「十五の誕生日」 (Juu go no Tanjoubi)
I suspect I may wind up regretting choosing to stick with Maou Gakuin at some point (probably when Anoth’s superpowers grow too predictable or the chopping and rushing too pronounced), but right now I’m having a hard time faulting where this show is going. It’s as popcorn as cheap popcorn entertainment gets, yet with butter this rich and salt out the wazoo, it’s difficult from stopping the hand from eagerly grabbing at the next high cholesterol mouthful.
As all too easily guessed last week, Sasha did have a plan in mind regarding Misha to ensure beloved sister didn’t go the way of the dodo. Not sure many guessed said plan was an attempted suicidal countermeasure for a scheme originally splitting her soul in two in order to resurrect the Demon King, but hey, got to keep a twist or two in reserve. Outside of time travel trickery and Misha being confirmed as best girl though, the fun for me was in Anoth largely being accepted at face value by both girls and the potential shenanigans this checkpoint provides. It might be all about discovering how the last two millennia played out right now, but the thought of watching family squabbles over these two sisters and Anoth’s reactions to each new bit of banter (especially once mama dearest realizes she birthed a king) keeps me interested in seeing what next episode is going to be bring. Firmly interested.
In terms of history, however, the next step will assuredly involve discovering who’s playing regal pretender. Personally, I never thought the twisting of Anoth’s name and history would’ve been done by someone actually alive (it seemed more in line with time eroding collective memory), but as the fake Ivis Necron indicated someone is indeed trying to make themselves into the king at Anoth’s expense. Not hard imagining why of course, yet who is doing so and any hints as to their identity remains a prominent hole in what is arguably a tightknit story. Good way to ensure Anoth continues having something to do though, because all that ludicrous strength needs something to give it purpose after all the minor enemies fall by the wayside.
Good thing we’re likely to get our first hint of where things are headed next episode then wouldn’t you say? After all, if there’s one thing a transfer student foretells, it’s the start of the real story.