Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Part 2 Episode 16 – The Long Awaited Reunion Turns Sour Quickly

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 16 Review
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I made it clear in my episode 15 review of Jobless Reincarnation and in my first season review that I am not a fan of Rudeus’ character. He’s really not a character I will talk of fondly or collect anything with him on it. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy what Jobless Reincarnation is doing as a story because I actually do like a lot about this series, but Rudeus isn’t really one of them.

He’s more a character I don’t mind seeing things go badly for because so often they go badly because of his own poor choices or things go badly after he’s done something really obnoxious and it kind of feels more like instant karma.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 16

Jobless Reincarnation swiftly reminded me of both Rudeus’ and Paul’s character faults.

Episode 16 of Jobless Reincarnation delivers Eris, Rudy and Ruijerd to a human city where Rudeus intends to take on some jobs and earn some more money so they can get another ship back home. However, things don’t exactly go to plan when Rudeus spies what he believes to be a kidnapping and decides to try to rescue the victim.

Basically, his actions take him face to face with a much more haggard looking Paul than the womanising man we met in season one. And if I thought Paul in season one was pretty terrible as a parent his efforts in this episode more or less nail the impression.

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Jobless Reincarnation wastes no time this episode in reminding us of both of these character’s failings. Rudeus reverts to his more perverted self when he taunts a swordswoman by licking the inside of her underwear that for reasons that make no sense (given he announces the name of his party) he is wearing on his head as some kind of disguise and then rather than fighting her seriously spends most the time dodging and staring at her jiggling breasts.

Then we have Paul. On finding out his son has survived and crossed continents, keeping Eris alive and taking on adventures to earn money, rather than any relief or happiness, Paul decides anger and blame are the way to go. Why didn’t Rudeus do more? Why didn’t he go about trying to save others who had been transported around the world (others he didn’t even know about)? How dare he not be a miserable wreck?

Wow, every single moment that Paul spoke to Rudeus made me want to walk up and slap him (which in fairness is possibly what they were going for).

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Instead of the reunion between father and son being a joyous occasion, Jobless Reincarnation manages to make it decidedly uncomfortable viewing as both characters cross lines, make assumptions, and fail horrifically at communicating and neither one really gets anything but pain from the encounter.

The thing is, Jobless Reincarnation is doing a great job. It isn’t a grim-dark story relying on shock deaths and buckets of blood and grotesque imagery to make an impact. It also isn’t this light and airy power-fantasy that we’ve seen so many times before in isekai stories. Jobless Reincarnation is gritty with characters that aren’t always right or nice but also aren’t just human scum. They’ve balanced out the moments they succeed with the times they fail, their positive moments with their faults, and the story isn’t always comfortable watching but that’s what makes it interesting in a somewhat saturated genre and it makes those lighter moments all the more special and enjoyable.

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One of the things I did love about this episode was after the scene with Paul, when Rudeus returns to the hotel room and Eris finds him sitting in the dark quite miserable. She doesn’t know exactly what has happened or why but she makes a genuine effort to offer comfort to Rudeus. While episode 15 did an excellent job of showing us how far Eris has come, this moment really solidified that the Eris we’re seeing now values her companions and when they are hurting she wants to comfort them even if she’s not sure how.

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It was a touching moment and while it wasn’t exactly a high note to end on (given my heart was still a little bit in tatters by just how wrong everything went with Rudeus and Paul’s reunion) Jobless Reincarnation managed to give us this little bit of sweetness after the bitter taste left by so much of the episode.

You can read the full review of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation part 2 here.

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Part 2 Episode 15 – Waiting For The Rain and Understanding People Change

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15 Review
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As much as there are ongoing elements of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation that I’m not hugely fond of, one thing I can’t criticise is the anime’s ability to make me care about characters (even characters I don’t much like such as Rudeus). And the reason I get that I genuinely care about these characters is that episode 15 takes a chill from all the perils of trying to cross the ocean and getting involved in a smuggling ring and just has Rudeus, Eris and Ruijerd waiting out the rainy season in the beast-man village and still manages to be a highly enjoyable watch.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15

It is good to see Eris back in focus in this episode of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

One issue I’ve had with the episodes we’ve seen of part two of Jobless Reincarnation so far is that they’ve been very Rudeus focused. Which makes sense given he’s our reincarnated protagonist. However Eris had more or less become background; or worse, a prop. She was someone for Rudeus to protect. She was the muscle when needed. The comic relief in getting motion sick. Or the object of fan-service.

