If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Episode 9
I’ve been wondering for awhile what the deal with Dale is; why he doesn’t live in his home village, needed permission to go back to it, why everyone says he has changed so much since meeting Latina and so on. Episode 9 provides the much needed context through conversations between members of the family and finally a flashback slash exposition sequence that fills in any blank spaces in a neat little package. It functionally works and gives us a better picture of Dale but it is also very by the numbers and somewhat less than thrilling.
So points for characterisation but a small deduction for narrative flow and excitement (and aren’t we all glad I don’t actually score episodes).
I’m also glad the episode made it clear Dale is genuinely overpowered and overpowered enough to actually be a bargaining chip for the village. It makes the ease with which he goes on his adventures seem a little more realistic.
The other part of this episode focuses very heavily on Latina being cute. And what is cuter than a nearly ten year old demon girl who wears pony-tails with ribbons? The cute demon girl cuddling puppies and magical wolves. Seriously, it is pretty much cuteness overload though I have to say that I felt Dale’s apprehension about the child playing with the carnivores was fairly justified.
We also get a brief visit with the people back in the city as Latina writes letters to Kenneth and to her friends at school. It narrates and describes a bit about Dale’s village and is a nice opening to the whole episode, though it would have been nice to see Latina penning another letter to them at some point.
Now that the wedding is done and we’ve filled in some pieces about Dale’s character I am wondering what is next? Do we just turn around and return or is there more to come on this journey. I guess next week will tell us.
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Images from: Uchi no Musume no Tame Naraba, Ore Wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru Kamo Shirenai. Dir. T Yanase. Maho Film. 2019.