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「魔王が誕生しちゃった!」 (Maou ga Tanjou Shichatta!)
“A Demon King is Born!”

Ecchi high school comedy with a magical twist makes its way into the lineup this season with “The Farthest Back Demon King”. Oddly enough, the title of the series seems to stem from the fact that male protagonist Sai Akuto’s (Worst Evil) seat in class is in the very last row. The story on the other hand takes place in far into the future in 31st century, where magic is as common as technology. Akuto (Kondou Takashi), who was abandoned as a baby by his mother and left at a church, grows up aspiring to be a high priest. To that end, he transfers to Constant Magic Academy and runs into one of its students, Hattori Junko (Hikasa Youko), on his first day there. She initially mistakes Akuto for a thug trying to mug her grandmother, but once that’s all cleared up and she hears of his righteous aspirations, she makes a vow of friendship with him in accordance to her Suhara family traditions.

Aside from a kick to the face, things couldn’t have gone better for Akuto for his first day. He befriends a beautiful fundoshi-wearing girl, meets the attractive yet slightly creepy school physician/teacher Torii Mitsuko (Takahashi Chiaki), and receives a clean bill of health from the artificial chain-smoking spirit Yata Garasu. However, everything goes south shortly afterward, with Yata Garasu’ aptitude test declaring that Akuto’s future occupation is that of a Demon King. Seeing as this test has never been wrong, a school-wide uproar results, with the one feeling most betrayed being his new classmate Junko. Akuto tries to calm the commotion, but the students soon realize that his declaration downplaying the test is similar to how the demon king declared war on mankind a hundred of years ago. What can go wrong, continues to go wrong (akin to Murphy’s law).

Surprisingly, Akuto draws the support of one Miwa Hiroshi (Yonaga Tsubasa), who compounds his problems by nominating him as class representative over Junko. As further damage control, Akuto declines the nomination and offers to do something meager like being part on cleaning committee instead, only to find out that the “cleaning committee” at Constant is responsible for silencing those who discover the school’s secrets—with force. This results in Junko challenging him to a duel for “playing with” her emotions, which results in Akuto’s hidden powers inadvertently causing an explosion. He tries to apologize to Junko later that night, but climbing up to her window and tapping on it three times for a booty call doesn’t go so well. Before round two is all said and done with another explosion, Akuto runs into a beautiful redhead (Toyosaki Aki) who tries to protect him and a green-haired girl named Korone (Yuuki Aoi) who introduces herself as an observer.

 

As you can see from the screenshots, there’s a fair bit of cleavage and fundoshi (panty) shots in this series, but no full exposure. I was actually hoping that this is all there would be, as I like what I read in the manga and didn’t want to see this series pigeonholed as a “trashy hentai show”. As I mentioned in the Spring 2010 Preview, I found the whole high school magic premise entertaining and compared it to Kampfer. Kampfer wasn’t a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a fun series to follow due to the attractive character designs and the unique personalities that went with them. There was a good level of fan-service too, but nothing overly excessive. So far, it looks like Artland (producers of Mushishi) has provided just that in this adaptation, so with the possibility that Akuto’s back-story may amount to something meaningful, I’m looking forward to seeing more of this one.

Those aren’t my only reasons for following this series however, as I really enjoyed the new anime cast that replaced the drama CD’s. Kondou Takashi is really fun to watch, as his portrayal of Akuto is reminiscent of the logical side of Sugisaki Ken in last year’s Seitokai no Ichizon. Bringing all the tsundere goodness in Junko on the other hand is Hikasa Youko, whose roles I’ve been keeping an eye out the most lately. (She’s my latest seiyuu of interest.) Alongside her is fellow K-ON co-star Toyosaki Aki playing the red-head dojikko Soga Keena and kurenai star Yuuki Aoi as the green-haired android Korone. Plus there are Itou Shizuka, Tomatsu Haruka, Hirohashi Ryou, and other K-ON co-stars Kotobuki Minako and Taketatsu Ayana‘s characters whom we haven’t seen a lot of yet. In short, this is ecchi comedic fun with an awesome cast which probably won’t turn out to be anything special in the end, but I plan to enjoy the ride all the way through. I’m not going to make recommendations one way or another, but is anyone with me?

