Hi guys!  It’s been a while since I’ve put reviews up.  I’ve just been really burned out from work recently, and got a mild cold on top of it all to boot, which was why I didn’t really want to do any reviewing.  I’m much better now though, so Mushibugyou’s final review (with episodes 11 and 12) will be up later this week!

Anyway, some pretty big things happen in these two episodes of Hataraku Maou-sama, so HUGE SPOILER WARNING!

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Episode 11 Summary:

In this episode, we get to see some of Suzuno’s back-story.  It seems she worked as a personal assassin for Orba, who was leading the Inquisition.  However, she greatly despised her job, becoming sick of having to kill for the sake of a corrupt Church.  Back in the present, Suzuno gets roped into helping out Sadao with selling some of Miki-T’s things at a summer festival night market.  After setting things out, Suzuno ends up meeting with Sarue, who pressures her into killing Sadao quickly.

Suzuno…

After this meeting, Suzuno reveals to Chiho that she’s actually from Ente Isla, and threatens to erase Chiho’s memories and fulfill her job of ridding the world of the Dark Lord.  Emilia strongly opposes this, saying that, while she does share some of Suzuno’s views, she wants to pave the way to a peaceful future by her own means.  This angers Suzuno, causing her to leave.  Later on, Emilia and Chiho are attacked by Sarue, and Emilia is again powerless due to his nullifying powers.  She gets defeated quickly, and Chiho is taken hostage.

Oh yeah, Ashiya’s still sick.

And that’s why Emilia is “the Hero.”

At MgRonalds, Sadao gets a call from Chiho’s mom wondering where Chiho is.  Sadao immediately realizes what’s going on; and thanks to Urushihara’s intell work, is able to locate where she is and quickly rushes to the location.

Episode 12 Summary:

I just really love this cap.

Ashiya ends up having to be hospitalized due to his condition.  Surprisingly, Orba is there too!  In his weakened state, Ashiya is unable to apprehend Orba and Orba escapes.  Meanwhile, Sarue reveals himself to actually be the Archangel Sariel.  He wants to take back the Holy Sword from Emilia, and tortures her over and over again with his eye beams in an attempt to make her materialize the sword.  Suzuno, under Sariel’s command, gets into a brief scuffle with Sadao.  However, quickly realizing that Sadao isn’t the “bad guy” in this situation, Suzuno lets Sadao go so he can save Chiho and Emilia.

I don’t know how to feel about Suzuno’s weapon basically being a giant hammer but okay.

Back at the apartment, Urushihara gets a visit from Orba, who enlists Urushihara to help him in exchange for a return to heaven.  Orba uses his holy magic to make the moon bigger, as Sariel’s powers grow based on how close he is to the moon.  With his powers, Sariel’s able to knock around the weakened Dark Lord easily.  Unfortunately for Sariel, the giant moon causes a mass panic amongst the Tokyo citizens, also powering up Sadao.  As if on cue, Urushihara knocks out Orba after this is done, causing the giant moon to disappear and powering down Sariel.  Thanks to this, Sadao is able to defeat Sariel easily.  And thus the day is saved… somewhat.  Sadao now has to deal with repairing the damages that their fighting caused.

BUUUUUUURN

Never change Lucifer.

My Opinion:

Oh man I am so glad I waited to watch these two episodes in a row because I would have died from anticipation if I had watched episode 11 by itself a week earlier.  Episode 11 creates some very good tension and suspense, while episode 12 brings the conflict to its climax and concludes it.  Both are very good episodes on their own; and I have to say, this battle was even more epic than the one with Lucifer.

In episode 11, we finally get to see what the deal is with Suzuno.  I also really like the argument between Suzuno and Chiho that gets showcased in this episode.  They both have really good points about whether Sadao is really evil or not; and it’s nice to see that Suzuno’s viewpoints mirror that of Emilia’s early ones.  Amazingly, Emilia ends up taking Sadao’s side in this argument.  She claims that she still may kill him at a later date, but as he is now, he’s not harming anyone.  The contrast between Emilia (the Hero)’s views and those of Suzuno’s (the Church) was nicely done; and I think shows off really well that the Church isn’t exactly as “good” as they claim to be.

However, episode 12 is the one that steals the show by far, with its lovely animation and fight scenes.  Such great scene angles!  Also, despite the serious tone, the series still manages to keep up its humor without it feeling out of place.  That is a really hard thing to pull off well, so kudos to Hataraku Maou-sama for that achievement.  This episode is also amazing for being able to make Sarue/Sariel such a hated character in just the span of one episode.  Surprise villains sometimes feel a bit weak because they’ve appeared so suddenly that we don’t get a good enough grasp of their character to really hate them.  But in Sariel’s case, he sure did a pretty good job of becoming my least favorite character for this series (which is a good thing in this case).

The only criticism I have for these two episodes is that episode 12 seemed a bit rushed.  The fight with Sariel only lasted about five minutes overall.  It’s understandable given the time constraints of an episode, but I still kind of wish we had seen a bit of a longer battle with Sariel, who’s the last villain for this season before the series finishes off.

Anyway, Hataraku Maou-sama is set to finish up this week, and I’ll be sad to see it go.  These two episodes prove that this series can be more than just a comedy one, and it’s been one of the more enjoyable series I’ve seen in recent years.  If you’ve been watching Hataraku Maou-sama up until now, you do not want to miss these two episodes.

Out of five for episode 11:

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Out of five for episode 12:

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Everything’s back to normal somewhat…

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