Which, let’s be honest, that last one doesn’t change in episode 15 as the episode opens with Eris and two of the beast girls romping naked in water while Rudeus spies on them through a hole in a box. Though maybe this is just equal opportunity fan-service given Rudeus started episode 14 completely naked and stranded in a cage.

It was kind of a sad down-grade for the fiery red-haired character who from her introduction mid-way through season one of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation managed to be pretty much the most memorable character and a good companion for Rudeus (when she wasn’t being a shrieking brat).

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15

Episode 15 finally puts some of the focus back on Eris as Rudeus largely takes a passive role this week.

Eris befriends two of the children of the beast-man tribe however this closeness leads to her ring getting noticed. Now the ring was a gift from her sword master, the beast-woman who was protecting her back in season one. Turns out there’s some history.

What follows is some emotional wounds being opened on both sides of the story with Eris having to come to terms with the fact that her master might have a past and isn’t universally loved and the members of the beast-man village having to accept that the girl who left their village changed after leaving them.

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In the grand scheme of things this doesn’t advance Rudeus’ journey and doesn’t seem overly important but it is a nice bit of character work and reminded me of a few key points from season one that had started to fade a bit from memory. The end result also helps me to see that as much as Eris likes to be Eris, she’s grown up a lot since we first met her in Jobless Reincarnation.

It isn’t all just sitting around moping though as Eris takes on the task of teaching one of the girls sword-play and it is kind of nice just to sit back and watch them have at it.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15

By the end of the episode, the rain has come to an end and it is time for the group to get back on the road, plus one. There’s a long way still to go to get home, we have an ominous story about sacred beasts only appearing in times of peril, and now there’s also a story about the seven strongest warriors in the world who all have really comic book sounding names.

For an episode that essentially just let the characters take a time-out between journeys, Jobless Reincarnation really focused in on its strengths and put together a solid episode that is entertaining in its own way, bridges us from one journey to the next, and continued to lay-down some ground work for potential future plot points. Not a lot to complain about there.

You can read the full review of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation part 2 here.

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Part 2 Episode 14 – False Imprisonment and Fire

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Directly following on from the end of episode 13 of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation where Rudeus is taken prisoner after returning to the smugglers den to save the sacred beast and getting caught by the beast-men who were also there to save it and the children that had already been rescued, episode 14 spends a lot of time with Rudeus in his new accommodation: A hanging prison in a beast-man village.

Jobless Reincarnation has a good mix of humour, tension, and then action in this episode.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 14

Rudeus describing his prison as the opening to this episode was actually pretty entertaining. While I often find his internal thoughts intrusive to the story or at times creepy, here the humour really worked, and watching him over the next four days as he stared out of the prison or flopped onto the floor continued the joke nicely. However, they didn’t let it got stale. Just when the situation could have started getting tedious, Jobless Reincarnation mixed things up by giving Rudeus a cell mate and then things took a turn for the far more serious.

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Before we get on to the events later in the episode, I just have to wonder what it is about villages in forests that makes everyone depict them the exact same way. They always have these elaborate walkways connecting trees and all these ropes and pulleys lifting things up and down. And the entire village is always completely susceptible to fire which is the usual fate for any such village in any story and Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is no exception.

Something about all that timber makes writers want to set it alight.

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Anyway, Rudeus and his new cell mate are starting to plot a potential escape when the village does catch fire. That’s a small problem for Rudeus as his wooden prison is suspended in a tree which kind of makes it both flammable and is likely to see him die from the smoke. That’s kind of the last straw for him and he uses magic to break out of the prison (which he could have done at literally any time but didn’t because he sensibly knew that running blindly around the forest wasn’t such a great plan).

The fire has been started by yet more slavers who are indiscriminately killing the older beast-men and capturing the children. While Rudeus could just run off using this attack as a diversion, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation wants to remind us once again that while Rudeus has some thoughts and ideas that at times make some of the audience a bit uncomfortable, he isn’t really scum. He ends up staying to fight.

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This is where episode 14 went from being entertaining to being pretty awesome. While Jobless Reincarnation has given us fights before, Rudeus here delivers a truly interesting clash against the leader of the slavers and he’s supported by the cell mate and the sacred beast (which I guess is kind of like having Eris and Ruijerd around). Anyway, the fight is fantastic and this is Rudeus at his very best rounding out what was a nicely paced episode.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 14

There is a scene right toward the end where we cut back to Eris’ grandfather and it left me a little confused. I kind of feel like we don’t know enough about what’s been happening back home to really get why that happened and it just seemed to come out of nowhere. I mean, it adds something more to the journey the kids are on given they have no clue what they are heading back to either. Maybe they’d be better off settling down where they are?

