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「勇者、修羅場に突入する」 (Yūsha, Shuraba ni Totsunyū Suru)
“The Hero Rushes Onto the Battlefield”

Now that’s what I call a confession.

You have to admire this series for being as great as it is; it’s not as if Hataraku is reinventing the wheel or otherwise creating something we’ve never seen before, but as always, execution wins the day when it comes to this show. Cliches and tropes we’ve seen hundreds of times in anime before are never exactly the way we expect them to be here. Emi is miles more interesting than the typical tsundere or stalker (and her seiyuu does a wonderful job), Chi is more than just the timid girl in love with the main character, Sadao is a seriously nice guy who just happens to want to take over the world, etc. It’s not about how different from the norm everyone is, but rather how well they’re pulled off, whether through characterization, voice acting, comedy, etc.

The best example I can point out from this episode is the confession scene between Maou and Chi-chan. There were no flustered faces, no stuttering, just a straightforward “I’m in love with you”, and both characters were mature enough not to be thrown for a loop. Part of this is that Maou probably knew all along how Chi felt (remember that matter-of-fact date?) and had no way of really dealing with it, but though Chi may have suspected that he knew all along, it’s still really nice to see someone just come out and say it without freaking out in an anime.

Of course, having someone watch your confession is a different story, and when Suzuno catches them, Chi has a much more traditional reaction (though she steals Maou’s bike in the process). Unlike Emi’s original misunderstanding, Suzuno is not in love with Maou, but rather an assassin from the Church (as suspected) sent to investigate whether or not the Hero and Demon Lord are in cahoots. She decides early on that Emi is free of suspicion (and idolizes her in the process), but while she asks for assistance in killing Maou, Emi quickly turns her down. Though she cites her duty as the Hero as the one responsible for killing the Demon Lord, I do have to wonder if this is simply because she’s hesitant to kill Sadao after all she’s seen of him. Whether or not that’s due to love isn’t quite clear yet, but there’s definitely personal feelings standing in the way.

Still, even when rejected, Suzuno seems to have imprinted on Emi like a little sister, and she seeks her out to proudly show her how well she’s adapting (or not). Unfortunately when Emi’s friend has the same misunderstanding about Suzuno and Maou, she drags them all off to MgRonald’s, where Chi and Sadao are dealing with the very familiar-looking manager of the rival Sentucky Fried Chicken (who’s stealing all their business) across the way. With Suzuno possibly out to poison Maou’s stronghold and playboy Sarue Mistuki (Iguchi Yuuichi) out to crush MgRonald’s business, it seems the Demon Lord has his hands full of trouble.

 

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May 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm
81 comments »
  • May 24, 2013 at 2:12 pmTarage

    This has been quite a well done farce. I’m having trouble thinking of the last time I watched one.

    Also Suzuno is adorable. Can I take her home?

    • May 24, 2013 at 6:37 pmEuzio

      Yeah. Suzuno would make a super waifu XD.

  • May 24, 2013 at 2:19 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    Suzuno is so fucking adorable. Already got a GIF of her looking at the TV, lol.

    And poor Lucifer, the ignored one now.

    Also, aside from James-er Sarue, the fact that Chi-chan ran off with Maou’s bike on a moment’s notice could also be an (unintentional) Pokemon nod (given Satoshi/Ash quickly ran off with Kasumi’s/Misty’s bike in episode 1). Though, at least Chi-chan didn’t end up trashing it, lol. And more of her awesome facial expression. XD

    • May 25, 2013 at 7:10 amBlueHamachi

      I wonder how she has that look of amazement at television but later on said she saw a documentary as a study reference for Japanese culture/society.

      • May 25, 2013 at 10:47 amHalfDemonInuyasha

        I can only guess it’s because of it being a flat screen TV. Probably watched them on an older, bulky TV or something, lol.

  • May 24, 2013 at 2:21 pmLast Order

    SO it seems “James from Team Rocket” made his usual overly flamboyant apppearance, only he had to change his hair color and height. If this is a plot from the Church, it is very well thought out. To take down Maou as they break down his McRonald economically.

