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Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 5 — Shounen done right

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Hataraku Maou-sama! is a show that thrives on unpredictability.  This episode, we are treated to a classic shounen-style battle, magic and all, that is full of witty dialogue and whimsical one-liners.  With this episode, director Naoto Hosoda assures us that the well-timed comedy that brought us into the series from the premiere isn’t going anywhere; given the direction of the last two episodes, it’s a gesture well taken. Continue reading

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Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 4 — The Arrival of Lucifer

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After managing to end the previous episode on such a perfect melding of the romantic comedy and shounen plotlines, director Naoto Hosoda goes batshit insane in this episode, basically saying “fuck it, we’re going into full-blown shounen mode”.  Continue reading

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Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 3 — Earthquakes, Earthquakes Everywhere

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With this episode, Hataraku Maou-sama! seems to have embraced a sort of schizophrenic storytelling style, making active strides in developing both the shounen-style epic struggle of good and evil as well as the light hearted character-centric romantic comedy.   Continue reading

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Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 2 — A wild tsundere appeared!

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Previously I had mentioned trepidation at the tainting of this world with the matters of Ente Isla, and although Hataraku Maou-Sama! has managed to avoid any major pitfalls thus far, it still seems surprisingly unsure of where it wants to go in the future.  Continue reading

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Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 1 — Ashiya is a FOB

ImageThe plot of Hataraku Maou-sama isn’t particularly unique: Some great, almighty being (in this case Satan) finds themselves in a refugee-like situation in the modern world, and must work their way back up to the top.  It allows the series to give a quick background, give the protagonist a MacGuffin to work towards, and move into the meat of the story within 10 or so minutes.  The real strength of Hataraku Maou-sama lies in the interaction between the characters, and the way in which the characters interact with the world they find themselves in.   Continue reading

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