A little bit of mystery, comedy, romance, and action all rolled into one manga, Descendents of Darkness left me thoroughly entertained as I read each one. I can’t get myself to buy manga most of the time because of the roughly ten dollar sticker price for each, but this was one series of which I had to buy the entirety. It begins in the Ministry of Hades, a government institution in the afterlife that judges the sins of the dead. Competing for those souls are the demons of Hell, who are constantly vying with the people trying to save them. Within the Ministry is the Summons Department, a specialized division whose workers must go around and collect lost souls in the living world. Working for this department is Guardian of Death Asato Tsuzuki, a bumbling, comical fool who can barely do his job and would rather spend his meager salary on food than on things he needs. Despite that, though, there are some points where he drops that persona and takes a much more mature, cool character who can do his job effortlessly. Early on, we meet the antagonist of the story, Doctor Muraki, who set a curse upon Tsuzuki’s partner before the events of the manga. The characters, scenery, and action scenes are all beautifully drawn, and the story itself is very intriguing. Because this is under the shoujo label, meaning its aimed at females, all the characters, including the guys, are drawn flawlessly beautiful, and it has some shonen-ai (boy’s love) undertones throughout. All this being said, however, the author has gone on hiatus after thirteen books and in the middle of the story, and there’s no word of her return anytime soon. If you don’t mind that, however, this manga is a beautiful, intriguing, and rewarding read that any young female manga fan should read.
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