「ジャヒー様は怪しくない!?」 (Jahy-sama wa Ayashikunai!?)
“The Great Jahy Isn’t Suspicious?!”
Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai!’s fifth episode does an excellent job walking the tight rope between being a hilarious exploration of how a demon lord’s aide would handle humanities greatest inconveniences and an examination of the isolation caused by Jahy’s insecurities about receiving help from those who respect her. As she entertains some of her more crippling insecurities, Landlord Ryou surprisingly steps up to the plate by being genuinely concerned for Jahy’s well-being as she battles a harsh cold.
While past episodes have explored Jahy being too proud of herself to have others see her as weak, this episode has two segments centered around the consequences of her pride. Because she’s too self-conscious to think anyone could respect her if they saw her in need, she keeps trying to hide her suffering so that no one would be inconvenienced by her, nor would they have to see her as a weakling in the human world.
Much of this episode served to lower her guard with many of her insecurities about being helped as the Barkeep and Ryou work together to get her out of a few pinches. Ryou especially warms up to Jahy in this episode as she takes on more of a Mama Bear role around her. Whether it be helping her get over her cold and calling the cops on Magical Girl Kyouko when she barged into her apartment, she can’t help but smile a bit at Jahy coming around to accepting her help without holding Jahy’s rent over her head.
While the episode had its funny moments, many of the anime’s most hilarious scenes have been the ending AU scenes. The space pirate one was great and the mangaka skit was easily the best scene in the last episode with how an ink mishap ends up delaying her own manga.
This wrestling AU is no exception with how funny it was to imagine Ryou’s struggle to get Jahy’s rent as a fiery wrestling match. They didn’t shy away from giving Jahy and Ryou even ground as they laid into each other, nor did they mince words when the Barkeep was confused about why their match still ended with the two fighters bickering. I’d say the mangaka skit was the best, but this one’s a close contender.