A First Impression: How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Episode 1

Now where have I heard that plotline before…


Takuma Sakamoto is a shut-in and a loner who has an absurdly high-leveled character–the Demon Lord, Diablo–in an MMORPG called “Cross Reverie.” One day, he gets summoned INTO the world of Cross Reverie by two girls. But the twist here is; he gets summoned AS his character, Diablo. Not only will he now have to navigate this fantasy world, he’ll also have to *gasp*, actually learn how to talk to people. Because he’s a shut-in and a loner, remember.

Also the summoning ritual sort of backfires, so the two girls become Diablo’s servants or something. And then tons of fanservice hijinks inevitably ensue.

I couldn’t be arsed to get a better screencap of the three main characters.

My Opinion:

Hey, haven’t we heard this almost exact plotline before? I feel like we’ve had an anime already with this exact plotline…

I mean, this sort of plot isn’t anything new. The whole “person gets summoned into the game/fantasy world” has basically become the latest go-to plot for light novel authors. (Remember all the “magical high school” stories?) At this point, this particular story trope is so terribly stale that a series really needs to bring something new to the table to stand a chance in the anime fandom. And this series has decided to specialize in… fanservice.

To be honest, this episode was not as fanservicey as I was expecting. It’s still pretty blatant (Miss Elf’s boobs have constant jiggle physics), and it’s still super uncomfortable at times (what the hell even was that scene between Diablo and Rem…); but it wasn’t as bad as I was dreading. But I assume it gets much, much worse as the pieces of merch I’ve seen on Amiami for this series are best described as “borderline porn.”

I have to ask though; did we really need another socially-inept, shut-in protagonist? Most of the “comedy” in this episode came from Sakamoto being bad at talking to people, and thus adopting the persona he uses when he plays as Diablo. (Wasn’t there another anime that also had that exact same plotline?) Anyway, it was all terribly cliched and unfunny.

“Terribly cliched” would probably be the best way to describe this series. Beyond the fanservice stuff, it’s very bland and reuses several plotlines and character traits that you’ve seen in basically every other anime ever. I’m actually a little disappointed at how mediocre this episode turned out to be. It’s not good in the objective sense, nor was it super terrible. It was just… boring. Come on, anime; I need more substance than that in order to write a decent review!

Out of five for this first episode:

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Probably a bit generous on my end, but this is far from the worst thing I’ve seen. And at least it doesn’t try to pretend to be anything more than a blatant fanservice show? That’s… admirable I guess? Geeze, what have years of watching bad anime done to my standards…

I don’t care for Diablo at all, but I feel like it’s my duty as a reviewer to at least include a proper screesnshot of the protagonist.

2 thoughts on “A First Impression: How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Episode 1

  1. John August 11, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    This review is complete nonsense as the show has a 5/5 star average on funimation and an 83 % on imdb. Way off from this reviewer’s opinion. Some people cant be pleased easily and this is one of them clearly. If it isnt ceitically acclaimed they will say it is bad. Just to make a point. Shameful.

    • moeronpan August 11, 2018 / 11:34 pm

      Oh yeah I totally forgot that before forming any opinion on a thing we just watched, we have to see what Funimation and IMDB say first so we can base our opinions on that instead of thinking for ourselves, because other anime fans literally never have shit taste! That is also absolutely how reviews work, definitely not an individual persons opinion or anything!

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