It’s like power thirst, but better!
This week in Hataraku Maou-sama!: energy drinks! Yes that’s right. Even heroes need a shot or two of liquid energy to keep them going throughout the day. The moral of the story? Drink energy drinks and you can have super powers too! Chuunibyous rejoice!
Meet the Inquisitor
But first, let’s talk about the mysterious inquisitor. This week, she is introduced as Suzuno Kamazuki. This is a marked departure from the other names of the Ente Isla folk so far. Either she wasn’t creative enough to invent a Japanese-sounding version of her real name or she’s actually taking her job very seriously and using an alias to hide her identity. Or perhaps she doesn’t even have her own name and just goes by a multitude of aliases as a part of her job? Either way, her entrance into the fray is rather interesting. We see that she’s rather capable,1 despite being a little clumsy. I’m not sure if her little fall last time was merely a goof up or a calculated move to bring her closer to Maou, but she certainly lets her guard down around Yusa. From her brief conversation with the hero, it’s clear that she believes Yusa has seen through her disguise and is aware that she is an agent of the church. She also believes that Yusa is still intent on taking Maou’s life, a misunderstanding that will no doubt have major ramifications down the line. There’s no explicit language used in this exchange, but we’re lead to believe that she’s after Maou’s life herself. And as for why she hasn’t already taken action against the demons,2 I can only guess it’s because she’s spent her time cautiously appraising the situation.
So now we have an amusing recipe for disaster. Suzuno believes that Yusa knows what she’s here for and is intent on superceding her by ending Maou’s life herself. On the other hand, Yusa believes that Suzuno is just another girl head over heels for Maou who needs to be warned of his malicious nature. One day these two girls will sit down for a chat and realize that they’ve had a different interpretation of “after him” all along, and then things will go sour. Or more likely Suzuno will keep waiting for Yusa to make her move, and when nothing happens for long enough, realize that Yusa doesn’t intend to kill Maou at all. This is ironic, of course, considering Yusa’s constant threats towards the demon lord. The best part of the whole exchange between Yusa and Suzuno, however, has to be the former sizing up the latter with very obvious concerns on her mind. “Just like me, huh?” Oh Yusa. You so silly. Ok, that was pretty bad. I’m ashamed I even tried to make that funny, but let’s move on.
Holy Vitamin Beta
Getting back to energy drinks, this week’s Maou-sama! brings us phony energy drinks courtesy of Emerada. Her super chill attitude while describing the effects and recommended dosage of the Holy Vitamin Beta was very oddly amusing. Almost makes her sound like a stoner, if you will excuse my language. I don’t remember her being so nonchalant in her speech before, but she’s only had very few spoken lines before now. In any case, the concept of taking a shot of sacred power to restore one’s powers sounds like a game-changer for me. All this time, the stranded Ente Isla folk have been looking for a way to recharge their powers. Holy Vitamin Beta provides just that. But of course, I’m sure there are some limitations beyond the maximum recommended daily dosage. The most obvious one is that Holy Vitamin Beta only provides sacred power. Call me crazy, but that doesn’t sound like something Maou can use, what with him being a demon. Surely it takes someone from the holy faction to be able to utilize sacred energy. And on that note, we should discuss the new, mysterious assailant.
Ah, who am I kidding. It’s so very obviously Lucifer again. I mean, the last time we had a mystery man firing magic bullets at our heroes, he was responsible. And I know only one character with purple eyes. You aren’t fooling anyone with your disguise, Lucifer. What we should be wondering, however, is how he got so much power back. And it is this question that points all the more to Lucifer, if you ask me. Being a fallen angel, he has had past association with the holy faction, so I would say he is probably in a position to use Holy Vitamin Beta as a sort of technicality. And if you consider how Yusa left her bag with the energy drinks on the table beside him, he could have very easily swiped a bottle for himself, despite claiming not to have touched her stuff. Which is how he’s now able to fire lasers from his eyes ala Evangelion. I guess all angels have to have an eye beam or two whether they’re fallen or not, eh?
In terms of comedy, we have Yusa finally realizing that she’s essentially a stalker. At least now she’s conscious of how questionable and obsessive her own behavior is. We also have Chi-chan overreacting hilariously to Suzuno’s “loving” double-decker lunchbox with a heart drawn on the rice. This, from a girl who lives next to Maou to boot. But don’t worry, Chi-chan. You’re still the one with the best shot at winning over Maou’s heart. Yusa’s too busy annoying him and being a bother in general, and Suzuno probably seriously wants his head for the inquisition. So rest easy. You’ve got this one in the bag.
1The scene with the welcome gift implies she has tremendous strength. But seeing as Maou was in his “weak”, human form, it may not mean much.
2A point which Yusa herself ponders before reaching the wrong conclusion.