Returning the favor.
Alas, it’s time for Hataraku Maou-sama! to leave us. As the dramatic developments have been dispensed with, the show finally returns to romcom full time with a simple, fun finale.
Never give up, Chi-chan!
This episode of Maou-sama! opens with a oddly amusing, if not obvious fake out. I think we all know that Maou won’t be returning to Ente Isla any time soon, so it came as no surprise when his apparent departure merely turned out to be Chi-chan’s nightmare. And while we’re on the topic of nightmares, Emi’s very own of Maou reverting to his old ways was equally hilarious. While she may continue to deny it, it’s clear as day to us that Emi has come to develop complicated emotions towards her former adversary. But more on that later. First, there’s a little bit of cleaning up to do. After his fisticuffs with Sariel last episode, Maou is left with the task of repairing the damage, which he does in short order. Then, he has to take out the trash. I still find it a little questionable that he “wasted” his magic opening the gate to throw Sariel back in. If you’ve already opened the gate, why don’t you walk through as well? But in any case, it turns out that wouldn’t have done him any good anyway, as Sariel just ends up back on Earth. And in a MgRonald’s freezer, at that. The archangel really is having a very bad day. But that’s alright, because he deserves it. There’s little mention of Orba’s fate, which is a bit of a loose end. Maybe they did send him back home offscreen? Or maybe he’s recuperating in a hospital somewhere yet again? Either way, it doesn’t seem important. After being beaten soundly twice by Maou and his buddies, I highly doubt he’ll be back for more even though they say the third time’s the charm. The guy has also lost all his cards, so unless the Church tries sending more people over to Earth, there’s not much he can do anyway. And with that said, we’ve wrapped up the last bit of business, so let’s head on over to the romcom.
You don’t say.
That’s right. Romcom is back with a vengeance. I think it’s really true to the show’s nature for it to leave us off in this way, though I can see some people being a little dissatisfied with such an unserious finale. But I feel a more laid-back and comical approach is what Maou-sama! does the best. This is when we get to see the characters for who they are; silly, bumbling, and far from perfect. From Sariel’s fall to a masochist to Chi-chan and Emi “in disguise” to Lucifer falling for a scam, the events of this episode felt naturally at home with the show. This is the comedy that makes me love Maou-sama! Oh, and any episode where Emerada makes an appearance is also a good one. I just love her super relaxed yet matter-of-fact attitude. Truly, she is an awesome support character who deserves more screen time than she got.
Moving on to the romance, I’m sorry to say that yet again, Maou drops the ball with Chi-chan. I know people have said he’s perceptive enough to realize her feelings. And heck, the girl’s already confessed to him straight up. But even so, I can’t believe that Maou is actually consciously avoiding Chi-chan’s advances. It seems to me more like he’s just completely forgotten about the confession, and is legitimately dense. But there’s really no way to verify either belief without a super lengthy analysis of his character and his actions. And even then, we can’t say which is the matter of fact with absolute certainty, so I will just drop the issue. Believe what you will. I will continue to believe that he’s just not seeing Chi-chan’s feelings, even though it pains me so. Chi-chan aside, we do get some advancement between Emi and Maou thrown in after the credits. I was fully prepared for khatsu-duuuum futaaaaatsu to be the parting line, but I’m glad they decided to include that little private moment between the former hero and demon lord. Harking back to the very first episode, Emi returns the favor from Maou that started it all; that one act of kindness that probably sparked the change in her view of her mortal enemy. And looking back at the body of this episode, we see that she has in fact come a very long way. I think even last episode, it would have been unthinkable for her to directly extend a hand and help the demon lord when he is in trouble. She’s tolerated his existence for a while now, but it still felt like there was a bit of a wall between the two. Now, I would say she won’t think twice about aiding and defending the man who saved her from the clutches of a perverted angel.
So actually, Maou-sama! departs with teasing hints of potential romance. But truth be told, I think even by the very end, the relationship between Emi and Maou is more trust and respect than love. It’s a very complicated one, that’s for sure. Or maybe this is just my inner Chi-chan fan refusing to acknowledge any other girl as Maou’s love interest. Either way, it felt a very strong end to a very strong show. Maou-sama! has entertained from day one, and I’m very pleased that White Fox was able to deliver such a fine piece of work to us. Will we see more of the franchise in the future? Who knows. No such indication has been made so far. But I’m confident Maou-sama! is well respected enough that this could easily become a reality eventually. And if that ever happens, you can be sure I’ll be there to cover it!