This one is a weird one to talk about and I may be skewed from watching Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera before finishing the manga. I’d pretty much sum up the manga as interesting ideas, lackluster execution.
heroes are the titular Enma-kun (nephew of Hell’s Great King Enma),
Yukihime (an ice princess), Kapperu (a cute looking kappa), and
Chapeauji (literally a sentient old man hat). Enma-kun and friends are
sent to Earth to (ostensibly) capture demons that have escaped from
hell. Expect Enma-kun kills them pretty much every time.
there are some longer story arcs most of the stories are short one
chapter affairs. I think that is part of the problem the manga seems to
be going somewhere at first and then just trails off into nowhere.
Part way through I was pretty sad because I came to the realization
that the ending was going to be lame and I was pretty right.
is supposed to be a horror/comedy but comes out more like light
horror/juvenile sex comedy. Which is a little strange when all of the
characters look to be about eight. Also there are only so many jokes
about getting to seeing Yukihime’s vag I can take before it has worn out
its welcome. I also think a lot of the jokes almost work but don’t seem
to follow through and they just fall kind of flat.
here comes a left turn, while I personally would tell most people to
skip this manga, I highly suggest checking out two anime based on it.
is Kikoushi Enma (Demon Prince Enma) this came out a few years ago in
the US on DVD. While it is out of print and can be purchased used pretty
easily online. Kikoushi Enma re-imagines the characters as grownups
and goes for a dark and moody atmosphere. It reminded me a lot of Hell
Girl but a bit more mature. Also it was animated by Brains Base. So
the animation is pretty nice, some of it is a little dated by 3d effects
but it doesn’t hamper the anime any.
other is the more recent Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera. This was also
animated by Brains Base. For a TV series this show looks freaking good.
Really clean, sharp animation with lots of detail, way more then I
would have expected for a show like this. Also it is what the manga
basically should have been. It still has some of strangeness of eight
year olds in a sex comedy but it goes way sillier than the manga and
cuts out some of the strangeness of the manga (Like why is Enma-kun
always in some underwear-diaper thing?). NIS recently announced it for a
U.S. release September 2012. I have to say it is really great it
manages to build off the content of the manga, it builds up to something,
and take what was a kind of out of context lame ending to manga and turn
it into something cool and funny.