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Takimura has a very unusual job: he's one of Hell's authorised personnel - and he's still alive! He's also attracted the attention of none other than the King of Hell himself, Enma, who greets Takimura every workday with the question, "Have you decided to become mine yet?"
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You won't regret getting this one.
Where do I even begin with this one? Let's see... It starts with the art. Well-made and very pretty but the characters are still manly in physiqye. But the art is just a bonus. Ideawise, good! It was a complete and utterly intriguing idea for me. The Hell in this manga is not the type of hell I've seen in the supernatural mangas I've danced with. It's a refreshing and learning experience! The characters were good! Wholesome, 'human' enough for us, and not stereotypical. ESPECIALLY TAKIMURA.
Now, the plot. The plot was good. It had a good start since it was inviting to readers; a shaky middle though because the story seemed to take new form (not just in atmosphere)- new take after the conflict between Enma and Takimura began- like it was averting my attention from something and making me look at this manga with a new type of climax - ignoring what could've been the climax to Enma and Takimura's relationship NOT Kayo and Hisa's; and a sad but satisfying end for me.
I honestly felt scammed to making this a ten though because of how the author pulled the 'feel' guns on me in the second volume with the whole plot on how they were actually fated and yet there was uncertainty of meeting again...-sobs- Add to that the sad sob story of Usu and Enma (Ran) and BAM! You get a whole system destroyed by feels.
The first volume -as narrated- made me feel like I was in the middle of the second volume of the story though. Like I was in the middle of a rising action instead of a developing beginning and conflict. But all is forgiven because you learn to anticipate just how the conflict will be resolved.
PLEASE! Stay strong when you read this manga. DON'T cry infront of your computer... you'll end up destroying it with tears. And don't holdback on the tears! You'll 'break' an artery doing so!
... Last updated on April 15th, 2014, 10:27am
I've never bothered to review before but...
...I had to write something for Jigoku Meguri. It's definitely got its issues, but all in all, it's a fantastic, underrated piece. I wish it had gotten an official English release, so I could own a nice hard copy, but I digress.
The art (most of the time) is beautiful. I don't understand the comments about the art not being very nice, since I find it unique and evocative, but I guess that's a matter of taste. I'm not a huge fan of the way all the ukes are drawn so...slender and short, and the semes are drawn so huge, but that's just me, and I can definitely see the appeal. There are also occasional issues with the way faces/angles are drawn (awkward and very "yaoi") but in general, this is a style of art that I really, really appreciate. Worth reading alone for the visuals, IMO, since we don't often get this style in yaoi.
Unlike all the other reviewers, the first volume was definitely my favorite. I liked the uncertainty between Enma and Takimura, and I REALLY liked their hilarious, playful banter. I enjoyed the cheerfulness of the demons and the unexpected sweetness of all the characters. I thought this was going to be a hardcore, sex driven yaoi just because it took place in Hell, but really, it's got a cast of some of the most genuinely sweet, selfless characters I've found in yaoi. I usually don't like over-sweetness (gives me a bit of secondhand embarrassment), but I changed my mind a little while reading this, haha.
I LOVED that Takimura wasn't a sniveling uke in Vol 1, but cool, collected, and totally unafraid of hell/the King of Hell. I loved that he really, truly desired Enma and that Enma would never, ever force him. The second volume **SPOILER**
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took a turn for the melancholy/over-dramatic and over-romantic, and honestly, I thought the whole destiny bit was kind of a cop-out. We never got to see their relationship grow; instead, they suddenly became very lovey-dovey just because it was fated.
Despite those complaints, the author handled the premise skillfully, and the side story about the Wisdom King and the first Enma was a nice (if slightly depressing) touch. The mangaka really built an elaborate, beautiful world and atmosphere in just 2 volumes, and while I can't say this is OBJECTIVELY the best yaoi I've ever read, it definitely has a special, unique little place in my collection. It's unlike anything else I've read, and I would recommend it to anyone who's tired of the usual rape = love scenarios.
I rarely give 8/9/10 ratings, but JM really deserved this one.
