How Not To Summon A Demon Lord Episode 4: Overpowered Protagonist Balanced Against Real Consequences (With a Healthy Dose of Fan-Service)

How Not To Summon Demon Lord Episode 4

The focus on actual plot continued this week, and not the usual kind of plot one expects from a harem fantasy, with Diablo facing the Fallen army and then dealing with the aftermath. All things considered, this was surprisingly solid.


For a good chunk of this episode, I honestly had the feeling that this show had just tipped all its harem antics into episodes 1 and 2 and had now dived into full on fantasy drama. Then Diablo blew away the army of the Fallen and its leader, in the process blowing the clothes off the leader, as can only happen in anime.

In fairness to the show though, it later has Emile more or less stripped of his armour and we later on get a shot of Diablo in bed without a shirt so maybe the show is going for equal opportunity fan-service. The later part of the episode also has some boobs pressed against Diablo and a fairly flat joke where he knocks himself out quite literally on one of the girl’s fairly un-endowed chests.

Despite those moments, or actually even with those moments, this is a fairly solid episode where the only real complaint I have is how fast some of this went by.


The characters were placed in real peril and even Diablo ran down his magic reserves by the end of the fight. It leaves the series open to bring our overpowered MC down a few pegs and have him face some real challenges later. Particularly if the individual opponents don’t need to be all that strong but persistent to wear him down.


I also loved that there are real consequences of the Fallen arriving. People have died and this is not glossed over. Admittedly, the very short span of time and the cliché rain filled funeral sequence didn’t really give us much time to ponder mortality, but it is another aspect to the show.

Previously, I’d felt this was kind of similar to the Devil is a Part Timer and he literally just uses his magic to undo any damage caused by the various battles leaving no lasting consequences or scars. This episode sets this show apart in its tone and in how it is going to deal with conflict


All and all, while I’d still like some of the fan-service moments to be either briefer or less in my face, there’s a fairly solid plot and a good bit of world building going on in this series at the moment and I hope that continues. At this stage the fan-service isn’t intrusive enough to really put me off, and everything else is working well enough to keep me interested.

Images from: How Not To Summon a Demon Lord. Dir. Y Murano. Ajia-Do. 2018

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28 thoughts on “How Not To Summon A Demon Lord Episode 4: Overpowered Protagonist Balanced Against Real Consequences (With a Healthy Dose of Fan-Service)

  1. Yeah. Like I said before. Genuinely entertaining. The consequences angle is a pretty nice touch. And I’m right with you on wishing it’d dial down either the length or blatantness of the fan-service, at least a little.

    1. I don’t object to the fact that fan-service happens, but episode two was pushing my tolerance for it. Three and four have been better and really there’s a fairly good story here so it doesn’t really need it.

    1. I still never finished season one. I watched and was neither into it or disliking it and then I just kind of stopped watching. So yeah, not picking that one up this season. Maybe at some point I’ll go and try it again from the beginning.

        1. I think I just struggled with the characters. I didn’t really connect with any of them so didn’t really mind what was happening to them. It kind of made buy in difficult.

          1. Overlord’s strength was always more with not empathizing, but just watching these monstrously powerful beings be awkward or comedic with each other, but stupid terrifying to literally everybody else (with good reason).

            It also has some dark, comedic moments

          2. It’s actually similar to OPM, where the MC is so insanely strong, that most of the great story comes from the side characters and cast dealing with monsters and issues that could be solved by the MC in seconds. Hell, at some points, the conflict is CAUSED by the MC concocting some scheme.

          3. However OPM has Genos who I did really like as a character and that is probably what kept me interested until the end. Overlord didn’t have any character that I could latch onto and that made me fairly disinterested.

          4. I was only a few episodes off the end of season 1. Don’t remember exactly at this point but I’d watched most of the season when for whatever reason I just didn’t go back and watch the next one and realised I didn’t miss it.

          5. Well, if you ever get around to it. I love Overlord’s way of dealing with the Isekai genre and the deconstruction of several fantasy tropes.

            If nothing else, I suggest the LNs instead as those are wonderful at worldbuilding and character development, as well as some genuinely funny writing amidst the great fantasy world it is set in.

          6. My sense is that Overlord gets more enjoyable the more you watch. Especially in season 2 where you have the contrast between Sebas who wants to value human life, against most of the Overlord’s other servants, and Demiurge who has more authority and could care less about humans. And of course Ainz is always caught between the humanity he’s partly left behind and the god role that’s been thrust on him. It’s funny to see such an op character so afraid of what his underlings think of him!

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