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「魔王、笹塚に立つ」 (Maou, Sasadzuka ni Tatsu)
“The Dark Lord of Sasazuka”

I’ll leave whether the premise is interesting up to you. What I will say is this – so far this is being adapted really, really well.

A Proper Adaptation – Taking Their Time

It seems proper that, right after I finished calling a certain Maou show a failed adaptation, another would come along and show how it’s done. Actually, that’s not fair, because it’s really too early to tell – Maoyuu Maou Yuusha’s episode 01 was done well too – but even so, I was quite impressed by this first offering. Here’s why: they took their time.

With anime adaptations, there’s a natural tendency to rush. There’s all this great material available, so shouldn’t they try to skip ahead so they can get to the really juicy parts that happen later on? Understandable, but wrong. Anime adaptations are best when they luxuriate over the little details, and that’s what they did here. The opening battle scenes had some great animation, with plenty of action and magic to go around, which impressed me from the start. Then they moved into the Earth portion of the story, and they simply took their time. They patiently went over everything, even the things most viewers would have assumed (but what about those who wouldn’t have? It was good to take the time!), kicked in a few jokes along the way, and kept the pacing even throughout. They even ended it on a nice little cliffhanger, though the preview did spoil that a tad. With a good studio in WHITE FOX and a veteran director in Naoto Hosoda, I suspected this might happen, but I’m happy to see that it did. If episode 01 is any indication, it looks like this will be getting a faithful adaptation.

Well Done (so far), But Is It Interesting?

I still think the answer to that question is largely a matter of taste, because as I originally noted, Hataraku Maou-sama! doesn’t do anything to seriously separate it from the pack early on. It’s a fish-out-of-water story with a fantasy background and plenty of comedy, romantic tension, and hopefully a little action to enjoy. These are all things I like, and so far I’m enjoying their presentation here. I laughed at how Maou Sadao (Ohsaka Ryota) went from conquering the world to being happy about a promotion; I enjoyed watching Ashiya Shirou (Ono Yuuki) freak out about their situation and act like Maou’s stay at home spouse. There wasn’t a lot of pop or flash in this first offering, but it was soundly enjoyable, so I will be giving it more chances to impress.

Looking Ahead

Plot-wise, it looks like the former hero Yusa Emi (Hikasa Yoko) is going to be getting into some fanservicey antics next week, of which I heartily endorse. I also wonder what importance will be given to Sasaki Chiho (Touyama Nao), who didn’t strike me as an important character until I remembered she’s in all the promotional art. There are things that intrigue me here, and things to look forward to as well, so I’ll definitely be watching more! I won’t be blogging this one though (or anything this season, for those that missed the news). Who knows, though – I may throw this one a word or two when I start my Stilts Out Loud posts back up here in a couple of weeks, so be sure to check in there! Until then~

tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Good animation, great directing, superb pacing, spot-on acting – an extremely solid adaptation, at least so far #maousama

Random thoughts:

  • Did their demon language remind anyone else of Magicka? It was just so comically overdone, I loved it!
  • I’d watch it. Not all is looking up for Holy Potter, oh noes!
  • Not. suspicious. at all. Also: do not want!!
  • A Supersize Me reference, in my silly Maou anime? No wai!
  • He’s surprisingly competent. Who would have thought that the secret to customer service is wanting to conquer and/or kill all of humanity? Erh, no, wait. That sounds about right.

Full-length images: 22, 26.

 

ED Sequence

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ED: 「Sankaku e.p.」 by nano.RIPE

Preview

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April 5, 2013 at 1:27 am
137 comments »
  • April 5, 2013 at 1:33 ammistress_kisara

    I’m really surprised at how much I enjoyed this! I hope this keeps up XD

    • April 5, 2013 at 1:57 amStilts

      Low-to-moderate expectations can be fun like that. It’s easy to exceed them…though I think this one may have gone above and beyond even that. It really was a good episode!