Notes:
* This post is later than I would’ve liked because a local storm knocked out my Internet access for half a day.
* The opening sequence featuring sphere‘s new song REALOVE;REALIFE was shown as an ending sequence for this first episode.
* In addition to HEROMAN, this series is another one of Crunchyroll‘s new simulcasts for the season.
* Full-length shots of the lovely Junko can be seen here and here. Mmm…

 

OP Sequence

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OP: 「REALOVE;REALIFE」 by sphere
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April 3, 2010 at 11:58 am
53 comments »
  • April 3, 2010 at 12:26 pmKatya

    Whenever there’s a good story with characters that I know I’ll like, a setting that I will also like, and the genre is what I’m looking for, it always turns out to be an Ecchi. Can we for once not objectify females in an anime series? Jesus christ….

    Eh, I’m still waiting for Hakuouki though. Can’t wait to see what that one is like. I’ve been waiting for a good samurai series.

    • April 3, 2010 at 12:34 pmdivine

      Perhaps it’s because women and the female body are things of beauty that should be admired and even gawked over. As long as it’s somewhat tasteful and leaves something to the imagination, I generally don’t mind when it comes to anime.

      That said, I do like Junko’s tsundere personality, so I’m not only interested in her character because she shows a lot of skin. I know that doesn’t sound very convincing, but that’s my personal take on this series.

      • April 3, 2010 at 3:31 pmArcad

        Amen Divine!! Preach On

      • April 4, 2010 at 8:47 amSnipyro

        LOL, love Divine’s comment. Spot on I say >=]!

    • April 4, 2010 at 10:02 pmToasty

      I feel exactly the same way. I’m kinda sick and tired of all this ecchi crap that studios keep putting out. There’s been a few series that I would’ve enjoyed and stuck with if they had less boobs and more actual storyline.

  • April 3, 2010 at 12:28 pmPhosphatide

    I’m all up for magical series, so I’m interested to see where it goes.

    And I agree, I hope this doesn’t end up getting tossed away as being another silly ecchi series.

  • April 3, 2010 at 12:30 pmIzan

    Thank you Divine for having this up, would’ve flown under my radar if you didn’t write this up. Seems like an interesting watch.

  • April 3, 2010 at 12:35 pmb0mb3r

    This shows confused me not in story but quality. At times there are 30 fps and the aesthetic gimmick they used (like hiding the panties shots) well done. I’ve seen bad anime and good anime but this season I felt is has good and bad. the good is definitely the battle. The bad I don’t really like the character design and some of the color schemes. Still I hope the show will take a serious turn since the novel is portrayed excellently.

  • April 3, 2010 at 12:39 pmLe

    Definitely can’t watch this on the subway. :3

  • April 3, 2010 at 12:47 pmjrj

    thanks for doing this after OMNI left :)
    so from the ending sequence, seems like the demon lord later on awaken with his full potential? …
    nonetheless, it is still interesting one :)

  • April 3, 2010 at 12:59 pmEvan

    This looks like it’s going to be exactly the kind of fun, silly, trashy-but-not-too-trashy show I like to watch sometimes. Remember, high culture needs low culture to be higher than!

    I’m also looking forward to the running joke of “Sai Akuto”, the nicest Evil Overlord history records – like how he tries to deliver an after-school-special lecture on the dangers of prejudice, only to have it taken as a desk-pounding terrorist manifesto.

    The series almost certainly won’t be memorable. I suspect whether it’s enjoyable will depend on the comedic chemistry between Akuto and Junko (who is clearly the lead haremette). My vote for best plot development in that direction: He rapidly clears things up with Junko, and she becomes the right-hand henchwoman to get the rest of the school on his side. Akuto, Junko, and Hiroshi as the Three Stooges of Well-Meaning(?) Evil(??) sounds like it has more comedic potential than Junko going Narusegawa on Akuto every 5 minutes.

  • April 3, 2010 at 1:00 pmPhocus

    All I have to say is…

    I CANNOT WAIT FOR YOUR K-ON!! POST

    • April 3, 2010 at 7:47 pmLe

      I second that. D’:

  • April 3, 2010 at 1:16 pmCecelia

    I really liked this first episode. It has a nice balance of comedy and ecchi but I think the censorship was a bit inconsistent. :|

  • April 3, 2010 at 1:20 pmExia

    Nice layout.

  • April 3, 2010 at 1:39 pmBass

    There seems to be a lot of ecchi this season lol

    • April 3, 2010 at 3:20 pmAdeptZero

      It seems like we’re getting more ecchi series every season xD

      • April 4, 2010 at 4:13 amkarnos

        yeh u got that right.

        now just waiting for Kiss x Sis.

