Well I’ll be, an episode of Isekai Maou which doesn’t immediately devolve into effulgent elf breasts doing the bouncy bouncy while Diablo tries to figure out where it all went wrong. Or at least, that’s what you might expect given the buildup to this arc. Yes, that’s right, it’s serious story time in Isekai Maou – but never fear, because what we’re actually all here for isn’t ever far away.
Although this latest arc has teased a great deal of churchly shenanigans, I must admit I didn’t expect much to actually come of it, but colour me surprised something tangible might indeed be forthcoming. And not entirely vanilla stuff either. While corruption within religious bodies is a well-worn concept in many a fantasy work, having said corruption take place alongside opportunistic rulers certainly spices things up, especially when it’s wholly unclear just which side is more in the wrong. For example just take Lumachina’s paladins, they’re clearly suffering hard in dispensing the usual community services thanks to local ruler Fanis and her heavy taxation, but something tells me better triaging could be done rather than play out the fantasy version of indulgences. Likewise Fanis could very well be your typical greedy leader – or she could have another reason for wringing the church so heavily. Could there be something she’s after that only the church can supply? I think we’ll find out shortly.
As for Diablo and party, well, the results pretty much speak for themselves. Outside of the usual Shera-isms and Diablo reaction faces, it was intriguing seeing Diablo come across two people who could arguably give him a run for his money akin to last season’s Fallen. Sure, don’t actually expect him to lose, but any time the OP machine can be given a challenge is a good day for entertainment. Particularly when such showdowns might be tied directly to exploring Diablo’s personal dungeon and all the accompanying ecchi humour it’ll provide.
We may only be two episodes in, but given the current characters on stage and the plot at work, something tells me what happens next is going to be a riot.
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