    • April 5, 2013 at 4:51 pmGeoff

      Definitely an episode 1 win in my book, Looking forward to the series :D

    • April 6, 2013 at 1:43 amSwarz

      Yeah,really enjoyed it. Can’t wait for the next episode. It has got some slick animation as well(Maou and Hero’s battle). BTW, how many episodes does this have?

      And, Stilts. Looking forward to your posts as well.

    • April 6, 2013 at 2:49 amos

      I couldn’t stop laughing watch this episode.

  • April 5, 2013 at 1:45 amsortedevaras

    Of the new shows this season aired so far this was the only one that had a really enjoyable first episode. Impressed so far.

  • April 5, 2013 at 1:45 amKen Sanders

    I enjoyed the 8 minutes of Demon language and the rest are all good for Ep. 1

    More power to this series!!

  • April 5, 2013 at 1:54 ambaseone

    The opening was great! it was screaming in awesomeness! dang I wish they’d extended those scenes or rather yet that they should have focus more on those, still great beginning although generic.

  • April 5, 2013 at 1:56 amBBQ

    I normally don’t laugh out loud when watching anime but some of the jokes in this episode I found genuinely hilarious.

    Next time I flag a taxi I plan on doing it like Maou’s general did.

  • April 5, 2013 at 1:59 amTingster013

    LOL at your reference to Magicka, totally had that feeling, great game with friends. Nothing beats a episode where one is so happy he is promoted in a fast food chain. Well, we have to be satisfied with what we currently have, right?

    • April 5, 2013 at 2:06 amStilts

      My friends and I always ended up getting drunk and “accidentally” killing one another. By the time we got to a hard fight we were so dysfunctional it was almost impossible to win!! XD

      • April 5, 2013 at 3:14 amZen

        Except I’m pretty sure that the language in Magicka wasn’t actually gibberish though. My understanding was that it was a liberally jury-rigged mish-mash of Swedish and English…the script actually meant something but was purposefully (and successfully) written to sound like nonsense nonetheless- which is what made it so hilariously brilliant…

      • April 5, 2013 at 4:26 amCybersteel

        I’m pretty sure that Inu Curry-san made his own language for the show. The writings and words also meant something. Someone on the interwebs managed to translate them i think.

      • April 5, 2013 at 2:39 pmXumbra

        When I played Magicka with my friends, I was more concerned with killing them than the actual monsters. It makes the game loads more fun.

    • April 6, 2013 at 11:11 pm†Croos†

      Lol, those were the days Xumbra. XD

  • April 5, 2013 at 2:02 amInanis

    yah the taxi scene was full of lulz.

    funny show . liked it a lot more than what i thought i was going to like it.

    actually i have seen 3 new animes (for spring/summer, not counting RDG) and is my #1 so far

  • April 5, 2013 at 2:09 amCarVac

    I enjoy reading the manga this show is based upon, but this adaptation really is quite excellent all around. I loved the background music.

    • April 5, 2013 at 2:36 amCarVac

      Oh, wait, both are adapted from a novel. Either way, both are surprisingly great adaptations. So far.

      • April 5, 2013 at 5:12 am†Croos†

        I love it when Show Spoiler ▼

      • April 5, 2013 at 12:25 pmStilts

        HNNNNGG a tsundere hero is good too

      • April 6, 2013 at 5:53 amanon

        And suddenly it seems Stilts has extra time to blog another show, nice work Croos XD

  • April 5, 2013 at 2:26 amVaans

    I think I’m gonna enjoy watching the rest of the episode.

    Even thought I read the news. It’s a sad thing Stilts won’t be blogging anything this season.

  • April 5, 2013 at 2:32 amEmD

    This was actually pretty great. A shame not a single writer is covering it though.

  • April 5, 2013 at 2:50 ambara

    Never even heard of this but definetely tempted to check it out.

  • April 5, 2013 at 2:59 amShuA

    Such a shame if no one will not blog this
    Hilarious and fun, especially that language
    Khatsu-dum XD

    • April 5, 2013 at 5:04 am†Croos†

      Don’t forget NIIpon(JApan)

  • April 5, 2013 at 3:04 amTarage

    I have never been more confused by a show. I kept expecting to know what was going to happen next but then it does the complete opposite.

