What was missing from the last episode? The comedy for sure. Regardless of whether or not you enjoy the action and the story in this series, everyone should enjoy the jokes. What did this episode bring to the table? A very nice balance between the action, story, and comedy. I love this series.
Do you remember how Maou got that call from Chiho’s mom and the last episode left off on Maou riding his bike to save her? Well, we basically pick up around there. We start with Ashiya in the hospital during all of this. The guy has been sick forever and this makes it so that he can’t defend himself when Olba attacks him. The guy finally escaped and is going after Lucifer. Olba plans to aid Archangel Sariel in defeated Emi and Maou with Lucifer’s help. Unfortunately for him, Urushihara likes being a bum and he knocks Olba out. Oh yeah, they explained why Ashiya was sick for so long. Apparently, Maou knew that Suzuno was from the church and the sacred powers that were in her food did not sit well with Ashiya. Oh well, all of the magic that Olba used to help Sariel caused a panic amongst the people. This gave Maou, Ashiya, and Urushihara their powers back. Maou ended up fighting in his underwear because he could not damage his work clothes. Maou wins the fight and everything basically went back to normal.
Those of you that watched Sword Art Online will know why this gave me horrible flashbacks. Sariel has been torturing Emi in an attempt to get the sacred sword from her. When that did not work, he planned on taking it from her body. This was horrible because he began to strip her. After an insult regarding Emi’s slim figure, the guy then stated that he was basically going to have his way with Chiho. I have a major problem with this guy being an angel. Oh well, Maou beat him up thanks to aid from everyone. Everyone includes Suzuno who decided that Sariel was the true villain in this scenario. All of the girls will side with Maou eventually. With the comedy thrown in, this episode was basically a fight scene.
Current Opinion of the Show:
This series is too good. I am glad that they rebounded from last week’s story-heavy episode. I know that it did not go over very well with a lot of people. This is about as story-heavy as an episode in this series should be. You can’t disregard your famous humor. A lot of the stuff that we got in this episode was fairly interesting. Maou fighting in his underwear due to costs was classic Hataraku Maou-sama! and they had a nice Dragonball moment. What I mean by that is having your shirt blown away in a fight, but your pants/underwear are indestructible. The explanation for Ashiya being sick made sense, but it in no way enhanced the gag for me. The whole explanation of them knowing about Suzuno just made a lot of sense. I guess Emi isn’t that great at sensing sacred powers. Before I stop talking about Suzuno, I have to say that she looked adorable in this episode. That hammer was not intimidating and the scene where she reacts to Maou stripping is hilarious. We need more Suzuno.
I am wondering what the series is going to do next. Maou has proven that he is a good guy to two people who tried to kill him and Urushihara enjoys life in Tokyo. It seems fairly simple for Maou and the gang to replenish their powers, so one wonders what they plan on doing. If they do stay, then what happens to Emi and Suzuno? Both of them may be in danger upon a return to Ente Isla without Maou’s head. Also, it seems like Emi plans to keep an eye on Maou. I have a few questions moving forward. What will drive Suzuno to stay? What the hell is up with Miki-T? What is happening to the demons back on Ente Isla? Will they address Maou’s resistance towards going home? How much more will Chiho have to go through as a victim of unrequited love? The important questions must be asked. We have one more episode left and I am mostly sad to see this series go. Oh well, I hope it leaves on a good note.
I agree, this show’s strong point is absolutely the comedy aspects. I don’t mind the story and in same places it’s even quite interesting, but I’m watching primarily for the humour. Only one episode to go now, so I’m really hoping the series goes out with a bang and gives us some more great jokes before the end.