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Summary:

In the world of Ente Isla, there once was Dark Lord whose name was Satan.  He was nearly able to conquer Ente Isla, but one day a Hero cornered him, forcing him to flee to another world.  And that world was modern-day Japan.

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Fortunately, he’s accompanied by his faithful servant, Alsiel.  Unfortunately, this world has no magic, meaning there’s no way for Satan to return home unless he’s able to find a way to replenish theirs (which is draining quickly).  Also, he and Alsiel have been forced to take on human forms in this world, due to its lack of magic.  And with human bodies, there’s the need for human food.  And in order to get food, one needs money.  So Satan (who has taken on the name Maou) ends up working at a fast-food place while Alsiel is tasked with trying to find a way back to Ente Isla.

You sure got used to the human world fast, Satan.

Who knew that Satan could be so cute?

There’s something about Alsiel that makes him really likeable too… Maybe just because he’s such a spazz.

However, it seems that Maou may be getting a little too comfortable in this human world, which causes Alsiel to worry.  Maou seems to have lost sight of his goal for now, but the appearance of a certain person may bring him back to his senses…

My Opinion:

My god, a comedy series that is actually, legitimately funny?  What has this world come to?

But yes, I honestly did find this series funny.  The scene where Satan/Maou starts speaking Japanese for the first time had me cracking up.  “THEY ACTUALLY UNDERSTOOD ME, WHOAH!”  Maou’s and Alsiel’s freaking out about it was frankly adorable (and hilarious).  Maou’s antics in general just had me laughing/smiling.  For a Dark Lord he’s pretty adorable.  I was dreading Maou being all whiny and emo and crap about having to work in the human world (‘cause he was a former Dark Lord), but he ended up being so happy and gung-ho about everything and it was just fun to watch.

In that sense, Alsiel contrasts nicely with Maou.  Alsiel seems to be the more “serious” of the two; though he’s also the one more prone to nervous breakdowns.  I don’t know what it is about these two’s relationship, but they just make a really great duo; and I’d love to see more of their interactions.  As for the other two “main” characters that have been introduced, I don’t have a solid opinion on them yet; mainly because they haven’t done anything important so far. (But I’m sure that will change soon.)

Animation-wise, this series seems pretty nice looking.  Story-wise, I’m not too sure how to grade this series at this point.  We’ve only just seen the tip of the iceberg in this episode, so the story for this series could end up being pretty good or just kinda bad.  But so far it’s definitely captured my interest (always a good thing).

I don’t really have any criticisms for this episode except that the pacing was maybe a bit strange?  There IS some serious mood-whiplash in the beginning when Maou is still in Ente Isla.  There’s lots of ACTION in the first few minutes (and even blood!) and the tone is fairly dark. But then after Satan gets warped to Tokyo, the tone quickly changes to comedy.  Which could be a bit jarring if you were unaware of the series’ premise.  The first half of the episode also feels very fast-paced.  You can tell the producers were trying to get the boring stuff out of the way first, like Maou and Alsiel getting used to the human world.  But even then it was still amusing to watch.

Overall, I thought this was a great first episode.  This series seems really silly and fun so far, and I frankly can’t wait to see more.  This series is sitting very high on the list of anime I’m going to review this season.

Out of five:

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WHAT A TWEEST!

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