Anyway, great episode and it left me looking forward to seeing what the story does next.

You can read the full review of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation part 2 here.

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Part 2 Episode 13 – A Rare Conundrum

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 13
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Sometimes I wonder how deliberate Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is in its plotting. It really feels at times like an awful lot of thought has gone in to a particular situation but then, usually in the same episode, it will do something that makes me kind of thing that maybe they just occasionally get lucky.

That said, Jobless Reincarnation is an isekai anime that despite some questionable content has continued to strike a chord with me. In the earlier episodes it was through the actual meaning behind having a reincarnation protagonist as it felt they actually used this aspect of his personality to great effect. As part one progressed it became more about how the story continually challenged Rudeus.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 13

In episode 13 of Jobless Reincarnation it is in how I’m forced to second guess my own assumptions from episode 12.

What is the god character playing at in Jobless Reincarnation?

I’m kind of certain people who read the source will know the answer and I’m hoping you don’t spoil it for anime only viewers. However, with the events of episode 12 of Jobless Reincarnation cast in new light as episode 13 gives us the point of view of Roxy who has arrived to search for Rudeus and others.

See, turns out, from Roxy’s point of view she actually spotted Eris sparring on the beach, but because of her fear of Reijerd she runs away. And right past the alley where Rudeus was walking because he was told to go there.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 13

Seemingly, if Rudeus hadn’t been given the information to go into the alley, he’d have met Roxy. Instead, he did get an eye that can see the future (a feature which was utterly unmentioned or used in this entire episode) but I’m pretty sure he would have rather have been reunited with Roxy and her group. So was the god actually trying to help him? Is it necessary he have the eye later? Or was he just messing with Rudy?

All that aside, that a large chunk of this episode seemingly focused on Roxy and the blonde elf girl she is travelling with (who seems to be determined to entertain as many men as she can on this trip) we really didn’t get much time with Rudeus and Eris this week. That Roxy’s scenes outside of the changed perspective on her crossing paths with Rudeus were mostly used for lame jokes didn’t do her character any favours.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 13

When Jobless Reincarnation gets back to Rudeus and Eris crossing the ocean the episode picks up, though the fan service takes off as Eris is sea sick and apparently that means needs to not be fully clothed. Her conversations with Rudeus are at first sweet but take a slightly uncomfortable tone, however even then these two characters work together and their scenes are largely fun to watch.

Lastly, Rudeus then has to go and retrieve Ruijerd from the smugglers who brought him over the water. Easier said than done and we get a brief rescue sequence before Rudeus needs to go back for something and ends up being taken captive by someone who clearly isn’t big on conversation.

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After the pretty solid episode that was episode 12, Jobless Reincarnation felt a little more aimless this week with events seemingly just taking up space before we got to the next thing. That said, the ending point of this episode is a nice set up for the story to continue and I am curious as to how Rudeus is going to make himself understood (no he wasn’t part of the smugglers) before facing punishment.

All tings considered, Jobless Reincarnation carries on many of the strengths from season one and the only real weaknesses are points that I wasn’t too excited about in the first 11 episodes so are expected at this point.

You can read the full review of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation part 2 here.

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Part 2 Episode 12 – Straight Into Action

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12 Review
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is a fantasy isekai story with magic and sword play and the usual kind of things I love from the genre. It also has a protagonist who at times entertains fairly lecherous thoughts and once or twice has taken things over the line from playful fan-service to actually quite questionable content (guess that’s why the ecchi label is applied).

I ended season one with very mixed feelings but overall I quite enjoyed the plot and seeing Rudeus’ growth. I particularly liked the tone of the final arc which hadn’t concluded so I was very keen to continue watching because I wanted to see what Jobless Reincarnation would do with it. So here we are with the continuation.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12

Returning to the world of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

Interestingly, episode 12 doesn’t give the viewer any kind of recap or overview of the journey so far. No narration to remind us of what is going on or who the characters are. Instead we just get straight into seeing Rudeus, Eris and Ruijerd reaching the ocean and learning that passage home for the kids is going to cost them far too many coins due to Ruijerd’s presence.

Perhaps they made the sensible decision that the only people watching Part 2 of a series are people who did in fact watch part one and they would more or less remember what was happening given it hasn’t been all that long since part one aired.

That said, if you have forgotten any key plot points, you aren’t going to be reminded of them.