    I am rather finding Suzuno’s rather tech-issues with Japan in more of the serious “I want to pity her” side rather than the humorous side. I can’t help but wonder if she got ripped off for that RING OF GOLD. By “pawn shop” I do hope she meant jewelry shop. But, humorously, Emi’s discovery was the best, this episode’s face expressions was the best.

    Anyway, Chi-chan, BEST EXPRESSION EVER. SHE IS HINATA (Naruto) TIMES 10!!!! I mean, unlike Hinata, she confessed her LOVE FOR MAOU and IS HAVING A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN whenever she sees him with another girl.

    • May 25, 2013 at 12:50 ammichaelman90

      You must not read the manga.

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • May 24, 2013 at 2:23 pmSilivious

    James?! You mean he actually succeeded in doing something?!
    Wow….
    Anyway, back to the episode. That confession was good. ^_^

  • May 24, 2013 at 2:24 pmlcdsound

  • May 24, 2013 at 2:37 pmYanDaMan

    lol James from Pokemon. I laughed out loud when he appeared.

    And Suzuno will become part of the harem eventually, we all know it, she has no feeling for him YET :3

  • May 24, 2013 at 2:42 pmMgMaster

    Foul machine,how dare it?!

  • May 24, 2013 at 2:58 pmlivid

    Any series that can make me laugh within 1 minute of an episode is a star in my book.
    Seriously, this show just keeps bringing out the laughs. And all the facial expressions this episode dishes out is just pure win.
    Best comedy this season, nuff said :D

    • May 24, 2013 at 3:03 pmRymir

      MASAKA!

      Chiho’s overactive gestures crack me up

  • May 24, 2013 at 3:03 pmzztop

    Lucifer: ‘Why do I deserve to be treated worse than [Emilia}?!’

    Let’s see, you placed the people of Sasazuka and your leader’s co-worker in mortal peril, you happily betrayed and (nearly)killed your fellow leader and his loyal general, you eagerly allied yourself with a power-hungry baldy, and because you’re a short scheming twit.

    So, yes, you DO deserve to be treated worse than Emilia.

    • May 24, 2013 at 4:03 pmMegas

      Hell, he better be glad Maou didn’t punch him back to Ente Isla.

    • May 24, 2013 at 10:42 pmvrr4141

      don’t forget : he tricked his great leader, fellow general, a hero and a high school girl to get his PS Vita back from that abandoned classroom.

  • May 24, 2013 at 3:05 pmRanzero

    OMG Suzuno is just too cute, I’m rooting for her even more

  • May 24, 2013 at 3:18 pmJokerChansey

    Prepare for trouble! and Make it double!
    To protect to world from devastation!
    To unite all peoples within our nation!
    To denounce the evils of truth and love!
    To extend our reach to the stars above!

    • May 24, 2013 at 6:47 pmKF

      Jesse!

      • May 25, 2013 at 12:42 pmP-chan

        James!

      • May 26, 2013 at 9:25 amKF

        Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light!
        Surrender now or prepare to fight!
        Meowth! That’s right!

  • May 24, 2013 at 3:29 pmWill

    team Rocket is having some hard times.

  • May 24, 2013 at 3:30 pmMegas

    As if this show couldn’t get any better, we get Suzuno, love declarations, cliché scene destruction, business rivalries, fake love rivalries, a Pokémon knockoff, & Emi going nuts (as usual). This type of show will NEVER be boring, EVER!

    If only all the other garbage (except for Yahari) I’m watching made me smile this much, this season would be a better place. It’s always an awesome thing when an adaptation is spot on regardless of how much crap it skips.

