Sorry I haven’t been able to watch the last two episodes of Madoka Magica yet, I’ll hopefully be able to get that review done in a few days. In the mean-time, some other things.
A new request has come in for Akutabe’s demon detective agency – an animal-rights obsessive wants them to find his dog. To help with this, Akutabe summons another demon…Beelzebub the 931st. Despite putting on the airs of an incredibly dignified and classy demon he has something of a scatological fetish, and one of his powers is to give any living thing the urge to poop…which actually comes in handy for retrieving the dog. Beelzebub’s power has another function, though.
Again, this show really is quite an oddity. It presents itself like a children’s show with colourful, Gash Bell-esque demons and a cutesy theme song, then scatters itself with scat humour, humorously graphic violence and quite a few sexual jokes (in episode 3 the narration comes right out and says that the fish-demon gives good blowjobs, I’m serious). (Granted it is based on a seinen manga, so one could call it an adult’s Gash Bell.) Written down like that it sounds completely tasteless….but this really is a great show that continues to succeed in making me laugh. Something about the humour is rather Gintama-esque; the odd demons being somewhat similar to the odd aliens. It’s still very surreal, and Rinko is possibly the only normal looking human in the entire cast, but there’s just something even charming about it. The only thing I’m beginning to worry about is Azasel himself; he seemed to be lacking a bit of the pizzaz he had in the first episode and was much more of an easily abused doormat.
The overall plot of the episode was rather weird, but it managed to deliver it well at least, with its 10 minute format working in its favour.
Rinko gets a new request from a man who says he is unable to be with the one he loves…but despite his words, Rinko easily realizes that he’s really just the stalker of a pop idol. However, this man has a demon of his own whose power is to make people believe the opposite of what they originally thought, resulting in Rinko both finding the man to be a prince charming whose love must be requited, and…finding Azazel to be a prince charming. However, Akutabe has received a request from the Idol herself, to protect her from the stalker. To help with this he summons a mermaid-demon whose powers activate when she sees someone happier than her.
This episode was a lot funnier than episode 2, and it’s also one that will continue into episode 4. It now seems to be branching out into other styles of comedy (whereas episode 2 was mostly focusing on shock/grossout humour), and these are working quite well for it. The straight-laced crocodile demon’s power has already proven to be great humour fodder (bishounen Azazel freaking killed me), so I’d really like to see what else can come of it.
It seems that Beelzebub will be staying…and this episode also introduced the mermaid demon whose name I can’t seem to find anywhere. I think one reason this show succeeds so well with its humour is the character designs – many of them are just funny on their own.
With each new episode though, I get increasingly curious about Akutabe himself. I hope one day we get some background info on him…whether that would happen in a comedy series like this or not I can’t be too sure about though.