Instead, Jobless Reincarnation decides to remind us of Rudeus’ more adult nature by an inner monologue as Eris begins to strip off to swim in the ocean. She doesn’t end up showing any skin at all being stopped from her swim by the threat of monsters, however Rudeus’ thoughts of the 13 year old given in his adult internal voice make this opening scene slightly uncomfortable viewing. Which at least means that this anime is going to stand by its tone from season one and if you didn’t like that you probably won’t be continuing on.

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There’s one other decidedly fan-service driven moment in this episode after Rudeus saves a demon from starvation and the young girl begins removing her pants but otherwise this first episode has a solid focus on advancing the plot.

After being given instructions by that white god thing in his head, Rudeus encounters the demon girl in an alley and ends up feeding her. This in turn leads to her giving him a demonic eye.

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I found this whole sequence with the eye to be quite interesting and seeing Rudeus learning to use it and putting it into practice in a match against Eris was very solidly done. It did kind of remind me of Sven from Black Cat in that Rudy’s eye now lets him see a few seconds into the future but I guess we’ve seen similar powers in a number of characters. I do want to know if there’s any downside to Rudy’s eye though because at the moment other than having to learn to use it there doesn’t seem to be any consequence.

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There’s also a fairly serious tone toward the end as Rudeus realises he’s got very few options in getting Eris back home as they can’t afford the fee for the ship. Jobless Reincarnation surprised me a few times in the first part by having these far more serious character moments interspersed throughout the over the top fan service moments and the usual isekai silliness. Weirdly, they work and the tone doesn’t feel jarring. It more feels like the show knows when to take a breath and let the characters actually work through something.

The conversation between Rudeus and Ruijerd is well delivered and reminds you clearly of these characters priorities and their relationship and also demonstrates how they’ve grown since meeting one another. It’s a solid note to end the episode on even before the guy Rudeus saved earlier in the episode shows up.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12

Basically, those who liked Jobless Reincarnation back in season one will probably find more of what they enjoyed here. For me, they’ve dropped us straight back into an arc I was enjoying and while this anime is still giving me somewhat mixed feelings at times I’m still finding the plot and character growth interesting. I’m very much looking forward to how this season continues.

You can read the full review of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation part 2 here.

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Watch or Drop? The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter

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The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 2 - Two episodes in and sparks are flying between the would-be love interests.
Childhood friend vs random guild advisor who has known guy for 5 minutes. Yep, this is a harem anime.

Watch or Drop? Rules

Rules modified for the Autumn 2021 season.

  1. The anime must be new (not a sequel or spin-off).
  2. I’ll watch as much as it takes to make a decisionas to whether the anime will be added to the watch/review list or dropped and forgotten. For good.

In fairness I made it two episodes into this one so it has already done better than Hortensia Saga.

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter - Noir
Here is Noir, our earnest and fairly unremarkable protagonist for the series.

First Impressions:

If you’ve followed my blog any length of time you know that I am not a huge fan of ecchi anime or harems in general. That said, I still usually give them a shot because there have been a few over the years that have really grabbed my interest. How Not To Summon a Demonlord really surprised me with how enjoyable it ended up being and while there were a few ecchi moments I probably could have lived without in the series, those elements didn’t intrude on my overall enjoyment of the show. Basically, ecchi is neither a lure for me nor an actual concern provided I’m interested in the rest of the story.

That said, Hidden Dungeon only has a score of 6.37 on MAL and looked like a fairly forgettable fantasy story filled with an excessive number of female types so I wasn’t expecting all that much going into this anime. After finding out that Noir can use his Great Sage ability realistically only when getting kisses to off-set his headaches I kind of suspected what this anime’s focus was going to be and the double whammy of his need to restore life points through enjoying worldly pleasures in order to use the raft of other skills he acquires in the dungeon really lowered my expectations for any compelling narrative given it seemed like the plot existed just to contrive reasons to have Noir interact with the various girls around him.



Series Positives:

Despite being the generic, brown-haired, mostly quiet and unassuming protagonist one expects from this type of series, Noir actually gets a little bit of personality early on. He’s actually almost cruel to his father in the way he verbally cuts him down after his father’s low position costs him his own opportunity to pursue work in the library. Maybe more of this comes into play later in the series though I will admit that largely Noir defaults back to nice-guy protagonist mode and is really just going through the motions of walking through a fantasy story.

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter - Olivia
Olivia also manages to be quite sassy for a character literally chained in a dungeon.