    • May 24, 2013 at 11:15 pmTassadar

      HenNeko is one other show of this season that makes me smile that much! And maybe Hyakka Ryōran Samurai Bride (although for a different reason…! *evil laughter*)

  • May 24, 2013 at 3:32 pmAqueousCactus

    I think my favorite thing about this series is how expressive the characters are. Emi’s various rage faces, Chi-chan’s overreactions to… everything? Not to mention the stellar voice acting from the entire cast. I’ve said it once; do yourself a favor and watch this series. Also, go Chi-chan!

  • May 24, 2013 at 3:47 pmTre

    Not Greenland! Oh noes!

    • May 25, 2013 at 5:59 amJ_the_Man

      It’s this “out of left field” stuff that’s part of the perfect execution of Maou-sama! The whole greenland and James thing was just frosting on the cake.

  • May 24, 2013 at 3:56 pmKuntzy

    Someone needs to make a fan art of that ticket retail machine pulling out a dominator.

  • May 24, 2013 at 3:57 pmfragb85

    A Demon Lord vs. the Legendary Hero, an ancient Church conspiracy, Magical Assassins, a struggle between what is truly good and what is truly evil? Who cares about all that!? Now the battle between Not!McDonalds and Not!KFC for more customers? THAT’S an EPIC STRUGGLE that I can invest myself in! Go Maou!

    I welcome Suzuno’s dynamic to the cast. As hilarious as everything was in this series, how Maou and Emi integrated to society felt too easy. Its nice that Suzuno delivers an actual Fish Out of Water perspective for the Ente Isla natives. My favorite parts were when she fumbled around the TV and when she started riling on the ATM machine.

    • May 25, 2013 at 2:14 amTechim

      Well about that part, Suzuno was clearly stated in the anime to have arrived in Japan for slightly over a week, & she has mostly been spending her time as Maou’s neighbor & not working, so the fish out of water scene would make sense.

      What wasn’t mentioned in the anime was that from the time that Maou & Alsiel arrived in Japan, to Maou’s first meeting with Emilia,
      Show Spoiler ▼

  • May 24, 2013 at 4:06 pminanis

    omg the TV scene .. anyone got a link for that GIF? .. really this show cracks me up xD

  • May 24, 2013 at 4:06 pmlol

    a concentrated eeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! episode lol

    and Chi-chan confessed which is funny since next week in Yahari it seem’s like Yui who are voiced by the same VA is also going to confessed to 8man

  • May 24, 2013 at 4:10 pmJhacks

    Suzuno fascination with television is really funny, oh boy I’ll bet she will like the new xbox. xP
    Out of all the anime I’m watching this season, the overall quality and enjoyment I’m getting from this is really consistent. Everything is just fun, even if nothing major is really happening.

  • May 24, 2013 at 4:16 pmmianghuei

    Moonbucks Coffee…….

    • May 26, 2013 at 1:34 pmrnf.mello

      It was called “Sudohbucks Coffee” in Toradora though xD

  • May 24, 2013 at 4:41 pmNecoDelero

    Yaranaika?

    • May 24, 2013 at 5:40 pmDude

      Yeah its him… *shudders*

      I don’t want to know how that coffee is prepared now.

  • May 24, 2013 at 5:44 pmmadeintaiwan

    How did Suzuno manage to watch period dramas without knowing what a TV is.

    • May 24, 2013 at 7:25 pmlaunceloy

      I assumed that some of her sources were manga. Lone Wolf and Cub is a manga work but not sure if it was derived from a samurai drama or the other way around

    • May 25, 2013 at 12:00 amXacual

      I assumed it was more because it was a flat screen. If she had only seen old style normal tvs, she might have actually thought it was just small people inside.

  • May 24, 2013 at 5:58 pmlyncpin

    Lucifer busy with chicken.Soba and chicken,I want to try it.

  • May 24, 2013 at 6:23 pmBeedle

    I wonder if Maou already knows that Suzuno is from Ente Isla…

  • May 24, 2013 at 6:35 pmThe Moondoggie

    Sentucky Fried Chicken promo’s would probably be like this:

    “For every kiddie meal at Sentucky Fried Chicken, you’ll get a free [stolen] pokeman toy! Collect them all!”