  • April 3, 2010 at 1:59 pmgecd

    lol
    I thought I just watched harry potter ( sai akuto outfit, magic academy, yatagarasu, etc )

  • April 3, 2010 at 2:18 pmb3arz3rg3r

    Can anyone say inconsistent censorship? Sometimes they covered fundoshi girls ass with shadow and sometimes they showed it almost completely. Then there’s that really bad job of retouching her boobs in screenshot no. 30 where you can totally see how they screwed up at covering up her breast. Seriously it’s like they didn’t even bother to use a semi-professional graphic tool, they just used the standard MSpaint and just drew over it with the closest colour they found in the default colour palette. And then again two seconds later they pretty much show everything but her nipple.

    While it may not be one of those softporn shows like most recently Ladies Butlers it’s still a show based on fanservice so these kinds of details are important. And in that regard they failed big time. I hope this is a mere fluke and they have the one responsible crucified before the next broadcast.

  • April 3, 2010 at 2:24 pmIsland Esper

    Besides Ikkitousen this is the best opener for the season so far me. However I did see some sensor; so maybe the DVD version will show more skin. With that saaid if this go south “Kampher” style it will be a waste. I hope it doesn’t; havent recovered from it yet.

  • April 3, 2010 at 3:13 pmKiki

    I had no expectations for this, so when it started with an interesting introduction it caught my attention. I thought it was fun, the animation was good and the voices were pretty good, too. But then came the fundoshi, and from there it was too much fanservice for me to handle, so I don’t think I’ll be following this…

    You’re doing a great job taking after omni (I found this site a few days ago, so it didn’t feel right for me to say goodbye… I wish I would’ve got here earlier).

  • April 3, 2010 at 3:15 pmvin-nii

    huh. so sphere can do action-ish songs too :S

  • April 3, 2010 at 3:16 pmhaseo0408

    Well, another ecchi-harem-romance series, not that’s bad at all, but I just hope it dosen’t have a stupid ending like Kampher did.

  • April 3, 2010 at 3:44 pmRei

    They still look like Kampfer wannabes to me, until they open their mouths and say something xD

  • April 3, 2010 at 3:54 pmbaka~

    good thing pikasha gets to land on major roles though idk how well this anime would fare off in the long run. as a pikasha follower, it’s quite nice to see that she’s getting a bit of the spotlight and it’s about time if i may say so, considering how k-on was able to boost aki and minako’s popularity back then yet left the rest of the newbie seiyus under wraps. then again, it might be due to SPHERE’s influence. on a side note, i guess pikasha establishes herself well in the tsundere department though i do hope she doesn’t follow kugirie’s footsteps in being a typecast (her voice acting potential could do so much).

  • April 3, 2010 at 4:03 pmHagiri

    Nice show…

  • April 3, 2010 at 4:56 pmswr

    it’s interest. she is nice.

  • April 3, 2010 at 6:02 pmwhalegator

    whats up with the censorship?

  • April 3, 2010 at 7:28 pmOni

    looks like this is will be the only show i will be watching this season

  • April 3, 2010 at 9:46 pmanime18otaku

    like the manga and like the show this will be fun to watch

  • April 3, 2010 at 9:52 pmClick

    I’ll watch a few episodes since I kinda like it, but I might be just saying since I lived through Kampfer (mainly for Shizuku though)

  • April 4, 2010 at 1:46 amM2

    That was thoroughly entertaining. Will definitely be following this one.

  • April 4, 2010 at 2:36 amJayars

    Man, I lol’ed so hard whenever his super Demon King power gets unleashed. Absolutely hilarious!!!

  • April 4, 2010 at 5:13 amlilakou

    this really look intresting
    some ecchie comedy and magic i think this show will be great

  • April 4, 2010 at 6:11 ambobara

    Yeah, there was some censorship for the TV broadcast, but it wasn’t as excessively annoying as in other shows, since there were still a lot of panty shots.
    Good first episode, but it’s just too sad that the novel is still ongoing, which means that we’ll have another series without proper (or at least not the novel) ending. Wish they waited some more before making those anime adaptations.

  • April 4, 2010 at 6:31 amMeareX

    way too many panties shots… or is it just a rob. whatever it is. it’s just too much for me.

