Let’s Watch: Hataraku Maou-sama! 4-6

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SPOILER ALERT! With that out of the way, it’s time to catch up with this series! Also, a title change that I feel fits these post better.

Episode 4: The Hero Feels the Warmth of the Heart

We start where we last left off in episode 3, just after an earthquake hit the underground shopping arcade Maou and Co. were at. Emi still in disbelief at witnessing Maou saving human lives goes into flashback mode where we see her as a child with her father in her homeland. However all is not well as the arrival of a group of priest uncovered Emi’s secret, unbeknownst to her own self she is born from a marriage of a human father and an angel mother, i.e she’s half angel. Her mother was not shown at all and the father we see was not explicitly revealed to be her birth father, though I assume he is. There really isn’t a reason why he shouldn’t be. Anyway, the priest take Emi away for training as she is ‘humanity’s only weapon’ against the demon lord. A mere number of days past before Emi’s hometown was razed and everyone in it perished, including her dad it is assumed. From this Emi turned from innocent child into a demon-slaughtering machine wielded by the church in that world.

Maou using his powers he regained at the end of last episode to create shields to protect those caught in the earthquake.

Maou using powers he to create shields to protect those caught in the earthquake.

Emi still disbelieving what she saw: a demon lord helping humans.

Emi still disbelieving what she saw: a demon lord helping humans.

Aaaaannnnnnd Flashback mode switch on!

Aaaaannnnnnd Flashback mode switch on!

Yay! Loving family scene added. Perfect angst fuel for later!

Yay! Loving family scene added. Perfect angst fuel for later!

A discussion on the Holy Church and Royal Army of that world with a passerby.

A discussion on the Holy Church and Royal Army of that world with a passerby.

And speaking of the devil...

And speaking of the devil…

Some exposition on how Emi is the only one who can stop the demon lord.

Some exposition on how Emi is the only one who can stop the demon lord.

A last hug before...

A last hug before…

Armageddon. For that village anyway... and her dad.

Armageddon. For that village anyway… and her dad.

Emi sheds her last tears as a child before growing into the demon killing machine we all know her as now.

Emi sheds her last tears as a child before growing into the demon killing machine we all know her as now.

Cut back to the present we see Maou and Emi sending off Chiho-chan who was unhurt and alright. Also revealed is Chiho’s dad who is the policeman Maou used his magic on way back in episode one, to which Maou conjectures is the reason as to why Chiho can hear the voices relating to the earthquakes. Emi’s friend Rika came along and took Emi to her apartment to recover and freshen up leaving Maou to console an entirely apologetic Ashiya who bemoans he couldn’t protect Maou… like he needed the help to begin with. At Rika’s apartment, the girls have a heart to heart moment.

Rightly so,

Which mess: being caught in an earthquake or going on a date with some dude?

I do have to say

Have to say the art dept are having a field day with expressions in this anime. Emi mainly, Rika’s shown here.

Ashiya's guardian personality is always fun to watch, especially when he's apologising or reprimanding Maou.

Ashiya’s guardian personality is always fun to watch, especially when he’s apologising or reprimanding Maou.

Oooh dear

Oooh dear, more fanfic fuel…

A scee

Now the girls’ side. We see Rika drag Emi to her flat…

Ybdbd

…where the two have some bonding time…

Which

…which sends Emi into a short flashback scene.

This scene on first glance is pure

This scene on first glance is pure fanservice, however I believe that this scene (together with the information obtained from episode 5) holds important information regarding magic and its accumulation… or I could just be blowing hot air… either way really.

Skip to the next morning, we follow Emi to Maou’s place to return the money she borrowed as train fare when she stayed over last time. One thing led to another and events snowballed into Chiho accidentally barging into a scene where Maou and Emi are alone together and Emi is crying. Misunderstanding ensures and Chiho runs off. Before anyone could follow, Maou’s landlord appears and provides ominous information leading us to believe that she knows more about Maou’s situation than she’s letting on… I mean it’s really blatantly obvious since her introduction in episode 1 but whatever, I’ll play along. Anyway, Maou and Co. rushes off to find Chiho… only to find her in the clutches of a mysterious demon-like figure who is revealed to be the very same one who destroyed Emi’s childhood town. More on the baddie Lucifer next episode! On a quick side note, this is my least favourite episode so far. As the theme of the series seems to be (and is really) comedy, this particular episode by far had a more serious atmosphere throughout thus jarring whatever comedic slice-of-life theme the series built up to now.

