Who needs female characters when you have extremely girly men?
|When I thought that Free! is the gay show of this season, The Devil and the Realist is gayer than I expected. Not that I mind though. The gayer the show is, the better for me. Viva yaoi.|
|Yep. The BL vibes are strong in this. Maybe I might comes off as anti-yaoi, but I’m perfectly okay with it as long as it stays the hell away from the otome genre. Some things just shouldn’t mix. Anyways, this was a rather enjoyable first episode.|
Elections + Realist
Everyone is fabulous and nothing hurts.
Kara // There are still a lot of things that still need clearing up for this series (like what exactly an elector is), but I like the set up already. Or at least, I like the way hell’s system works with the defeat of the strong raising one’s status. Mostly because this means that the plot will have some kind of magical battle sequences somewhere. The battle this episode was kind of… nonsensical though. “If he unleashes his power here, you won’t get home ever!” seemed a little extreme. Dantalion might have busted up the floor, but it didn’t look like the situation was that bad. And then the okama-demon, who was so angry before, just went “Welp. I’m leaving now. K, bye.” and that was that. Oh right, I was talking about the elections. …Yeah, I don’t know what this all entails yet. I highly doubt it’s as simple as William going “Okay, you’re Satan’s replacement now” and if the requirement is something like fighting everyone, it seems like it would be a never-ending battle. I’m sure we’ll learn more about this later, but it seems like an interesting concept at the moment. …I would have thought that Lucifer would have set up a replacement before he took a nap, but I guess he just expects his followers to work that all out for him.
And as a contrast between all of the magical things going on, we have William, the self-proclaimed realist. …Though from the events of this episode, I’d say that his role is more of the series’ tsukkomi/straight man more than the guy trying to make sense of things. There’s no trying to make sense of all of this magic, there’s just flat out (comical) rejection. I guess that makes things more interesting as opposed to the contract scene going “elect me!” “lolokay.”, but you’d think that someone as brilliant as William apparently is would know that something is up. Like, his whole adventure in the demon world or hell or wherever. William just came off as stubbornly naive as opposed to smart. On the plus side though, he adds some kind of comedy to the show that I didn’t mind, so this kind of character is okay with me.
War of the Ships
Homos and Realist
anaaga // Everything about this anime is meant to be yaoi. From the setting to characters, every single thing is set to release the yaoi aura in this anime. Though I am not so sure about the whole Hell and Elector system thing (does the devil need a human elector or something like that?), I do get that every devil is supposed to have some kind of a human contractor that can represent him. At least, that is what I got from Solomon’s relationship with Dantalion. Even the whole contract process looks gay. Holding the chin, having one centimeter space between their mouth… If there’s something that is more yaoi than that, I don’t know what that is. Except, of course, the relationship between William and Kevin. Like any other butler and master relationship in anime, Willian and Kevin has such ambiguous relationship that crosses the limit of normal friendship between men. I love how masters and butlers are depicted so sexually in this anime. Yes, this includes Dantalion and his goat butler. Oh man, I actually went there. Though Kevin needs to be worried about his position now, since I bet Dantalion will be William’s new guy. It seems that there’s going to be some romantic war between the two minions, fighting for the almighty William’s love. Such complicated yaoi relationship they have there.
This is not an anime that should not be taken seriously. The story is the kind of story that has been used over and over again by many authors and mangaka. In fact, I’ve already thought of the possible mysteries and “”mind screws” that are going to be used in this anime. I can already guess who is who (all thanks to the opening and endings) and how the relationsihip among the characters are going to be. The same old routine with a spice of bishies, that is what this anime is all about. With the exception of William’s attitude, which happens to be refreshing and entertaining to be watched, I don’t see anything outstanding or special from this anime.
That does not mean that this anime cannot be enjoyed, of course. Sure, the anime might be nothing special whatsoever, but that is what makes this anime enjoyable to watch. It has a predictable story and the characters look shallow, but I enjoyed every single thing from this anime. The beautiful male characters were a feast to my eyes, and the (predictable) fun fantasy element of this anime becomes something that can be enjoyed at any moment. In short, it is the perfect anime for those who wants something that does not require much thinking and only wants beautiful scenes only. Not that those things are bad, of course. Without those things, there is no way I would have enjoyed the first episode this much.
Not all of this really connected with me, but a lot of it still did. I like the characters I saw, I like the whole idea of the election system (however it works), the demons seem to be loosely based off of ones from existing mythology, and I like the fact that this episode gave me a lot of shipping material. Dantalion and William’s relationship looks like it will be the main one I’ll be watching, but it looks like The FukuJun butler character’s devotion to William shouldn’t be underestimated. … Though I don’t have the shipping feels as much as anaaga does, apparently. The goat butler’s relationship with Dantalion does nothing for me. (Though the goat butler is a bro, I’ll give him that.)
So this wasn’t all that spectacular and I’m not familiar with the source material, so I don’t know if Chiaki Kon screwed this series over yet, but I was content with what I saw. This wasn’t groundbreaking, but the characters came across pretty clearly and the parts that were supposed to be humorous were actually somewhat funny. Watching William was pretty entertaining and Dantalion looks like he will be too, so I can’t wait to see how the other character’s personalities are.
A new (extremely feminine looking) challenger approaches!