Posted by psgels on 24 April 2013 with categories: Hataraku Maou-Sama

Hataraku Maou-sama’s third episode was clever: on one hand it was cliched, but on the other hand most of it was saved because you knew that something was going on, and hinted at previously. That turned a simple date into something intriguing. And at the end of the episode we still don’t know whatever the hell that was.

Having said that though, this episode was a bit of a step back in the comedy. It’s not that it was bad, it just wasn’t as good (the first two episode had some very witty writing). Still, I laughed. Emilia’s stalking and not being subtle about it whatsoever was probably the funniest.

The most notable part of this episode was the ending, though. On one hand it’s good, on the other hand questionable. I really like how there is change: Maou doesn’t just have none of his powers for the biggest part of the series: this changes. That’s very good. What I don’t understand is that he suddenly really got out of characters. Emilia also found it strange and all, but I still want some explanation on how some evil demon overlord has suddenly gotten so passionate about saving people. And don’t give me that harem crap.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

20 Responses

  1. nodbgp says:

    I may end up regretting saying that, but until now with 3 epis clocked, for me this is the best series of the season! Is it the one with most potential? Certainly not, but unrealeased potential is as bad as shit execution, probably worse with all the drama of shattered hopes and angry emos.

    Anyways keep it up Maou-Sama.

    • Happio says:

      yeah, thought the same thing. this show has pretty good execution. wasn’t a fan of gargantia’s 3rd episode due to preachiness. valvrave is blegh and shingeki is okay but super melodramatic. sigh. oh well…we’ll see.

  2. DmonHiro says:

    Well, here’s what I think:
    For the first time ever, Maou had to live with humans. He made a friend: Chi-chan. He had to live for something other then destruction. He had people be actually nice to him, and some actually liked him. These must be all new things for the Demon Lord. I kept thinking that even if he does get his powers back, and goes back to his world, he’s probably not gonna want to enslave all humans anymore.

  3. Hogart says:

    He’s probably just hedging his bets. He has to keep Chi on his good side, and so he has to keep away from her in this form (who knows if he’ll actually “save” anyone?)

    Plus, if his power’s don’t last before he finds a way home, he has to worry about the hero. This will keep her confused enough to bide some time. And he might scout out whoever attacked them.

    It’s also plausible that he’s not sure what to do anymore, since he himself wondered if demons are really just humans, because of his transformation when he came to this world. But that seems a bit too much of a stretch.

    • DmonHiro says:

      Actually, having being spoiled from the manga, he does in fact save people on purpose during this earthquake. They didn’t show it in the anime, but Emi first sensed the barriers put up by Maou around the people in the mall.

  4. TheUltimateReaper says:

    This felt more like a build up episode but I loved it.
    It’s pretty obvious our demon lord has gotten brainwashed by mainstream society, or rather gotten caught up in everything but I just hope he doesn’t lose his ambitious spark. Lord knows the anti hero is a million times more interesting than the tired old hero. A hybrid wouldn’t be so bad either.

    Anyways this show is very pleasant to watch.

  5. Deadlights says:

    I actually found this episode to be the most intriguing and the funniest

  6. moo? says:

    I agree with Mao’s sudden personality change… in the first episode it showed his demon armies relentlessly murdering innocents in cold blood and he’s sitting on that throne without a care. Some reason he’s acting now like a typical teenager with zero evil intentions.

  7. sonicsenryaku says:

    I’m thinking it’s his friendship with Chi-chan and his overall interactions with humans that is changing him (not saying that he necessarily has feelings for her, but maou seems to have a soft spot for chiho). Besides, I dont think Maou just killed humans for the pleasure of it; most likely this is another case of humans and demons being natural enemies and therefore must fight scenario.

  8. YourDream says:

    You should totally stop criticizing shows by calling them cliche. A show doesn’t have to surprise you with twists every episode, nor does it have to somehow delve deep and teach deep philosophical proverbs. I think it’s more a personal problem. You’ve just watched way too much anime and as a consequence now everything seems shallow to you. Well, lemme tell ya, this show is brilliant so far, and genuinely funny.
    You remind me of the beginning of the modern era of music, when everybody was like ‘oh we need to be original and use chords and styles never heard before!’ Well all that new music sounded awful. Large aspects of anime should stick to what works. Not because it’s safe, but because that’s what people like to see (except psgels cuz he’s a grump).
    You calling shows cliche is getting extremely cliche.

    • Kiraly says:

      Yes. It’s be totally awesome if this ‘modern music’ thing never even happened. They should have just stuck to the good old mold and created the same thing over and over and over again.

