「禁忌の魔法」 (Kinki no Mahou)
Now that was one serious case of whiplash. From truth bombs to five-minute warfare and even bigger (if partially predictable) reveals, yes Maou Gakuin went places this week. I’m not sure I fully approve of the rapid fire pacing over the earlier saunters, but hey, cannot fault setting up a good ending when I see one.
Although Ray being outed as both the reincarnated Kanon and Anoth’s impersonator Avos likely threw some for a loop, it honestly shouldn’t be that big a shocker. Given what we knew of the guy beforehand and his questionable origins (in the sense they having been kept ambiguous), winding up with Ray doing the hero instead of the subordinate demon makes quite a bit of sense. I will say having him as Avos too had me raise an eyebrow, yet that isn’t particularly bad either considering it’s clear the guy has an agenda and isn’t afraid to break a few eggs in meeting objectives. Personally I hope there’s a little more to that agenda than simple revenge, but considering how well in hindsight Ray being Avos has been foreshadowed, I’m willing to overlook a few hiccups.
Ignoring the intricacies of major reveals, however, Maou Gakuin did as Maou Gakuin more or less does. While there’s plenty to be said regarding the random fighting which needed far more explaining than it received, I loved how Anoth continues being overly willing to let everyone else in on the fun. Hell, when you let your fan choir/group/literal moeblob even duke it out over rightful sovereign you’re doing something right when it comes to power trips. And also Minas Tirith easter egg, because for all the confusion that scratched an itch I didn’t know I had. In terms of Anoth and Ray/Kanon though things are murkier for while Anoth can be expected to crush face and take names like usual (Anoth has beaten Kanon before after all, repeatedly), I don’t actually anticipate it being that easy a fight. With Ray’s goal up in the air and Anoth playing for a diplomatic victory I’d expect some greater give and take compared to earlier battles as our demon king will likely want a peaceful conclusion. You know, for reasons.
Not to say that death won’t be in the cards next week, but when it comes to Maou Gakuin, I think we all know by now just how permanent such states wind up being.