Posted by psgels on 29 June 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews, Makai Senki Disgaea



The spring season 2006 began with its ridiculous amount of series which aired. Of course, there had to be a couple of series which got marked by the majority of people as the “worst series of the season”. These series were immediately labeled as bad series. In this case, “High School Girls” and “Makai Senki Disgaea” got this title. I haven’t seen the former, but does the second one deserve that title?

Absolutely not. The fact that most people seem to forget is that this is a children’s show. You will find elements in this show that are meant for children, for example, a male main character who wants to be the demon king and burns people who oppose him to a crisp, and some characters who first appear for a second, only to be blown into the air in a team-rocket fashion because of this. The fact remains, that these events do give this show a character.

If you can not see that this show is a children’s show, you probably won’t be enjoying yourself during most of the episodes. Does this make it a fact that adults can’t watch it? Of course not. Anyone can watch it. All of the characters have personalities who are pretty easy to figure out by children. Though I really noticed after a while that each of the characters has his or her own very enjoyable personality trait. For example, Flonne’s incredible fangirling about love, Laharl’s disgust of it, Etna’s will to depend on Laharl while she actually wants to kill him, et cetera.

Episode 6, 9, 10 and 11 are incredible. In these episodes, all of the characters are really fleshed out, and it works PERFECTLY. The drama works really great. The characters’ intentions are shown, everything which happened before in the plot makes total sense, and at those times, you really can’t help to feel along with the characters. Not to mention the awesome comedy which was thrown in. The fact that this show is awesome is because of these four episodes.

The comedy thrown in also really works at times. At other times, however, the humor is more directed to children. Luckily, this doesn’t happen too often, which results in some very hilarious situations.

The voice-acting is just awesome. The creators managed to find the perfect voices for some of the characters. Especially Flonne. When she’s raving, you can really hear that her voice-actor is giving the best she has. Etna also sounds great, just as Laharl and the other characters. The OST is surprisingly interesting. It’s nothing special, though it does contain some breath-taking tunes, which really contribute to the scenes they’re played in.

The character-design looks great, though the animation might look a bit inconsistent at times. The background art makes totally up for this, though. Every outside scenery looks just stunning. And not to mention the CG. Where the character animation is falling, the CG is really shining in this anime. Especially near the end, it begins to look more impressive by the minute.

Overall, I’m recommending Disgaea to anyone who has a bit of patience. The first couple of episodes may seem a bit dull, though it soon becomes clear that these episodes were actually used to build up for the awesomeness which follows in the later episodes.

8 Responses

  1. BluWacky says:

    Why do you think Disgaea is a children’s show? It’s based on an otaku-favourite Playstation 2 RPG and aired at about one in the morning; it was targetted entirely towards college-age fanboys!

  2. psgels psgels says:

    For some reason, I find this very hard to believe, after watching this series. I’ve never played the game, so I’m not sure, but there were just so many scenes aimed at little kids.

  3. Dan says:

    Eh… its based on the game but meh it didnt deserve to be ripped on so much… its mainly a bit of fan service from what i can see.

  4. Solaris says:

    The show isn’t for kids but for the game fans. Unfortunately there are too many episodes to develope other than the three main characters. So i guess the gamefan aren’t that happy. I didn’t (yet) play the game (as i’m still stuck in the neverending Lineage II), so i don’t know how much the anime left. I only know of a very popular char called Plenaire that i didn’t remember being present in the anime.
    After that i can only demand a second serie!

  5. Arianna says:

    I also disagree, this is definatly not a childrens show.

    From what I have seen of this anime, it is basically doing exactly what the game does. Taking the mick out of its self. The game is full of innuendo style jokes that little kids wont get.

    However the story in the game Disgaea is not your average melodramatic RPG story, it is a simple story about acceptance between differant races and people. I feel the anime did the game justice, stupid humour with the basic outline of the story.

    Check out the manga version (it’s been publised into English), then you’ll see what kinda series it REALLY is.

    The most disapointing review on this site =(

  6. psgels psgels says:

    After reading your comment, and rereading my own review, I can understand what you’re saying. I wrote this more than a year ago now, and I can’t believe how pushy some parts of this review were. Thinking back to the series, it’s indeed true that there was quite a bit of content that wasn’t really aimed at little children. Ah well, thanks for your criticism, and I’m glad that you enjoy the rest of my site. ^_^

  7. Mr.Entropy says:

    Game Fan show! but i found it a bit disappointing. Gordon and the gang got reduced to team rocket status

  8. Me says:

    Unwatchable to anyone who played the game(s)…

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 12:35 AM)
    Its a bit long and gets kind of fillerly/draggy in the middle
    But I enjoy it enough to see myself putting it on my favourites list, its unpredictable, evolving and addicting. I’d recommended it strongly.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 12:33 AM)
    The artwork still looks good today and hasn’t aged badly.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 12:32 AM)
    There are also alot of stories going on at once. Theres stuff about politics, rascism, epidemics, rogue AI in there too.
    Hopefully the author can tie it all together.
    My issues with it so far I guess would be that I suppose it gets a bit overwhelming at times, it can be a little disjointed in parts, I would like a greater expansion of all it brings up/has on its plate. But as it is its a cool action flick manga that has at least some heart and brains to it.
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    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 12:27 AM)
    It delivers well enough on the character backstories, has a solid emotional core, finds room for cyberpunk, war, espionage, I don’t even mind the gangster stuff, the world is interesting and theres always plenty going on and theres never a shortage of gorehound action/violence far away. Ontop of that it can call itself good enough to stand among appleseed, ghost in the shell and blame/biomega.
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    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 12:20 AM)
    Currently up to volume 11 of Eden its an endless world. And, given that I’ve been so long at this anime/manga thing its not often enough that I find something that can still blow me away. But this manga is like a narcotic I can’t get off and I’m genuinely impressed with it. I even started BUYing the volumes.
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    I’m looking forward to how it’ll unravel.
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    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 03:21 PM)
    @Bam, I was thinking of 8/10 too. The extra 0.5 is out of bias.
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