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 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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
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Number 1: Diablo fights Galford (Episode 8).
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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