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