Nobody expects the Holy Inquisition!
To all those worried that Maou-sama! will only go downhill from last episode, have no fear. The show continues strong with a hilarious supernatural investigation episode.
Maou-sama! comes at us with some good comedy as usual. The whole episode revolves around the demons’ continued attempt to regain their magic by investigating the supernatural. Lucifer joins the crew as Urushihara, and takes the role of the computer nerd. Armed with a laptop bought on Maou’s funds, he spends his time surfing the web and generally doing nothing constructive. In spite of seemingly becoming Maou’s subordinate again, it’s clear that Lucifer still retains his arrogant, self-centered attitude, which I find more believable than the heel face turn of the usual “befriending”. In any case, Lucifer sends Maou and Ashiya on a wild goose chase to find one of the seven mysteries of a certain school. This just so happens to be Chi-chan’s school, so she’s more than happy to show the two demons around. And of course, wherever Maou goes, Yusa is sure to show up. I find it amusing how she still maintains the claim of keeping an eye on the demon lord, yet her actions are definitely bordering on stalking now.
After a bit of exploring and property damage, the gang reach their goal and find that the mystery of the forbidden classroom isn’t quite as mysterious as Lucifer made it out to be. I laughed pretty hard when the gang realized they’d been fooled and used by Lucifer to retrieve his precious game console, simply because he was bored. You have to give it to the guy. He certainly is slick. Although I’m sure he was in for a beating once the gig was up. Lucifer’s deception aside, the gang made for some hilarious moments during their romp around the school. There’s the usual Yusa chases Maou while screaming threats and brandishing her holy sword sequence, which this time ends in Yusa causing the wanton destruction of innocent school equipment. And there’s also Mao and Ashiya’s reaction to their discovering humans have only one heart. It’s little comical moments like this that make Maou-sama! so great.
In the romance department, progress has been slow to non-existent, as usual. Chi-chan seizes the opportunity to get physically closer to Maou during their late night school escapade, but the guy remains dense as ever. Yusa still remains in denial and insists on treating Maou as a dangerous fiend, but I’m sure it won’t be too long before this changes. And then we have the landlady sending a fanservice photo of her bikini figure to the demons. Yeah ok. Maybe that last one doesn’t count.
It looks like Emerada and Albert have returned to Ente Isla safely and are spreading word of Orba’s actions. We’re lead to believe that his attack on Maou and Yusa was merely an isolated case of power-thirst and corruption, and the church isn’t all that malicious. But instead, the church is presented as a sort of incompetant organization. The council of archbishops are anything but well-informed, and seem to only specialize in reacting overly dramatically to admittedly shocking statements. Thankfully, they must realize their own incompetence, as they’ve sent a highly capable inquisitor after Maou, who has just moved in as Maou and co’s neighbor. I assume the inquisitor in question will play a more stealthy analog of Yusa’s “surveilance” of the demons, but obviously it will only be a matter of time before her identity is exposed to them all.
Fun is the word to describe Maou-sama!, and this episode is a prime example of how fun the show can be. The opening sequence with Maou’s monologue provided a strong, entertaining start, and there was no shortage of laughs until the end of the episode. To balance things off, we’re also treated to a light serving of some plot, which conveniently serves as an introduction for a new character. And if the OP is any indication, the inquisitor may be the last important character to be introduced. But who knows, it’s possible that the line of characters Chi-chan runs towards will only keep filling up as the show goes on. We’ll just have to wait and see if anyone else decides to make the pilgrimage from Ente Isla to Earth.