Nora has figured out how his power increases with Kazuma. Will this be the only thought he ever has?
Writer/Artist: Kazunari Kakei
Translation: Nori Minami
Adaptation: Park Cooper
What They Say
Nora, an unruly demon, has defied the Demon Sovereign one too many times. For the sake of his "education," Nora is sent to live among mortals and enters a bond of servitude with cool-as-ice star student Kazuma Makkari. Kazuma is about to learn the ways of the underworld...and Nora will learn more from the "real world" than he ever thought possible!
The Soul StonesNora and Kazuma learn that the Resistance is out to defeat Dark Liege by destroying her five Soul Stones: jewels from the Demon World that have made their way to the Human World. Nora soon discovers he has a special ability to detect these gems...but he's not the only one!
Now that the introductions of the first two volumes are out of the way, this third volume sets out the motives of the Demon Resistance - destruction of the Demon Liege's soul that she has hidden in the human world in the form of jewel fragments, indistinguishable to most from any other demon jewels. The Demon Liege's body is immortal - it's the destruction of her soul that will eliminate her completely.
And it's the mysterious Knell who drops this information on Nora and Kazuma, and while Nora and Kazuma don't know much about Knell, the Dark Liege High Command does, implying a previous professional relationship. The news that Knell is a member of the Resistance forces a meeting of the High Command. And much as it is with the Demon Resistance, getting to the meeting before the chocolate doughnuts are gone is of great importance.
While the fate of the Demon Liege would seem to be of little concern to Nora, he recognizes that he can't get the tags to void the contract with Kazuma. Possession of the soul stones would threaten the Dark Liege enough to get her to break it. As for Kazuma, Nora's controller regarded by both the Dark Liege Army and the Demon Resistance as "worse than any demon", his sense of bushido, and his offense at the victimization of innocent humans by the Demon Resistance change his commitment from boredom relief to active participant.
This volume introduces some new characters: there's Keto-Keto, the cat-guy fence with ties to the demon world; Dark Liege Army Corps General Leonard whose non-spell appearance is that of a goat; the Demon Resistance members Tyron and Nicks - bionic bull and man-like hawk. There is also the reappearance of Keini, a Demon Resistance member whose crush on the boss drives everything she does. While she regards Nora as an idiot, she has a real hate-on for Kazuma. And who could blame the girl, especially when Kazuma upbraids Nora with comment such as this - "Our opponent is a girl, you know...You might try being more of a gentleman...Next time, reduce her to flames right away...Destroy her, but don't humiliate her, got it?". The essential Kazuma.
This volume is not without action. Nora and Kazuma come out a bit worse for wear against Tyron, but they're successful in the battle against the King Jelly that possessed fin-guy, Naval Fleet General Barik on a mission for the Dark Liege, But this is at the cost of the touchy and powerful General Rivan's fishing tranquility and the results are catastrophic. However, in brushing the sand out of his eyes, Nora recognizes that he can identify a soul stone. But as we see at the close of the chapter, Nora isn't the only one who can see them and the Demon Resist has her in captivity.
And what is Hirataka doing working for one of Keto-Keto's informants?
There are mercifully fewer dog jokes, but there are still lots of laughs here as readers get to know more about the Demon Realm and the Resistance. Kazunari Kakei remains inventive in his character designs (no wondering who's who with this title) and the fight scenes, including one with a devious, over-gesturing businessman working for the Resistance, are clear and to the point. Watch out for the appearance of jellies, especially the reactions to them in the human world!