    Why the hell is Maou so damn well adjusted?!

    • April 5, 2013 at 3:24 amEmD

      It looks like there was a rather large time gap after they rented their room. I mean, Maou bought a fridge and washer straight up with just his McRonalds minimum wage. That takes a while. And he’s been getting raises so he’s been working there for some time, it seems.

      Employee Training probably broke him in.

  • April 5, 2013 at 3:43 amzztop

    Maou’s Guide to Conquering Earth:

    Step 1: Flip burgers at MgRonalds

    Step 2: Get promoted!

    Step 3: ???????

    Step 4: THE WORLD!

    • April 5, 2013 at 5:03 am†Croos†

      I think step 3 is to find a way to get their power back and live with step 1-2.

    • April 5, 2013 at 10:34 amStigmata25

      Step 3 = Being up in charge of the french fries!
      Like Scar Face Said ” First you get the french fries, then you get the money, and then you get the POWER!

      • April 5, 2013 at 7:43 pmNoc

        I remember when I first got to be in charge of french fries. I WAS NOT READY FOR IT. That station is intense, and working under the heating light…Does. Not. Help.

        I really enjoyed the episode, in any case. It even exceeded the manga version in terms of enjoyment, at least for me. Definitely looking forward to next ep!

    • April 6, 2013 at 2:51 amos

      they will probably find out how from a copy of Fate/stay night VN.

  • April 5, 2013 at 3:52 amzztop

    ‘..right after I finished calling a certain Maou show a failed adaptation…’

    I blame that on their production committee.
    I blame whoever it was that decided 2 novels had to be squeezed into 13 eps.

    BTW,

    If the Demon King, Head Maid and Hero from Maoyuu got stuck on Earth, what careers would they go into?
    Your thoughts please!

    • April 5, 2013 at 8:00 amdaikama

      BTW, If the Demon King, Head Maid and Hero from Maoyuu got stuck on Earth, what careers would they go into?

      Maou – Economics professor/consultant and author of the best selling book “It’s OK to Have Useless Meat”.

      Head Maid – Pres/CEO of “Head Maid’s Premium Maid Service” of course. Meido-do transcends all worlds.

      Yuusha – Sole employee of “Yuusha’s World Wide Instant Delivery Service” (NOTE: Assuming Yuusha can still teleport since he is Yuusha after all).

      • April 5, 2013 at 12:27 pmStilts

        This. All of this. Swiftly agreed on all of the above!

    • April 5, 2013 at 5:46 pmCarVac

      I don’t know about you, but I tend to enjoy LN adaptations that pack tons of pages worth of stuff into each episode. Usually, the slower pace they run, the less interesting. Fast pacing makes story composition difficult, but it can be done really well. (See Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon)

  • April 5, 2013 at 4:08 amCybersteel

    That first half was sooo badass. The second half was funny. Such a stark contrast.

  • April 5, 2013 at 4:36 am†Croos†

    MAN STILTS!! I knew you would blog this first impression of Hataraku Maou!!
    MUWAAAAH! <3

    • April 5, 2013 at 12:28 pmStilts

      I-I’m not the ecchi blogger, I swear!

      Oh wait, this isn’t ecchi yet…still!!

      • April 5, 2013 at 9:48 pmThe Moondoggie

        >Not ecchi…

        TRAITOR!

  • April 5, 2013 at 4:46 amGoukaRyuu

    While I will be giving this three episodes, I definitely have to say if the next two can keep up this level of entertainment and humor I will be hooked. It was seriously funny, the opening was epic, and I generally am liking the characters. Can’t wait for next week.

  • April 5, 2013 at 4:49 am†Croos†

    Somehow the land lady Mit-t reminds me of the Witch in How’ls castle.

