The Water Wheel And Bunny Hop
Demon-Lord, Retry Episode 5
Boy did the absence of a driving plot really hurt this week’s episode. In the absence of what little passes for humour in this series, zero character development and generally nothing interesting to note, watching this episode just felt empty.
The Demon Lord and others arrive in the village Luna is technically responsible for but learn that a representative from the church handles things. Of course, by handles things it mostly looks like lets them fall apart while the bunny people who seem to primarily live there, possibly because they’ve been isolated there, despair over the lack of water and worsening condition of the soil. All of this could be quite compelling to deal with and explore however once again our demon lord jumps straight past the discovering phase and into solving the problem.
And presto here’s a water wheel that somehow brings water up from a dry well and have a bag of fertiliser. I’ll build a hospital and a hot springs and everyone will be happy. The end.
Admittedly, we do jump from the adventurer’s they met in the desert last week who are now just drinking in a bar and we also jump to the holy maidens where we learn that one of them is all hung up on Zero. There’s also a brief scene with the cultists who caused the issue that brought out Zero in the first place.
But none of these scenes are actually interesting in what they present. Sure, they remind us characters exist and in two out of three cases potentially set up future dealings, but they don’t do it in a way that makes you want to pay attention and most of these characters are so one note they are starting to make the rest of the students in the Arifureta anime seem like well rounded characters.
With the sheer number of isekai titles this season, it is definitely looking like Maou-Sama Retry is one that actually doesn’t need to be tried if you haven’t already started watching.
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Images from: Maou-Sama, Retry! Dir. H Kimura. EKACHI EPILKA. 2019.