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Ashiya still has not recovered (mentally) from the previous night’s events.

Also note, do be careful when walking on steps with high heels.

Also note, do be careful when walking on steps with high heels.

While patching Emi up, Maou gets a right scolding from her... also h

While patching Emi up, Maou gets a right scolding from her… also what she says is quite laughable.

Truly the big question really, to which Maou meekly replies: "Sorry." I

Truly the big question really, to which Maou meekly replies: “Sorry.” I mean, c’mon! Really?

 
Maou continues to try and explain his side of the equation... not doing a whole lot of good with EMi

Maou continues to try and explain his side of the equation… not doing a whole lot of good with Emi though.

Perfect timing... as always.

Perfect timing… as always.

An

And the landlord appears once more. Who is she really?

Look, more people from the other world! More foreign talk! *cheer*

Look, more people from the other world! More funny talk! *cheer*

Oh dear, what have you gotten yourself into now Chiho...

Oh dear, what have you gotten yourself into now Chiho…

See more of this guy! Flip over to the next tab to episode 5!

See more of this guy! Flip over to the next tab to episode 5!

Episode 5: The Devil and The Hero Save Sasazuka

From the title you can expect some rather awesome stuff from the episode, and really it delivers. Enjoyed this episode thoroughly myself. Also reinforces the fact that a large contrasting atmosphere can emphasize the positive aspects of something. From the rather sombre feelings of the last episode, this one has more of a kick-ass light-hearted feeling that skyrockets it to my favourite episode of the series thus far. Amazing what a turnabout can cause really.

Alright, the show begins with Lucifer, the guy with wings, destroying part of the town Sasazuka. Maou not missing a beat uncovers the mastermind behind Lucifer’s revival (it was shown that he was impaled by Emi’s sword in a previous battle): Orba the priest who was with Emi. Now if I recall correctly only one shadow went through the inter-dimensional gate in episode 2 before it closed and that was Emi. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought that Orba was just too late in going through the portal? Anyone? I guess I’m just not that great of a conspiracy detector. Anyway to cut a long story short, Orba teams up with Lucifer and the two go to town with Maou and Co, who are at a significant disadvantage for various reasons. In the end, Maou teleports his group over to a crowded area near an underground station before Lucifer shoots a magic beam through his chest…

The new opening sequence. This time it looks like a keeper

Part of the new opening sequence. This time it looks like a keeper rather than a rehash of episode 1 and 2.

A short skit from these two, both of whom we'll see later on

A short skit from these two, both of whom we’ll see later on… with funny-speak! Sorry, I just love the otherworldly dialogue.

Lucifer lording over Maou's group. However Maou's onto something...

Lucifer lording over Maou’s group. However Maou’s onto something…

Hurray for obligatory evil church guy! As is staple of any RPG really...

Hurray for obligatory evil church guy! As is staple of any RPG really…

Remember this scene? I could have sworn that I only saw onl

Remember this scene? I could have sworn that I saw only one shadow (i.e. Emi) pass through…

Ashiya; shot by one of Lucifer's magic beams. With complimentary 'last words' gags.

Ashiya; shot by one of Lucifer’s magic beams. With complimentary ‘last words’ gags.

The million dollar question today!

The million dollar question this episode!

The answer. I believe that holy/angelic power (i.e. Emi's) function in a similar manner, hence my ramblings about it under the previous episode's tab.

The answer. I believe that holy/angelic power (i.e. Emi’s) function in a similar manner, hence my ramblings about it under the previous episode’s tab.

And Lucifer kindly shows us a physical demonstration of that.

And Lucifer kindly shows us a physical demonstration of that.

One thing... does this mean that Ashiya gets shot twice?

One thing… does this mean that Ashiya gets shot twice?

Maou teleports away...