    • April 5, 2013 at 4:57 amCybersteel

      Cannot be unseen

    • April 5, 2013 at 5:20 am†Croos†

      Right

  • April 5, 2013 at 4:54 am†Croos†

  • April 5, 2013 at 4:56 amZannafar

    A nice first episode.

    Seeing how laid back he became, at the end of the series I expect to see him return to his original world, go to sleep for a while and when he wakes up he has a harem of 1000 princesses.

    On another note:
    http://randomc.net/image/Hataraku%20Maou-sama/Hataraku%20Maou-sama%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2022.jpg Reminds me of the witch from Howl’s Moving Castle.

    • April 5, 2013 at 5:48 amzztop

      The witch got tired of oppressing impressionable young girls, so she moved to Earth to oppress young homeless schmucks -__-

    • April 6, 2013 at 3:41 pmStilts

      Thank you Zannafar, I now have a new manga to read.

      My free time noooooooo!! *falls to knees and weeps*

  • April 5, 2013 at 5:02 amstarss

    “Holy Potter And The Blood Of A Sorcerer And A Dragon.” BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAA!!!!!

    Okay so this looks like a Fish Out Of Water story turned romance/comedy, but I haven’t really seen a plot like this in anime before, despite it being used relentlessly in American 80′s sitcoms. There are some moments where the character’s expressions look very weird, but other than that, this looks promising.

    • April 5, 2013 at 7:22 amzztop

      Shhh, nobody tell JK Rowling and Warner Bros!!!

      • April 6, 2013 at 3:42 pmStilts

        No worries – parody is protected speech :D

  • April 5, 2013 at 5:04 amSDFSDG

    Gahhhh! That animation quality is off the scale! Seriously, even though this may not turn out to be an action show I still enjoy the effort they put into the pilot episode, hopefully its just not part of the tradition where they put most of the animation budget on the first and last ep while severly skimping out in between like a lot of shows do.

    • April 5, 2013 at 7:35 amdaikama

      I was also impressed by the animation quality. Given that it’s primarily a comedy, I’m not too concerned a drop in quality since there shouldn’t be many (any?) complex fight scenes for quite a while.

    • April 6, 2013 at 3:56 pmStilts

      What daikama said. There may be a drop, but hopefully it will be slight, because they will probably be mostly safe simply by having less action scenes to animate.

  • April 5, 2013 at 5:35 amOwaranai

    “Khatsu-dum”.

    OH. GOD. I could replay that segment and laugh like an idiot the whole day long. XD

    Really, really loved the way they started it, with action right from the beginning. The producers than brilliantly made use of music to highlight supposedly serious moments interspersed with plenty of comedic moments courtesy of Alsiel and Maou’s interaction with the human world. These guys are so terribly exaggerated that it’s seriously funny! Not sure when I last laughed this hard at the pilot episode of recent anime.

    Exciting stuff. This is a definite follow for me, all the more with Stilts taking this up.

    • April 6, 2013 at 3:44 pmStilts

      But I’m not picking it up… :( Sorry!

  • April 5, 2013 at 5:35 amMaou-Sama

    So EPIC,so FUN,so AWESOME!!!

  • April 5, 2013 at 5:41 amLibelula

    This was a pretty good episode. But I fear this show will not remain funny for very long. The interesting and funny parts actually stem from the difference between the real world and the fantasy world. But the real worlds gonna be “normal” pretty soon and it will probably have turned into a dull comedy by then. The preview is already an indication that they will have to rely on those very original fanservice-jokes (not fun at all!!).

    But if this show actually remains as interesting as the first ep I’ll take back everyting I said and praise it all the more.

  • April 5, 2013 at 6:39 amRasen

    Maybe it’s just me, but having read the manga adaptation of Ishida Akira’s Maoyuu, I can’t help but feel this team/animation studio should have been the ones to handle the Maoyuu anime adaptation.

    • April 5, 2013 at 7:37 amdaikama

      I agree. If the source material is HQ, it’s hard to go wrong by closely following it when making a adaptation.

  • April 5, 2013 at 6:52 amLim Lynn

    Great starting episode 1 Hero female protagonist met with male antagonist!

