Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou – 05
「地下迷宮にご用心」 (Chika Meikyuu no Goyoujin)
“Beware the Underground Labyrinth”
There’s just something alluring about Tomatsu Haruka played characters that prevents me from hating them in any way, even when they’re a devious slut of sorts. In Eiko’s case, I actually love seeing her climb all over Akuto and it never hurts when she’s willing to strip down and do so naked either. Seeing as there’s some good evidence that she goes bra-less, it must feel great in either case though. Feisty Tomatsu Haruka characters for the win.
If there’s anything this series has taught me so far, it’s that green-haired girls are the most fun. I’ve already gone on a fair bit about Korone’s teasing being one of the more enjoyable things I find watching and now we have Eiko going for the more direct approach. One of the best parts of Eiko’s involvement is how she brings out all the tsundere goodness in Junko, which we see this week when Akuto goes and protects her first. The actual bit of story involving the two of them and how Eiko’s here to test if Akuto actually has what it takes to go against his fate of being a demon king wasn’t too bad either, as it indirectly gave a reason for them to fight over him.
As the primary focus here was on the demon king’s dragon companion Peterhausen (Nakata Jouji) that Fujiko’s brother sacrificed his life to prevent from being resurrected, I couldn’t help but wonder why he left behind a map with instructions on how to do so. Simply destroying the pieces needed to free Peterhausen would’ve been the safer bet, but the loophole evidently to allow Akuto to become his new master. I realize that sounds far from being a well-written subplot, but this episode actually did a decent job keeping me wondering exactly what was hidden at the bottom level of the labyrinth.
As such, I enjoyed how things played out a fair bit, especially with the appearance of Lily and the other student council members at the end. Their attempt to prevent Akuto from coming into contact with Peterhausen turned out to be rather fruitless attempt given how quickly Lily backed down after getting roughed up a bit, but it was still cool seeing what the student council president’s capable of. It was still a bit weird how easily she joined his harem with a kiss of approval, but not too surprising given the type of show we have here.
On a separate note, I have to say that I love the character designs in this series and its overall look and feel. From a blogging perspective, it sure as hell screen caps really well with the amount of scene variety, as you can see above. Of course, it doesn’t hurt when there’s a fair bit of skin showing either. Censoring-wise, this week actually had one scene with a good amount of steam and a few others with logos covering Junko and Eiko’s nether regions, so it should be interesting to see what those are like on ATX’s broadcast in the upcoming days.