Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness attempts to thrust the three stars of the very first tactical RPG title for the PS2 back in to the spotlight with limited success. In this direct sequel to Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, our favorite demon overlord Leharl returns with his less-than-cooperative vassals Flonne and Etna in tow, and though we do learn a little more about Laharl’s less-than-pure demon bloodline and Etna’s origin story, much of it is delivered in an unemotional way.
D2 opens with the proposition that, despite subjugating both the Netherworld and beating the holy hell out of Celestia’s inhabitants over a decade ago, most of demon kind does not recognize that he is the true one-and-only badass undisputed Overlord of the Netherworld. In fact, most of the Netherworld has no idea at all that he even exists. A new faction made up of former vassals of a long-dead king are introduced, who drive most of the back-story for D2. They tell Leharl that he is not worthy of the title because he simply does not measure up to his father King Krichevskoy’s legacy, and that he must prove himself. Hijinx ensue.