Since you’re a horse and I think you’re a freak, your name will be Horse Freak
What’s more fun than watching little demonic kids with supernatural powers battle each other? NOTHING. Welcome to the world of Zatch Bell, the worldwide battle to become Mamodo King. What is a Mamodo you may ask? Think of it as a child from the demon realm. Every thousand years, a new Mamodo king is selected. Around a hundred or so chosen mamodo candidates are selected to take part in the “Battle to decide the Mamodo King Tournament” what a long ass name. And as you guessed, whoever wins will become the Mamodo King!
Our main protagonist is Zatch Bell. This kid right here, he’s the son of the current Mamodo King. No biggie lol. He was sent to the human world alongside his brother Zeno to compete for the throne. This anime is sort of a rip off from Pokemon. The Mamodo’s all have their own spell book. However, they require a human partner to bring out their full potentials.
So what is the first thing that Zatch does? He goes looking for a partner! But does that happen right away? No! Because that will be too straightforward! Zatch runs into his brother Zeno who wipes him of his memories. That’s better! So now with his memory gone, he has no clue what he’s doing and becomes lost in some forest in England.
Luckily this mysterious man (who shall be revealed later mwhahaha) found this kid lying in a forest and decides to send him to his son back in Tokyo. Buying a plane ticket for the boy would be too mainstream so he gave him an eagle to ride his way there LMAO.
Not long after, Zatch crashes through Kiyo’s window with a big yellowfin tuna attached to his back. This little midget introduces himself and somehow they get along fine lol. I love how Kiyo becomes immersed in the letter from his father while Zatch downs a giant Yellowfin Tuna like a bowse.
Soon, the dynamic duo got into some serious trouble as other candidates started tracking them down. Kiyo being the smart boy with an IQ of 180 that he is, was able to discover the potential of Zatch’s spell book. He drew the power from the book and was able to cast the first spell “Zaker” that lets Zatch shoot a bolt of lightning from his mouth.
I had enough patience to actually finish reading the manga but never finished watching the anime. I’m not even sure the anime ever finished either lol. Plus I heard that the anime deviated from the manga so fuck that shit. I can tell you now that Zatch Bell Manga is better than the Naruto storyline. There is no side story bullshit or filers and it gets straight to the point which I find very amusing.
Zatch is pretty much a kid who gets bored a lot of the time. To counter this, Kiyo builds the Volcan 300! This is possibly one of the best toys I’ve ever seen. The craftsmanship of Kiyo is beyond level 9000. The amusement that Zatch gets from this toy is over a million LMAO.
The most notable characters are Brago and Sherry. These two are off the bat OP AF. I mean they are able to defeat their opponents with ease and elegance. Then there’s Ponygon or was going to be named Horse Freak, who is a Mamodo who was having a hard time finding a partner. He was so useless at the start at the start but then easily became one of the most useful characters in the anime/manga. Konchome is another character with a set of useless skills but just wait until you read the manga. He obtains this spell which flips the table on all the Mamodo’s even beating Zatch with his strongest spells.
Their adventure brings them across Japan and even overseas to England! They face many foes along the way getting stronger while learning new spells. Zatch has the ability to turn foes into friends which is one of the qualities I love about him. He also never gives up on his friends and its so heartwarming to see.
One thing leads to another, Zatch was finally able to battle his brother Zeno. This was the most anticipated fight of the century. Zeno was not the smartest character but it was actually his partner Dufort who has the amazing ability called ANSWER TALKER. The original Renegan, this power manifests as circular rings in the eyes. This allows the user to just know the solution to any question or situation that they come across. I have no idea how the anime ended so I won’t spout nonsense. The ability, however, was super helpful for Kiyo, who rapidly learns 3 new spells after being resurrected from the dead in the manga,
The final battle in the manga was against you guessed it, Zatch and Bragoooooo. This time it’s an all-out brawl, spells were being thrown here and there and finally, Zatch pulls out his ultimate trump card the Shin Beruwan Baou Zakeruga. HOLY SHIT if you thought the Bao Zakega was badass, check this beast out. When Brago saw this coming he was like fuck this shit lol.
Zatch ended up winning the Mamodo battle. Because of his kind personality, he decided to resurrect everyone who was killed during the competition in the human world. He decides to go back to school in the Mamodo world like a Bowse lol.
This is a relatively old anime/manga but I would highly suggest giving it a chance. My shitty review does not do it justice and it deserves so much more credit and popularity than it has gotten. If you ask me, fuck the anime and read the manga ❤
Li-en Waifu, get her mad and she’ll punch you with her cute Kung-Fu<3