Mechanics aside; I'm kinda torn on where I would rate this Disgaea so far. It's better than 1 & 2, but 3 gave me more laughs. Conversely 3 gave me more facepalms and groans as well; and 4 has become much more tolerable now that Valvatorez doesn't yap about sardines every single map anymore. Fenrich is quite the humorous character; I was about to write him off as a Geoffery clone but he's proven to have a bit more of his own thing going on now. Fuka so far is...meh. But DESCO is unexpectedly adorable. Although from what little of the story I have this horrid hunch that (just in case)
Fuka and DESCO were like Magical Girl and rival Enemy respectively somehow. Not sure how I'll react if that's really the case. Really looking forward to seeing Vulcanus(?) next chapter and learning how I feel about that character. Funny how so far Vulcanus(?) and Vulcanus seem to be having the same agenda with different emotions behind it. (Vulcanus went behind the Seraphs back out of spite for demons where Vulcanus(?) seems to be doing the exact same thing to Archangel Flonne more out of reverence.)
Agreed on all accounts. I thought Fenrich would be horribly boring, but he ended up my favorite character. I find Fuka to be dull and I have a hard time empathizing with her; after a while she started to grate me, but she doesn't get enough screen time to make me hate her. DESCO is absolutely adorable - she's probably the cutest character in the series. Val gets even better near the end. He's not as crazy as Mao and Laharl, but he's not so "good" like Adell, either. They hit a good balance of "Demon" and "not-obnoxiously selfish" with him.
Vulcanus(?) is going to be interesting for you! I'm not going to say anything, but I'm not sure if I like her or not.
That said, none of the jokes really made me laugh, which is a shame. I thought D3 was the funnier game, but there was one point where Fenrich called a certain character a hypocritical bitch that had me giggling.