Review: Demon Diary Vol. #2

“I’m sorry, I could never love you back!”

Happy Singles Awareness Valentines Day! Sadly, I don’t have any excerpts from any of my current projects yet (save for the teaser in the post before this) but I still have reviews, so you get another volume of Demon Diary, because I can literally go through one in half an hour or less.

The first thing you might notice about volume 2 (or not, since it’s kind of small) is that there’s a new writer on board as the previous one had to leave the project to get ready for his high school entrance exams. The artist is still the same though, so no worries on that front.

When we last left Raenef, the happy-go-lucky demon lord in training, he had spared the life of Erutis, a knight who was coming to kill the “fearsome demon lord” in the area. In exchange for her life, the knight–Erutis–offers to become his henchman. Eclipse doesn’t approve of this, of course, but as Raenef’s vassal, he really has no choice but to go along with his master.

To make a long story short, Raenef faints during one of his lessons and comes out of it resolving to strike out on his own and return when he becomes a proper demon lord.

Yeah, that sort of plan is always a great idea.

Meanwhile, at the Temple of Rased, god of light, Chris, a young, brash, future high cleric erects a summoning circle with the intent to summon a demon lord, and, as you might have guessed, he ends up summoning Raenef and (as usual for the series) can’t quite believe that someone like Raenef is really a demon lord. We’re also introduced to Hejem, the current high cleric and Chris’ adoptive father. The last part of the volume is a lengthy flashback shedding more light on just who Raenef was before he became mixed up in demon politics.

This volume keeps the same lighthearted tone as the first one (although it does get a bit more serious towards the end) with plenty of funny moments, from Raenef having a nightmare involving cruelty to tomatoes to Erutis mistakenly believing Eclipse is checking her out (hence the quote at the beginning. His response? “Oh…don’t flatter yourself.”) to a more off-colour bit in which the inhabitants of the Western lands assume Eclipse wants them to round up fifteen year-old boys for *ahem* very wrong reasons. His reaction when he realizes this?

The source of most of the comic relief in this volume is Chris, though. The future high cleric of the demon-hunting priests of Rased is powerful….and has an ego the size of Russia. This leads to an not entirely unexpected moment of bonding between Eclipse and Hejem, who are both exasperated by their idiot charges.

The rest of the volume, as I mentioned, is a flashback which sheds light on Raenef’s past as a kindhearted orphan who fell in with a gang of thieves because they were the closest thing to a family he had. So, basically Raenef’s past is one giant cliche, and the volume ends in the most not-cliffhanger ever, because….did you read the first volume? šŸ˜›

Oh well, I can forgive a little cliche because the series as a whole is just so cute. The art is great, as usual, and unlike the first title, there are no depressing stories to ruin that nice warm fuzzy feeling you get from reading through this series. Oh, and there’s still subtext kicking around, of course, but not as much as volumes 1 and 3, IMHO.

Other things you should know apart from what’s already been mentioned? There is a bit of implied violence, although since it is rated T the really gory stuff has been left to the reader’s imagination *this was, I’m assuming, in the original text and wasn’t edited by the translators). Hejem also has a rather slapstick (literally) parenting style. Although, this, like Eclipse’s magic demonstration, isn’t shown.

Once again, if you’re thinking of buying this, they can be hard to find (although the Amazon marketplace is a good place to look) unless your local library happens to stock them (which is probably not likely).

So yeah, that’s that, stay tuned for volume 3!

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