OP: 「WITH」 by (Minami Kuribayashi)
「魔王、笹塚に叫ぶ」 (Maō, Sasazuka ni Sakebu)
“The Devil Screams in Sasazuka”
New season, new studio (Studio 3 Hz) but the same old antics between our characters. Bickering is as usual between the sparring pairs of Ashiya (Ono Yuuki) and Hanzou (Shimono Hiro), and Maou (Oosaka Ryouta) and Emi (Hikasa Youko). Though they are heroes and demons come to conquer (or protect) the human world, their squabbles are hilariously mundane-Ashiya and Hanzou fighting over food rage and the outdated washing machine. The wrath over the unreplenished barley tea was justifiable, in my opinion. I’ve been through that many times with my siblings while growing up (and sometimes was the one responsible for someone else’s food rage). There’s nothing worse than not having your cold beverage immediately handy on a roasting hot day (and the few hours it takes to brew barley tea is not a convenient wait time).
Coming from Enta island, the characters’ perspectives on what’s normal is obviously going to be way off-funnily so. Case in point-Suzuno (Itou Kanae) thinking that $300 for a bicycle is no skin off her nose. Finances are a big deal for Maou and his roommates while they learn the struggles of balancing a budget on a small paycheck-made that much more difficult by a spend-happy NEET and general lack of real-world common sense. Watching Emi stop by their hovel to gloat over her luxurious A/C was hilarious-I guess heroes do win out in the end.
Ashiya is so damn intense. Relax dude-working part time will not endanger the spotless cleaning of a 1 room apartment. He cheaps out on everything and then vehemently insists that it’s the best option. Speaking as someone who likes to economize (but not to the point of buying a semi-automatic washer-didn’t even know such a thing existed), I can jive with convincing yourself that cheap is best. Which sometimes it is-though not in the case of an antique washer.
Finances aren’t the only battleground they must fight on in 21st century Japan. Combat-experienced devils tremble at the sight (and touch) of a cockroach. Who knew something so small could be more fearsome than the creatures and heroes of Enta Island. It was a nice touch to use the Latin names-I was wondering what those names were-definitely sounds more devilish than just plain old cockroach (or gokiburi).
The mysterious child channels some Momotarou or Kaguya-hima vibes there, a child popping out of plant life. I can definitely see a nod to Kaguya-hime with a moon appearing on her forehead. This looks to be an interesting story-how in the hell (quite literally lol) did a child came from Maou and Emi without their knowing it (soul-crushing news for the infatuated Chiho). She could be a child from the future (although she doesn’t look like either of them). I have a feeling it is more like a misunderstanding and she’s not literally their child. The most likely culprit seems to be that tree in Maou’s Castle that had a mysterious magic light popping off of it, which would explain the apple part of it. I’m planning on tuning in next week for more devilish antics and I hope you will too, especially if you enjoy comedy and/or are a fan of the 1st season!
ED: 「水鏡の世界」 (Suikyou no Sekai) by (Marina Horiuchi)