Original Story: Quantum
Art: Nori Kazato
Character Design: Hana Amano
Translation/Adaptation: Aiko Funabashi (Lapin, Inc)
Lettering: Rachel J. Pierce
What They Say
Hiding his identity as the Hero, Leo Demonhart has managed to sneak his way into Demon Queen Echidna’s forces…but he has his work cut out for him. When faced with an assassin who struggles to communicate and a warrior who doesn’t understand how to educate others, Leo knows the best solution is for them to take a page out of his long, long book. After all, he’s got a whole lot of experience under his belt, and his history stretches back further than anyone could have ever guessed…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Being the hero and suddenly joining the demon army is a hell of a life. I would think there would be more of a pushback but most of the members of the Demon Army have warmed up to the real him quite nicely with the sole exception of the only one who is unaware of his secret, the Demon Queen Echidna. It’s nice to see the two of them get along even with all the lies and war between them. Nothing lasts forever and those peaceful moments get cut short too soon. That is life as the demons face new crises from within.
No problem is ever the same and they all require a different solution. For a bunch of beings in the Demon Army, the four generals have too much of a light side to them. And that is what makes them even more loveable. Mernes is the assassin of the group but he is freaking out over the possibility of having to interview beings for the Demon Army. It’s easy for him to kill people but when it becomes a matter of taking the world flips upside down and turns to shit. Interviewing people requires knowing about personal skills and that is something Mernes has never run into. Leo’s solution to Mernes is great but with some questionable choices. He has Mernes work as a waitress which is a good way to learn about people. But why does he have to dress up as a waitress? He could learn just as much being his natural self and serving people. It doesn’t feel warranted for the type of story that Im Quitting Heroing is trying to tell.
Stubbornness can only get you so far in life. There will be a point when stubbornness is smacked down. Edvard is the brute but no brains of the group. Everything can be overcome with pure strength in his eyes. He expects everyone to do the same without regarding that he has a lifetime of battle experience. All of these failures cause him to plan to commit suicide. The way that Leo forces him to confront his failure is outrageous stupidity but good fun. He gets a strong mechanical beast from the past which forces him to realize how others feel in the heat of battle. But compared to Mernes’ case, it feels like it requires less of Leo. All Leo had to provide to this case was his experience to set Edvard right. Leo connects with Mernes on a personal level. It never feels like that is the case with Edvard.
Mostly everyone in this series wears their heart on their sleeves and it makes things way more interesting. They do everything at 100% and sometimes it leads to hilarious failures that could have been avoided if they probably thought things out a little more. Leo made himself to be a center point just by trying. The flashback to Leo’s past occurs at just the right moment after helping the Demon Army. Its mirrors his own experience and how far he’s come thanks to the positive influence of the original demons.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: April 18, 2023
MSRP: $13.00 US/ $ 17.00 CAN