Outside of that, there’s a not a lot else that stood out in the two episodes I watched. Some of the skills have potential to be interesting but they all seem to exist just to keep the harem aspect rolling along. The moments in the dungeon could be potentially thrilling, but again they seem to only exist to push the other parts of the story along. Largely it is hard to identify any clear positives when everything here is just so incredibly average.

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Series Negatives:

I really find if grating when an entire plot point seems to exist because somewhere a writer was trying to justify reasons to have a nice-guy protagonist suddenly getting more physical with the girls around him. Noir wouldn’t normally take advantage of his child-hood friend but when she earnestly makes an offer to kiss him to help him endure his headaches he naturally accepts. That she’s crushing hard on him doesn’t make this sit much better. In fact, episode two, my tipping point was when Noir needed LP (life points) to use some of his new skills and so, apparently reluctantly, asked if he could nibble her ear and all blushingly she accepted. Are we supposed to not find this a little creepy just because Noir needs to do it? If he likes the girl just have them date and then there’s no particular concern with whether he wants to nibble her ear or not, but then that would upset the harem they are trying to establish so no dating for Noir.

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter - Noir kisses Emma
I’d wish these two happiness except that they are only kissing to solve a problem and he’s a harem lead so no chance of a happily ever after with one girl.

The other real negative is the writing for every other character in the story. It is so blatant and unnatural. Noir comes from a lower rank of nobility and literally every person he meets raises this point in the most blunt way possible. It is almost farcical how much effort and malice these characters put into their comments toward someone who is still higher ranked than a commoner and yet I’m feeling not even the commoners get this kind of ridicule in the story (or at least not from what the audience has seen). At first I thought there had to be more to the reason for the Starga family being looked down upon other than their rank but not one character ever mentions anything else. It is again a plot point for the sake of making the story happen but feels really contrived.

Verdict?

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While I wasn’t expecting much from this, I kind of hoped it would at least be watchable and maybe a bit of silly fun. And I guess for those who don’t find the writing so unnatural and don’t question the fundamental premise of the story maybe this would be a bit of light entertainment. For me though, I’m out.

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Images from: The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter. Dir. K Oonishi. Okuruto Noburo. 2021.


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A Story of Fan-service, Parodies, and Star Children, Oh My

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Conception Episode 8 Review

This anime has never hidden what it is and I don’t really think it needed to. Right from the beginning the dubious nature of Itsuki’s quest to woo the Star Maidens over in order to make Star Children through a love ritual is as in your face as it can be and despite it not actually involving sex it is about as borderline as it can be. Throw in Mana’s character who is a non-stop parade of lewd sex jokes and references and essentially this anime was very up-front about what its focus was going to be.

Conception Episode 8 Itsuki and Sue

Still, in earlier episodes I felt there were some elements that were curious enough or interesting enough to warrant sticking around and further investigation. The overall presentation wasn’t great, some characters annoyed, and Mana was simply toxic, but the basic idea of being summoned to another world to rid it of impurities through a ritual and then fighting through different levels in a labyrinth had potential. To put it simply the balance of things that made me curious vs those things that made me roll my eyes was good enough that I stuck around. In a show like How Not To Summon a Demon Lord that ultimately paid off. Master of Ragnarok on the other hand was a failure.

So where does Conception fit in?

Well, it is hard to say given it isn’t finished yet and potentially, it could still do something with the ideas it laid out early on but has yet to really capitalise on. In fact, maybe episode 8 is just the low point before the thunderous final and I’ll look back at this post and realise that this was a by-product of weekly watching and personal prejudices against reality TV shows and that a thin parody over the top of the format didn’t make this episode any more watchable. 

Conception Episode 8 The Bachelor

Note: Just playing out the tropes of something isn’t necessarily parody. Small exaggeration of those tropes doesn’t make it necessarily parody either. It kind of just makes it an emulation of the original and if you aren’t fond of the original, unless the parody is actually highlighting a specific issue or idea, basically you are stuck with something else you don’t like.

But basically, this episode brings the worst of Conception to the forefront, while ignoring most of what makes it occasionally interesting and curious. Itsuki particularly has what is left of his character butchered through the attempt to fit him into the mould of the protagonist of an episode of The Bachelor and I was one finger snap away from terminating the viewing then and there.

As it was, I did skip forward at multiple points in the episode, which is something I almost never do on something I haven’t watched through once. Second watches sometimes have sections where I will skip forward if there is a particular scene or moment I’d rather not endure a second time. But first watches are usually safe from this kind of treatment with the understanding that if I dislike something enough to want to skip forward it is probably time to let it go.