    • April 5, 2013 at 11:14 amanon

      Technically, it’s male protagonist and female antagonist since being the protagonist isn’t defined by being the righteous or the good guy, but by being the central/leading character and the antagonist is the one who opposes him/her regardless of morality.

  • April 5, 2013 at 7:00 amSixFlags

    Got to love the quirky humor in this episode.

  • April 5, 2013 at 7:29 amzztop

    Khatsu-dum sounds like an evil name from LOTR/ the Hobbit…

    • April 5, 2013 at 8:16 amKentaiyoshimi

      You’re probably thinking of the bridge of Khazad-Dum, where Gandalf fought the Balrog. I know I was. Surprisingly, Khatsu-Dum has a nice catchy ring to it.

      • April 5, 2013 at 10:31 amZannafar

        Considering how they made several references to western movies, this similarity to Khazad-Dum might actually be intentional.

      • April 6, 2013 at 4:10 pmStilts

        I forgot to comment on that! I totally thought of Khazad-Dum when they said that. Fearsome indeed…

  • April 5, 2013 at 8:03 amFabio

    Loved the first ep. :)

  • April 5, 2013 at 8:21 amKentaiyoshimi

    Really liking this 1st ep. Good humour, likeable protagonist, and really high production values. I really liked the scene where only Maou’s hands were being animated as he was talking. Premise is so-so, and I would have given it a pass if it weren’t for WHITE FOX animating it. It’s a bit of a shame such high quality production is being paired with a show like this.

    Will definitely keep watching, although it’s too bad no one is covering this.

  • April 5, 2013 at 8:29 amJustin

    Holy Potter!!! hahahha!

  • April 5, 2013 at 8:36 amJason Isenberg

    This was pretty damned hilarious!

  • April 5, 2013 at 8:42 amLuxanna

    oh so maoyuu IS a failed show

    good thing i didn’t watch that one

    • April 7, 2013 at 3:29 pmcreaothceann

      It’s actually a good show just a little bit rushed.

  • April 5, 2013 at 9:14 amTre

    My expectations: A romantic comedy of sorts with lol-plot fantasy elements thrown in just to move the romantic side forward.

    What I got: Awesomeness

    Also, I appreciate this show for what it is, but I would pay to watch an anime based on the first couple of minutes of this episode.

    • April 5, 2013 at 11:59 amTre

      Also, it’s not everyday that you see a comedy with such an epic soundtrack.

  • April 5, 2013 at 9:33 amSerapita

    I had great expectations for this adaption and so far I’m not disappointed even one bit. Everything is well done, especially the demon language parts.

    I’d watch it. Not all is looking up for Holy Potter, oh noes!

    Yeah, I would definitely watch that as well.

  • April 5, 2013 at 10:13 amJ_the_Man

    Oh my… A satire of how the modern world works? I will thoroughly enjoy this. This will be quite hilarious. Excellent start.

  • April 5, 2013 at 11:20 amanon

    Good first episode, hopefully the female lead won’t be a violent or abusive one, like many shows of this nature tend to be.

    • April 6, 2013 at 4:12 pmStilts

      Be prepared to be surprised, at least initially. Though I think she has a pretty good reason to be violent…she is the hero who was trying to stop the evil demon lord, after all. Kind of a good reason to be after his life, for realsies y0

      • April 6, 2013 at 4:41 pmanon

        Of course I expect her to be after his life, but she’s also a hero so I expect her to have a high sense of morality too.Besides I don’t like it when abuse is played for comedy – kind of kills the fun for me.

  • April 5, 2013 at 1:07 pmEntrav

    Loving what WhiteFox is doing with this adaptation. It’s entertaining and definitely worth following for the season if they keep this up.

  • April 5, 2013 at 1:19 pmpokpok

    http://randomc.net/image/Hataraku%20Maou-sama/Hataraku%20Maou-sama%20-%2001%20-%2006.jpg

    that mini presume elf girl catch my heart with only 2 magus language lines , omg he is going to be supah cute!

