Don't Burn the Books
I was so hooked on this manga that i practically read volumes 1-32 in 2 days. (I originally stopped at volume 21, but i let the scanlators catch up. This manga is so good that i had to start it over again). I was just so engrossed and it pains me whenever a book is burned, but it had to happen since someone has to become the King of the demon world. But I didn't think that it would had hit me that hard whenever a book was burned. You end up falling in love with these crazy demon kids.
... Last updated on September 26th, 2009, 1:16pm
I find that even though the art is not exactly beautiful, it actually helps to deliver a hilarious feel (especially when purposely drawn hideously xD) I found myself cracking up because of how weird the art was intentionally drawn (crazy bulging eyes).
Honestly, I have no idea if I'm just emotional this week, but I found myself mentally sobbing at some scenes (and actually tearing up during the entire Faudo arc) and then just going crazy with laughter at others. It's a really great series that I heard of when I was very little but never actually got into until recently.
... Last updated on July 25th, 2012, 12:59pm
Had a tiring day, please excuse me if I sound disjointed!
I'm at volume 22, and it has been a very enjoyable read so far! Great story, with lots of funny moments to boot. I absolutely love the mangaka's sense of humor. He never fails to bring a smile to my face
I am in love with most of the characters, especially Kiyomaro. (I have a soft spot for smartass dudes *cough*L*cough*).
Well it's not perfect, but I enjoy the story enough to overlook that. My only major complaint is the character of Megumi. She's kind of a Mary Sue :/
Otherwise Konjiki no Gash Bell is a pretty awesome manga. I would say it's as good as the more popular shounen mangas. It may not be every shounen fan's cup of tea, but people should definitely check it out nonetheless!
... Last updated on November 9th, 2008, 7:16pm
First I saw it and I noticed it differences with other manga not just the drawing but the colouring so on. Many people in Viet Nam telling me that it's not worthy to read because the drawing was so ugly... and I think they have absolutely wasted a marvelous manga. Doesn't matter, just as much as I like it, especially the story and the unique way of drawing. Raiku Makoto, you're a great artist!
funny and good
one of the winning points to this manga is how some of the characters looking they're spazzing out when fighting and running. other than that i appreciate the story.
This is a good manga
It's good, that is all.
An epic action comedy with dynamic characters.
This manga has everything. It has comedy, with really funny facial expressions, too. It has a large cast of characters you care about, who are complex and dynamic. It has plenty of action with an engaging strategic narrative like you'd expect of a good shounen. And it has powerful existential themes, which aren't just abstract, they're driven by real events and experiences.
The storyline is creative. New developments occur pretty frequently, but rarely with spontaneity, and they're never isolated experiences. It surprises me what the author does with the characters. The characters aren't just dynamic, they're incredibly dynamic, unpredictably so. Their emotional relationships, and the feelings of comradery, kindness, sadness, passion, and appreciation that pass between them, form the basis of the serious side of this story.
Although you often see characters running around zanily, the action itself is completely realistic. As it pertains to humans, at least (demons have more endurance and speed / physics-defiance). I thought for sure there would be a lot of unserious moments, where for comic or dramatic effect the rules would bent, but no. There are certainly what could be (meanly) described as deus as machina--unavoidable when the manga's pacing is so fast--but for someone who had never read a story before and knew to look for such things, they would experience zero breaks in their sense of realism, and I believe that's really saying something.
Volumes 25-30 of the manga were released after the 150-episode anime adaptation ended (I don't know what the anime covered, though), so I'm glad that a group (or groups, if Anime-Destiny were to also start releasing consistenly) is willing to take on this unique series, so I can see its to the author's intended conclusion, which I hope will be in the distant future.
Definitely worth checking out. The first few chapters are probably enough to give you an adequate sense of what the story's potential is. Not a masterpiece, but certainly a work of art, and one that's totally enjoyable.