Posted by psgels on 8 June 2013 with categories: Hataraku Maou-Sama

Episodes 8 and 9: yes! I really liked those. The interplay between the characters was at its best, especially in episode eight when Emi and Suzuno got together. That was what I had been hoping for: clever comedy that spans multiple episodes in its build-up. Even the rivalry with the Kentucky Fried Chicken was quite enjoyable.

Episode 10 though… holy crap what was that? A pool episode? Really? And I know, cliches on their own aren’t instantly bad and all, but that’s the thing: the episode was just completely pointless fanservice. It just had two points: showing to Suzuno that Maou likes to save humans, and deliver some kind of random box from (screw those trademarks, we all know what they’re talking about). I mean heck, even for a pool episode this was bad. All of the build-up for a haunted house was completely ignored when they actually got there (and really: why were the girls still wearing swimsuits there?). Also, the big threat was a bunch of crocodiles escaping. Seriously? Really, there is comedy, and just plain laziness.

What’s most important right now, is the big picture, or more specifically how this show is going to wrap itself up. After this the climax for this series should start. My guess will be that this series will have 13 episodes (not confirmed yet, though) and so in four episodes, this series needs to wrap itself up, while not forgetting that it’s supposed to be a comedy series. That blue haired kid who just screams “villain” still needs to prove himself, but by far the biggest danger is for the romance to take over the ending.

My guess though will be that the central theme will be Maou willing to help the humans of the world he ended up in. Now, how do you make a good ending based on that?
Rating: 4/8 (Enjoyable)

22 Responses

  1. Emma-hime says:

    That fake backstory joke was pretty good that they pulled recently in this show, it looks like the plot might be back in gear with the end of the most recent episode. However I feel for the past few episodes the comedy has lagged for the most part, I agree most of episode 10 was a mess its the biggest black mark on an otherwise typically hilarious show.

  2. zerm says:

    I thought the pool episode was supposed to be a parody. I thought it was pretty funny

    • Knuckle says:

      Agreed. Also it wasn’t really that fanservicey either. Definitely one of the better beach/pool type of episodes I’ve seen regardless.

  3. gedata says:

    This series will have 13 episodes according to MAL, and so will Suesei no Gargantia (also according to MAL)

  4. Mikey says:

    Yeah. I’m going to disagree with you again. First off, the comparing breasts to burgers should have been a dead give away that this was a self-aware parody. And second of all, you admit that there was procession of plot and what pool episode even does that at all.

    • Mikey says:

      I’m also kind of uncertain how all the buildup to the haunted house was completely ignored. Not disagreeing here, just uncertain.

    • psgels psgels says:

      A parody that isn’t funny is just as bad as playing the thing straight to me. I mean, it’s easy to just pick a genre or trope and be a bit tongue in cheek about it; anyone can do that. Being actually funny and clever with it is a whole different matter.

      Also, as for the two hints: they are tiny details that popped up near the end of the episode that could have easily been done in a different, better way. Enough pool episodes have done that before.

  5. Mikey says:

    I’m also kind of uncertain how all the buildup to the haunted house was completely ignored. Not disagreeing here, just uncertain.

  6. Mazz says:

    I agree. Maybe if the crocs getting loose was the SFC guys doing I’d see this episode as NOT totally pointless.

  7. MCAL says:

    I have to ask though. Better than Gargantia’s fan service episodes?

    • Joe says:

      I definitely agree.

      1.) It wasn’t crass or exploitive
      2.) It didn’t feature rude stereotypes of transvestites
      3.) It didn’t have young girls belly dancing to a bunch of men.
      4.) It used Maou-sama’s wit in the formula (Comparing Chiho and Emi’s breasts to hamburgers… Genius!)
      5.) It was funny (Comedy being subjective of course).

      So really, its no contest. Quite frankly, I don’t see how this was bad for a fanservice episode. (FWI. That doesn’t mean I said it was the greatest of course).

  8. Arno says:

    This series has virtually no plot and is just a series of very relaxed jokes.

    It all depends on the quality of the various jokes. Sometimes they make me laugh, sometimes I feel I am wasting my time.

    Also, if I am not mistaken that is two haunted house jokes now and two “staying in toilet” jokes. A bit much for one season.

    I like the end song though.

  9. TheUltimateReaper says:

    Psgels you are full of doubt, trust in the Dark Lord.

    So far this show has redeemed itself and the pool episode wasn’t even that bad as far as fanservice goes. I nearly threw up after watching the last 3 episodes of that Neko crap.

    Anyways as for the ending… it doesn’t really feel like the show is like… how much of the light novels does this cover?

    • Emma-hime says:

      As far as I recall white fox are attempting to be as faithful as they can and covering everything in each novel they’ll be able to adapt up to, so depending on how many LNs there are this might only cover a few. I could be misremembering though.

  10. Jalapeno Bagel says:

    also have to disagree here. like most people said, for a pool episode it was much better than others (as Maou has proven, it does cliches well). also, I find it strange that you enjoy the subtle humor and “clever” things Maou does, but then ultimately ignore them in this episode in favor for relatively small issues.

  11. Hogart says:

    Heh.. I can’t remember the last time you liked a pool episodes psgels. Or wait, wasn’t it the one in Bento? Yeah, I guess that set the bar pretty damn high. But I didn’t find this one too bad. I guess maybe this series just isn’t aiming high enough for your tastes?

    • psgels psgels says:

      Hogart: yeah, that’s pretty much it. When I watch a comedy, I really want to laugh a lot and not get bored. Hataraku Maou has episodes that just get on my nerves too much, or just fail to be funny. And for me it loses points for that. And yeah, I do consider Ben-To to be better than Hataraku Maou-sama at this point.

  12. graceann says:

    omg cool

  13. hots says:

    im evil

  14. boa_sting says:

    The pool episode was more like bland rather than bad. I don’t really remember much of what happened because pretty much nothing did. It had elements of a parody without really playing anything for good laughs. To be honest, some of the better scenes we got recently were Suzuno culture shock (though a lot of that didn’t much work either); I was wondering if the show would run out of steam after the first episodes where our demon protagonists get accustomed to the human world. I guess the solution was to drag out another hapless soul from Ente Isla.

    Oh well.

    As for the Lucifer’s shipment, I’m not so sure it has plot relevance, as it was already a joke… but it could. Check out the box art and especially the font, which is parodying an actual game. In parentheses are the actual product names. It’s a game for his PASTA (PS Vita): Devil’s Souls (Demon’s Souls), which was popular enough to get a PASTA the Best (Playstation the Best) reprint, published by MORY ComputerEnterPlus (Sony Computer Entertainment) in Japan. The real game is on PS3 though, not the Vita, as far as I know.

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  • 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.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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