  • April 5, 2013 at 1:22 pmpokpok

    aany one remark that we got play back of 1st episode in ED just like Mirai nikki 1st ep damn nostalgic

  • April 5, 2013 at 1:39 pmJhacks

    Wow, that was a great anime to start my dive into the spring anime season.
    So I guess if Maoyuu Maou Yuusha for me the is Spice & Wolf v.2.0 The Bonkers Edition, i see this show will be the Reverse Maoyuu Maou Yuusha v.2.0 The More Bonkers Edition.
    and lolz potatoes (french fries) are also the root of all evil in this show.

    • April 6, 2013 at 4:13 pmStilts

      Except this time, I agree. Too much salt on those things, people!

  • April 5, 2013 at 2:00 pmAnanas

    KATSU-DUN!

  • April 5, 2013 at 2:04 pmAthrum

    People keep refering Maou Yuusha. Do they have anything to do with each other apart from a Demon King?

    • April 5, 2013 at 8:23 pmdaikama

      People keep refering Maou Yuusha. Do they have anything to do with each other apart from a Demon King?

      Surprisingly, the answer is yes.

      - Maoyuu Maou Yuusha – Potato first step into bringing peace to the demon & human worlds.
      - Hataraku Maou-sama! – Selling mass quantities of fried potatoes/french fries first step in conquering the world.

      Thus once again we have the time honored link which binds all maous together – the potato. Innocent, tasty vegetable, or actually the key to controlling the world? ;)

      • April 5, 2013 at 8:35 pmAthrum

        That and Katsu-dun

    • April 6, 2013 at 4:40 amAnonymous

      One has huge breasts, the other one doesn’t.

    • April 6, 2013 at 4:15 pmStilts

      They’re not terribly similar, but the “Maou” in the title just begs for comparisons, at least initially. This belongs to a totally different genre, though.

  • April 5, 2013 at 2:11 pmagr0n

    This first episode was pretty good I’m definitely hooked, but did you really have to dis Maoyuu Maou Yuusha? It was a good show I know it was rushed, but everything that was in it was good and kept me interested if they would of stretched it out to around 20 episodes it would have been great. Sure the last 2 episodes were like a smack in the face, but hopefully that will mean a season 2 and they will have their act together. Of course I never read the manga so I’m just taking this from an as-an-anime perspective.

    • April 6, 2013 at 4:17 pmStilts

      Don’t let anything I say detract from your enjoyment! As I said in my posts on that series, I enjoyed parts of it too. Remember – just because it was a failed adaptation doesn’t mean that it wasn’t enjoyable. It just means it didn’t adapt the source material particularly well.

  • April 5, 2013 at 2:36 pmJ_the_Man

    My favorite comment was how Ashiya realized that Maou had become a public servant and wondered what that made him.

  • April 5, 2013 at 3:17 pmLucyfer

    I almost skipped this. I am glad I didn’t.

  • April 5, 2013 at 3:24 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    this is looking great. NICE EVIL action in the start

  • April 5, 2013 at 3:45 pmsealouse

    I’ll have to check this out.

  • April 5, 2013 at 4:25 pmNanashi

    One of the best world building 1st episodes I have seen.

    Also, I hope they didn’t blow all their budget on that intro demon battle… that was some serious work there.

  • April 5, 2013 at 5:05 pmL002

    I will find it pure irony later that the Hero must live by the rules of Japan, she can’t just kill Maou so easily. To be unable to kill Maou because of humans when she is trying to save humans.

    It was pleasing to see a anime poster version of Harry Potter. Will Maou go on a date in the movies.

  • April 5, 2013 at 6:24 pmDude

    Oh Hikasa Yoko, you and your fascination with Demon Lords…

  • April 5, 2013 at 6:51 pmMash

    Come on Stilts, you gotta pick this show up man.

