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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?


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v.11 c.Bonus by Kirei Cake 3 months ago
c.106.5 (end) by Kirei Cake 3 months ago
c.106.2 by Kirei Cake 3 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (324 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.59 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 19th 2017, 11:38pm PST



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Ura Sunday (Shogakukan)

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Lacks Real suspense   
Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
by red-eyed-slayer
February 13th, 2018, 6:06pm
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   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by alciefrederic
February 13th, 2018, 1:32am
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   
Rating: 6.8 / 10.0
by buttplug
December 25th, 2017, 11:55pm
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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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PZcolo
September 10th, 2017, 6:36pm
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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Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by Suxinn
September 26th, 2016, 3:00pm
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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the STRONGEST FANTASY COM... no, wait, wrong series   
Rating: N/A
by Swifft
September 11th, 2016, 7:14pm
Really, though, this is one stand-out manga.

Starts off seemingly generic, quickly shows off its weirdness, uses GREAT comedy to endear you to the cast, meanwhile subtly laying the foundation of a powerfully emotional story. This manga is excellent. If you aren't reading Helck, you should be already. I wrote quite the long review explaining why. Helck is just fantastic.

Full review:

... Last updated on September 30th, 2016, 8:24pm
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Likeable Cast and Piuy   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by CCheshire
July 31st, 2016, 2:04pm
Starting off I wouldn't compare it to OPM since apart from the MCs being freakishly OP there's nothing similar b/t plot or humor.

I wasn't sure how to expect from the beginning chapters since I was worried he'd be too powerful and basically end the story in a few pages but the manga-ka did a good job creating realistic obstacles for the cast. There's a fairly large cast of humans and demons but they're recognizable from each other and have unique aspects which are connected to the overall plot. I did like how everyone stresses how no one is 100% well except maybe the main villain so far. The exploration of how Heroes are perceived by ordinary citizens is interesting since we've become so accustomed to Heroes being All Good/Powerful.

Artwork is clean and battles flow well but a bit simplistic for fantasy/shounen manga. Some of my top scenes is the contrast between the huge winged warriors and fights overtaking castles.
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I Shed My Tears   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rennov
June 22nd, 2016, 2:46am
Among many shounen (this is shounen, right?) manga out there, this is one of the very few who can makes my heart cried. It wouldn't happen if the way of the story-telling isn't superb, because a story about tragic hero is common. That being said... I also want to admit my mistake for stereotyping the series due to its synopsis (a hero which is cooperating with demon). I thought it will be another cliche n boring series, yet it turned out the opposite... epic and heart-wrenching.

In brief, it's an amazing and deep series, despite of being a shounen... excellent!

... Last updated on June 22nd, 2016, 2:47am
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Diamond in the rough   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by XileDragon
May 27th, 2016, 9:56pm
What a surprising find. From the first few chapters with the gag and relatively subpar art, who would have thought it could turn into such an epic. I certainly did not expect it to evolve in this way. Without spoiling the plotline, I just want to say that the story is rich, the emotions are deep and the characters definitely grow on you (the art actually gets much better, and really fits the story). One of the better shounen fantasy I have read in the last 5 years, if not the best!

... Last updated on May 27th, 2016, 9:58pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Romashk
March 13th, 2016, 2:42am
I thought it would be boring. It's not. The art is good. It's a story that starts as a half gag of sorts and levels up to an epic world war. You know who the bad guys are, but there are all these twists and turns of the plot, so it keeps you interested in the story. It's a good read with balanced romance, action and comedy.
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