“The Transfer Student”
Well I got to hand it to Maou Gakuin: it may not have any intention of changing its formula, but at least it’s willing to go all in on its implementation. While the show continues embarrassing the likes of Usain Bolt with its insane plot progression speed (have to encourage reading that source material somehow), with one of Anoth’s main subordinates now joining the classroom LARP session and another Demon Emperor set to appear on the horizon, the only question left is when this story’s heroes will finally appear.
After seeing this veritable anti-Jesus flip castles, effortlessly crush competition, and repeatedly show up his classroom teacher, you’d think the weekly Anoth shenanigans would grow boring, but it still remains entertaining—well, at least for me. While I saw the little scheme to try and deny our budding harem top place coming, I did not expect Anoth to so quickly and hilariously destroy said scheme and leave yet another wannabe antagonist wondering why the fates decided to royally screw him so. Honestly the speed these minor conflicts are resolved is a little concerning given they’re usually the main source of character development, foreshadowing, and other miscellaneous story components (even if ubiquitously filler-ish), however there is something to be said for Maou Gakuin’s strategy. So long as these scenes result in something new or unexpected like Shin Regalia’s appearance it’ll remain easy to keep being swept up in the moment. The instant there’s a lack of appreciable payoff or switch into the main storyline though the show is likely to hit a wall, and with it lose a lot of the momentum and fun it’s spent weeks building up.
Now whether that actually occurs this season of course is completely up in the air, and so far at least there’s plenty of untouched tangents for Maou Gakuin to explore. The reveal of the Unitarians (no, it’s not the church you’re thinking of) and Miss Teacher’s vocal denigration of misfits this week for example means we’ll likely start seeing more on the underlying conflict social conflict at play, while the presence of Shin implies yet more major players from Anoth’s past won’t take long to similarly appear. After all, it’s a given we’ll see more of the Demon Emperors eventually considering last episode, though the one I’m more interested in are the previous heroes. They’ve been shown far too much to simply remain memory, and you sure as hell don’t indicate an unwieldable sword without having it appear. I suspect before all is said and done Anoth might receive the challenge he’s looking for, and with it some hint of just what happened to his actual post-death history.
It’s just a matter of when that particular wrench decides to throw itself into the machinery.