Conception Episode 8 Itsuki and Sue

And then, just as I was more or less determined to end the viewing on this and maybe pick one of the shows I put on hold back up, they get back to the idea of the labyrinth and give just the tiniest faint hope they might address it. Not to mention, I’ve watched 8 episodes of this and I kind of want to get to the end and do a season final review. There definitely comes a point in the season where dropping something feels like a defeat and that the time will be completely wasted if you don’t get to the end.

That said, I can’t say I’m particularly looking forward to the next episode. I just kind of want this one to be done.

Top 5 Moments from How Not To Summon A Demon Lord

Tuesday's Top 5

If you’ve followed my seasonal coverage you will already know that I’ve been kind of surprised by just how much I’ve enjoyed many of the moments from How Not To Summon a Demon Lord. On paper it doesn’t look like something I’d find all that compelling (definitely watchable, but not something to be looking forward to) and with the amount of fan service it threw around I was very surprised by just how well they still managed to deal with characters and plot.

As such, having come to the end of the season and before I finalised my review of it, I decided to look at my favourite moments from the series in a top 5 list.

If you watched the show, I’d love to know your top 5 favourite moments from it.

Here are my Top 5 Moments From How Not To Summon A Demon Lord

Please note, there will be spoilers below.

Honourable mentions: Pretty much most conversations between Rem and Shera are really great fun as the two have a great chemistry as the supporting characters, and I’d probably throw in Alicia befriending Rem except that we all know how that ended.

Number 5: Diablo takes out an army of the fallen (Episode 4).

This was one cool moment from How Not To Summon a Demon Lord.

While it had been clear that Diablo was overpowered from his encounters with humans, it wasn’t until episode 4 where we really saw just how much power Diablo could throw at something. With an army of Fallen advancing on the city and Shera hiding in the gate tower behind him, Diablo unleashed a massive spell literally blowing the army, the bridge, and a lot of the river away in a single attack.

That was a pretty impressive display of power, more so when you realise he went on to fight straight after this sequence by teleporting to the city.

Number 4: Klem declare her purpose is to devour all the biscuits in this world (Episode 10).

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord Episode 10 - Klem

Okay, not what you expect from a resurrected Demon Lord but still a fairly fiendish plan to eat all the biscuits. Basically on being reborn Klem is told that she shouldn’t destroy the mortal races and when she complains she’s hungry she’s given a biscuit and look at that, problem solved.

Turns out biscuits can solve everything. It was a fairly adorable moment even if it did kind of kill the tension of the whole demon lord resurrection thing.

Number 3: Diablo getting genuinely angry at Shera’s brother (Episode 5).

Diablo getting angry for Shera?
Definitely one of my favourite moments from How Not To Summon a Demon Lord.

I’ll admit this sequence did lead us to Shera’s kidnap and the whole tied up while slimes melted her clothes off moment, but Diablo’s genuine anger at the idea of a brother placing a bounty on his sister was a great moment.

Up until then it was hard to know whether Diablo genuinely felt anything toward Rem and Shera or whether he felt they were handy to have around and helped him keep up appearances, but his actual anger at how Shera is treated put those concerns to rest. Actually this whole arc with Shera going with her brother, Diablo’s depression, and ultimately his rescue of Shera was all really great to watch.



Number 2: Klem’s anger (Episode 11).

How Not To Summon A Demon Lord Episode 11 - Klem

Having sat and watched Saddler torture Rem in front of her because Rem told her not to fight, Klem finally snaps after Rem is more or less killed in front of her. I say more or less because we know they aren’t actually going to kill off a main character in this kind of show, but realistically, she should be dead.

Klem loses it in a truly spectacular manner and even if the fight in the next episode wasn’t as solid as I would have liked, I still really enjoyed this build up.

Number 1: Diablo fights Galford (Episode 8).

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This wasn’t the flashiest of fights or the most purposeful however it was the very first time it really seemed like our Demon Lord Diablo might very well not be the most untouchable and invincible character on the planet. Galford really pushed Diablo and there were definitely moments during this fight where you could easily believe that if Diablo had reacted just a fraction slower he might very well have been seriously injured if not killed.

It added an extra level of tension to every conflict after this one even if none of them ever quite delivered on the same amount of excitement. A really enjoyable moment.

There we have it, my Top 5 Moments from How Not To Summon a Demon Lord. I’d love to know yours or even just what your favourite moment has been this Summer in anime.

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


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