Friday, October 3, 2008

YAMA NO MATSUEI (DESCENDANTS OF DARKNESS)

YAMI NO MATSUEI

RATING: 3/5

CHAPTERS: 1 – 13 (END)

AUDIO: JAPANESE/ENGLISH

SUBTITLE: CHINESE/ENGLISH

INTRODUCTIONS:

Shinigami are the gods of death, the beings who would guide the souls who have been recorded into the Register of Souls to Hades, the world of the dead. They are the employees of the Summons Division, which is an office directly under the control of Enma, the Emperor of the Underworld. The series focuses on one of these Shinigami named Asato Tsuzuki the most powerful, but loveable, laid-back and troubled of them all.

Even after death, life is full of paperwork and criminals. Tsuzuki Asato is a 26 year old, happy-go-lucky, and dorky Shinigami (god of death) whose job is to makes sure that those who are dead remain dead and stay in their proper realms. Even though he had the job for over 70 years, he is in the worst division with horrible pay. He also has a knack for not keeping partners although Shinigami always worked in pairs. He somehow managed to get acquainted with one stubborn, smart-mouthed, serious and defensive 16 years old by the name of Kurosaki Hisoka. Tsuzuki and Hisoka’s relationship grew stronger and closer as time passed by. With each case they investigate, they come closer to the conspiracies of the serial killer Dr. Muraki Kazutaka.

Many stories chronicle the mysterious cases they are called upon to deal with, when souls who have appeared on the Register have for some reason not yet died and are often serious and sad. Other stories deal with their off-time play, and these are sweet and funny. A strong focus of the story is the characters themselves and their feelings about work, and about each other.

1 comment:

Annabel said...

I have no memories of this story even though I know I've already seen it. Maybe I'll watch it again some day.