Well, another series has come to a close in the Spring 2013 anime season. Unfortunately, this was one of the great ones. With comedy beyond compare and a story that had me very interested, Hataraku Maou-sama! was a favorite of many. I don’t know why I am speaking like someone died. Let’s see what the Demon Lord did in the last episode of the season.
Well, there were some questions left after Maou took out Sariel. One of them is the punishment that he would receive when his boss found out that he left work early in order to save Chiho and company. Luckily, Suzuno showed up and told Maou’s boss the human version of the story. She believed them and everything was going fine until Sariel popped out of the MgRonald’s freezer. He fell in love with Maou’s boss and things got weird. The majority of the episode is spent in a state of minor mystery. Chiho had a dream that Maou went back to Ente Isla and the demons start acting oddly. Ashiya asks for time off and Maou changes his shift schedule. The girls are getting suspicious, so Emi and Chiho decide to tail Maou. It turns out that the two demons have taken on extra work in order to pay off the tracking devices that Urushihara bought. Life is not cheap. Things get even worse when Urushihara gets scammed into purchasing a bunch of items, but Emi saves the day. Urushihara is listed as a minor, so they are able to get out of the contract that the idiot signed. The episode seemed to be over as soon as it started.
Here is something that was very interesting in the episode. When Emi’s coworker bugged her about being honest with Maou, an odd reaction occurred. In the past, Emi would be physically disgusted by the thought of being paired with Maou. However, a very serious “I can’t” was mumbled when the question arose. That is a very interesting turn of events. Emi then proceeds to make excuses for herself. Halfheartedly going over all of the reasons why she couldn’t be with Maou. This is a pretty solid piece of evidence when proving that the Hero has fallen for the Demon Lord. However, she wasn’t the only one acting oddly. Emi shows up to a very intimate scene featuring Maou and Suzuno. While Chiho is focused on cooking, Suzuno is feeding Maou some western pasta. She was physically feeding him and Chiho gets very catty in this situation. A question of who’s cooking is preferred by Maou arises. We know about Chiho, and Emi is pretty much accounted for, but Suzuno is a little tougher to read. Was the intimate way that she was feeding Maou a sign of romantic affection or an offering for saving the day? Regardless, the rest of the story is sure to be full of romance.
Current Opinion of the Show:
This series was a wild ride. Aside from one episode that occurred late in the season, this anime had me laughing in a very unattractive fashion on far too many occasions. The comedy always had me questioning things because it was so ridiculous. A demon lord working at McDonald’s is an odd concept. None of us really gave it a chance and I was given this series because I watch a lot of things with demon lords i them. Luckily, we were all proven wrong and this became a series that everyone I know enjoyed. Do I have anything bad to say about this anime? Honestly, I don’t think I have anything scathing to report. I feel as though one or two of the ongoing gags weren’t that great, but that is basically it. Was it a perfect series? No, but it did its job perfectly. This ridiculous comedy is sure to appeal to a lot of people and you can’t get into another series unless you have already finished this one.
Here is the question that all of us are asking. What about season two? Well, I have heard no news on that front, but the light novel series is still ongoing. It is obvious from the way that the anime ended that the story is not over and I assume that we should be able to get more. Hataraku Maou-sama! is fairly popular and I have seen worse series get multiple season. I will be very upset if they don’t do more with this anime because it is one of the better ones that I have seen recently. I only say that because I watch a lot of things. I am not really sure if there is anything left to say. The series ended the way it began by being ridiculous in ways that only make sense if the characters aren’t demons. Thanks for a great season.