Hataraku Maou-sama! at a Glance

the demon lord at work ep 1
I think you mean Hory Po—

What’s this? An anime comedy that is…¬†funny? What the ever-loving fuck is going on here?!

I don’t have very much to say about Demon Lord Living It Up at McDonald’s beyond the fact that, yes, it is funny. The episode starts off a bit blandly, with standard-issue fantasy stuff, but the staff manages to make it a bit more interesting visually, which I appreciated. Once we get out of mystical land in into Tokyo, things pick up, and while it isn’t terribly novel in its fish-out-of-water approach, its still funny to watch the demon lord, Maou, and his right-hand man, Alshiel, stumbling their way through interactions with the police (I liked the bit with the katsudon the most), and establishing themselves as legal residents.

And, before you know it, Maou is a minimum wage-slave in a fast-food joint taking extreme pride in his career progression and with his ability to shill black pepper fries. When the fryer breaks, he has a mental crisis – he wants the location he works at to be number one! Should he use the last of his magic to repair the fryer?!¬†Alshiel, going by Ashiya, has become more or less his put-upon housewife/designated researcher. (I’m even almost tempted to ship them… although much more interested in whether anyone else felt the same way…)

Does it count as breaking new ground if its only insofar as the presentation is concerned? Because the reason it all actually works is that a. the humor is humorous, and b. the show doesn’t bend over backwards to remind viewers that, oh man, this shit is SOOO funny! After all, the premise isn’t terribly novel, the characters populating it have all been done before… but the show let’s the jokes speak for themselves, and it isn’t the screaming “humor” of Shounen Jump-land, and that makes such a complete world of difference when you compare it to the field of comedy over the past several years. I approve.

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2 Responses to Hataraku Maou-sama! at a Glance

  1. Caraniel says:

    You’re not the only one tempted to ship already – I felt the urge too.
    But yes, definitely pleasantly surprised by how easy the humour was without it being shoved down our throats. There has been some actual effort put into the writing and character interactions, and that really does make all the difference! Remains to be seen if it can keep this standard up for the duration though.

  2. schneider says:

    Khatsu-dum. The very name rings of power!

    I like the twist at the end. That just changes everything.

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