「夢の世界(ドリームワールド)と第二の魔王候補(サブアドミニスター)」 (Yume no Sekai (Doriimuwaarudo) to Saini no Maou Kouho (Sabuadominisutaa))
“Dream World and Sub-Administer”
Arata, meet the evil twincest molesting magus. I think you’ll get along just fine.
Arata Isn’t a Slut
For all Yui and Arin spent this episode all over Arata (in so many ways, woohoo!), Arata did separate himself from other harem leads in a crucial way. It’s not that Arata is going for a harem, ala Hyoudou Issei or Sugisaki Ken. He’s fundamentally a guy who likes to flirt and tease, and who says whatever he’s thinking, as Yui repeatedly noted—and he’s lucky he’s got charisma, confidence, and a boatload of Demon Lord-class magic, otherwise that wouldn’t get him far. What’s he’s not is a slut. When offered up a kiss from Yui, he stops her, and he wonders aloud if it’s really okay when Arin gives the greenlight for Yui to be his mistress. (Side note: Do it and don’t look back, Arata!) Sure, he’s open to temptation, and there are some suspect moments to be sure, but he isn’t the kind of slimeball who would lead to a nice boat. When intersecting feelings are the name of the game, the potential for tragedy is high, so it’s worth noting when the protagonist doesn’t look like he’d feed the fire. That’s not the tone of the series, but at least he’s helping out.
Pointless Yui Interlude
The magic system in this series is still insufficiently explained (or perhaps insufficiently interesting … it’s hard to say), because the interlude with dream Yui didn’t interest me much. How Levi expects nothing, and Yui doesn’t understand friends … show, don’t tell! Because in telling us these things, there was no impact. It all amounted to a diversion whose only allure was blushing Mira, Lilith scolding Arata in her sleep, and the kiss, but that didn’t justify the time spent.
Selina’s Ane, the Demon Lord Candidate
In contrast, I would have rather spent more time with Liselotte Sherlock (Touyama Nao), Selina’s older twin sister and a demon lord candidate. (I totally called it on the twin thing. Not that it was hard.) So far she’s only got sheer personality to recommend her, plus killer legs and a penchant for magic-sapping twincest, but that’s more interesting than the dream Yui interlude at least. For her, we have the same question we still have of Mira and Akio—how is Arata going to bring her to his side? I have no idea, but it should be fun to find out.
I’m guessing more Liese. That’s probably not a stretch, even if her top is stretching damn near to the breaking point, yowza!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The last Trinity Seven shows up, after two others jump into Arata’s bed naked. Also, b00bs #trinity7 05
- Best part of the episode? Levi sleeps on the ceiling. Because ninja, that’s why!
- “Demons are cute, but ghosts are scary!” What. (Trope.)
- A grimoire iPad. Glad to see these magus aren’t stuck in the past, I suppose.
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