OP: 「TEMPEST」 by 石原夏織
「魔王降臨」 (Maou Kourin)
“Demon Lord’s Descent”
I have some strong feelings about this first episode.
Having come into this with some high expectations (or maybe high hopes is more accurate), I was a bit baffled by the time we reached the ending sequence. It’s tough for me to really put my finger on exactly what it was, but let me try to hash that out together with you guys through this post.
Kicking things off with the obvious, I was real disappointed about the low quality of the artwork throughout most of the episode. Close up shots weren’t too bad, but I couldn’t ignore just how “bad” things looked most of the time. From the extremely simplistic backgrounds to the real janky administrator windows, the look of things really detracted from the overall experience. It honestly felt like we had real life characters standing in front of fake sets.
That said, nothing was ever that bad that you couldn’t turn off that part of your brain to enjoy the show in-front of you. Because when it came to the overall setup and story, I thought it was pretty okay. With most of your typical isekai fixings with a dash of unexplainable powers and skills, there was enough ambiguity to keep you on your toes as you watched Kunai and Aku do their thing. However, what I thought might have been a big fail was how the story tried to make us care about Kunai without truly giving him something to care about. Aku’s manufactured struggles weren’t the worst, but we have no context behind why Kunai tries to be a good guy to her. All of which sums up to an awkward first episode where a lot of exposition occurred but not much substance came from it.
In any case, I’m holding out for episode two in hopes that it’ll improve on a lot of things. Who knows, maybe this episode was a fluke? That said, the humor in the show is pretty good and at the end of the day, maybe a few good laughs is what makes it all worth it.
ED: 「NEW」 by 東城陽奏