「魔主復活」 (Ma-nushi Fukkatsu)
“The Demon Lord’s Resurrection”
This episode is a tale of two cities, as far as ecchi goes. In the first half, of course the demon lord summoning ceremony had to turn perverted, even if it had all the sexual allure of a gynecological exam. In that instance, it struck me as almost a self-imposed requirement on the author’s part, like how a Marvel movie can never go six lines of dialogue without some kind of quip. Sometimes that can be good! Those quips are fun. But here, shoehorning ecchi into what should have been a serious moment soured it. Really, they just went too far. Rem groaning and saying suggestive lines before was fine, and just silly enough to work. Diablo becoming her OBGYN was silly in the dumb way.
Whereas, on the other hand, the two girls refilling Diablo’s MP at the end was the right kind of silly. Does it makes sense? No. Is it necessary? No. Is it funny? Yes, and there’s no non-consensual subtext (primarily because we can hear Diablo’s thoughts, and he very much wishes he could be confident in this situation instead of freaking out), so there’s no squick involved. Well, other’n how Krebskulm/Klem-chan (Tanezaki Atsumi) is somewhere between 3 hours and several decades old, but it’s magic, y’all. I’m not going to try to parse that one. The point is, it was silly and harmless and didn’t detract from anything, which made it fun. That’s the ticket.
As for the actual summoning of Klem-chan, the anti-climax had its funny moments, though the real intrigue is undoubtedly in Alicia’s true feelings. She’s become so damaged by her rotten parents and her corrupt superiors as to wish the destruction of the mortal races, becoming the very demon worshiper that Saddler seeks to root out. Are we actually in a position where that self-righteous knight templar sonofabitch might accidentally do something good? That’s intriguing if so. I’m not sure Isekai Maou will realize that opportunity, since getting rid of a haremette feels unlikely to say the least, but at least it’s an area of note. I just wish there was more mystique around the next episode. But nooooo, the spoiler previews keep killing us. Leave something to the imagination Ajia-Do, jeez!
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