The second to last episode aired last week and the fact that it should be a whole episode dedicated to Gocchin, who obviously tried to make a lot of progress, was something I looked forward to! Of course with caution because we know how Japan works with its love comedy series based on a manga. My caution wasn’t without reason, as this review will show, but it was also an episode I enjoyed a lot. Let’s see what Gocchin got out of this episode!
Japanese Title: ごっちん・IN・メリーランド。(Gotchin IN merīrando.)
Episode 11–Gocchin in Merryland
Gocchin has a dream where she spends time with Azazel without being nervous but wakes up before the most important thing happens and he eats her self-made bakery. She is down the whole time until Beelzebub tells her that it’s better than not having a dream about Azazel at all. That lifts her spirits. She also plans a tea party with her friends. Mullin and the others try to invite Azazel, but he thinks Gocchin is too scared of him and doesn’t want to disturb her peaceful party. Gocchin still knows nothing about their misunderstanding and enjoys the company of her friends. When she gets hot, she gets up to drink some grape juice. It turns out that it’s in fact wine, but nobody noticed that she drank it. Gocchin’s tolerance level is really low, so when she goes to fetch something for Belle, she starts to get hot and dizzy and collapses in the garden. Azazel passes by and finds her. She thinks it is a dream and following Beelzebub’s advice she makes the best of it and clings to him without any shyness. Azazel is pleasantly surprised and realizes that she is drunk and only keeps her company when she demands it.
With her level of anxiety Gocchin really deserves a medal for the things she does. She has tea parties, she works like everybody else and she has a person she likes who she wants to confess her love to. Confessing takes a damn lot of courage and she is working on herself to be able to tell him. At the same time she is so pure. Her dream is about feeding him, not him kissing her or taking her into his strong, powerful arms… I like that about her. So a big shout out to this powerful girl, who tries to improve herself every day and fights through her anxiety and problems like no other. Gocchin is an idol!
After giving Gocchin so much love, I have to say that I also adore Azazel. I always did, and I still do. I like that he carries her like a princess back to the others. I like that he doesn’t judge that she smells like alcohol. I like that he lets her cling to him and say super strange things. I like that he is always such a cutie. What I also like is that we don’t know if he really likes her or not and that he isn’t forcing his agenda on her. When he misses the timing to ask her if she fears him, he doesn’t get crazy and ask her about stuff. He simply sees that the moment has passed and waits for another chance. (Which also gives me the impression that he might not be in love with her quite yet, but who knows, there might be a chance in the future!)
The succubus and Adrammelech are characters that grew on me, surprisingly. I am not someone who is too much into onee-characters, but I like him so much. And the way he is together with Morrigan also was super cute, how they just sit there at the tea party and talk with Mullin. Of course, our pure little Mullin is most fascinated by the fact that Morrigan is a succubus and very sexy. And she can talk openly about it. When they talk about SCB39, the entertainment unit in Pandemonium, it’s a cute parody to the famous AKB48 and all of its sister groups. AKB48 is a girl group with many members which would take too much time to dive into too deep, but there is plenty of information on the internet, so you can go and ask Google-sensei if you are into Japanese pop and haven’t heard of the girls yet!
Yes, so the story was super cute. I love Azazel and his reactions and thought it was super cute how he carried her all the way to the tea party. I do not appreciate that there was so little result from it and it seems like hardly anything has changed between them. If Azazel had at least gotten an answer from her, there would have been progress in their relationship. Plenty of progress. But like this there was only such a tiny step that I feel a bit disappointed this late into the series. It’s not one that is likely to get a second season, so whatever they can’t resolve within the last episode’s 25 minutes will most likely stay unresolved forever… or until I read the manga. Which I will definitely do. Hoping for the best.
See you next week
The last episode already aired and my review for it will follow soon! The holidays have been messing with everybody’s schedule and I am no exception. I can only hope that the next episode will include a lot more than I think there will be, and if not then at least a big indicator for Beelzebub and Mullin ending up together. It really would give this series a lot more purpose than it holds now. See you soon with the review of the last episode!
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