The final day of 12 Days of Anime and I am finishing with Diablo. He both is and isn't your typical overpowered isekai character and harem protagonist however, regardless of that, what he really ends up being is a lot of fun to watch.
There's definitely a balance overall in the series with almost equal weight given to fan service moments and plot/character moments and both are fairly well done. Okay, boy summoned to magic world and forced to save city from a demon lord isn't the most original story, but watching him learn about the world and the encounters he has are pretty entertaining and there's a nice escalation in the danger faced throughout the series.
There are a lot of surprisingly good moments from How Not To Summon a Demon Lord. Here are my favourite five.
A Demon Lord in one direction, a fallen army in the other, what will our heroes do? Apparently we'll rely on the power of friendship and follow that up with a healthy dose of harem power.
When Alicia decides its time to drop the charade, she doesn't go half-way about it. There's very little subtlety to be found in any of the events in this episode of How Not To Summon a Demon Lord but with one episode to go I can't say that is necessarily a bad thing.
This is an episode that gives us both some incredibly uncomfortable fan-service moments and some truly adorable but equally fan-service moments. That and a reasonably decent but cut short fight sequence. So what is going on with episode 10?
How Not To Summon a Demon Lord does one better with the paladins seeming like psychos, the actual demon lord an unknown boogeyman type character, and Diablo, the self-proclaimed demon lord, the character we're supposed to rally behind.
Diablo is given reason to question whether or not he really is in the game world yet again as several events this episode make him reconsider how safe he is and how things actually work. It's a wonderful reminder that despite being overpowered Diablo is still incredibly vulnerable and it leads to a fantastic fight this week.
The Prince returns and Shera follows him leaving one depressed Demon Lord. However, Rem and Alicia get Diablo back on his feet and then it is time for a showdown between the Prince's ability to overwrite Shera's will with Diablo's ability to command her to tell the truth as his slave. Wait? Who was supposed to be the good guy here?
This season I've been watching How Not To Summon a Demon Lord and The Master of Ragnarok. Both are essentially isekai stories and as normal they are both filled with fan service moments. And this is something that in individual episode reviews I definitely take a negative take on but this isn't actually condemning the existence of fan service itself but rather speaks of what I'm looking for in an episode.