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Defense Devil  
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Mephisto Bart Kucabara is a devil lawyer. In order to return to the demon world that he was exiled from he needs to collect enough Dark Matter. To do so he creates a plan to claim the Dark Matter from the souls of sinners sentenced to hell. Prove the soul's innocence and the Dark Matter becomes his. But how can he gather enough Dark Matter when his kind personality causes him to continually use it up in order to defend the soul from the Shinigami that has come to take them to hell?

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디펜스 데빌
Luật Sư Quỷ

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10 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (925 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.76 / 10.0
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February 17th 2017, 6:50pm PST



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Weekly Pos #689 increased(+112)
Monthly Pos #1496 increased(+6)
3 Month Pos #2074 increased(+168)
6 Month Pos #2255 increased(+412)

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chapter 100, ending 1821 days, 0 hours, 3 minutes ago
Is it just me or does it seem that Defense Devil will end soon? 2352 days, 2 hours, 0 minutes ago
Chapter 99 2358 days, 4 hours, 23 minutes ago
Latest Chapter Discussion 2373 days, 22 hours, 0 minutes ago
The "Hells" 2423 days, 6 hours, 22 minutes ago

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It totally lost its original point....   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by HanaTenshiHimeko
August 20th, 2011, 4:47pm
This series was great and caught my interest. It was different and original. And then it went to shitland. It became your typical shounen manga that I predicted half of the stuff that was going to happen, add along your typical shounen fights....ARGH! What happened to Defense Devil?! It just seem to disappeared in the early middle. I'm so frustrated with the series of how it turned out. But I stuck with it till to end... =____= #

Storyplot...interesting in the beginning... Plus it have a lot of flashbacks, which is like storytelling from the present to the past. It feels like the typical author's style since it was done pretty much the same in his other series. But for the way it change, I'll have to give it a low rating of 5

Art, beautiful as ever, so it's a 10.

Character developments is on the top as well....well for some characters. Kucabara is the most developed out of all. Some others....meh, could had been better. I have to say, for the lack of their character development, it seems they make it up with fanservice with their body. =______=;; Anyway, I feel attach to certain characters and I'm glad how they were developed and how they turned out. Some bad guys became good guys and vis versa, so watch out for the ending twist, which I think it's a pretty ok job to wrap it up.

... Last updated on August 20th, 2011, 4:54pm
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zzzzz...!! w-what?!   
Rating: 4.7 / 10.0
by TRMshadow
July 31st, 2011, 10:38am
Just another shonen battle manga. The original premise seemed interesting enough and could've fleshed out into something brilliant given the right editorial direction... but sadly, it just devolved into one of your stereotypical battle manga.

"sales going down? how about he transforms when he needs to beat someone up...! No?! then add in a cute-but-flawed love interest for the hero...! thats not doing it? what about an enormous 'Beat the Baddie' arc that goes in a totally different direction than the original plot."

By chapter 40 I had given it up for lost but kept reading it in the hope that it would get better, but 30-some chapters later and it still had left me with nothing but disappointment.
Take the advice of me and half of the reading base and don't read it. It seems interesting, but at its core it really isn't.

... Last updated on July 31st, 2011, 10:41am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by black.rOses
June 27th, 2011, 10:37pm
I love the whole evil is good and good is evil. At first you get the idea that its a typical devils being bad and angels being.... angels. Then it gets so much better i love how the mystery just randomly unfolds and how the general audience's assumption on the characters aren't exactly right. biggrin
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It was good at first   
Rating: N/A
by adrianofari
May 28th, 2011, 3:25am
Well, I liked the first concept of the series: a manga about a demon lawyer is a pretty new concept , in my opinion.However, the manga soon moved to a new stage where there were a lot of battles between demons , leading to a very stereotypical shonen manga.
Now that it is going to end in June 2011 , I have to say that it was pretty good in the beginning but it became "just anothe battle shonen" .
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This is turning into a great suprise.   
Rating: N/A
by Dorn
May 10th, 2011, 2:21pm
Unlike some others I frankly found the start of this manga to be rather lame. The defense lawyer portion had a sort of special uncommon uniqueness but it was overall mostly non engaging episodic crap. That turned out to be mostly a warm up though and suddenly it was going into some sort of battle manga arc for a short bit which while not as unique at least had an actual ongoing story. The mystery angle is kept up to a degree because you can tell things are going on that you don't know about. Up till this point though overall I would of said it's "worth reading when bored but nothing special".

