|Devil & Devil
|Above the Earth, there is a continuous
battle between angels and devils. One devil in
particular, Sword, has it in for a certain angel, Ios. In
their 101st fight together, both are severely wounded.
Not only that, but their clashing power causes the two to
fall to earth. By chance, Sword finds a beaten,
unconscious teenage boy nearby, and he is able to take
over the human's body to save his own life.
Some time later, Sword awakens in the hospital, briefly confused about his whereabouts. The father of the body he possessed enters the room, extremely happy to see his boy Souma alive. Then the older twin brother shows up. Immediately, Sword recognizes his enemy's energy. Also nearly dead, Ios had joined with Kanna's body. Sword goes to attack Ios, but quickly realizes that the body is far weaker than his demon form, especially from being recently beaten to hell.
Since the brothers had been found heavily thrashed, their memory loss isn't that surprising. Their large change in behaviors is also explained by amnesia. As it turns out, Sword entered the body of the cliché nerd who can't run fifty meters without falling. Ios's new body is a terror, feared by all and constantly suspended from school. While the angel and devil have primary control over the bodies of the twins, reflex actions and memories of the other souls (still alive within the bodies) do appear. More importantly, the human bodies cannot handle the powers that Sword and Ios had used with ease. This a problem especially for Sword who is both over eager to use his powers and targeted by devils and angels.
This series is hilarious. I can't help myself from laughing every time Sword tries to use his demonic powers and instead just causes a little spurt of blood from his head. Ios constantly teases Sword since the devil always ends up doing good deeds by accident (usually saving people's lives) and later yells at himself for it. The artwork starts off rather old style and does improve through the series, but it's the characters that make the series worth it. This is a fighting type story, but not really along the lines of Flame of Recca since it is a case of demons and angels coming after Sword wherever he is, and none of that tournament stuff (well, there is one short story with it, but it's rather asinine...).
Rating -- 7.5