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Demon-Lord, Retry Episode 3
Episode 3 of Demon Lord Retry gives us the most interesting development yet. While the episode execution is still undeniably poor and so many of the jokes fall flat, for instance the older holy maiden sister talking trash and swearing continuously before falling head-over-heels in love with the demon lord’s alter-ego, there’s an element of fun in the second part of this episode that has been sorely lacking up until this point.
The main problem with this story so far is the tone. It seems to be trying to be a comedy, but it is too cool to actually try to be funny and has this jaded and weary tone that centres around the protagonist and kind of flattens every scene we’re in. Therefore when a scene genuinely tries to go for broke with humour the end result is pretty jarring in contrast with the rest of the episode. It doesn’t fit and it doesn’t sit particularly well.
The main character also remains a morally ambivalent character. On the one hand he has clear lines he won’t cross but on the other he certainly isn’t against using others and scheming to get his way. His ‘negotiation’ with the shop owner left me wondering what his game really was and whether he was indifferent because he believes he’s dealing with NPC’s.
However, the second half of the episode where the holy maidens are attacked by the Satanists is where the episode takes a shift into something that is a lot more fun. The Demon Lord finds himself being overwhelmed by the evil ring on his finger and in order to get out of doing something that will probably kill a lot of people, he opts for a character change option that appears on his menu. The end result is actually alright and one of the more entertaining sequences we’ve had in the first three episodes of Maou-Sama Retry.
I’m not actually fully on board with this one yet but episode three has me slightly more optimistic about this one than I was. There’s room for improvement to be sure but hopefully it starts finding its feet, figures out its tone, and delivers something reasonable.
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Images from: Maou-Sama, Retry! Dir. H Kimura. EKACHI EPILKA. 2019.