  • April 4, 2010 at 9:03 amTyrenol

    Nobody’s saying anything about the was Sai was able to defend himself and (inadvertantly, but still) defeat the woman who was attacking him. This is one of my main gripes with the lot of the animu Japan creates; the reason why I can’t enjoy the lot of the titles like the idiot I’m suppose to be.

    My hope is that Sai, instead of being the typical animu punching bag, defends himself more often. Like, you know, Senta from Juuden-chan.

    • April 4, 2010 at 2:37 pmdivine

      Sento was a unique one indeed. It’s not often you see a male protagonist swinging a BASEBALL BAT at girls and hitting them full force.

  • April 4, 2010 at 12:24 pmJurkasz

    The seiyuu cast is awesome, the character design is nice, but I don’t know if I will really watch this :S I didn’t really find the comedy parts funny, there’s too much ecchi and I’m not sure if I’ll like neither Hikasa Youko nor Kondou Takashi in their roles. I guess I’ll stick with it for a few more episodes to see where is this going.

  • April 4, 2010 at 1:56 pmPhuong

    In case nobody noticed, that “Yatagarasu” didn’t have a 3rd leg. Ergo, a fake, possibly put there by the real Demon King to set our poor protagonist up.

    Then again, anime students never were the brightest bunch. I mean, bullying the dragon??? They’re just too dumb to live.

  • April 4, 2010 at 3:23 pmShinjiro

    I’ll watch this for 2 main reasons: Tsundere characters get me going ^^ and the cast looks awesome. The bits with skin don’t bother me…just like a cherry on top of a sundae.

  • April 4, 2010 at 6:59 pmruly

    Every season you need to watch at least one echi anime, and this
    is the one im gonna watch :) .

    • April 5, 2010 at 6:56 amSin1505

      I agree

  • April 5, 2010 at 2:02 amCroosboy

    very funny to watch. hope it gets funnier

  • April 5, 2010 at 8:40 amNestor

    “Worst Evil”? Why not just name your kid “Adolf”, mother? I’m surprised nobody has ever bullied him before. Guess 31st century kids only get stupid (like Phuong said, bullying someone prophesied to be a demon king? Nobody has ever heard of self fulfilling prophecies, do they?) after entering high school. Puberty, perhaps?

    Still, guy works quite fast, I mean there’s at least 3 girls involved in the first episode and apparently more will come. I hope there won’t be to much of the whole misunderstanding plot though, the Zettai Ryouiki girl is starting to feel too tsun for me and needs more dere.

    I guess this is gonna be this seasons Kampfer for me, now I only need K-On!! and a decent war series(“Senko Raid” something i guess?)

  • April 5, 2010 at 11:32 amGuardian

    Hmmm, this sounds interesting, I may give it a shot. Ecchi series that don’t do anything more than tease usually annoy me … after Queen’s Blade, SnQ, LvB and now XX, cleavage and pantyshots are pretty ‘meh’ by this point. I don’t really care if other people think a show I’m watching is a crappy hentai show, as long as I like it. *shrugs* The futuristic setting could be fun tho.

    Out of curiosity, divine, did you watch the rest of Ladies v Butlers? WHat’d you think of it? I loved it up until that god-awful ending to episode 12. :/

    • April 5, 2010 at 2:26 pmdivine

      I actually did watch Ladies versus Butlers to completion and enjoyed it a lot because of Kawasumi Ayako and Nakahara Mai. Saikyou in particular was a lot of fun to watch because of her sadistic ways, and Hino was a pretty “good” male protagonist for a harem series given how indifferent and dense he is. And then you have Drill to poke fun at.

      Seeing as it was a harem series, I wasn’t expecting much from the ending so it didn’t disappoint me at all. Overall, I think it could have done without all the nudity though, as there was enough material to make it entertaining in its own right.

  • April 5, 2010 at 9:12 pmtwistedanimator

    Watched the first episode and I am definently hooked. As ridiculous as the plot may seem, I guess I’m a sucker for this kind of show

  • April 6, 2010 at 8:44 amHitsugaya_10

    I am with you in this Divine!

  • April 6, 2010 at 8:45 amDelon

    Make sure you watch the uncensored version xD

    For some reason Hattori’s eyes didn’t go @@ when she fainted during the school and forest explosions…and btw, u get to see nipples in the uncensored version xD

  • April 6, 2010 at 9:59 amSpec

    this is interesting, cant wait for next ep.

  • April 9, 2010 at 5:25 amLinh-chan

    The uncensored version is always better =)
    The anime looks fun ^.^