... Last updated on March 17th, 2014, 1:10pm
Seriously, a fantastic yaoi- nearly made me cry at the end, I swear. It wasn't too tragic or dark, though... it was just emotionally moving. The story has a lovely nostalgic sort of feel to it, and the elegant art suits it perfectly. Although the drawing isn't what I normally like, it works fantastically with the story. The plot is great, too. It's much deeper than what you'd expect, and it's fresh, original, and makes for a truly beautiful love story. The setting is also unique and well thought out, and the characters are, too- Takimura is definitely one-of-a-kind, and Hisa is really sexy and surprisingly sweet. The smutty parts were also drool-worthy, haha...
Overall just a great manga- definitely recommended! It's moving, sexy, and even humorous at times... I liked it a lot. It was clearly well-designed and written, and it's a unique piece that you won't regret picking up. 100% a 10 out of 10!
... Last updated on July 4th, 2013, 11:48pm
I like it
I love the characters, the story was reeally good i was hoping something different but it was weird, i almost cried xDDD but it was a good lecture. So cute, i didnt like the arte btw :c horrible but i seen worst.
... Last updated on January 12th, 2013, 9:01pm
I only read it, because the main guy (Enma) was incredibly hot. Honestly, the story left me mouth stale. I t was very unsatisfactory. The concept was original, but it was lacking plot-wise. There could have been more ground to cover and character development (after you know what happens to Enma and you know what happens between THIS Enma and Yukimara). I wish the intercourse was more intense T.T
This story has an interesting setting and vibe. It starts off with a guy who works in hell and has sex with the boss. It gets interesting from then on and then when you read further in, you go like, "oh!! So that's what happened!" Then you read more and the past is revealed and finally the climax comes in and you go like, "noo..!!" In the end, it's a tear jerking ending and you feel sated at last... It's a good story so for those who decided to drop reading this story half way, then you are so damn blind for not seeing this wonderful manga till the very end!
Cool plot and no rape. How did the student get to Hell alive. For a dead evil guy, the devil was one hot lover and decent for once. Who would have thought Satan would be the good guy.
this one is pretty good, at least story-wise. the death part made me go "yesss!" but...
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the part when the teacher came to hell kinda made me want to break something. like, um, i saw that coming, and it was not entertaining to me in the slightest. sorry to make those who enjoy that, but it came across as just stupid to me.
Liked this more than expected
This started off sort of shaky. The first chapter sort of throws you in there and you can't tell if it's going to be comedy or what. It buckled down right after though and I found it very enjoyable. The stories were sweet and a bit sad. They feel fairly well developed for the most part. Mostly the fact that they made me *feel* anything at all is an improvement on most of what I've read lately. The stories weren't perfect, but overall quite good and the gorgeous artwork makes up for any shortcomings, for me. Is this actually not completely scanlated? It felt rather complete, I'm not sure what could be missing unless there's an additional extra or something.
This is undoubtedly one of those yaoi mangas that can't be accused of unoriginality! The Hell setting is something I've never seen before in this genre and the plot is completely fresh as well. It probably could have been developed a bit better though.
The themes in the first and second volume seemed a bit separate and at first the turn of events in the second volume felt random. I reread the whole thing, however, and since stuff about Enma and Takimura's past is brought up early on (though briefly) and Kayo is even mentioned by name, I changed my mind. It was actually rather well designed, hints were dropped from the very beginning and then everything is revealed in the second volume.
Perhaps it's the whole thing with Takimura's teacher that distracts the reader from the main plot. I thought it didn't quite fit with the over all feel of the story and it just wasn't necessary to my mind. But it was a great story anyway and unpredictable in a good way. I didn't expect it to end the way it did. And I must say I adored the ending! It was happy, which I liked, but bittersweet to make it all the more emotional. But why did it have to end? The whole idea with the ending there had enough potential for another volume to explore it fully. Still, you know, if you crave for more the story must have been good. And it was!
The characters were all sympathetic and engaging as well. I loved Chizuru by the way, his looks were so beautiful! And talk about beautiful, the art! <3 So stunning and unique... The bodies were at times a bit lumpy (for lack of a better word) but the faces were really well done. Especially the eyes so I'd love to see more of that art style too. I loved it and I think it's a 10/10!