「母の言葉」 (haha no Kotoba)
Frankly while surprise may not be Maou Gakuin’s modus operandi at this point (we know how every new development is going to end by now), shock and awe certainly hasn’t yet left the picture. Thought our mystical magical demon king wasn’t a hardened badass under all that adorable fluff? Oh, darling you have another thing coming. Permanently.
Although the results of the magic sword tournament were never in doubt, I got to hand it to the show for at least making the inevitable somewhat interesting. Having Ray turn into the unwilling antagonist of the moment is something I didn’t see coming, especially when you realize the method of it means one or more true villains are waiting for their grand reveal. We know for example how the final fight is going to play out obviously (because Anoth is Anoth and only he could make such scenes utterly hilarious), but could it lead to some knowledge on who exactly is manipulating Anoth’s past? I sure hope so, because for all the fun of deadpan god man, some good old-fashioned mystery solving can never go wrong.
On the other side of the coin, however, is the fluff and I cannot deny I’m really starting to love the softness. For all which Anoth may be Maou Gakuin’s selling point, the parents (alright, and
harems fan clubs too) are starting to be the true MVPs. My son is the ruler of all demon-kind and in need of no help whatsoever? Pft no matter, cheering and adorably protecting anyway! Normally such actions would arguably be cringeworthy or just the expected adulations every Gary Stu rightfully deserves (*sarcasm alert*), but Anoth’s response and quiet appreciation of them really set things apart from fellow competitors. There’s no grandiose speeches or long-winded and protracted trials of vengeance here, just short, simple, and utterly brutal consequences for doing something someone probably should’ve thought through first. No denying Emilia needed to be put in her place given past acts for example, but by holding off until the line was crossed showed that Anoth fully knows power only gets one so far. For all which strength is needed to lead, love is what truly keeps a ruler on his throne. Something tells me our new hybrid teacher is only going to figure out that lesson the hard way.
And as for Ray, well, there’ll be no surprises on that front. He may be the enemy of the moment, but as motivations and MC shenanigans indicate, his showdown with Anoth next week won’t be as absolute as he may think.