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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  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:50 AM)
    @Aidan Gamestop is a block from my apartment, and I couldn’t find anything better than 60 online.
    @Bam I said that in humor, but I agree every show has an audience and it wouldn’t hurt to get to those less covered animes every now and then. Hell, I remember psgels reviewing AKB0048 and ended up actually liking it.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:15 AM)
    Also I vaguely remember hearing about Belladona, might check out the remastered at some point.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:14 AM)
    @Kaiser: then Harmony is just like Empire of Corpses, a waste of good animation. Oh well, I’ll watch it once and forget about it then. Is there a torrent out for it already?
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:22 AM)
    K-off: well usually these settings are backdrop for some form of character development, you can talk about that. There are some slice of life shows in which nothing happens, those are probably not worth reviewing tho. That’s why I’m still in favor of some shows getting a few episode reviewed at once.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 01:59 AM)
    @K-Off, thats odd. I got Tokyo Mirage for 40 euro. Were as I spent 60 on Fates. This time I bought it off amazon after finding out it was cheaper there.
  • K-Off
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 11:03 PM)
    Damn Tokyo Mirage is expensive. Costs more than a Fire Emblem game and Persona 4 combined so this better be worth it.
  • K-Off
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 10:57 PM)
    Always difficult to talk about slice of lifes. Usually its always “This week our characters went to the park. The end.”
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:42 PM)
    @Bam: There was this bizzaro Joan of arc slide show arthouse erotica anime from the 70s that recently got a re-release, its somewhat tied to Tezuka, really trippy shit, Kanashimi no belladonna.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:35 PM)
    As a book I could see it flowing better. Oshii or Kamiyama could more effectively adapt such density of material to screen.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:32 PM)
    Ultimately I think it got too ambitious and had too much on its plate.

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