「臨海学校へ行こう！」 (Rinkai Gakkou he Ikou!)
“Let’s Go to the Seaside School!”
There is some slightly jarring progression in this series, but it’s an understandable trade-off given how they’re trying to cover a fair amount of material in a relatively short period of time. Also, while there are the workings of a semi-decent plot, I still perceive this as fan-service-filled entertainment first and foremost, where the focus is expected to be on that at least half the time. Objectively speaking, I can’t say I’m expecting much from the government conspiracy of sorts that’s trying to take advantage of Akuto in some way — and quite honestly I expect it all to end in a slapstick sort of way — but I still get a great deal of enjoyment watching the likes of Korone as she continues to tease our demon king to no end. It’s for reasons such as that that I don’t really care to read mangas of this genre. They have a tendency of getting dragged out while the story strives to become more meaningful, making the fan-service come off as rehashed affair with no little to no impact anymore. However, when it’s animated and introduces a new premise for the very first time, series like Daimaou are a lot of a fun in short doses. Watching the same type of fan-service does get old to me too, so I prefer to change up the scenery now and then with a fresh cast of characters to jump start it again.
Here, we haven’t gotten to all the “good stuff” yet, so it was nice to see this beach school episode get down to business with Korone taking the initiative. With everything from cupping his crotch to outright stomping on it (and check for morning wood at the same time), she didn’t stop there as she pulled out all the stops with a hadaka apron, maid outfit, bunny girl suit, and much more. Sure it was all done in accordance to a bunch of old government geezers’ instructions, but I could sense that she was enjoying it her job a hell of a lot. Also, the semi-depressed face she made when Akuto turns down her advances was so unbelievably cute. That in addition to Junko’s experience with a sea cucumber after Keena vigorously stroked it to a climactic finish seriously had me second guessing myself if I was really hearing Kondou Takashi of Sugisaki Ken fame turning down the harem he eagerly sought. It almost felt wrong, but there were signs of Ken’s more serious side when Korone insisted on doing the deed. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of seeing Junko shy away out of embarrassment either, so this was definitely a good balance of Korone’s teasing and Junko’s deredere this week.
On the comedic side of things, I got a good laugh out Keena’s obsession with rice leading her to make some “rice juice”, which is better known as sake. She was pretty adorable when she teased Akuto about thinking about kissing her, which in combination with all of Korone’s earlier helped reiterate how this is the kind of teasing in harem anime I thoroughly enjoy. As for the story itself, the cliffhanger with what looks like Korone getting shot was an unexpected but welcomed turn of events. After hearing how Lily isn’t interested in letting the government goons do whatever they want, I’m hoping to see her get more involved as well as this is likely their doing. (There’s just something about that witch hat and long flowing red scarf that I can’t get enough of.) What I’m really curious about though is the story of the legendary hero that Hiroshi spoke of. Given the animosity he expressed towards how the hero’s appearance will lead to the demon’s king demise, I almost got the feeling that it’s going to end up as Hiroshi himself. It looks like I won’t have to wait too long to find out though, as the next episode will be about just that.