    (-_-’)

  • May 24, 2013 at 6:43 pmSilentCid

    That Sentucky Fried Chicken how is Maou supposed to take over Japan with this business taking all of the customers. Question for you people is Yuuichi Iguchi related in any way to Yuka Iguchi?

  • May 24, 2013 at 6:49 pmb.i.t.w.

    emi & chiho go charge into satan’s house yet here suzuno fix food & everything give chiho going why this is happening yet some talk emi take suzuno to see city area.

    while satan with chiho give some talk with chiho go confess to satan til suzuno heard cue chiho run with bike & suzuno arrive back with emi revealed she also from esta isla.

    give both what & explain give suzuno is doing some “interogation” yet why in old fashion japan outfit due to watching & learn old history of japan yet not adjust to modern time yet emi being “hmm” give she want to do thing on her own cause emi will not allow the japan people get hurt.

    chiho sorry for bike taking to satan give now bigger probs cause SFC is attacking mcronald which if keep satan could be going to greenland snow area mcronald & meet SFC boss who bit wanting chiho.

    & emi work time here suzuno give lots of bags give pawn a big money & want go satan’s work place so yea have to go along while satan & chiho all HMM cause sent satan’s loyal sidekick to spy on SFC.

  • May 24, 2013 at 7:31 pmRed HeartGold

    Pokemon X Maou-sama

    …Now Emi just needs to fix her hair like Jesse’s and we’ve got Team Rocket xD

  • May 24, 2013 at 7:32 pmKien

    Listening to Shimono Hiro asking for fried chicken in the background was priceless. If you know Shimono Hiro you’ll know exactly why.

    • May 24, 2013 at 7:35 pmMegas

      You mean he actually tried to buy some this time :p

  • May 24, 2013 at 7:57 pmsinkingmist

    So many surprisingly subtle scenes in this show.
    e.g. When Emi and Suzuno are having coffee:
    1) Emi opens her milk packet and spills a little.
    2) Emi cleans it up.
    3) Suzuno sees this and repeats the action, intentionally opening her milk packet with enough force to spill a little.
    4) Suzuno does a subtle fist pump to celebrate a successful mimic.
    5) Suzuno cleans it up.

    • May 24, 2013 at 11:44 pmMonks

      Oh, that blew right by me as I watched it. I’ll fully agree though, subtle humorous touches like this make me appreciate the series all the more.

    • May 27, 2013 at 2:18 pmAsrialys

      lol I caught that and rewound a little just to be sure. lol As if she were “doing it right”. Takes “When in Rome” to a whole new level…

  • May 24, 2013 at 8:04 pmlauncelot

    A manager with strong cologne scent and an assassin hit by dye that smells and hard to come off. Why oh why i see some connection…

  • May 24, 2013 at 8:20 pmMeldoy

    Never thought that James would be the manager of Sentucky Fried Chicked XD

  • May 24, 2013 at 8:36 pmHelvetica Standard

    Maou even considered “meeting the parents”.. hmmm.

    • May 25, 2013 at 12:25 amRickyMack

      he’s also a bit concerned that her dad might recognize him from when he just arrived from enta island. chi chan already knows he’s a demon, so i think his concern might be from “borrowing” the money haha.

  • May 24, 2013 at 8:38 pmRieala

    • May 24, 2013 at 11:10 pmvrr4141

      OOT : I will go to Japan for 1 month (my first experience going abroad), and sumimasen, nihongo o hanasudekimasen :P
      Can somebody teach me how to buy train ticket/ Suika card? pick the correct router? :D

      • May 24, 2013 at 11:11 pmvrr4141

        sorry, train route.

    • May 25, 2013 at 6:06 amzztop

      The Suika card Suzuno bought is a parody of Japan’s Suica(スイカ) train fare smartcard.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suica

      Suzuno initially mistakes Suica for Suika(水瓜) which refers to watermelon in Japanese, explaining the watermelon image in her explanation.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suika

      • May 25, 2013 at 6:10 amzztop

        EDIT. why Suzuno mistakes watermelons as train fare.

