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Friday, October 10, 2008

Nora: The Last Chronicle of Devildom vol. 1 Impression

Nora: The Last Chronicle of Devildom volume 1
Nora: The Last Chronicle of Devildom volume 1 from Viz is a more lighthearted Death Note meshed with a bit of Bleach. Nora is one unruly demon. He gets in fights, is hard headed and cannot take orders, not even from the big boss the Dark Liege. So what’s a demon lord to do, just send the troublemaker to Earth and put him under the servitude of any random human, in this case the super smart, super bored Kazuma Makkari. Kazuma is head of the student council and finds the day-to-day of school life very droll and boring. As he finds a cell phone and little package he is given the opportunity by the Dark Liege to form a bond, a pact with Nora to hunt down and destroy rogue demons on Earth. Why not? Now things begin to get interesting as Kazuma and Nora start the hunt, first with a demon preying on other council members, then one disguised as an old man, demon bounty hunters and finally some rebel demons who oppose the Dark Liege. The hitch … Nora cannot unleash his powers without asking Kazuma’s permission, which he is not always quick to grant. The other hitch, Nora is not just some low-level demon; he’s Cerberus and has all the powers the legends mention. So the games begin as the rebels and their tactics peaks Kazuma’s interest and Nora is treated like the dog he is.

Story and art by Kazunari Kakei, Nora is a decent entry in crowded Shonen manga where a boy meets demon or gets demon powers. We’ve seen this in Bleach, Buso Renkin, Death Note and now Nora. The story angle has so many parallels with Death Note, but as I stated before on a much lighter note. We have a smart human, who’s bored with his daily life, one getting a notebook, the other a cell phone and ‘package.’ We have a bored demon of death and a bored, rambunctious trouble making demon. From here the story splits as Light takes on investigative groups and Nora is tasked with wiping out rogue demons on earth, much like Hollows in Bleach and Homunculi in Buso Renkin. See where this is going, take a successful formula, tweak it and hope for success. That is not what I’m implying Nora has done, but I need to point this out as Nora has many, many similarities but is unique. The humor mixed with intense action sequences is a joy to read as is the most powerful character being treated like a dog (Inu-Yasha, hmmm). There is much more to come in future volumes of Nora, and this story aspect alone will keep interested parties coming back.

The art is mid-level. Not as original looking as a Bleach or Death Note, but more detailed than a Buso Renkin. I am not familiar with too much of Kazunari’s work, but this one packs in the action sequences and the humor, natural and twisted (Dark Liege has nice legs???) will be hit or miss with readers. It really depends on who you are. The series I’ve listed give some guidance on who will like this series. Not as overall solid as Bleach, as serious as Death Note but right there with Buso Renkin, Nora stands well on his four paws and is worth the read. More on this with volume 2.

12 comments:

  1. The reason why you are not familiar with Kazunari-san's works is because Nora is the first and only manga he has ever created(besides the sequel; Suberic Nora)

    This also explains the lack of refinement in both the art and storyline, yet there is definatly something unique and interesting about Nora that makes it addictive despite it's hackneyed theme......If anything, it is comparable to Naruto in the fact that it focuses more on the charecters' interactions with each other and somewhat witty fight scenes rather then Bleach's flashy artwork and complicated story details.......atleast the artwork isn't as horrific as YuYu Hakusho's(though I still love manga) and a simple plot line like Nora's would pry be a good first time read for many people just getting used to what manga is all about.(As you said before, it combines many story elements from other popular mangas and combines them with a little unique twist of it's own.)

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  2. yea do u think they'll make an anime of Nora if they get more volumes? i think that'd be kool :)

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  3. Nora is an pretty good series so far. I hope that it goes to anime and that the anime turns out well. The story is interesting and yeah it does resemble a lot of DN and Bleach and Naruto but like you said, it's also unique (sp?).

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  4. Yeah, i hope this awsome manga will become an anime too!! -^.^-

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  5. X3 yeah love this manga so far the plots good so far n` would love ta see this as an anime i'd probably want production IG or madhouse to animate it

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  6. 0.o I like it. it seems like a bit of an Inuyasha knock-off... though its much more hilarious. XD

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  7. It's not like Inuysha. It's not thw best in the first 3 but by the forth things start taking off. Just got number 7 that came out about 2 weeks ago. It's really good and like most first works his drawing has improved greatly along with the depth of the plot.

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  8. i believe that Nora should be an anime....if it was i wonder what the english dubbed voice would sound like 0.O it would be funny....but the manga is the greatest....sorta...next to someothers...all in all...NORA RULES HARD!!!!

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  9. Nora is going to be an anime in about another year because they need to finish all 9 volumes

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  10. heyy~ where can i read this! please someone give me an answer!!

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  11. hi..
    I want to ask where can I read online???
    please tell me
    thankz ^__^

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  12. Where can I read it?! O_O

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