Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou is the story of a
boy man who transfers to a magical school and discovers he is the demon king. He forms a harem, with a ninja girl who wears a cord, a flying, invisible and permanently naked childhood friend, an android with a great sense of humor, a girl made of rubber, and a black mage attracted to tentacles.
This show (especially the first half) is more or less exactly what I want from a fanservice show. Here’s what it gets right:
- A main character who isn’t a pathetic sob. So many shows of this ilk try to make a spineless personality-free protagonist who can act as a stand-in for any viewer. Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao’s main character initially comes across the same way, but ends up as a total badass.
- Creative fanservice. There’s no walking in on people in the shower or falling on top of girls. Instead we have girls turning invisible, pressing the awkwardly positioned off switch on robots, jumping half naked on people’s heads in the bath, and clothes being blown away by magic gone haywire. If you hate fanservice, you’ll still hate this, but if you’re ambivalent the presentation here makes it much more enjoyable.
- Korone. Yeah, she gets her own bullet point. This is the robot who is “observing” the main character and continually hits on him and makes lewd jokes. Win.
- Epic levels of GAR. Our main character is a total badass, as I already mentioned, as are half of the female characters. Not to mention Peterhausen, who rivals even the protagonist.
- A combination of fanservice, action and humor. All three of these components are strong on their own, and the creators blend them all together well.
That said, the show does have a few things I disliked. First is the fact that they try to stuff a long concluding story arc in the second half. In one sense it’s good because it allows for a bunch of fight scenes. But in the end, the plot doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. It culminates in one of the most overused and stupid lines in all of anime: “You could call it… God” (right up there with “You’re you, you.”) They spend a lot of time saying gibberish about God and humans and computers and battle against a giant supercomputer for reasons that continue to escape me. I didn’t try very hard to figure it out though.
The other main thing I disliked is everything involving Brave, the superhero who fights against the demon king. This was supposed to fit into the final story arc which, again, didn’t make any sense. But Brave just annoyed me, and his characterization didn’t make much sense either.
Overall, though, if I’m going to watch a show that’s heavy on fanservice, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou is the kind of thing I want to see.
- Plot / Script – B – The biggest weakness is that it attempts to have a serious ending and fails miserably (plus everything involving Brave). But otherwise the show has an excellent sense of humor and creativity.
- Characters – B – Although I wouldn’t call them deep or anything, the characters are definitely entertaining.
- Production – B – Good animation, especially for the action scenes. Korone’s voice actor deserves special mention.
- Overall – B