Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 3 – Dating, arguing, and transforming

Hataraku maou-sama sadao and Chiho

A more serious turn… kind of.
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Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 3 Impressions

We got a hint of seriousness in the first episode, but in this one, it returns with even more interesting elements. I was wondering how the story would progress, and this is a bit beyond my expectations.

Emi Yusa shower

Lololol. He’s just manipulating the voice digitally.

Hataraku Emilia angry

A dash of everyday life is soon met by a mysterious caller after both Emilia and Maou Sadao. It’s a fact that they both have no idea what happened back in Ente Isla since their departure. And from the looks of it, something shady has been going on behind the scenes that put even the Hero who freed the humans from Maou in danger. Perhaps they thought that the hero and Sadao would be associated with each other?… But that’s unlikely as she pretty much forced him to leave in the first place. If this is indeed “Ente Isla’s will,” then why is this the case?

He’s got a point there.

overlord at work emi anime Hataraku Maou-sama Emi Yusa

It’s even more funny when you realize the peculiarity of the situation that Maou Sadao and Yusa Emi are in. While they may be sworn enemies and are supposed to cause trouble for each other, within this context, it’s more entertaining how everything is presented, especially when Maou says “what kind of Demon King (Overlord) doesn’t cause trouble for a hero?” Perhaps even stranger is the fact that the Hero is the one who must slay the Demon King, but she tells Maou to stay alive so she can kill him later. What a roundabout way of going about things, but everything adds to the humor.

Sasaki Chiho anime moe

Hataraku Sasaki Chiho cute


Sadao actually treads a thin line between being dense and understanding a girl’s feelings. He doesn’t do actions that would make one facepalm about how dense he is, and he isn’t blushing and being all shy (as expected of the almighty Maou). Though, I wouldn’t say that he understands the situation completely either as he takes Chiho’s requests in a viewpoint different from a regular date’s.

The devil is a part timer


Emi Yusa and Ashiya Shirou

She’s got a point.

I have to say that Hikasa Yoko, the voice actor of Emi, does a fantastic job of portraying the proper emotions especially when she stuttered and went “damn, they’re huge.” I’m always impressed by Japanese voice actors and how they are one with their role, but once in a while a few nice things like this happen and it adds a lot of flavor to the episode. While I wouldn’t say that the joke is all that great, the voice acting certainly makes up for the lack of originality.

Sasaki Chiho red

C-C-C-C-COCKBLOCKED. Wait… Uhh… whatever.

Totally sounds like a pissed off ex.

Yua Emi angry

Chill out, Emi.

What seems to be a big deal, the Idea Link that Chiho received, soon becomes a joke again when Emi and Alsiel enter the cafe. To the audience, we obviously know the situation they are both in, that is, sworn enemies. But to Chiho, it’s nothing more than a previous lover getting angry over her move towards Sadao. Not only that, the way she puts her dialogue makes the fact that she’s just jealous and angry over the past relationship even more apparent. And of course, the anime makes us go on this up and down, from comedy to seriousness, again and again…

Hataraku Maou-sama! sadao

Badass Maou.

Whoa, I didn’t expect Sadao to suddenly get his powers back… Not to mention, for him to look like that is pretty badass. However, his attitude changed along with his appearance and he became more like a real Maou. Nonetheless, whatever it may be, his heart has changed and he’s… saving people? Anyone would be confused at such an action as there’s no such thing as a generous Demon King. Or is there? The anime can twist this in the humorous direction or take a more serious approach. It could be that maybe Maou isn’t as bad as everyone first thought which could unravel some interesting background story and manipulate the antagonists and protagonists around. Still, humor will be the focus of this anime in general, and I will expect no less this season.

Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 3 Review

This episode is what I have been waiting for in terms of finding a great mix of comedy and seriousness. The pacing of the overall episode is wonderful and everything blends together very well. There’s a mix of fantasy, humor, romance, shounen, and boobs which allows for a wide demographic of viewers. Not only that, it doesn’t feel like any of the previously stated is overwhelmed by another as they all have their relevance to the overall story. But most of all, this anime is just enjoyable. One of the reasons why all of us watch anime in the first place is to have fun. Humor is definitely done well in this anime, and that alone is already good enough for the anime to be worth a watch. However, it goes beyond that and adds a variety of other elements as well, which is an extremely nice boost to the anime overall. As if this review, and previous reviews, weren’t enough of an indicator, I’ll just say that Hataraku Maou-sama! is well done and anyone mildly interested should check this anime out. At the very least, you’ll get some nice laughs.

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  • Daniel

    I love how the show is not resting on its comedy laurels. It actually has a mystery plot going on that helps drive things forward.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Exactly, they mix all these other elements in very nicely.