Hataraku Maou-sama! – 03

The plot thickens.

That’s right, it’s time for a date episode! I didn’t expect Chi-chan to make a move on Maou so quickly, but I guess she isn’t holding back when it comes to him. We also get some elaboration on the mysterious earthquakes and the magic attack from last episode, but the culprit’s identity remains hidden.

The Comedy

Maou-sama! keeps up the laughs with some rather humorous moments this episode. I feel a little bad for Yusa as it comes at her expense most times, but it’s just too funny to hold back a chuckle or two. When Maou and Ashiya get taken in by the police for possible connections to the recent string of attacks and robberies, they call Yusa in to bail them out. Needless to say, the hero is furious at having to assist her mortal enemy, but I find it rather telling that she helps them all the same, albeit grudgingly. From mocking her behind her back1 to unapologetically causing her trouble, the duo of former demons certainly have a knack for eliciting hilarious facial reactions from the poor hero. Yusa really needs to learn how to keep her emotions in check if she doesn’t want to keep embarrassing herself in public. Although, given the publicity chuunibyou is getting from recent anime, her talk of heros and demons might not raise all too many eyebrows.

The Romance

Boy oh boy, does Chi-chan move fast. We’re only three episodes in and she has already secured a date with Maou. Granted, Maou probably doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation even though Ashiya tried to not-so-subtly hint at Chi-chan’s feelings. But it’s progress for the girl nonetheless. Having her confess so soon would be too easy though, so we get the obligatory interruption in the form of Yusa, followed by a massive earthquake. At least no one’s getting obliterated by lasers here.2 And at this point, Yusa still claims she is at odds with Maou. But I wonder how much of her interrupting Chi-chan’s confession was genuine concern for an innocent girl, and how much was unconscious jealousy. Yusa has certainly become rather possessive of Maou, even if this possessiveness comes in the twisted form of “I must be the one to kill him”. With just a little nudge (which the end of the episode almost supplies), I’m sure her feelings can easily change from simple obsession to romantic obsession. Or maybe she’ll become a yandere? She certainly possesses facial expressions fit for the part. Watch out, Maou!

Serious Business

With the romcom out of the way, let’s get on with the plot. The assailant from the previous episode is hinted to be a demon from Ente Isla. Or at least, Yusa makes him out as such from his threatening call. And honestly, I can’t see any of the hero’s companions acting like this anyway, which leaves only the demons. I suppose their loyalty to the demon lord isn’t as deep as initially suggested, or perhaps this particular demon is just ambitiously looking to claim the title from the now de-powered former owner. There’s also the mystery of the voices that Chi-chan hears in her head, and while it’s tempting to connect the two, I get the feeling that the voices aren’t actually communicating with the demon in question. The language they use suggests the voices are trying to contact Yusa instead. But at this point, I’m honestly not sure.

Hataraku Maou-sama! made short work of Maou’s acclimation with our world, but what previously seemed a comedic element now appears to have some serious consequences. Has the demon lord really gone soft? The very beginning of the premiere had us believe him to be an absolutely vile fiend, but here we see him saving humans after finally regaining his magic. This is enough to shake even the beliefs of Yusa, who was prepared to strike Maou down the moment he turned his back to her. Perhaps she will take this as a sign that he has reformed, and will make good on her word to let him live in peace on Earth?

Fun with Chi-chan!

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1The more frequently cited idiom is mutton dressed up as a lamb. Here, Maou and Ashiya have swapped the positions of mutton and lamb for obvious reasons.
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18 Responses to “Hataraku Maou-sama! – 03”

  1. Joojoobees says:

    I thought the shift to a more serious plot went well. Hopefully they won’t bungle it. There are lots of shows that started off good when it was mostly a comedy, then they tried to get serious later only to destroy what was good about the show.