Maou teleports away to a relatively busy location…

...only to get shot moments later. Now this scene would've been more depressing had I not already guessed what's to come. Also

…only to get shot moments later. Now this scene would’ve been more depressing had I not already guessed what’s to come. Also the show’s about a demon lord… who works at a fast food restaurant. I mean really the show is a comedy: he won’t die so easily.

As Maou gambled, the crowded area he ported to gave him the opportunity to suck in the despair and terror of the people around him and regain his original form. From here the tides are turned as Emi and Ashiya (in Alsiel form) rise up to fight against Orba and Lucifer. Even in battle the characters have the time to banter with great comedic timing and effect. Also we see Maou deal some well earned justice his own special way… quite a satisfying conclusion to this particular arc. Oh, and Chiho witnessed the whole thing. To her credit she takes it all in rather rationally, perhaps because of her infatuation with Maou. As for the comedy; great pacing, timing and juxtapositions meld to bring on the laughter-works a plenty.

"With Maou out, we're free to..."

“With Maou out, we’re free to…”

"...kill everyone!!! Nyuk nyuk nyuk!"

“…kill everyone!!! Nyuk nyuk nyuk!”

Guess who's back?

Guess who’s baaaaack?

With some exposition added for those of you not caught up yet.

With a short exposition added for those of you not caught up yet.

Emi too decides to join in the fray...

Emi too decides to join in the fray…

...

…and how. That’s one hell of a transformation scene.

"He who controls the time!" +1 rep for those who get the reference...

“He who controls time!” +1 rep for those who get the reference…

A flurry of blows ensures between Emi and Lucifer.

A flurry of blows ensures between Emi and Lucifer.

Ashiya

Ashiya (in demon form) drops by to give a hand.

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That peashooter won’t worked against magically enhanced warriors I think…

Yup, didn't work.

Yup, didn’t work.

Chiho's crush on Maou gives her an uncanny ability to adapt to such a crazy situation.

Chiho’s crush on Maou gives her an uncanny ability to adapt to such a crazy situation.

Ooooh dang, you're gonna get it...

Ooooh dang, you’re gonna get it…

Kame....

Kame….

...hame...

…hame…

...well, you get the picture.

…well, you get the picture.

A quick shot as to how Lucifer managed to track down Emi down to where she works.

A quick shot as to how Lucifer managed to track down Emi down to where she works.

And we finally see the two from the beginning.

And we finally see the two from the beginning.

Looking surprised at the demons' human forms.

Looking surprised at the demons’ human forms.

We can expect more from this Church group in future episodes. Quite cliche really though.

We can expect more from this Church group in future episodes. Quite cliche really though.

Further explanation regarding the voice Chiho heard earlier in the show...

Further explanation regarding the voice Chiho heard earlier in the show…

...with this being the main reason. Also funny otherworld dialogue for the win!

…with this being the main reason. Also funny otherworld dialogue for the win!

Loving Chiho's shocked expression!

Loving Chiho’s shocked expression!

And Sasazura is saved by both the hero and demon lord... which begs the question.

And Sasazuka is saved by both the hero and demon lord… which begs the question.

Yeah, that one. Perhaps this will be explored further into the series? No complaints if it'll be hilarious.

Yeah, that one. Perhaps this will be explored further into the series? No complaints if it’ll be hilarious.

Lastly we see life moving along like it was. Although Chiho seems cross by Maou's offer to erase her memories.

Lastly we see life moving along like it was. Although Chiho seems cross by Maou’s offer to erase her memories.

Episode 6: The Devil Climbs the Stairway to School

Yeah, the title is somewhat misleading. Despite the fact Maou does not enroll into school, this is still an entertaining episode that does a good job introducing a new arc into the series.

