「魔族襲来」 (Mazoku Shuurai)
So there are challenges to Diablo’s power in this world.
I’ve said it before: the point of an overpowered main character (in an action series—One-Punch Man was a different beast) is to smash them against other overpowered characters and see what happens. It’s the action figures theory of storytelling, where you have Goku and Superman fight and see who wins. So, in order to challenge Diablo, he needs equally powerful opponents—and no, I don’t mean this Emile Bichel Berger (Okiayu Ryotaro) chap. Though what’s not to love? He is delightfully baka, and with mental fortitude to be envied. More of this guy, please! He’s my kind of idiot.
No, I’m referring to the Fallen, and perhaps enemy-cum-future-ally Edelgard (Katou Emiri). Though I suspect he’ll be notably more powerful than her as well. Maybe, though, her in your face combat style will give Diablo difficulty, and if nothing else, the sheer attrition of the Fallen troops is already giving him some pause. Good! He’s still hella strong, but the world around him is weak, which necessitates him taking more of the burden upon himself, which puts him in over his head… Good. If one person can’t challenge him, multiple is fine. I just want that drama.
I did get a chuckle out of how Diablo kept overestimating people in this world (Galluk, Emile), up until the point he underestimated them. Or didn’t estimate at all. Mayhaps it’s more Celes who underestimated Galluk’s male fragility, because it drove him to kill himself and turn into a Fallen in order to make sense of the world that doesn’t automatically adore him for his sociopathy, which, lulz. Not exactly a subtle example of the form, but I can’t say self-implosions of this caliber don’t happen. With less magic daggers, natch, but with similar chances of collateral damage. Only maybe less so, because if Rem dies and the real demon lord is released…
Looks like Team Diablo should start sticking together. And recruit the Fallen girl. Mhm mhm mhmmm, that outfit. Stilts-oniichan like!
- 10,000 lulz for everyone getting bent out of shape about Diablo’s horns, when they’re really just a cosplay item. Hah! It’s little details like that which make the demon lord roleplay come to life.
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