Zatch Bell anime review

Zatch Bell anime review
Takamine Kiyomaro, a depressed don't-care-about-the-world guy, was suddenly given a little demon named Gash Bell to take care of. Little does he know that Gash is embroiled into an intense fight to see who is the ruler of the demon world. All of the demons have to pick a master on Earth and duke it out with other demons until one survives. Needless to say, Kiyomaro becomes Gash's master, and through their many battles, Kiyomaro learns the importance of friendship and courage.

It's hard to believe this is going to be the first review for this show on this site. This is probably one of the more popular shows in Japan right now. It was even referenced in Yakitate! Japan.

I was inclined to give this show a 10 since it is one of my favourites. However, knowing that this show is not perfect I let objectivity takeover and give it a 9 (which is still very high).

So to quickly summarize what the show is about (in the event you didn't feel like reading the synsopsis), we have our two main characters Kiyomaro (human) and Gash Bell (demon) who have met purely by fate. Gash is also a demon with no memories of his past life in the demon world (why? You have to watch to find out). Eventually, the two learn that Gash is in a battle with 99 other demons to determine who will be the next demon king. There is a catch to this battle though. Each demon possesses a book that allows them to perform very powerful attacks. However, only one specific human can be that book keeper (it can't just be anyone). Futhermore, if the book is burned the demon loses the battle and gets sent back to the demon world. Obviously, there are both good demons and bad demons. That is the main story arc of the show with many other subplots in between.

Now the question remains, should you watch it?

Let's start off with reasons why one might not be inclined to watch. This is one of those long series, as of this review they are currently on episode 115. Therefore, at times the pace is a little slow but it is not that bad compared to other 100+ shounen shows. Moreover, if you are into complex storylines, this show does not have it. I'm not saying the story is bad (I rather enjoy it) but it is definitely not going to win a Pulitzer anytime soon.

Fortunately, the positves of this show far outweigh the negatives. This show is hilarious. Even the episodes which don't progress the storyline are still good for a laugh. That is the greatest strength of this show, the comedy. In addition, there is a good amount of action to get your adrenaline going. The show has a balance of comedy and drama to make it a very well balanced fighting series. The character is also very good (although for those high episode number shows if character development is bad then that is a serious problem). You are able to watch the characters develop and you are able to understand the characters. You will be able to get an attachment to the characters (and you will really want to cheer your favourites on).

In conclusion, I recommend this show to anyone who likes anime comedies and/or shounen series. Art is average, but that is not the reason you would want to watch this. It's the craziness. Also, keep in mind the show has the main characters name in it, so you know nothing really really bad will ever happen to him. This type of show, you know there will be a happy ending but what you will really enjoy is the journey.

Better than review, is a Trailer video of: Zatch Bell. Watch it now:
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