「サーシャの真意」 (Saasha no Shin’i)
“Sasha’s True Intentions”
While I’m honestly a little surprised at how quickly Maou Gakuin has settled into the godly Gary Stu routine, I cannot say I’m disappointed with how things are turning out so far. Between absurd power level, nonchalant MC personality, and demonic secrecy it’s all coming up wish fulfillment Milhouse, and although the great risk of repetition and blandness remains, that taste of mystery ensures we at least have a bit of fun to eke out this story.
As mentioned last week the main concern with Maou Gakuin is not providing any challenge to offset Anoth’s starting point. Any wish fulfillment worth its salt will provide some semblance of difficulty to at least give reason to see all those crazy powers in action, and here the solution it seems will be mystery solving. It’s not a bad idea in practice really; Anoth might have all the power in the world, but that power cannot fix matters of the mind (at least easily) or convince the rightfully doubtful that their eyes aren’t deceiving them. The hilarious scene with the Demon Emperor Ivis Necron and Anoth’s actions proved to me there’s some measure of coherent plot at work, as Anoth’s history being so thoroughly twisted and his need to discern the truth effectively precludes the usual (and far too common) slice-of-life harem building shenanigans which infect these types of stories. Not to say we won’t see that going forward, but Anoth is likely to be a little too busy putting two and two together to worry about hot tubs and pool parties.
Proving this in particular is the immediate uncertainty surrounding Sasha and Misha. I must admit Sasha flipping between extremes that quickly was pretty surprising after all the talking—and kissing—last week and the start of this episode, but I still think the girl is more good than bad as it’s very likely her actions are designed to stave off whatever fate awaits Misha at the end of the day. It’s not improbable for example that Misha was probably intended to help Sasha obtain whatever goal is in mind for the Necron family, and that Sasha probably detests this and is seeking a way to keep her sister around. Obviously more to it of course (how does taking robe and staff both immediately help? No damn idea), but we’ll just have to wait for our resident tsundere to properly reveal all.
Considering it wouldn’t take Anoth more than a few seconds to put twin tails in her place, I suspect finding out the truth (and probably a bit more of post-death Anoth history as well) won’t take too long.