We begins by looking at Maou’s more demonic-side…. ahahahaha… ahem. From the previous episode, it looks like Lucifer is going to be staying on Earth. Well, now we get to look at how he’s doing. Right now, Lucifer’s role in Maou’s group is a NEET. He is also given the name Urushihara, although a name change might not be enough to evade the cops, which may explain his stay-at-home attitude. After the short reintroduction, we are shifted to the other side of the story where in Ente Island (the other world) we see a group of shady people… very so obviously the so-called Church, right? Anyway, it looks like their plan to get rid of both Maou and the hero Emi lay in tatters, so what else to do but send in the Inquisitors. Cue in mysterious robe figure in the centre of this all with the ominous choice of admitting Orba betrayed the Church (hah) or sending the Inquisitor off to kill Maou and Emi.

How indeed?

How indeed?

Yea, sorta expected this really haha!

Yea, sorta expected this really haha!

This made me laugh... then again seeing as he's somewhat of a child in a way it's befitting I suppose.

This made me laugh… then again seeing as he’s somewhat of a child in a way it’s befitting I suppose.

Zooming across dimensions we reenter Ente Isle to the Church's HQ. Doesn't really feel like one though.

Zooming across dimensions we reenter Ente Isle to the Church’s HQ. Doesn’t really feel like one though.

We learn the two new characters' names from last episode here.

We learn the two new characters’ names from last episode here.

And who is this mysterious robed figure? And what does... oh alright, I'll get on with it.

And who is this mysterious robed figure? And what does… oh alright, I’ll get on with it.

Dashing back to Sasazuka, we see that Lucifer, now Urushihara, is tasked along with Ashiya in finding information regarding magic. Also to note is Urushihara’s visual difference as minor as it is. As Lucifer he dons an insane facial expression but when dominated by Maou or as Urushihara, his is more normal. Which goes to show that if you want a decent looking face, be a good guy. Not always applicable I know, but it’s true most of the time.

Now while it’s true the demonic trio can probably go on a rampage and just suck in the negative emotions caused as a result in order to replenish their magical supply, that’s far from what Maou want as shown last episode. Ashiya will follow whatever Maou wills and Urushihara has no say in the matter, hence their roles. The difference between the two is that Ashiya uses the library to search for information while Urushihara convinced Maou to purchase a computer to make use of the internet. Which he does to prank Emi at work. Emi, not amused by all this, confronts Maou at MgRonalds (hahaha) and asks what’s he planning. With a reply lacking in world domination and the like, Emi emphasizes the fact that she’s staying at Sasazuka with Maou to keep an eye on him.

Hmmm, can he really?

Hmmm, can he really?

Yes he can so it seems.

Yes he can, so it seems.

Working hard, Maou-san is. Strong in the workforce he is, hmm.

Working hard, Maou-san is. Strong in the workforce he is, hmm.

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Well, someone’s not here for the special it seems.

I feel you bro, but when you're on a budget you've got to make do really.

I feel you bro, but when you’re on a budget you’ve got to make do really.

Oh, a link to the title?

Oh, is this episode going to be a haunted house chapter?

Also included is Ashiya finding a letter from the landlady...

Also included is Ashiya finding a letter from the landlady…

Emi confronts Maou. Nothing major here apart from this exposition.

Emi confronts Maou. Nothing major here apart from this exposition.

So the Maou household receives a letter from the landlady… which contains a rather destructive WMD of sorts. It’ll definitely affect a majority of people that’s for sure…

Anyway, back to Urushihara’s research on magic spots. Looks like he’s found out something regarding a school’s unused classroom, which nicely bring us to the title of this episode. Maou and Ashiya then heads of to the school, which turns out (coincidentally? hahaha) to be one that Chiho attends. With that rather conveniently set in place, Chiho helps Maou and Ashiya infiltrate the school. They make their way to the classroom in question, but not before stalker Emi interrupts and joins the group. Upon they reached the classroom in question, they find it rather lived in. Turns out it was, being the spawn point of Urushihara and Orba into this world. The group is unamused at being led here to retrieve Urushihara’s PSP and they trudged unhappily back home, unaware they were being watched the whole time while in school by the Inquisitor from earlier in the episode it seems.

Daily life then resumes, but not before Maou encounters the apartment’s new resident, a lady garbed in a Kimono… who looks remarkably like the Inquisitor in question. So is she there to spy on Maou and Co.? Finally I get to say: “Tune in to next episode for: The Dark Lord’s Finances Are Saved By His Neighbours!”

