「殿堂魔界へ」 (Dendou Makai e)
“To Demon World Acropolis”
Up until this point, Staz has always appeared as an overpowered demon in my opinion but this episode puts him in his place. In fact, he’s quite literally put behind bars and he’s treated as a prisoner by none other than his own sister. Liz T. Vlad (Nanri Yuuka) is Staz’s younger sister with Braz D. Vlad (Kimura Ryouhei) being the eldest brother. Being stuck in the middle, Staz is the outsider in his family and he’s treated as such by both his siblings. Little is revealed about his parents, but it must suck knowing that you’re so unwelcome home and actually thrown in jail for it. Either Staz did something very wrong and he’s been exiled or he ran away and isn’t allowed back. Regardless, he’s been treated poorly by Braz even early on while he was growing up. Where were their parents? And what makes Staz such a threat to Braz? I can only imagine it’s because Staz probably possesses stronger magical abilities than his family members and it’s now locked up (Bell and I pretty much guessed that last episode). What was truly unexpected was that gun. Woo… since when did this flashback turn so grime and horrifying? I’m glad that Bell was there to comfort Staz, but it doesn’t make the situation any less traumatizing. I know this series is meant to be a comedy, but I couldn’t appreciate the humor in these scenes because even though Staz didn’t die – his brother still had every intention to kill him. Not to mention that his little sister gives me the creeps with her red eyes…
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been the type of shipper to cheer for the unlikely couples and the underdogs. This includes sport teams, trashy reality TV shows and couples of all sorts. Bell and Staz are no exception even though they seem oddly incompatible at times. There’s a lot of bantering and more times than not, Bell trolls Staz big time. But…! Those are the couples that I find entertaining and even though they have a lot of hurdles in front of them, getting past them is that makes the unlikely couple into a likely couple. Staz and Fuyumi are cute together, but I feel that Staz and Bell are at the same intellectual level which makes them a more interesting couple to ship. As annoying and crazy as Bell is, she’s actually quite smart in her own way and she’s only looking for an even more powerful demon to marry. I think Staz would be an ideal partner for her because they challenge each other and isn’t that what a relationship is about? Bringing the best (or worst) out of one another? =P I wouldn’t be surprised if the next episode shows Bell rescuing Staz in some shape or form. She probably ditched him on the road because she thought it’d be funny to watch but I’m sure she can get closer to the castle if she wanted to. I can’t say that she’s done nothing for him either – she introduced Staz to sushi! My favorite food in the world indeed.
This leaves Wolf and Fuyumi… and I’m definitely a fan of Wolf! I cannot deny a character with the “abandoned at birth and trying to gain acceptance from his parents” tragedy. These are the stereotypical types of characters that may be overplayed and repetitive, but d*mn… I will still fall and swoon over it every time. This applies to Staz too, but in a different way (as I stated above). On the other hand, Fuyumi doesn’t have a lot of substance yet which leaves her feeling very empty to me. She doesn’t have much of a distinctive personality and although she looks cute in different outfits, her character hasn’t done much else. We’ll get to see Frankenstein (Inada Tetsu) investigate why she’s disappearing next week and although I’m not attached to her character, it still makes me so envious! Piggy-back me, Wolf!