「姫と破壊と小さな冒険」 (Hime to Hakai to Chiisana Bouken)
“The Princess, Destruction, and a Short Journey”
Even though Episode 04 of Maoujou de Oyasumi mostly keeps it coming with the trouble that Princess Syalis gets in while encroaching on demonic territory, it’s an interesting episode because of how much it focuses on the demons outside of their dismemberment at the hands of the princess. To see them mobilizing in protest, cope with Syalis roaming around the castle unattended to, and yearn for the prospects of parenthood and the innocence of raising a child makes them a little more complex than they appear.
Past episodes have had the audience empathize with the demons mainly because they have to deal with the princess taking their resources and butchering them up for resources to help her sleep. But this time around, we learn a lot more about what happens within the demon world and what interactions are like amongst different demons.
While the demons in the bathhouse are mutually connected in their similar interests, this episode shows us an outright protest that the ice demons raise when they feel like they are inconvenienced by the castle’s fire-centric infrastructure. With lava pits and fire everywhere, the working conditions for ice demons are at their most tumultuous as the ice demons have animosity about the castle’s lack of accommodations towards their safety and well-being. It helps to flesh out the universe by giving us some of the issues that occur among demons in the castle who aren’t always on equal footing.
Another instance of getting more demon screentime is Princess Syalis’ last stunt where she accidentally shrinks herself down to back when she was a child. It has the same charm as seeing shrunken down Nezuko from Kimetsu no Yaiba, but for the demons that catch her, it gives them an entirely different experience of taking care of a child. It’s kind of sweet to see how each of the demons that pick her up end up having their hearts melt as they aspire for the prospect of raising children at some point in time.
They all bombard her until she gets irritated and stabs the porcupine demon with his own hair spike, but it’s nice to see the demons play a role that doesn’t entirely involve them being confused about the princess’ motives. The princess might spend the episode capitalizing on the strife of the ice demons and the fuzzy fur of the overbearing fatherly demons, but in the process, we still get a better understanding of the desires and wishes that demons have outside of their work at the castle.