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Helck  
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Description
The Demon King has been defeated and now the Demon World is running a competition to choose a successor. A muscular, high-level human named Helck has joined the competition claiming that he wishes to destroy all humans. Is he serious?

Red Vamirio, one of the Four Heavenly Kings of the entire Demon Empire, is monitoring the competition and cannot trust him. What's the secret behind Helck, and the Human World?

Original Web Manga

Type
Manga

Related Series
Iken Senki Völundio (Prequel)
Piwi (Sequel)

Associated Names
Heruku
ヘルク
勇者赫鲁库

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.Bonus + Omake (end) by Kirei Cake over 3 years ago
v.11 c.Bonus by Kirei Cake over 3 years ago
c.106.5 by Kirei Cake over 3 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (433 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.46 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 13th 2021, 8:19pm PST


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Year
2014

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Serialized In (magazine)
Ura Sunday (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

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Painful to read  
by AlucardNoir
April 24th, 2021, 4:06pm
Rating: N/A
This was really painful to read. It starts as a comedy action manga but by the end it devolves into what are basically two different comics. One is a mostly serious fantasy/sci-fi manga, and the other are a few - and mostly canonical - gag comics at the end of each chapter. Reading the last few volumes feels like watching a movies on TV with a comercial break every 5 minutes. You just get into the story and then the story halts and you have to read this BS 2-6 pages gag minicomic. And this happens for almost every single chapter.

The story itself would probably be a 6-7, but the gag strips and minicomis just kill the mood on the regular. Either one would have been ok, but both combined, it just give you tonal whiplash.

Even then, I'd probably give this at least a 5 if not for the epilogue. And if you're wandering what's wrong with it, it's basically a LotR type of deal. I mean, on the one hand it does end a lot of story arcs, on the other, it keeps on going, and going, and going, and going. And no, I'm not exaggerating.

This isn't a bad story, but the supplemental gag material that can be found in the later volumes really shouldn't be there. One or two at the end of a volume are fine, but 1-6 pages at the end of every chapter really is too much.
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Really great and warm  
by apsyda
April 12th, 2021, 10:25pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Full of optimism and very constructive, Helck is a fantastic fantasy manga.

The cast plays off of each other very well, and the main duo of Vamirio, one of the 4 Heavenly Kings of Hell, and Helck, a hero of humanity, is probably one of the best in the medium as a whole.
Each one supports the other, and especially seeing Vamirio bring Helck back from the pits of despair over and over, hits just as powerfully each time.
And his genuine support and respect towards her balances things off greatly.

The humor is worked into the manga well, with some genuinely hilarious jokes, and the inclusion of many joke chapters in the volume releases that you can read as you feel the need, helps to balance off any down feelings in the more serious latter half of the manga while not destroying the atmosphere of the actual story.
Gags from early on in the manga become worked in as serious plot points later on, which depending on your demands for the story to take itself totally seriously in that manner, can be bothersome. However, I found it to be very smart writing myself and something that only looked obvious in hindsight.

The action is well done and the choreography, while never particularly complex, is clean and comprehensible. Fights are rather simple and straight-forward.
The cast is incredibly competent across the board, both villain and hero. Making the action enjoyable for showing off the best of both sides. The struggle is rarely in terms of the cast not being able to beat the enemies as they are all very strong and the story makes no attempt to change that, but in terms of them being able to deal with the plans of the villains outside of direct fighting or the emotional toll of having to fight against what the story poses.

While there are references to Levels for characters, they don't mean much at all other than be vague representations of the cast's strength. There is no game-ification of the world.
Much of the fantasy and the races are novel and the manga doesn't parrot Tolkien or Wizardry as many others do.
The twisting of certain 'stock races' is very well done in the places where it happens and works to certainly set the manga apart.

The manga is one that doesn't become depressing or have a ton of bad ends. It is an optimistic work at its core and that is largely the point of it. The manga is built around seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and fighting through all of the darkness with hope and love for those around you. Even in its darkest moments, and Helck does become a very depressing manga at times, the work swings around to bring things back to a happier place.
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Perfect  
by seihanda
December 18th, 2020, 2:46pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
There was actualy no arc.
It was all one long story about a hero.
Enjoyable and very funny story
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The train fell off the bridge.  
by myotirious
May 24th, 2018, 9:59am
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
Sorry but no, I thoroughly enjoyed the earlier chapter of Helck when everyone havent got beaten into their designated role in the story yet but it suffers horrible flaw starting from the middle of the story all the way down to the last part.

The mangaka obviously suffered from Make-Shit-Up-As-You-Go syndrome because its not enough to layer one conspiracy over the whole story, they have to beat more and more layer until the end the story is so full of holes and a mess that you wonder what the main central plot is because insignificant red herring keeps getting referenced then forgotten before dug up again.

Oh right back on track, the middle part of the story is just endlessly filled with the titular Helck getting some character building through flashback that takes an amazing 5+ chapters that gets referenced over and over again. To add to this insignificant character gets promoted and suddenly become the villian of the week before getting rotated and just forgotten by the story end.

I felt that reading Helck was the equivalent of eating a lasagna filled to the brim with meat only to discover the bottom part is nothing but wheat. Oh also there's gonna be a sequel despite the highly unsatisfactory ending in the end. Give this one a pass it ain't worth slugging through 100 chapter of a bird singing.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Also my Helck x Vimirio ship didn't happen in the end so that killed my enjoyment.