  2. sonicsenryaku says:

    i found it hilarious how well the show has translated the roles of maou and Ashiya vs emi on earth. Maou and Ashiya are aware that on earth they have no powers so they figure they might as well cause emi social problems in order to keep their ongoing battle as demons who play the role of antagonizing the hero..that sh*t is brilliant…. “you’re a hero, we are suppose to give you a hard time”…priceless

  3. Muir says:

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    Oh gosh they made him SO MANRY AND BUFF in his demon form XD well, that was supposed to be a half-transformation o3o but BUFF Maou is fine too.

    Oh gosh Chii-chan moe everywhereee

  4. Highway says:

    This show’s got a great balance of laughs and story. I’m waiting for the time now when Emi figures out that Maou’s not really going to do anything bad, despite his boasting of taking over the world. It’s not surprising that Chi-chan and Emi would both fall for him, tho. He really is a good guy in this incarnation. :)

  5. zztop says:

    Trivia: Uniqlo is a famous Japanese casual wear brand.

    In Japan, it is pronounced ‘yunikuro’(ユニクロ). Notice how in the show Maou and Chi pronounce it as ‘yunishiro’,

    where kuro=black, and shiro=white in kanji and hiragana writings.

  6. HannoX says:

    My guess would be that the enemy targeting both Maou and Emi is one of the other demon generals who did survive and wants them out of the way so he can conquor their world. Second guess is that the voice Chi hears is one of Emi’s companions. If the latter is correct, that would suggest that in the future Chi would play a bigger role than that of the girl who loses out to the heroine in a love triangle.

    And Chi, you go, girl! It’s refreshing to see a character in a romcom who doesn’t get all tongue tied and shy around her love interest and never gets the courage to confess.

    It’ll be interesting to see how much of a shift towards drama this series takes and how much comedy it retains. Koturo-san mostly managed the balance quite well. Let’s hope Maou-sama does as well.

  7. BlackBriar says:

    A nice balance of humor and serious plot. It’s difficult to keep in mind that this is the same guy who was once a feared demon ruler. His happy-go-lucky side since coming to Japan is dominating him and I think he’s starting to accept that. Even if he has his powers back, going back to his original plans won’t be an easy choice anymore.

    The earthquakes are surely the work of someone who wants a rise to power now that Maou is stripped from his previous glory and is making sure there is no room for error by taking him and Emi out. Chiho suddenly understanding Ente Isla’s language means she’s also going to get roped in.

    I was hoping for Chi-chan’s confession to see how Maou would react but Emi’s interference ruined it big time. She calls him merciless and cruel but with her bright yellow eyes and the way she glares at people, she looks more like a demon than he does. Chiho calling her Maou’s ex was an awesome retalliation and a nice blow to her pride. Emi doesn’t want to admit it because she’s still clinging to the past but she knows she’s beginning to fall for him. It’s simply a matter of time.

    • Highway says:

      Yeah, this is starting to be one of those shows where you wish story convention didn’t have to get in the way. Yeah, if anyone’s going to end up together, it’s going to be the title characters, so there’s little hope for Chi-chan being together with Maou in the end, even if she gets the early jump on it. But it would be great if a show DID end up like that, with the male lead finding happiness with the side character and NOT pining for the female lead. Heck, I can only think of one show off the top of my head where the male lead even spent any time going out with someone other than the female lead (Kimikiss), and he ended up dumping her even though she was happy (I’m not counting single dates in harem shows). Maybe this is something more prevalent in shoujo that I haven’t seen much of…

      • Sumairii says:

        If I may invoke the laws of anime, Emi is technically the first girl to appear, so she must win by default. Which is a shame, because I’m more inclined to root for Chi-chan for her efforts.

      • HannoX says:

        Maybe Chi-chan will end up together with Ashiya, although it’d be a nice switch if it were Maou & Chi-chan and Emi & Ashiya. I think I’d prefer that.

        • BlackBriar says:

          Either ship between the four would be acceptable. Their good qualities outweight any bad ones they could possibly have. That’s something that’s not seen very often.

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