「天使と悪魔と委員長」 (Tenshi to Akuma to Iinchou)
“The Angel, the Demon, and the Class President”
I got to hand it to Gabriel Dropout, it definitely knows how to humorously twist the dichotomous preconception of angels and demons. If Gabriel’s corruption wasn’t clear last week, this episode dialled it up to 11 with home hilarious musing on human overpopulation. Although avoiding the cafeteria due to crowding is one thing, you might just have lost it when seriously considering announcing the end of days as a career option. This comedic absolutism probably gets me because I have a friend who shares Gabriel’s views—and whose fantasy is personally designing a viral pandemic—but she’s a 4.0 GPA chem major who speaks it with tongue firmly in cheek…well, most of the time 😛
Gabriel, however, still has nothing on
Satanichia Satania who definitely is vying for the adorable dumbass award and is easily my favourite character at the moment. This character type can come across as annoying at times, but Satania stays almost perfectly on the side of mild, ridiculous, and cute—especially when she lets her hair down. I really got a kick out of her lunchtime ignorance, breaking chopsticks perpendicularly and fully convinced kitsune udon is actually a fox in a bowl. That though doesn’t hold a candle to her taste deafness, which hilariously shut down Gabriel’s attempt to troll her with spice. Too bad Satania was so caught up in the melding flavours that she couldn’t recognize the grade A demonic potential of the act.
What really makes Gabriel Dropout’s comedy I’m finding though is the character synergism. The cooking skit is a prime example of this, where both Gabriel and Sanatia yielded some gut busting moments. Between the cut onions impacting Satania to Gabriel’s selfish, impulsive actions, poor Vigne was left rushing from one disaster to the next. While a mystery how Vigne even manages it, at least we know our caring devil is indeed a devil, doing a fair Gordon Ramsay impression while clobbering a curry-loving Gabriel. Even Satania the fish got into the spirit of things before succumbing to her untimely end. While more subdued, the Satania/Raphiel pairing also enhances the comedy here by offering a different line of humour. Raphiel is the key for this one, going full stalker on her new
chew toy friend Satania, and even employing the assistance of Satania’s archenemy. I can already foresee some potential skits for this relationship, given how easily Raphiel manipulated Satania into becoming her servant and Satania’s continued ignorance to Raphiel’s ways. Raphiel may have been fired, but only because her condition for apprenticeship was too high for Satania after all. This little S&M partnership is nowhere near over yet.
With two episodes down and the humour hitting all the marks, it’s safe to say I’m incredibly happy with this show so far. I may not end up blogging it (still working on choices), but I’m definitely watching this one through until the end. No better way to relieve the Monday blues than with a few heavenly shenanigans.
Of course the most important angelic survey would be the favourite foods of single men. Too bad Gabriel doesn’t understand why single men might be critical to her job yet 😛
ED: 「ハレルヤ☆エッサイム」 (Hallelujah☆Essaim) by Gabriel Tenma White (Miyu Tomita), Vignette Tsukinose April (Saori Oonishi), Satanichia Kurumizawa McDowell (Naomi Oozora), Raphiel Shiraha Ainsworth (Kana Hanazawa)