Last month, manga publisher Yen Press, debuted a new supernatural fantasy manga series, “Demonizer Zilch,” and we were curious to read the latest series, featuring story and art, from Milan Matra.
“Demonizer Zilch” follows Haruomi Io, a young man who spend his days with friends, doing normal things, but is starting to feel as though his daily life is growing too plain for his liking, although he is constantly haunted by thoughts of the deaths of his mother, sister, and childhood friend. Something that occurred when he was a child.
After going out to karaoke one night, he encounters a strange girl with mysterious powers, who frightens him enough that he feels he has to run for his life. While running though, he comes face to face (or hand to boob) with Murohime, a young woman who works with a group called the Seventh Gospel Organization, tasked by the church with hunting “Branches,” young women who are physical incarnations of demons.
As Haruomi’s eyes begin to glow red, he is drawn into a fight, and is saved by Zilch, a demon branch who kisses him, forming a pact. After being wounded by a gunshot, Haruomi begins healing rapidly, and Zilch invites herself into his home, where Haruomi learns of his father’s involvement with the “Branches,” and that Haruomi himself, has also been experimented on.
It doesn’t take long for the Seventh Gospel Organization to uncover Haruomi’s identity, and before too many secrets can be revealed, he is taken away by Murohime, to talk. Zilch comes to his rescue, and there is a clash, but after that, Haruomi is faced with a tough decision, when he learn that there are two factions that could be hunting him, the Seventh Gospel Organization, and Goetia, another group that not much has been revealed about. Haruomi will have to choose a side, hoping that one will protect him, from the other.
“Demonizer Zilch” doesn’t exactly offer a new take on an old concept, for the most part it looks to be sticking with traditional fan service, harem, ideas. Haruomi possesses a mysterious power that ties him to the “Branches,” and two different sides, each with cute girls, are after him, with he and Zilch are caught in the middle.
While not original, it was still an entertaining read. The girls each have a cute side to them, but when it comes time to fight, they are more than capable of stealing the show, and dealing out some devastating damage. Haruomi on the other hand, has power, but it is still too early to really understand just what he will be able to do with it, for now.
As you can probably guess from the cover, the series is heavy on the fan service as well. From bath scenes, to skimpy outfits, and even the accidental grope, the series has it all, and it is likely that it will only increase, as more girls are introduced.
Visually, the series is drawn pretty well. Milan Matra’s previous titles include ero-manga, so like many of his counterparts, he does put quite a bit of detail into his work, especially the girls. There isn’t a whole lot going on in the background of each panel, but from expressions, to the clothes, everything else is drawn nicely. Not many supernatural powers were unleashed in this volume, so it is difficult to get an idea of what they will look like, aside from Shijima’s “Black Dog,” which looked like a black blob, with some very viscous teeth. A few color pages were also included in the book, that had great detail, and I was fond of.
As far as the text goes, everything was clear and easy to read, none of the text appeared to be cramped or too small. The translation also had good flow, and it read well.
“Demonizer Zilch” is looking to be an entertaining series filled with cute girls, magical battles, and one poor male lead caught in the middle. While it isn’t going to be the most original series you will read, it is still fun in its own way, and fans of the genre, or Milan Matra’s previously released series, “Omamori Himari,” should also enjoy this one.
It is still pretty early, so without looking for spoilers, it is hard to tell just where the series will go in future Yen Press released volumes. For now, however, volume one of “Demonizer Zilch” has a quick pace, and sets the groundwork for its story nicely, though I would have liked a little more information about some of the other characters, which will hopefully come in the next volume.
If you’re looking for something similar to “Trinity Seven” and “Magika: Swordsman and Summoner,” then you may want to look into “Demonizer Zilch.”
3.5 out of 5
Publisher: Yen Press
Written by: Milan Matra
Illustrated by: Milan Matra
Number of Pages: 160
Age Rating: Mature
Release Date: Feb. 23, 2016
(This review is based on a personally purchased copy of “Demonizer Zilch.” A review copy was not provided.)