... Last updated on May 27th, 2018, 4:59pm
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Outstanding  
by SakuraMinato
April 15th, 2018, 2:39pm
Rating: N/A
There are few mangas that deserve this much of ovation. Spirit Circle, FMA are one such example. This manga is one of them. You will be moved - mark my words. Tears will be shed.
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Lacks Real suspense  
by red-eyed-slayer
February 13th, 2018, 6:06pm
Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
Although the stakes are high in some events they lack any suspense due to the heroes always having countermeasures no matter how bad the situation, although they are logical and still make sense they lack any foreshadowing so instead of the solution being illogical they become extremely convenient where
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
They weaken the most powerful dark army by singing that was out of nowhere and one of the worst solution I seen in Shonen manga, Yggdrasil was hardly mention same as the witch


The main positive is the bond between Helck and vamirio that deserve a good amount of praise that is for certain. But every time they show you that a character might die or have a horrible fate it becomes predictable that they always find a solution everything The flashback was an exception because it already happened. Helck AND Vamirio are just too strong is that there is no real challenge. I admit way better than Fairy Tail as that manga is the worst manga due to its abysmal writing.

For those who want to see a male and female bond without any element of romance Hito Hitori Futari is way better and has a more focused plot and pacing. Overall I find Helck extremely overrated

... Last updated on February 13th, 2018, 6:08pm
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A very poor ending  
by alciefrederic
February 13th, 2018, 1:32am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
A very strong start and middle but a very weak ending. The manga suffers from a very serious tone problem towards the later stages, where the stakes are supposed to be high but are not really depicted as such. The humor that is its strength at the start really interferes with the end, where humorous scenes are inserted wantonly in situations that are supposed to be life or death. This stands in contrast with Helck's flashback, which in my opinion, was really well done (I was really tearing up), so I don't really know why the end degenerated so much. Plus lots and lots of deus ex machina towards the end.

The end of this "arc" (supposedly there will be a sequel) ends up making this manga a very middle of the road, cliche filled, cheap shonen. If you are someone who's sick of that sort of plot, I would highly advise you to stay away from this manga. Frankly I'd advise anyone to stay away from this manga and read better things, but hey, it seems like a lot of people love it so to each their own.

Reading this manga has been a waste of time.
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Whoa Too Much  
by buttplug
December 25th, 2017, 11:55pm
Rating: 6.2 / 10.0
Helck is an alright manga. It isn't great in the slightest and it had the decency to end at some point. The story starts off silly but gets more serious later. The main issue with the story is the overload of concepts and ideas. There is too much happening in the plot, the background lore goes way too far. Deus ex machina is the name of the game here. Not in the action scenes, but in the amount of stuff that is rapidly introduced and rarely foreshadowed. The final villain changed like four times, and even at the end there seemed to be even more that was supposed to happen. All the combat capable characters constantly bring out their strongest attacks but later they bring out even stronger attacks and so on. It makes you wonder if anyone was truly in any danger. I get the feeling that the author wasn't quite sure how to go about writing the story. They had a lot of ideas, but they didn't all fit together very well. Some characters come out of nowhere, do some world changing thing, then basically disappear from the plot. It gets very hard to keep up later on and drags the story down greatly.
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Enjoyable  
by PZcolo
September 10th, 2017, 6:36pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Just starting this one but so far it's developing very nicely, story is quite good, not original but the humans as enemies twist is nice and Helcks story is interesting. Chars are great so far, Vamirio is the best, Helck is not only interesting but deeper than he seams and the rest ain't bad either. Even dialogues are good when it's not trying to be a comedy. And above all, at last humanity is the villain!! Many series depict humanity as viruses or cancer or whatever but almost always if not always, the author ends up siding with humanity nonetheless, so far this one is different, hats off.
It does has a few weak spots, mainly that the villains and their motivations are crap, also, as a side-note, that even when the art-style is great the fights are so-so, but in any case, the good heavily outweighs the bad, best of this type of mangas I've read in a while.

Even the omakes are interesting!! I usually just skip omakes in mangas, few have anything to do with the story and re usually quite dumb and fail to be funny, Helck's are funny and more often than not add to char development. Thou I have to say it's pretty annoying that there are more omakes than proper chapters, the story is being disrupted all the time... ended up skipping them and then reading them all together when the plot takes a breather.

Edit: also, the ending of the arc is terrible, it's ruining the manga... it's simply too much, it's no longer "believable".

... Last updated on September 11th, 2017, 8:29am
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Perfect  
by Suxinn
September 26th, 2016, 3:00pm
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
Usually, when I write comments on series, I write about what I like and dislike. With Helck, this method seems impossible. Why? Because there are no words I can possibly scrounge up to describe Helck's excellence. And there's absolutely nothing I can think of that could possibly make Helck better--the manga is already so good.

What starts off as a gag manga eventually turns into an epic tale of, uh, well, something! An epic tale about something! That involves a super overpowered hero Helck, the adorable demon Vamirio (otherwise known as Anne), and Piuy, who is just Piuy and definitely not a bird. It's great, it's wonderful, and my love of all the characters blindsided me so completely that I am out of adjectives already.

It is also still, despite the recent plot progressions, hilariously funny. There's definitely plot shifts, but the tone (somehow) manages to remain consistent. There's just a lot more moments of poignancy now. Ah, Helck. :')
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