Denji and his little devil dog, Pochita (who has a chainsaw coming out of his head), are swimming in a mountain of debt left by Denji’s dad. The two hunt devils to try and pay down the debt, but things go wrong for Denji on one such mission. Pochita saves Denji’s life by fusing with him, giving Denji the power to summon chainsaws from his head and arms! Now, the Public Safety Devil Hunters wants to employ this new, powerful Human-Devil hybrid, and Denji finds himself finally living a little comfortably. But, what now motivates him to keep the public safe? Is it money? Revenge? Boobs?
The absurdities of this story is really the main reason for any of its charm. The art is a little rough, similarly to how Demon Slayer lacks the polish of many other manga. There’s really not a ton of character development, although several characters are given compelling reasons to act the way they do. There is quite a bit of violence and blood mixed within the few action sequences. There’s not much depth that can be expected out of this story, although I would submit No Guns Life manages to achieve a lot more richness with a main character who has a weapon for a head. The major flaw in this title for the school library is just how obsessed Denji is with sex, being with a woman, and really, touching boobs. There’s even an entire chapter titled, “A Way to Touch Some Boobs” in which Denji is given a concrete “mission” where his reward is to be able to touch a girl’s chest. Hopefully, this is a plot point that gets dropped in later volumes, as this is an otherwise fun, mindlessly entertaining story.
VIZ rates this for Teen Plus, which is definitely for the violence and the amount of conversation about ladies' bodies.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 11-12
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
ISBN: 9781974709939 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Humor, Demons, VIZ Media
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