「背徳儀式」 (Haitoku Gishiki)
Alright, now I’m concerned. Bath time straight into demonic ritual orgies? Whatever happened to the essentials of post-act ablutions? Oh, what’s that, no acts were forthcoming you say? Well ask Lumachina about that one. Any time tongues are involved you know you’re looking at problems. And not necessarily the good kind.
Probably to no one’s great surprise, Batutta was a little off his rocker. Albeit in a somewhat understandable sense. While corrupt church officials reveling in blasphemy is a tale as old as the church institution itself, I have to give some kudos for Batutta largely doing the naughty all for the sake of putting Fanis in her place. Want to put an overbearing and greedy local ruler who’s more than willing to play dirty where they belong? Best be willing to fight fire with fire. Of course it’s not like Batutta also didn’t have his own delusions of grandeur he let slip at times (and born in part from his choice of subordinate), but this was, once you get down to brass tacks, pretty much business competition at work. At least until Diablo spoiled the fun.
Speaking of Diablo, colour me impressed too with Isekai Maou’s continued willingness to show off his vulnerabilities. The fight with Batutta for example was never going to end with Diablo actually losing, but putting him on the backfoot and forcing him to think and improvise is a nice way to colour over the usual OP machine shenanigans (besides letting Shera show off her new Medusa buff). Such stuff never has to be much; insert a couple of wrong moves, make the isekai lead take a step back every now and then, and your power trip gets a good amount of flair to dilute its base origins. The real fun for me though will be how this trend continues into Diablo’s upcoming fights; given we now have awakened demon lords being teased alongside certainly powerful generals in Varakness, there’s a decent chance we get a battle or two that gives last season’s Fallen showdown a decent run for its money. No guarantees obviously, but as Isekai Maou has shown plenty, Diablo’s day just isn’t complete until someone tries to mess with his harem.
Running bets on what’s contained within his personal dungeon that’ll be the next batter to step up to the plate.
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