Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou – 02
「おかしな監視員」 (Okashina Kanshiin)
“The Odd Observer”
So yes, it turns out there is an uncensored variety of this series on ATX, but you really aren’t missing much with this censored version. However, if you’d like to see the occasional nip slip in a fairly innocent and not overly explicit Seikon no Qwaser type of way, then it doesn’t hurt to wait three more days for ATX’s offering. To give you a better idea, what you would’ve gotten to see in episode one are better views of the lovely Junko, which I actually found somewhat tasteful, plus the removal of all black fog and logos. Normally I’d be all for the uncensored version, but since the fog is used sparingly and the logos don’t take away too much from the imagination, I honestly don’t mind the censorship too much in this series.
Now as for this second episode, things picked up right where we left off last time with Junko recovering a bit thanks to Korone and then running off in tears thinking how she’s tainted now and will never become a bride (just like a certain left-handed bass player from a light music band). Surprisingly, she was gone for most of the episode after that, but I didn’t particularly mind because Korone was so fun to watch as the new Liladan (android) sent to watch over Akuto. For that, I have to credit Yuuki Aoi‘s acting for bringing out that soft-spoken yet adorably blunt side of her, which is very reminiscent of Noel in last season’s So-Ro-No-Wo-To. It wasn’t anything hilariously funny, but still pretty amusing due to how easily she teased Akuto about being a pervert as he tried to pull her tail to deactivate her.
Plot-wise, there was some back-story build-up on how Akuto met Seena when he was younger and bought her a lavish hair ornament before leaving the church. The other highlight however was the formal introduction of Itou Shizuka‘s character in the series — the two-faced head of the girl’s dorm, Etou Fujiko, who secretly wants Akuto’s demonic powers as her own. While I realize that Fujiko is depicted as a manipulative bitch here who will trick Akuto into using questionable drugs on Junko, I can’t bring myself to hate her when she has Shizuka’s voice backing her up. Shizuka’s one of my “weaknesses” so to speak because of characters like Katsura Hinagiku, but at least it looks like Fujiko’s character will improve over time, much like Junguuji Kuesu did in Omamori Himari. She may have that “ojou-sama” type of air around her now, but I just know she’ll succumb to the demon king’s harem sooner or later if the ending sequence is indication of anything. >:)
So with the introduction of Korone and Fujiko, I’m looking forward to seeing the other characters in this series as well. As you can probably tell though, they haven’t shown any signs that this adaptation will turn out to be anything more than just ecchi harem fun. Despite that, I still enjoy this series a fair bit because it’s simply just that. Hearing Kondou Takashi‘s outbursts as Akuto hasn’t gotten old by any stretch of the imagination yet, as he was the sole reason I enjoyed Seitokai no Ichizon more than I thought I would. With that in mind, I definitely plan to continue following this series, but it’s hard to give it any priority over the likes of Durarara and Angel Beats on Fridays, so I may opt to cover it on Saturdays like I am now. No promises there, but that’s what I have in mind at the moment.
Finally, the ending sequence/theme that was missing from the premiere episode was featured here. Somehow, I can’t help but picture Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou when I hear Asou Natsuko’s songs though, as it’s the series that introduced me to her music in the first place. It’s not a bad song and the sequence itself is quite “savory”, so be sure to check it out. If anyone’s looking for the opening sequence without the scrolling credits from last time, I’ve also encoded a copy of it and uploaded it here.
Note: This series doesn’t seem to feature any preview scenes, hence why I don’t have any screenshots of it.