And thus Suzuno made up her mind.
Well this was yet another intense episode of Hataraku Maou-sama! Looks like the show is building up to an action-packed finale, which honestly caught me off guard. I’ve been enjoying Maou-sama! so much that I didn’t even realize there are only two episodes left!
Ente Isla Politics
Let’s kick things off with some backstory from Suzuno. As expected, she’s had a very dark and troubling past, serving as an executor for the Church’s Inquisition. I mean, being an inquisitor is one thing, but Suzuno is the one who actually dirties her hands with the blood of the Church’s enemies and targets. And this from a girl who looks even younger than Yusa. Obviously the Church’s methods have been less than savory, but making a young girl do all the dirty work while they sit back and reap the benefits really doesn’t sit well with me. As sorry as I feel for Suzuno, however, her story also does serve to inform us of the state of affairs in Ente Isla. I guess it’s no surprise that the humans in their world don’t stand united even in the face of the common threat of the demons. Even during the war, we see internal strife between factions competing for power in the Allied Knight Order’s plot to withhold their aid to the Church’s knights when Lucifer’s demons came knocking. And after the humans emerge victorious against the demons, the struggle for power only gets worse, with deception and plotting left and right within the Church.1 The worst part of the discussion between the council of bishops, however, has to be their decision to essentially dismantle the Inquisition. Now that the Church has no use for it, they are going to discard people like Suzuno who might tarnish their name should the atrocities of the Inquisition come to light. Just how despicable can these so-called holy men be?
That said, I don’t believe things will go as smoothly as the Church would like. Obviously there are people who disagree with them, and I can’t believe that the Church has silenced each and every single one of them using their Inquisition. Try as they might, there will always be dissenters. And what will they do then? Reinstate the Inquisition for another round of killings? Their dreams of controlling all mankind are just as misguided as Maou’s. There is absolutely no way to subjugate the world, no matter what methods you use. But that’s enough on the Church. Let’s return to Suzuno again. Last episode, she was confronted by an angel we now know to be Mitsuki. Now, we see that he is pushing her to fulfil her task and kill Maou. And despite previous indications that she might warm up to the demon lord, it’s looking like she might really carry out her orders. I should be satisfied that things are turning out this way since I voiced my displeasure with her possibly coming to tolerate Maou so easily last time, but I still can’t help but feel sorry for Suzuno. She’s spent her entire life serving as a puppet of the Church, and despite overhearing the bishops’ conversation and knowing that she’s just being used, she still can’t do anything but continue to be a tool. I guess the silver lining here is that the developments will eventually lead to her redemption, since I can’t picture her remaining a dog of the Church until the very bitter end.
Angels and Demons2
Last time, we saw some mysterious purple glowing around the bamboo when Maou was attracting customers. I had speculated that this might be holy power, but apparently it was just generic magic. Nevertheless, it was magic, and Suzuno’s argument for killing Maou is that he might abuse his magic for nefarious purposes. I would point out that it’s unfair to judge someone preemptively, but this is actually not the case here. Maou already has a track record for trying to subjugate all humans on Ente Isla. And even if he might not have known about the horrors of the battlefield and all the suffering he’s caused, I have to agree with Suzuno’s statement that the commander is responsible for his forces. Maou may not have meant harm himself, but harm was done in his name. I’d be a little more understanding if he never sanctioned the war on humanity, but he did. And regardless of what his motives may be, the hard, cold truth is that his ambitions have directly caused widespread death and destruction. You can try to sugercoat it, but these are the facts. Now, I’m not saying that Maou should never be forgiven and that Suzuno should just smash his head in with her hammer, but the demon lord should at least be held accountable for his actions. At the moment, he’s just run away from it all and taken refuge in another world. He’s got to make amends for what he’s done or he’ll be no better than the power hungry bishops of the Church. Chi-chan herself talks about apologizing for causing others trouble, and Maou has yet to do even that for the citizens of Ente Isla.
And speaking of the Church again, I wonder if Mitsuki really has been sent by them. There’s still been no explicit indication, and the only connection we can draw is that he is an angel, which honestly doesn’t mean much. We do know that he’s actively trying to get Suzuno to kill Maou, which leads to the obvious question of why he doesn’t do it himself. He’s obviously quite powerful as he can easily take out Yusa. Of course, there are a few catches, such as his power being specifically catered to canceling Yusa’s sacred abilities and Yusa herself being low on energy. But I would think that a full-fledged angel should give even the demon lord a hard time. On that note, there’s also an interesting tidbit where Mitsuki refers to his own power as the “Wicked Light of the Fallen”; keywords wicked and fallen. Doesn’t exactly sound befitting of an angel, now does it? Wicked aside, I don’t know if fallen really means much. We all know that Lucifer is a fallen angel, but despite the stigma associated with it, a fallen angel isn’t necessarily evil. A fallen angel could be as simple as one who has simply descended to the land below from whatever celestial abode he resides in. Then again, Mitsuki also throws out the word “wicked”, which seems to me the bigger indication that he might not be too holy after all. Also questionable is the fact that he specializes in nullifying sacred energy. In any case, we now know that he’s targeting Yusa to retrieve her sacred sword, which I guess was bestowed upon her in the first place by the powers above.
Maou-sama! has markedly departed from the typical romcom routine, but I think I’ve come to not mind this. I know I came into the show expecting good laughs, which it has technically delivered. But I certainly didn’t expect things to get so dramatic and intense, even though I realize the whole demon lord attempts to conquer world theme should have given that away in retrospect. For now, I just hope the show will be able to finish strong regardless of laughs or drama. It’s been so very entertaining all along, and I wouldn’t want this to be yet another show that suffers from a mediocre ending. Oh, and here’s hoping Chi-chan will get a proper response or even some acknowledgement from Maou. The girl has such strong faith in him that he just has to. I’ll throw a fit if it doesn’t happen by the end.