12 Days of Anime Characters – Diablo

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And this is the final day of the 12 Days of Anime. While yesterday I focused on Kanami Chidori from Full Metal Panic, today I’ve decided to finish the countdown off with Diablo from How Not To Summon A Demon Lord. Why? Because he kind of took me by surprise and ended up being a really fun character.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord - Episode 3 - Diablo

Isekai protagonists have a fairly bad reputation for being generic and dull. Nice guy shut ins with social anxiety also get a fair amount of criticism. Add in harem protagonist to the mix, and Diablo really did shape up to be the single worst protagonist ever.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord - Episode 5 - Diablo

However, How Not To Summon A Demon Lord never even flinched. They took the generic, the cliche, and the ordinary and went with it. They embraced the faults of these characters as well as their strengths, and gave us, Diablo.


Whether he is posing in front of an army and pretending he’s got it all together or internally freaking out because Shera’s boobs are rubbing against him again, Diablo was a fun character to spend time with. The disconnect between his inner monologues and external dialogue was genuinely amusing. His being nice while being a demon lord gave him enough of an edge to remain interesting. Even though he was overpowered the anime managed to throw decent enough villains his way to keep it feeling fresh.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord Episode 7 Diablo

All and all, Diablo was a gem of a character to come out of 2018 and one that should be remembered as a sign that not all cliches, tropes and generic isekai characters are created equal.

I hope you enjoyed my 12 Days of Anime and I hope you have a very good holiday.

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Karandi James

12 Days of Anime Characters – Goro

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We’ve almost made it to the end of the 12 Days of Anime and as we enter day 10 I’m really kind of sorry to see it end. I’ve had a lot of fun, even if the posts ended up taking a lot longer than expected, participating in this. It gave me something a bit different to write about. So yesterday we looked at Akari, the source of so much warmth in March Comes in Like a Lion. Today, however, we turn our attention to Goro from Darling in the Franxx (patron only post link).

Darling in the Franxx - Episode 23 - Goro

For me, watching Darling in the Franxx, Goro was the unsung hero of the story. No matter how silly the other characters seemed to act or what the plot was doing, any scene or plot that turned the spotlight on Goro ended up being sheer delight. The worst part was, there wasn’t that much of it.

Darling in the Franxx Episode 3 Goro and Hiro

As Ichigo’s partner, and childhood friend of both Ichigo and Hiro, Goro was very much the third wheel as he supported Ichigo’s crush on Hiro despite Hiro’s reasonable indifference to Ichigo. Still, as they say, actions speak louder than words, and Goro certainly took action to try to keep Ichigo safe, even if that did result in him nearly dying and then needing to be rescued.

Darling in the Franxx Episode 9 Goro

Goro’s calming influence on the group as someone trusted by almost everyone, can’t be overlooked. Where the others struggled to communicate, Goro managed to find the way to open channels between them again. He was a steady character from start to finish and while that doesn’t make him the most exciting of characters, it did make him someone who I felt a connection with while watching.

Darling in the Franxx Goro

It was also nice that eventually Goro got over his Hiro worship. Seriously, needed to claim independence earlier and just go his own way. 

So, to Goro, who needs his own anime in order to show off how amazing he can be when not hampered by Hiro’s love triangle, here’s wishing you better luck if there’s ever a sequel.

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Karandi James
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