  • May 24, 2013 at 9:09 pmDrift

    Suzuno is just too adorable. In the last episode she was all calm and mature. This week she’s more clueless, loud and cute XD haha Definitely my fav female character along with Emi.

    LOL and I can already see the friend-zone coming to Chi-chan XD

  • May 24, 2013 at 10:40 pmChris

    Sentucky Fried Chicken confirmed for final boss. Loved like Suzuno flipped out at the ticket machine: “WHY ARE YOU IN MY WAAAYYYYYYY!?”

    • May 24, 2013 at 11:27 pmmianghuei

      Loved the way her clogs landed the right side up and facing forward.

  • May 24, 2013 at 11:14 pmEntrav

    Tch. MGRONALDS WILL NEVER FAIL.

    • May 25, 2013 at 6:05 amJ_the_Man

      Once Sentucky Fried Chicken’s prices go through the roof, they’ll all come flocking back to MgRonald’s.

  • May 24, 2013 at 11:20 pmkatsudon

    That really was one of the better confession scenes I’ve seen in an anime. And gah, Suzuno is just so cuteeeeeeeeeeee. Has there been a bad episode in this show yet?

    • May 24, 2013 at 11:47 pmMonks

      Don’t think so. Definitely my favorite show of this season so far, by a huge margin.

  • May 24, 2013 at 11:26 pmJackal

    McDonald vs KFC
    what could be worst than this?

    • May 24, 2013 at 11:38 pmSilentCid

      A manager serving SFC with that thick cologne can only mess up your taste buds.

  • May 25, 2013 at 12:29 amMagoiichi

    Chiho kills me with her facial expressions.I love how she brought along Emi to Maou’s place for moral support XD.

    My Chibi James can’t be this successful!SFC stealing all of MgRonald’s customers while Moonbucks is just taking it easy with no competition.

    Of course, you realize this means war SFC. No one wants to be forever alone in Greenland lol

    Lucifer sleeps in cardboard boxes, that’s messed up.Suzuno at the electronics store was hilarious.

  • May 25, 2013 at 7:27 amlalunafelis

    Yandere face!
    http://randomc.net/image/Hataraku%20Maou-sama/Hataraku%20Maou-sama%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2003.jpg

    Psycho face!
    http://randomc.net/image/Hataraku%20Maou-sama/Hataraku%20Maou-sama%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2028.jpg

    OMGWTFBBQ WHY IS THE DEMON LORD SATAN LOOKING SO MOE face!!
    http://randomc.net/image/Hataraku%20Maou-sama/Hataraku%20Maou-sama%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2006.jpg
    (He’s got a more moe face in this ep that just didn’t get capped, so I’m using this.)

    Dem faces. I bet most of the animators’ budget is just for these.

  • May 25, 2013 at 11:30 amNierTevra

    next season… TACO CELL

  • May 25, 2013 at 11:32 amWW

    I don’t really get this joke/allusion/whatever. Can someone enlighten me?
    http://randomc.net/image/Hataraku%20Maou-sama/Hataraku%20Maou-sama%20-%2008%20-%2020.jpg

    • June 4, 2013 at 1:33 amD-LaN

      I think its this.

  • May 25, 2013 at 2:29 pmCaden

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who thought of James

  • May 25, 2013 at 2:31 pmstarss

    SFC!

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAA!!!

  • May 25, 2013 at 6:19 pmYanDaMan

    Now we know where Team Rocket is getting all their funds with all their giant robots that always gets blown up by Pikachu every episode.

    Managers must get paid alot!

  • May 26, 2013 at 4:11 amKF

    This anime is exceptionally well done.

    TQ

  • May 26, 2013 at 6:56 amGalactic bear love

    Meowth thats right!

  • May 29, 2013 at 4:08 pmCodexVII

    Just started this anime today. I can’t believe I almost didn’t pick this one up!