Posted by psgels on 13 April 2013 with categories: Hataraku Maou-Sama

A really difficult question: whether to blog Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge, or Hataraku Maou-sama. On one hand I really like Crime Edge’s weirdness, compared to Maou-Sama that does have some cliches. Crime Edge also can be quite heart-warming, while Hataraku Maou-sama doesn’t attempt to be that. Crime Edge has an atmosphere, while Hataraku Maou-sama doesn’t really seem to care about that.

Still, what happens when you really start thinking about them? In that case, Crime Edge ends up being a celebration of weird fetishes, without really much depth. Hataraku Maou-sama on the other hand is one of the most clever comedies to appear over the past few years. Seriously, this series bites.

Instead of doing random joke after random joke, everything fits in this series, plus the jokes are all built up before you even know it. The earthquakes at first seemed random, and only after a minute I realized that that might mean something more. Especially when that random text arrived. This series is full of stuff like that, where you only realize a joke has been made, half a minute later. Or jokes that only work because of some clever build-up early on.

What also helps is some fantastic voice acting. I especially loved the part where that Hero was locked out of the demon king’s apartment and she started ranting outside of the screen. This series also really tries to be believable and realistic at times, which is what makes the jokes work even more: the suspense of disbelief is great here! How often do you see characters just doing random groceries, or just living their daily lives in the middle of trying to take over the world?

Just try to keep the cliches out of here. You’re better than that, show. *Har har you are fighting so you must be in love, har har*
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

19 Responses

  1. Tomato says:

    I’d go with this series. When I first watched Crime Edge, I thought, “WTF did I just watch?” Second episode came along, and still the same thought (that scene in the nurse’s room didn’t really help). I feel like the script and characters are just… poorly written. The whole plot and dialogue feels like it was written by some teenager with a fetish for cutting hair, among other things.

  2. Daley says:

    This show is a riot, after the first episode I had to run off and spoil myself with the manga and while they cut out/changed some stuff I am happy with the outcome so far. Unlike Titan this show seems like it will only get better as it goes on, for me at least.

  3. Z says:

    “Seriously, tihs series bites.”

    This doesn’t mean what you think it means.

  4. Houlgrave says:

    Crime Edge doesn’t have a weak script nor characters, but at the end of the day you either buy the premise and run with it or you don’t. Personally, I find it a nice (albeit bizarre) take on the battle manga/seinen-oriented shounen formula in some respects, but how good it ends up being will depend on the pacing I suppose.

  5. lostsage says:

    Good choice, Crime Edge seems really fun and interesting but if it follows the manga at all (it has so far) it will jump the shark. Not just any shark but a shark that shoots lazers from its eyes, breathes fire and wears a top hat and monocle.

    Maou-Sama will hit some more cliches but they aren’t so bad that it takes away from the show. And really how many shows avoid cliches completely

  6. imredjimmy says:

    I think what I dislike the most about Hataraku are the cliches. If it can stray from that my enjoyment level will vastly increase. I didn’t laugh much in this episode except for that part where she was ranting outside the apartment so they would let her in. That made me laugh a hell lot.

    • KaZuHiRo says:

      When she started crying hysterically outside, I was already pissing myself in tears. LoL. That was golden.

  7. boa_sting says:

    As I feared, this was a clear step down from the first episode. After all, some of the gags and setups regarding culture shock can only be used once. (Or maybe not. Maou got himself arrested again, albeit in a different context.)

    I still got a few chuckles and enjoyed it though.

  8. Cytl says:

    Liked the episode. For once, the cliche was well used: A well-dressed woman attacking a man with a knife in the middle of the night and calling him her “enemy” over and over actually looks like a lovers fight.

  9. Arno says:

    Great review. I agree on the superiority of Hataraku over Dansai Buri.

    Dansai Buri is enjoyable only if you are mentally available to chuckle at the fetishes. The second episode is not as beautiful as the first one though.

  10. kero says:

    This one is def better than Dansai, which is just weird and not funny.

    I loved the rant scene! But it’s not like the show is the best thing ever, a little bit annoyed with reactions of big boobed work colleague who gets all hyper when thinking that maou might have a gf

    i also didn’t think the police reaction was cliche. I think that was the most plausible boring reason the policeman would find if he wanted to just close the case and send them on their way.

  11. Nic says:

    The banging at the door scene was hilarious. From the gut reaction of his general locking the door to her ranting about it then threatening to break it down only to end up sobbing and begging to be let in and making them feel sorry for her. That was priceless.

  12. Erki Birk says:

    Well written, I definitely need to see this.

  13. Jenny says:

    Just finished the 3rd episode and please dear lord do not fall further into the cliche ditch…because other than the potential love triangle that might form, this show is such awesome crack.

    His loyal sidekick especially gets a real laugh out of me; not to mention the rant and then begging scene really cracked me up.

    Fingers crossed it will continue to be good!

    Also thanks for the review psgels!

  14. Jenny says:

    also after 5 minutes of crime edge i had a visceral reaction of ‘what the hell is this’ and backed away quickly…so I am glad you will be blogging this one instead!

  15. Rich says:

    I watched Hataraku after reading this blog. I really enjoyed it! Looking forward to more episodes

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Oct 7. 2015 02:43 PM)
    ….Dear God…I have no words in which to describe hidan no aria AA, no words. The original I could take the piss out of. But this is a new low standard set for the light novel medium.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.

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