Honestly, is a so-so series.
Many would call it a Deconstruction, but probably that is only Fans finding later the defintion and bending the series to comply with this idea
, as if it make it better or more profound.
Pretty generic, if with several twists
and can be enjoyable. The manga had some of the worst
panels I had ever read, being bleak, barely draw in some places and honestly confusing. Think of Megatokyo
if they had about a fourth of the effort in each panel.
The anime had a catchy song, the Tournament arcs where pretty god althought the twist of Demons with equal amount of Power as the three kings ruined it for me
, the ending was acceptable if lacking emotion or climax and in the end, while a good way to enter in the world of Anime and Manga, it can become sour or lose it attraction with other, better writen works.
Unless you suffer from hardcore Nostalgia Filter
, like 98% of Anime reviewers from the First Wave of Orient.
Give it a check. You may enjoy it. Or it would bore you to death.