Hataraku Maou-sama 11 — It’s Hammertime!

Note: I’m travelling again at the moment. Probably no updates until Monday.

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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.

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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.

Further Thoughts

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They did one thing right with the serious plot, in making the villains hilariously evil.

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Nice plot device. Makes more sense than the usual “just happened to run into each other.”

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Poor Ashiya, he’s still out with constipation. Hilarious, but preventing me from shipping him with Emi’s friend from work.

4 thoughts on “Hataraku Maou-sama 11 — It’s Hammertime!

  1. Am I the only one who’s having trouble siding with Chiho on the “Maou is actually a good guy” argument? Unless his story is completely misrepresented, I can’t imagine this having any basis in the truth.

    1. Well, he’s certainly acted like a good guy in the human world. We don’t really know much of anything about what he did in the demon world, except hearsay from the humans who were trying to kill him. So it’s hard to make a judgement at this point from the evidence we’ve seen.

      But based on the kind of show this is, I’m pretty sure Maou is actually going to turn out to be a good guy.

  2. What use is the hammer? Her way of assassination is poisoning, no? Also, a hammer seems a rather inefficient tool for an assassin, in particular for one the size of Suzuno. The only exception would be demons where Buddhist monks use these special type of hammer. But the heretics were mere humans. A dagger would be more appropriate imo. Oh, and where did she hide that massive hammer in the first place?

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