  9. BadChase says:

    Uhmm, isn’t there anyone who has considered the possibility that he isn’t evil. When back in his own world, maybe he was just doing what he was doing because it was normal for the demons and humans to be fighting and be at war. Both hated each other equally and so maybe he didn’t even reconsider changing anything.

    It might be cliché, but in this world there is oftentimes no pure Evil and pure Good, and that may also be the subject of this show. I mean, if he really was evil, why hasn’t he turned to crime since he came to “Japan”? It might also be that he sees that right now, the humans in Japan aren’t his enemies, and he doesn’t feel like pulling them into his fights.

    This is of course a theory, but it’s a theory I have had since the first episode. We’ll see how it is later on.

    • Happio says:

      yeah i don’t think maou is evil or was evil. just so terrible misunderstanding. also intro sequence first episode is from a mostly human perspective

  10. Arno says:

    I love the human comedy.

    I hope they don’t bring back too much serious maho…

  11. moo? says:

    what I really liked was how the OP consisted of exact scenes from ep1&2 and it all fit perfectly… talk about recycling material.

  12. kero says:

    This show is funny. I like it.

    This really isn’t a show with deep meaning, I’m just going to enjoy it for what it is, I hope it can keep up the humour.

    I feel like I’ve not watched a decent comedy anime for a while? [although both Chihaya and Space Brothers are peppered with funny moments)

  13. RollingCamel says:

    “May I unleash the Dullahan?”

    That cracked me up.

    Best thing is that the internal battle within Emilia feels and are represented the right way regardless of the cheesy story behind it. The moment were she burst out was believable.

  14. saevel25 says:

    Maybe being on earth, and being human has changed him. I know its cliche, but its like Armstrong and the whole tour de france fiasco. You live a lie so long, its the only thing you know. Maybe deep down he’s a nice guy, but your born a demon, you live your life as a demon, you assume that role, especially when you are the overlord.

  15. Anna says:

    Episode 4 is up and answers the question of why the demon lord is suddenly so nice. And it also answers who exactly is causing all these problems in the human world.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:31 PM)
    I’m trying not to get my hopes up however, given that it wouldn’t be surprising if he gave us another filler chapter like he did with that pointless flashback.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:26 PM)
    I enjoyed this chapter of berserk and it made me immediately think “Finally now we’re getting somewhere”. I have been flicking through older chapters of the manga and wow, this really has turned into something fairly different. Bam is right about Gut’s reason to go to elfland. I think its impossible now to get a satisfactory ending out of berserk though we’ve been waiting too long.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:14 PM)
    The alternative is that Miura wants to bank on this till he dies; can’t blame him cuz you can always bet on black (swordsman).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:13 PM)
    @Aidan: I think the point was originally to heal Caska (hence Farnese showing hesitation in fear of losing Guts when Caska is back) but then so many people tagged along that I don’t think the party knows anymore why they’re going there, just that they were supposed to. I have said before but I’m sure that either Miura doesn’t know what to do or has serious doubts about the ending.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:52 PM)
    Fairy dust, stargate, riding dragons, ruby slippers…anything to get Gut’s back on track to taking revenge. Miura needs to end this. He’s sick of making it and we are sick of waiting yet he drags the thing to high heaven.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:48 PM)
    It’s been so long I can’t even remember why they were going to elfhelm in the first place. Also was that a one piece joke?
    I like his art but yes, going simpler for moving the story along would be a better idea. Even if he needs to downgrade to the level of one punch man webcomic standards to bring weekly releases.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:14 PM)
    I just hope they teleport back to Midland or something, or ride faeries or whatever, I don’t Gove a damn, just anything but the boat. #NoMoreBoat
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:13 PM)
    The artistry remains incredible, with every frame filled to the brim with details, almost to the point of tiring the eye. It looks great and all, but I wouldn’t mind some simplicity for the sake of more frequent Berserk. I swear Guts’ entourage has grown so numerous and colorful that they’re almost like a traveling circus. I didn’t even remember that Roderick and a whole bunch of other people are also on the boat.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:06 PM)
    I enjoy Rickert but this chapter made me remember how better the story gets when Guts is back in the picture. This was a primer chapter and spent most of its time touching bases and getting the story back on track, and it did that wonderfully and humorously.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:01 PM)
    I was tryna stay spoiler free, but you’re goddamn right they got there! Few months back when Miura got it running again I said I believed that if Guts didn’t get to Elfhelm before the next hiatus then the series will probably never end. I really did feel that way and had little hope, but alas, rejoice indeed.

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