Note: I’m travelling again at the moment. Probably no updates until Monday.
Can’t wait until we get to see Suzuno’s weapon in action.
Well, this wasn’t the best episode of Hataraku Maou-sama by any means. It’s getting a tad wrapped up in the seriousness of its story for my taste. I imagine we could have wrapped up Suzuno’s internal conflict in half the time without any loss, and had more time to focus on the jokes, which is what matters in a show like this.
It’s unfortunately quite common for good comedies to fall apart in the end by attempting to integrate some serious plot line with serious feelings. It pretty much never works. Hataraku Maou-sama does better with this than many shows, but still, it feels like a lot of wasted potential having to sit through this philosophical discussion of whether to kill Maou for much of the episode.
The only way the serious storyline can work is if they keep up the humor. To an extent they did, for example with the punchline of Chiho’s speech. But that doesn’t change the fact that most of this scene was simply tedious.
They did one thing right with the serious plot, in making the villains hilariously evil.
Nice plot device. Makes more sense than the usual “just happened to run into each other.”
Poor Ashiya, he’s still out with constipation. Hilarious, but preventing me from shipping him with Emi’s friend from work.