Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist – 07

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So… are we supposed to be shipping this as a threesome now?

Yaaay things are happening again! Baalberith may look like a creepy ossan, but at least he’s made the storyline more interesting. Even the BL vibes this episode were an overall improvement.

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“Well, the gates of hell have opened again. Let’s ignore this and hope it goes away.”

Finally, Beelzebub’s motives from the previous episode make sense. I guess they only need a soul in order to complete the election thing, which suddenly makes the 3 demons surrounding William (and keeping him alive) seem a lot less manipulative and ‘evil’. If only we knew this beforehand. This makes Dantalion’s words about other demons targeting William a lot more serious if they don’t really even need him alive. On the plus side though, this reveal makes the entire show more serious, and is hopefully setting up for more excitement in the future. Watching William try to be the greatest prefect the world has ever seen (for the sake of his reputation) was interesting for all of maybe 2 episodes, but demon fights (or whatever supernatural beings they choose to throw in here) just seem so much more interesting. I wouldn’t hate the show if they kept William’s goals in life the same, but it would be nice if they took the back seat of the plot now that things are kind of happening.

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I suddenly feel like I’m watching Vividred Operation again.

Sytry has been one of my more liked characters solely for the fact that he becomes increasingly more girly each passing episode and doesn’t give a damn, but his actual character had some good points this episode. Or I liked his speech to William about how he should elect him, if only for the purpose that it would give him an excuse to protect William from his uncle. I imagine it was hard to oppose his uncle in the first place, from what was shown in the short amount of screentime the characters had together. That didn’t seem like that was Sytry trying to be elected for an ulterior motive, it seemed more like Sytry was genuinely concerned for William’s wellbeing. …Now if only we had some kind of previous event or interaction that could have made this a bit more meaningful. Sure, Sytry is attached to Solomon, but it’s not like he’s even had a pleasant conversation with William before. This sudden caring attitude towards him seems like it came out of nowhere.

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On the other hand though, we finally had insight into Dantalion and Solomon’s relationship. …And suddenly, Dantalion’s attitude with William makes a bit more sense. It looks like Solomon pushed Dantalion around all the time, so he’s more tolerant with William. Though maybe that’s just Dantalion since Solomon was pushy in a different way. The fact that Dantalion killed Solomon seems important for the plot too, but like with Sytry, I have absolutely no idea why Dantalion is so attached to William in the first place. Though I can see Dantalion’s case being that he seriously is confusing William with Solomon on some level. He seems to be the most attached to Solomon. (And I’m sure that the ending with William accepting Dantalion even after he was almost killed gained some affection points.) …I’m still shipping William with Kevin though. Kevin is still looking out for William without him knowing. Plus there’s actually a history behind the two, unlike any of the demons.


This anime still isn’t anything to rave about, but at least the plot is finally heading in some sort of direction albeit, it’s wandering around drunkenly based on flimsy character bonds and with no clear goal in sight. At least I can sit and enjoy this anime when it’s like this. The characters might not have clear reasons as to why they’re doing what they’re doing, but their actions are interesting enough. Plus we finally got to see more of Solomon in the past and what kind of character he was. You can kind of see the resemblance to William in attitude (only not really because William is still an idiot who refuses to develop his character), and Solomon is surprisingly manipulative (kind of). That’s certainly more interesting than any other flashback of him that we’ve seen before. Anyways, hopefully this keeps up and that William will stop attributing everything to atoms soon. I mean, it’s true enough, but at this point, I think we can all see that it’s just William trying to re-take control of situations (if only in his head).

Skimming through the manga, it seems that the anime has reordered the series of events and taken things out. …As in things that would have made the story better, like William having dreams about Solomon wanting to start “the beginning of the world’s nightmare”. Hell, the whole manga looks waaay more interesting than the anime. At least the anime is speeding up events though. Where the story is at now was around chapter 18.

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Next episode, it looks like Kamiya’s character finally appears! YAAAAY!

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5 Responses to “Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist – 07”

  1. Irenesharda says:

    This anime is okay, it doesn’t have much plot, and it has some decent fights and fight scenes, but the story is greatly lacking.

    Really, this story should been a straight-up BL/Yaoi, at least then it would explain the lack of story. (Which is kind of sad, since I’ve seen yaoi and shonen-ai with more story and drama then this.) Most of the characters are underdeveloped and even the ones they are trying to develop are barely little more than one-note characters.

    I think the one with the most development is Dantalion, but even he’s a little weak.

    This week, Kevin/Uriel didn’t have enough power to face a demon as strong as Dantalion, however it seems the next week, the warrior archangel himself, Michael will make an appearance. This is the same one who defeated Lucifer himself, during the war in heaven and on God’s order threw Satan and his fallen angels out of Heaven. However, I wonder how this show will portray him, since they seem to not know from what source they want to draw from.

    This was an okay episode, but it, like the show, continues to just miss the mark. I give it a 7/10.

    • Karakuri says:

      Yeah, I feel like I could forgive a a lot more if they presented this differently.

      Michael seems like he’s a bit prideful and pompous from his narration in the preview, so I hope that’s how he is in the actual anime as well. Kevin seems to be the stereotypical helpful/loyal/concerned angel character type, so I want to see someone who’s outside of that.

  2. Irenesharda says:

    Well, after trying to get through the 8th episode of this show, I just couldn’t even finish it. I’m putting this show on-hold until further notice.
    Sorry, Kara :( , I know you and I were practically the only ones left on this show, but I’ll be sure to continue to read your blog articles. :D

    • Karakuri says:

      Aww, I’m sorry to see you go!! But hey, I made it through Aku no Hana without anyone watching it with me, so I’ll make my way through this. xD

      • Irenesharda says:

        Yeah, the portrayal of Michael and the angels was a little too uncomfortable for me, so I’ve decided I have to take a step back. I’ll keep reading though to see how it turns out. :)

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