    • April 6, 2013 at 4:18 pmStilts

      Help, I’m being peer pressured! ; )

  • April 5, 2013 at 6:52 pmZhinvu

    It’s impressive that even if Maou is now in a human body and is in a foreign land he didn’t completely lose his cool and thought carefully about their course of actions. Definitely he’s still someone with brains and charisma, since Alsiel is so loyal to him. A scary thought is if this guy gets into politics.

  • April 5, 2013 at 8:34 pmAthrum

    Lol they were sent to Shinjuku xD

  • April 5, 2013 at 8:46 pmion62

    The intro was epic and I love how everyone is so nonchalant about an earthquake.

  • April 5, 2013 at 9:13 pmThe Moondoggie

    I find this the complete opposite of last season’s Maou anime: while Maoyuu tends to be serious a lot and tackles micro and macro-economic problems with a feel comparable to eating in a bar-grill restorant, this show feels like more laid back as if you are munching on lightly salted fries or deep-fried sweet potato with a generous amount of sugar.

    Still too early to judge if it will be AOTS: I’ll give it 5 episodes to see.

  • April 5, 2013 at 9:34 pmABSTINENCEEE

    BLOG THIS BLOG THIS BLOG THIS BLOG THIS

    • April 6, 2013 at 4:25 amVaan

      How I wish I know how blog and join you guys.

      But my english level is like Kindergarden level. lolol

  • April 5, 2013 at 9:59 pmLeslie

    I hope someone decides to cover this. This was the one I was really looking forward to.

  • April 5, 2013 at 10:30 pmMagoiichi

    CAT SUE DOOM!

    Ok, first off, I love this show already, great first episode so let’s get into it.

    Absolutely did not expect references like Harry Potter, especially not Super Size Me.Mcdonald is usually in every anime that has a modern setting so that’s expected.I’m not sure if Maou’s language was a reference to Magicka, but it sounds like it.

    The old lady Miki definitely reminds me of Howl’s Moving Castle’s Witch of the Waste…eww.

    The opening scenes of the fight were nice, especially the animation.

    The Earth part was definitely the best.The banter between Maou and Asiel is priceless.I like how resourceful Maou is and the work ethic he has lol.

    Even though he shouldn’t be trusted with the money XD.Asiel plays the naggy housewife and it’s golden.

    Those books Asiel was reading in the library looked like manga.

    Am I the only one reminded of Pinky and the Brain lol?

    I liked the Ed too, rewinding what was shown, nice touch.The Hero/Yuusha seems to force herself into their “stronghold” in the next episode, I can’t wait.

    Lastly, I have to get this off my mind.The similarities between this and last season’s Maou’s are so strong that it feels like everybody just got gender bendered.

    If not Gender Bendered, then role reversal because the Yuusha has red hair while the Maou has “fluffy black” hair. Asiel acts like Meido Cho and Maou learns a lot about Earth like he was born on it.

    Can’t wait for the next episode.

  • April 6, 2013 at 12:25 amzzzz

    Khatsu-dum .. i just died hahaha

  • April 6, 2013 at 1:33 amEliteF22

    This was hilarious. You almost forget the demons are the bad guys.

  • April 6, 2013 at 4:22 amSingerOfW

    Am I the only one who’s getting minor Working! vibes from this show? Having a Poplar-like heroine doesn’t help, either.

    • April 6, 2013 at 4:25 amMagoiichi

      I felt a little bit of Working! when the manager showed up because her face kinda resembles Kyouko’s, but I didn’t even think about the Oppai Loli lol.

      Probably because it looks like besides her and the Manager, Maou is the only other person working there so the similarity isn’t really strong enough for me to think it’s a reference.

  • April 6, 2013 at 4:51 amzeon

    is Satan and Lucifer the same person

  • April 6, 2013 at 4:51 amb.i.t.w.

    oh my the only reaction to say on it all yep “the mighty maou-same has fallen & now working in a mcdonalds”.

    yea maou-sama ruling a lot til hero arrive cue him & sidekick travel to modern japan with weird language, low on magic, etc now live as normal people.

    even more maou-sama working in a “mcdonalds” indeed how the mighty has fallen & yikes maou-sama got face hero in japan yet the hero is a WOMAN?!

    overall this could quite the ha i need to see.

