Posted by psgels on 3 July 2013 with categories: Anime Reviews


Reviewing a comedy sequel usually is quite simple: in most cases it just drops the bomb and runs out of inspiration, and in rare cases it actually manages to stay hilarious. The tricky thing with these kinds of series is that you need to remain funny, and you need to have the inspiration for that. The usual two methods are 1) doing the same thing over and over again or 2) take the prequel and make it more over the top at the areas that it excelled in. Azazel-san chose option 2, but it became both much better and much worse than the first season.

What I mean by that is that is that on one hand, I laughed much more and harder at its jokes. Seriously, the first arc is the best out of the entire series, including all of the OVAs that were made. Moloch has always been a fantastic character, but Azazel-san also grows into this character who just continues to bring me to stitches. And this show knows how to use the two of them. It loves to just kick them into situations that show their funniest sides. And at their best, the banter between the characters is just hilarious and the funniest thing I’ve seen all season.

At its worst though… dear god, this show descends into some depths here. The first season was incredibly vulgar, but the show did manage to make it interesting and varied. It was admirable how much bile it threw at the viewer and how unapologetic it was. So what was the answer of the second season to this? Sex jokes. Lots and lots of bad sex jokes, ranging from bleeding asses to bsdm and lots of willies.

This show doesn’t know what it’s good at. At one moment I’m nearly falling off my chair laughing, at others I’m yelling at the screen for the umpteenth penis that the creators wanted to shove in, and this is especially prevalent in the middle arcs of this series. Still, unlike the first season, I can’t find any arc that was completely boring: every arc, no matter which depths it descended into, made me laugh.
One-Sentence Review: This show’s pitch-black humour is second to none, Azazel and Moloch are awesome, but prepare for a slew of really bad sex jokes.
Suggestions:
Hen Zemi
Detroit Metal City
– Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu

5 Responses

  1. Puran says:

    Yup, I agree as well. While the 1st season was more or less consistant, the second season was either “Oh! This is the funniest thing I have seen in a while” or “This isn’t funny at all, why did I like this show again?”.

    It was a good thing that the last couple of episodes were pretty funny, so at least it didn’t leave us with a bad taste.

  2. Mazz says:

    I didn’t like this series nearly as much as season 1 or the OVAs. I agree that the first Arc and the last arc in z were easily the best. See what they have in common? There isn’t any sex jokes and whatnot in these! Seriously, this show is at its funniest when it doesn’t do the sex jokes. My favorite arc in this series was the otaku arc (to this day I can’t understand how you didn’t find that utterly hilarious), another arc without sex jokes.

    In conclusion, for me personally, the better of the two shows is the one with less sex jokes, which was the OVA’s, followed by Season 1, with Season 2 pretty far behind.

  3. someloser says:

    sex jokes could be worse. There was that one regretful moment where i marathoned seitokai yakuindomo.

  4. Aegd says:

    Boooooo! This series wouldn’t be the same without the over-the-top jokes. Episode 9 and 10 was awesome! Nearly destroying all of Tokyo with a monsterous phallos, you need to be japanese to make that shit up!

    初めてだ、この刺激的なプレイわ

  5. animefan352 says:

    It’s supposed to be over the top, vulgar. It’s pretty hard to top a feces eating demon who can force defecation. Honestly I found that to be the most uniquely vulgar aspect of the show, though Beezebub is my favorite character.

    I feel like Yasuhisa Kubo is poking fun at humanity in our lowest and grimiest stats.

    I think the anime actually censored a few stories too. Some they couldn’t even air at all, lol.

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