「誓いは星の彼方にだそうですよ？」 (Chikai wa Hoshi no Kanata ni da Sou Desu yo?)
“The Oath Seems to be Beyond the Stars?”
I hereby propose we rename this The Izayoi Show. I mean this entirely unironically. It’s less of a mouthful too. I mean really, who wants to say Mondai-Ji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? every single time? Don’t get me wrong, I love You (don’t take that the wrong way please, unless it happens to be true) and Asuka, but when Izayoi takes center stage, he
doesn’t mess around really steals the show!
Now that I’ve unofficially renamed the show, I guess the major focus of this post should be on Izayoi. That shouldn’t be too hard. I’ll admit to being surprised though – I never really thought Izayoi would be the kind to thank another for their help. Sure he seems to be a nice guy, but at the end of the day, all he really wants is to have fun by facing tough opponents and almost everything he’s done so far has supported this goal. Actually seeing him thank someone for their invaluable assistance (funny how this game seems to have been perfectly designed to utilise each of their specific styles and personalities) was not what I expected.
His cocky remark when Kurousagi realises his intelligence is just the kind of thing that makes me like his character. He knows he’s badass and he doesn’t care to hide it. How Kurousagi could have failed to notice is beyond me! He predicted the presence of Algol, the Gorgon of Perseus and former Demon Lord (there seem to be a lot of these) and planned the perfect way through the gift game without assistance. His confidence is admirable and bordering on the ridiculous. What do you do when someone fires a beam of mysterious energy at you? Jin and Kurousagi duck. Izayoi doesn’t care. An enormous Demon Lord charges at him. Izayoi doesn’t care. Laius attempts to attack him from behind. Izayoi. Just. Doesn’t. Care. Things were never going to go well for Laius, not even with his last ditch effort using that one attack that must never be used because it could screw up the entire world.
I’ve spoken about it before, but there’s something about overpowered characters. There’s a dividing line between where they’re horrible and where they’re awesome. They’re awesome when it’s not taken seriously; when the characters are aware of how completely broken they are; when they have a personality to match. The Izayoi Show does not take it seriously. Lines have been crossed, lines which can never be uncrossed. It’s extremely rare for an anime to make me want to spit-take (I couldn’t actually spit-take due to a lack of consumable liquids in the vicinity). Izayoi is certainly not the first character to ever kick or punch a beam attack. But still, he kicked a beam attack and shattered it. A goddamned beam attack! And he did it to the accompaniment of an insert song! You just don’t get any more overpowered than that! I love this guy!
I guess the only thing of true import left to mention is the letter at the very end of the episode. Could this be the introduction of another new problem child? Will it be a friend? Or a foe? If I had to guess, I’d go with foe. Perhaps going a little further, I’d hazard a guess that it might be someone on par with Izayoi who might happen to have a prior acquaintance with him. Series of this type always seem to like doing that kind of thing.
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Izayoi kicks things, they break. Such is #Mondaiji
- Only Izayoi would use the gift of invisibility to try and tickle someone to death!
- He can be really mean when he wants to!
- Poor Leticia, from vampiric Demon Lord to slave to house maid!
- I really like the art in The Izayoi Show, the effects in particular are really quite nice.
Random aside: I released an awesome eight track sci-fi electronic video-game-inspired album! You should listen to it, buy it, and spread the word or something!