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The Demon Ororon, Vol. 1 Paperback – April 6, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tokyopop (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591827256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591827252
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,231,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Appeals to the Goth culture fan base.

English adaptation by Josh D.M. Dysart - Creator and writer of Image Comics' hit Violent Messiahs - Image comic adaptor of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon - Currently head writer on DC's Demon series.

Appeals to fans of Wish.

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The thing I like is the emotions these characters are given.
I hope the next 3 are just as enjoyable. -update- The rest of the books were just as intresting as the first.
The style of art is very interesting, and the story is great.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Reedekullervo on June 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed The Demon Ororon. First, although the art may not be to everyone's taste, I found the exaggeration of perspective and elongation of the character's bodies to be visually interesting and well-used to help tell the story. My biggest complaint is that the guys all look the same. In my mind at least the lead - Ororon - should stand out from the pack. Still, you get used to style and can usually manage to distinguish between them all eventually. For the most part the drawings are clean and uncluttered although towards the end the fighting scenes required a few minutes to sort out whose body parts are whose. Did I mention the body parts? Certainly not the most horrifying things I've ever seen but there are bitten off fingers, dangling intestines and plenty of blood so consider this fair warning. My only other complaint was with the editing. Really sloppy, with plenty of typos plus some of the fonts used are hard to read. But how's the story you ask?
If you're Chiaki, you're a rather strange, lonely girl who attracts all the wrong sorts of people consisting of spirits and ghouls, while your friends and family abandon you. Imagine you come across a beautiful, bleeding young man and simply out of the goodness of your character, you offer to help. What might you get in return? This is the set up to the very engaging story of The Demon Ororon. For Chiaki, she acquires a demon, but not just any demon. He's the good-looking, cynical, sharp-dressing, chain-smoking Demon King of Hell. And he's having a rather rough time. Being a king sucks especially when you have a bounty on your head, you family hates you, and your friends try to murder you. What do you do?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Trotter VINE VOICE on June 2, 2004
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The art is very nice in this one. Stylish, clean, not crowded. Very little of the cutesy silly cartoon stuff you see in other Manga.
The story is about growth and change... or maybe it's redemption and damnation... or maybe it's about being in love... or about values and survival... Or all that and more. It's very well done. I like when emotion is conveyed through action instead of long description; this does that. Definitely getting more when they come out.
Oh, what it's about? A demon King meets a half-angel. She's living by herself when she finds him bleeding on the sidewalk, and she asks him to stay. He's not a nice person. She is. It gets complicated really fast - Aparently angel meat is tasty, and angel spawn are hunted and killed by full angels, and the demon's family may not approve of him being king, and then there's his maid (the half-angel can't cook very well.) And the cat-boy who argues with the half-angel's best friend. Did I mention the Bogey Monsters? Or the ghosts, and the bounty hunter? No? Oh. Sorry. There you go.
Anyways, in the begining it's very spare and clean and surreal; the images are haunting. Then, towards the end, it gets a titch cluttered and confusing, but it's still good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa Nolan on May 9, 2005
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This manga is wonderful, but you wouldn't be able to tell by reading the first volume. It starts off really shaky as Mizuki Hakase tries to introduce too much, too fast, and it's hard to even figure out what direction the story is heading in. Characters like the cat demons Shiro and Kuro seem to be just a failed attempt to add humor, and the developing romance between Chiaki and Ororon is as forced and unbelievable as the events that brought them together (a teenage girl practically begging a complete stranger to come and live with her...a demon king agreeing to live with some random little girl? Ooookay...)

However, once you've struggled through the unorganized chaos of the first volume, you will find yourself swept away into the lives of these unforgettable characters. Even though The Demon Ororon is full of battles, fighting, ruthless killing, and lots of blood and gore (it took me a few seconds before I realized those things that one of the characters is holding are actually his intestines hanging out of the hole in his stomach), the main focus of the story is still the characters and their complex relationships with each other. The heart-wrenching sadness that Chiaki feels when she is torn about her feelings for Ororon, the frustration Ororon feels when he realizes that he is unable to make Chiaki mismatched as the two characters were at first, by the end of the story I was really rooting for them.

But it's dangerous to become too attached to any of the characters in a story like this. The plot is incredibly dark and tragic, so if you're looking for a lighthearted, feel-good manga, this is not for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. B Lauderdale on August 1, 2004
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Chiaki: Aw, poor street person--let me help you.
Ororon: I'm a demon, actually. Have a wish.
Chiaki: Ok, I wish for you to be my friend and stay with me forever.
Ororon: . . . alright.

The first issue (the initial 39 pages) of this manga becomes laughable as it tries to do too much. You could call this ambitious, except there is no effort to make the rush of characters, events, and revelations plausible. Rather than a strong beginning, Hakase Mizuki is focused on the premise being set up: the complex web of relationships between the various characters, the central relationship between Ororon and Chiaki, the tensions of opposing natures and the modern quandary of moral relativism--virtue tempered by necessity, logic versus idealism.

There's much to please about "The Demon Ororon." It is action-packed, suspenseful and violent (sometimes even gory) while remaining a strong character-based narrative. The characters are both well-delineated and nicely ambivalent long past their initial introduction. Ororon stands his ground in the face of Chiaki's perky goodness, acknowledging her influence but standing his ground, rather than losing his backbone as a wimpier anti-hero might. Shiro the cat demon is a malevolent street-brat type, brash but tempered by an appealing shy side. When Othello arrives on the scene it is difficult to make him out one way or another--going by convention, his meltingly-beautiful lynx-eyed physical design would put him in the arch-nemesis camp, while he comes off instead as ironic comic relief--but the arrival of an interesting bounty hunter named Mitsume provides him with interesting context: an evolving yaoi relationship of the (refreshingly) NON-uke/seme variety.
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