Maou-Sama plays the blame game.

Upon airing, Hataraku Maou-sama! immediately captured everyone’s interest. It did an excellent job of contrasting a supposedly evil OverLord and his new part time job routine. For the first three episodes, the show was funny and quite endearing in its own way.

Unfortunately, there was only so far it could go whilst ignoring or making light jokes at the big fat elephant in the room.

Why the hell is the Demon Overlord so nice?

Hataraku Maou-sama! Chiho

It would have been a different story if the anime had implied that demons and humans are equally moral beings and their war was not a result of an oppressive regime but rather one more war that started as a misunderstanding. Had that been the case, then both Emilia and the Hero could have come to understand one another and work out their differences.

Hataraku Maou-sama! Fire

But, that wasn’t the case. The Demons were shown ravaging humans and supposedly without any cause or reason to.

That was necessary because we couldn’t have had the great contrast between evil overlord and McDonald’s employee that we do have. On top of that, Emilia could not exist in her current, “not terribly moral but absolutely repulsed by the demon lord” form that she is in today.

Top form I say!

Top form I say!

So, how do you try and make Maou look like a good person without completely nullifying the past? By playing the blame game of course.

All of the flashbacks that Emilia had involved Lucifer. Maou even confessed to being ignorant of humans back then.

In other words, Lucifer is the bad guy and Maou was just too ignorant of humans to bother stopping him. I guess Maou grew up looking down on humans so while he had no personal vendetta against them, he had nothing against seeing them flicked off the map.

Taking the story in this cliche, but tried and true method means that Maou can be effectively pardoned for his sins in the past. He will still be criminally negligent but he will no longer be the main person responsible for everything and this should hopefully allow him to win Emilia’s trust and friendship.

Hataraku Maou-sama! Maou and Emilia

It is kind of unfortunate that Maou-Sama had to go down this route, but there really was no other way (that I can think of).

As much as folk would have liked for the day to day shenanigans to continue, that would have gotten tiring after a while. There was only so long the show could have evaded the other world stuff.

Hataraku Maou-sama!

It is not all doom and gloom though. I am still hopeful that this show will continue to be entertaining.

For starters, Demon General Lucifer is in human form as well. Yeah, he got wings, but he likely only temporarily got them when he fed on Chiho’s despair. He also looks like a little kid. I am really hoping that Maou gives him a whack on the head and forces him to get a part time job here in the human world ( I think he is behind the serial muggings).

I think the goth coffee place down the street would be a good fit for him.

I think the goth coffee place down the street would be a good fit for him.

Hopefully the humans who saw him with wings will just think that Maou and company are putting out another stage show. Then again, an entire building blew up…so I don’t know….I really hope he is just accused of stage play (the encounter with the police officer earlier in the episode did sort of foreshadow that possibility).

Emilia’s compatriots are also on there way here. They will hopefully meet up with Emilia and then start part time jobs of their own!

I hear Kyubey is on the lookout for magical girls.

I hear Kyubey is hiring.

I have no idea where the show will go from here on, but I do hope that it keeps the humor up and the drama down for the first few episodes were great and it’d be a shame to see it all go down the drain.

Oh and there is an interesting bit of contrast going on. If my assumption that Lucifer is the serial mugger is correct, then he is the exact opposite of Maou who is earning money through a proper job. That kind of emphasizes the whole “Maou is not evil, but Lucifer is”. It would appear that just like their magical powers, deeds get downscaled in our world to.

A villain in Enta Isle razes villages to the ground. The same villain in our world mugs purses. An ignorant overlord in Enta Isle is a fast food employee and all around good person. A Hero in Enta Isle is a call center employee. A Demon General in Enta Isle is a stay at home housewife.

That is a fierce demon general riding a bike to get medical supplies.

That is a fierce demon general riding a bike to get medical supplies.

I absolutely love that contrast/downscaling/whatever and I really hope it can find a way to keep it up until the end.

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  1. #1 by Artemis on April 30, 2013 - 12:17 am

    I’m very much looking forward to seeing where the show takes Lucifer’s character. The hints we’ve had so far seem to be indicating that he’s not only evil but also bat-shit insane, which is always fun to watch in an anime.

    • #2 by Reiseng on April 30, 2013 - 2:44 am

      Bat-shit insane characters are indeed quite fun! I hope he ends up on the mundane side of bat-shit insane. I can totally see him putting laxative in the drinks of slightly annoying customers.

  2. #3 by Highway on April 30, 2013 - 1:10 am

    I had taken a slightly different view of the same dichotomy you point out. I have wondered if the show has intentionally misled us as to the supposed misdeeds of Maou and the demons, both through his naming (loaded with inherent connotations of ‘evil’) and through the perspective: The humans fought back against his aggression and valiantly prevailed, etc, etc. Humans good, Demons bad. Simple, right?

    But in war it’s not that simple. In a lot of wars there’s not just one ‘evil’ side, at least to the 3rd party observer. There aren’t the ‘good guys’ or the ‘bad guys’, unless you’re on one side of the war, then by definition your side is good guys.

    Where I’m going with this is that maybe yeah, there were excesses and horrible things done in the name of the demons by Lucifer and probably the other generals, and Maou probably knew about them. But it’s also likely that the humans hands are not really clean either, and that they committed some atrocities as well. I might be barking up the wrong tree with this, but I think it would be a good way to present it.

    • #4 by Reiseng on April 30, 2013 - 2:58 am

      So, you figured that we only got the impression that demons are bad because the background story was presented from the perspective of humans and that had we seen the demon perspective, we might have felt sympathetic towards them as well?

      Yeah, that is certainly a plausible theory. I had considered that as a possibility as well; especially since some of the humans like the clergymen seem rather suspicious.

      It is possible or likely even that out of some maligned hate or for some religious reason, they started a war.

      Having said that, I am slightly hesitant to think like that because Maou was rather ignorant of humans. He didn’t really have a reason to hate them, I think.

      You are not wrong though. There is probably likely much more under the surface than “humans good and demons bad”.😛

      • #5 by Highway on April 30, 2013 - 9:24 am

        I don’t know if I was thinking of it being that complicated, really. It could have been pretty much a simple war of land acquisition, or perceived or real slights, or retaliation for human aggression, or any of the ‘normal’ ways that wars start. Mainly I’m commenting that our perspective is almost indelibly colored by the way it’s been presented, as is Emi’s, and she has a hard time reconciling it because of that presentation.

        There’s a lot of room for ‘evil’ in a war, but that doesn’t mean most of the people in the war are evil. And Maou’s ignorance is borne out of the same thing that Emi’s is. He didn’t realize humans were like they are, but at the same time, Emi is having more trouble than Maou is at figuring out the demons she’s in contact with.

  3. #6 by Ksaadaanoo on June 16, 2014 - 6:14 pm

    You think that the war against the demons was just a mistake? You think its two sided? The demon lord clearly stated several times that he just want to rule te world. He also said that About the “our” world while There is no war against demons here. He Is just evil

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