Maou returning to a scene of carnage...

Maou returning to a scene of carnage…

This scene really made me laugh out loud... heh.

This scene really made me laugh out loud… heh.

So ummm...

So ummm…

...I shouldn't really keep such a thing away from you guys (also Maou's hillarious reaction hahaha!)...

…I shouldn’t really keep such a thing away from you guys (also Maou’s hillarious reaction hahaha!)…

...so here. Have at you (I've  at least spared you the close-up screencap).

…so here. Have at you (I’ve at least spared you the close-up screencap).

Ashiya not too pleased with the Internet trumping over the humble library it seems haha!

Ashiya not too pleased with the Internet trumping over the humble library it seems haha!

And we get the link to the title!

And we get the link to the title!

Maou and Ashiya goes ghostbusting... nah.

Maou and Ashiya goes ghostbusting… nah.

Wai! More cute Chiho expressions!

Wai! More cute Chiho expressions!

Her friend provides the obligatory fujoshi view of the series, which I'm sure is real IRL somewhere on the net...

Her friend provides the obligatory fujoshi view of the series, which I’m sure is real IRL somewhere on the net…

And it's spelunking time!

And it’s spelunking time!

Just so you know, unless my music theory has rusted beyond belief, that is NOT the C-key of a piano...

Just so you know, unless my music theory has rusted beyond belief, that is NOT the C-key of a piano…

Lords, we still on that joke?

Lords, we still on that joke?

Yes, that thing's potent enough to work on anything, even on those not living.

Yes, that thing’s potent enough to work on anything, even on those not living.

Emi in full-on stalker mode.

Emi in full-on stalker mode.

Mysterious figure on cue.

Mysterious figure on cue.

And they reached the classroom in question...

And they reached the classroom in question…

...that has some rather questionable items for an untouched locked toom.

…that has some rather questionable items for an untouched locked toom.

Yea, the whole trip was one excuse to grab his PSP...

Yea, the whole trip was one excuse to grab his PSP…

Maou and Co. don't look to happy really.

Maou and Co. don’t look to happy really.

One final appearance of the landlady's letter...

One final appearance of the landlady’s letter…

...and a quick look at the inner workings of the Maou household...

…and a quick look at the inner workings of the Maou household…

...before you see Maou saving a mysterious new neighbour. Seriously, those stairs are a menace!

…before you see Maou saving a mysterious new neighbour. Seriously, those stairs are a menace!

Hmmm... looks familiar anyone?

Hmmm… looks familiar anyone?

Tune in to the next episode!

Tune in to the next episode!

Summary

Well now, we’ve finally caught up to the series as it is now. Time for Suisei no Gargantia… oh before I go:

Episode 4: Personally the lowest point of the series so far, but necessary. Sports a more serious tone as the Earthquake Arc reaches its climax, culminating in the villain reveal: Lucifer. Still has the occasional humourous spots, but as I said these take a back seat now. The tension built from this episode is in no way comparable to say any single episode of Shingeki no Kyojinhowever it acts as a contrasting point in its own series and merits this mention I believe as it then pivots in…

Episode 5: Here, the first half continues the rather oppressed theme from last episode. This only serves as a counterpoint to what happens in the second half, a righteous beating up of the bad guys. Once the element of surprise is gone and Maou’s side obtains their armaments (i.e. regain/use magic), it all becomes almost a one-sided fight as Maou deals the final blow to end this arc. Correction, he repairs this city thus ending the arc very nicely to continue on with everyday life. A feel good episode that really works because of the stark contrast introduced really starting from episode 4.

Episode 6: And we see the series return to a slice-of-life/comedy routine, though it is peppered with the occasional foreshadowing of events later to come: the Church and their meddling ways mainly. Also, at the end of the episode we are introduced (not by name) to a new character… most likely the Inquisitor sent from the other world, Ente Isle, to kill Maou and Emi. Lovely. Can’t wait to see the next episode!

Catching up now with Suisei and hopefully I can write up some other posts I’ve got waiting in the wings. Also, advance apologies if you spot any mistakes of any sort. Signing off for now, see you around later!

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