  • April 6, 2013 at 9:30 ammac65

    Is this like a reverse Chuunibyou? I couldn’t stop laughing!

  • April 6, 2013 at 12:49 pmVinchester

    okay I don’t know about whether it’s going to be good but I NEED TO SEE EP2 NOW DAMMIT!!!

  • April 6, 2013 at 2:39 pmNierTevra

    can you say ‘sleeper hit’?

    this is so bizarre its awesome, looks like one more show to follow besides shingeki no kyojin and aku no hana, and speaking of aku no hana…who the hell is doing reviews on it? it better not be as retarded as how psycho-pass was done….

    • April 6, 2013 at 4:54 pmStilts

      An intro for Aku no Hana will be posted shortly. We have no plans to cover it weekly, though.

      • April 6, 2013 at 5:35 pmMagoiichi

        I can definitely understand why no one is covering it weekly, I was looking forward to it and then I saw the animation…

  • April 6, 2013 at 4:30 pmVoyager

    It’s a pity no one is going to cover this show, it could easily become one of the hits of the season (if it keeps it up). Here is a random thought: why not just creating an empty entry post when the episodes are out (maybe someone might even volunteer to take screen caps), so we could still have a place to post comments, reviews, discuss our opinions and exchange useful info. It wouldn’t be as good as having a lead, but there are a lot of good commenters in this community that I respect and love to read from.

    Hmmm I know that going unmoderated could be a problem, so I actually don’t see that happening, anyway I think it was worth mentioning.

  • April 6, 2013 at 6:10 pmstarss

    122 replies!?

    I suppose I should kinda SEE this show!

  • April 6, 2013 at 11:13 pmGalactic bear love

    Bad-ass First ep. You can never tell about this moderate expectation series are now much more enjoyable to watch than to those over anticipated series.

  • April 7, 2013 at 12:22 pmkaha

    please blog this show. ;_;

  • April 7, 2013 at 2:06 pmbillng

    The premise itself is just hilarious. The lord of darkness working at a McRonalds, comedic gold!

  • April 7, 2013 at 11:57 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    THIS IS GREAT!!! can’t wait to see what happens next.

  • April 8, 2013 at 9:02 amterror of Death

    Maou as inspired me to work a little bit harder and taught me the value of setting goals

  • April 8, 2013 at 4:53 pmrico

    the animation reminds me AO no Exorcist xD,maybe its just me lol, also if it happens to be the same studios, don’t spam on it plz -_-

  • April 9, 2013 at 1:33 pmbolton

    this was definitely a pleasant surprise. i wasn’t going to follow this, but after watching the first episode, it’s one of my top priorities.

  • April 9, 2013 at 11:09 pmJel

    I loved this episode! Definitely going to keep watching and hope it gets blogged here.

  • April 10, 2013 at 1:00 amRyner

    LOVE THIS EPISODE! As much as I like the Maou and Yuusha couple kinda like in Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, I would prefer Chi-chan over her.

  • April 10, 2013 at 1:31 pmrochichan

    One of my favorite shows of the season! Hope this keeps up! <3

  • April 21, 2013 at 5:06 pmRhesa Mae

    Is there a specific language in the beginning or it’s made-up?

  • June 6, 2013 at 9:55 pmstarss

    Okay. Why did it take me this long to finally get around to this show?! Oh right, because I was in the middle of another. Oh well…

    This show is hilarious. The pilot doesn’t have any kind of pilotitis, the camera work is fast-paced, and the animation is excellent. I would like a slightly slower introduction for the fantasy world sequences- as they are, I’ll need to watch it again just to understand it all. I do like the fantasy language they created, though it kind of confuses he as to how they’re able to speak Japanese right off the bat upon getting to Tokyo.

    …wait you gotta pay just to get the job applications!? Ass!!

    The guy voicing Maou talks incredibly fast to the point where I wonder just how he’s able to perform without getting his tongue tied.