This won the poll so I’ll blog it. Usually I avoid blogging comedies since I don’t have much to say it, but so far, I think Hataraku Maou-Sama has the potential to be different from most comedies. Because despite being a comedy, it’s also a rather poignant commentary on loneliness and alienation.
Emi is a character I can relate to quite well. She has a well-paying job, she’s young, healthy and beautiful, and she has friends (even if she doesn’t seem to realize it and declines all their invitations). By any of society’s metrics, she’s a brilliant success story. Yet she goes home every night, eats dinner alone, and confronts these feelings of insurmountable loneliness. She has it all, yet feels like she has nothing.
Enter Maou and his wife. They’re living in a crappy apartment, Maou is working a dead-end job, and they don’t have enough money to get by. As Emi says, they’re totally pathetic.
And yet she’s jealous of them. In her eyes, they have it all. They have someone to eat honeyed cucumbers with at night, and endless dreams and ambitions. What more could anyone ever want?
tl;dr I’m shipping these two so hard.
The part of the episode that made me laugh the hardest was the scene when the hero pulls her knife on Maou.
Then as she runs towards him, we jump to waifu’s shocked face. Crap, what’s happened?
Whoops. Such great timing. In part, it’s the juxtaposition of these heroic elements with stupid everyday things that makes this show’s comedy work so well.
I also admire the depressingly realistic way in which none of the normal humans believe any of these ridiculous things going on around them, and the way these people with magic powers quickly getting dragged into the drudgery of everyday modern existence. Oh, cruel world!