「学院別対抗試験」 (Gakuin Betsu Taikou Shiken)
Well that got crazy in a rush. As expected our good guy heroes wound up being as good as they can get, although having their first shot be the hopes and dreams of yet more of Anoth’s classmates was certainly a surprise. You’d think by now everyone would realize by now that trying to upstage the man himself is a pointless endeavour, but then again insanity is a persistent bugger.
Given what we learned of Kanon’s partial reincarnations last week, it was a given something malicious was planned, and indeed we got that and then some. While there’s something to be said about Maou Gakuin using the same script as with other encounters—i.e. Anoth coming in to claim names after the local antagonist faceplants in disgrace—I’m honestly hard-pressed to criticize matters too much when it’s played off this well. After all, given how these exams were arranged you’d think Anoth would simply sweep in and dominate the proceedings, but in reality? Sit back, relax, and let nature take its course. For all the sheer simplicity of this story Anoth’s benevolence and willingness (or indifference) to let others try really keeps things refreshing because you can never know exactly how things with him will play out. Will the demon king immediately jump in and dominate? Will the secondary cast have another chance to shine? It’s a sense of ambiguity far too many wish fulfillment series abandon in favour of the usual shenanigans.
Besides any satisfaction of watching Anoth do the usual though, the interesting bits once again lay in the additional crumbs of info dropped. The heroes for example were pretty damn quick and willing to accept Anoth as the actual demon king reincarnation, which when you think about it is quite impressive once remembered everyone believes Avos is the true demon king and Anoth’s classmates are still in the denial phase. Couple that with Kanon’s history likely having been further tampered with (hard thinking the talk on prophecy being anything other than Anoth’s impersonator covering his bases to ensure Anoth’s reincarnation is nipped in the bud) and we’re certainly looking at a potential conspiracy running across more than demon lines. The good news though is we’ll likely receive some answers relatively shortly, as that the teaser at the end alludes to.
When dredging up a two millennia old spirit from the bottom of a lake, hard not thinking the old girl might wind up being a bit talkative.