Then at chapter 84 he started to make some interesting revelations. All I can say now is that even after reading probably 100's of mangas for over a decade I really did not see all this coming. After quickly reading from 84 to 95 I just kept going "WTF what is this?" "WHAT?" etc.

People who enjoyed the start will probably continue to be let down. For people who thought the manga was a bit dull yet had some sort of hidden promise I'd urge you to keep reading to this point and decide if you like it then. It's at least enough of a change in quality that you should give it that much.
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Rating: N/A
by bizarrekin
March 18th, 2011, 11:10am
Well, the plot manga was awesome, named as "Akuma bengoshi kukabara" The art was great, the story was really good, ending, everything was good. But when it was serialized, well, It just ost its meaning, wasn't interesting anymore and stuff... I really was disappointed after seeing it's potential at first chapters and the plot manga.
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I don't know   
Rating: N/A
by thatlazybum
February 8th, 2011, 7:05pm
I don't know exactly what to say about this series. The beginning was great, started off with great little arcs that made me smile and want to read more. But, as the series progressed, it started to... become not as original. The idea of a devil being the defender of injustice and proving the human to be innocent of his sins. The idea is no longer... here. I mean, the arc with Phoenix gave me a glimpse of how it used to be... defender of injustice with a little comedy incorporated. A kind hearted demon who lost all his powers and needed to recover by doing all this.

The truth is, I liked that idea and I started reading because of that idea. However, as others have stated before me, it just become a shadow of a battle/action shonen instead of what it SHOULD have been. I mean, I knew that eventually, the manga will get serious and start a plotline but, with the defense devil sort of thing, the author and artist could have further developed some characters before bringing the whole fighting thing in. It was too early and too little of the defense idea was used. Saddening.

I wish it could have been this defense thing longer. Right now, its all fighting and stuff. I didn't drop it but, I only wish it could recover and stray back to what it was, the idea that made us all start this potential-filled series.
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Yet another series goes down the toilet   
Rating: N/A
by Uthred
January 19th, 2011, 7:25am
The first ten or twenty chapters were pretty enjoyable. Nice artwork, a relatively novel premise, nice mix of action and humour, excellent artwork and relatively short but complete storylines. Im not sure if it wasnt doing well enough or if the authors just decided to take the piss but since the "Demon World Arc" started this series has gone to shit. Its become yet another tired battle manga. The only decent thing about it is the flashbacks as the past stuff was cool. The storyline just feels disjointed and bizarre (the plot randomly switches between characters and timelines, e.g. the priests flashback mini-arc),the characters act with no rhyme or reason (why the fuck did Shugarl become "good"? It was semi-expected but some reason to it would be nice, why not flashback that, eh?) the tone is all over the place (what the fuck is up with the sentient car?). Its so disappointing considering its very positive start. Up until the demon arcs it was a 7 or 8, since then its generally 5 (maybe 6 considering the artwork is excellent).
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turned to sh*t   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by pilurk
September 13th, 2010, 4:44pm
ok at first it was pretty good and kept me entertained solely for the fact that the main character could become a badass if provoked. Lately, he has just been a big wuss and pathetic i mean sure it's ok once in a while but the recent chapters are him being a goddamn pacifist and the latest chapter just pissed me off

... Last updated on September 13th, 2010, 4:46pm
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hold it lol I remembered phoenix wright!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lorgeinoh
August 3rd, 2010, 9:14am
well I love phoenix wright games
so it is normal I love this kind of

the protagonist is a defence lawyer
all of trials and enemy prosecutor (demons)
also there territory is hot! i mean cool!

love all of trial thingy
at later part it will be focus on
another thing about his kingdom
the lawyer will have to fight this
time not as a lawyer but as a hero!

yep yep nice very nice!

... Last updated on August 3rd, 2010, 9:15am
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