The eighth episode of Maou-sama, Retry! was smart, mature, and full of inspiring quotes. I was very impressed with the messages the episode was trying to convey. The combination of dirty humor and humanitarian ideals and aspirations was remarkable! Allow me to be more specific!
This was a full episode, with plenty of interesting events and revelations. First of all, Zero reappears and he seems to have an even bigger harem than Kunai. Plus, Tron, a mysterious girl whom he saved, got obsessed with him and is determined to meet him again, no matter the cost. I can’t help but notice Tron’s similarity to Aku. They’re both at the same age, with light hair and weird vision abilities. I’m almost sure they’re somehow related, but I’ll have to wait in order to find out more. I’m glad that the new loli joined Kunai and I’m looking forward to see how her presence will affect the main team.
Meanwhile, Demon-Lord is trying to figure out what happened to the angels and why they disappeared. In the meantime he’s giving life lessons to Aku. They have a father-daughter relationship and I can’t get enough of their cuteness! After his visit at the library and the gathering of useful informations, he returns to the village with his girls to continue its renovation. His plan is to gather money exclusively from the rich in order to benefit the less fortunate ones. He finally builds the Baths he was dreaming about -since Maou-sama, Retry! feels empty without its usual bath scenes- and calls another of his 8 avatars in order to run the business and protect the village. As time passes, I think that he really gets to love this place and maybe he’ll eventually change his plans about his return to the real world.
Demon Lord’s Crush: Kunai seems to have a thing for Angel White. He was trying to remain calm and cool in front of her, though he was dazzled by her beauty. If their love blooms, many young ladies (and a girlish boy) will be devastated.
Themes & Trivia
Robin Hood Style: Demon-Lord has a heart made of candies and can’t afford to torture the destitute. That’s why he came up with a Robin Hood style solution: he will take money from the wealthy ones and give them to the poor. I sense a new messiah rising in the Infinite Game world.
Do I know you?: While in the library, Aku asks from Kunai to read her a story. The tale is about Fido, a dog who becomes an adventurer and fights monsters in a dungeon. He also collects rare items and treasures… While at the lower floors of the dungeons, he saves a beautiful female dog and she falls in love with him, living happily ever after, both rich because of the dungeon’s goods. Does this story sounds somehow familiar? Well, it’s not wrong trying to pick up dogs in a dungeon, is it? Fido is probably Bell from DanMachi, another popular Isekai anime which aired its second season this summer. If you’re not convinced yet that Fido represents the famous adventurer, lemme tell you that Aku mentioned ‘Fido is so cute…’. Bell’s harem is expanding beyond DanMachi’s universe!
Seraph: Seraph is a shorter word for Seraphim and tradition places him in the highest rank in Christian angelology and in the fifth rank of ten in the Jewish angelic hierarchy. A seminal passage in the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1–8) used the term to describe six-winged beings that fly around the Throne of God crying ‘holy, holy, holy;. I sense that we’ll see something amazing very soon!
Kunai starts to build harems under each one of his characters and I don’t know how this will end up. This twist about his multiple avatars is quite interesting and I’ve never seen anything similar in Isekai anime. Maou-sama, Retry! is a very smart series and is addressed to an intelligent audience. Between the pervert jokes and the dirty punchlines, there are myriad hidden morals about life, such as how looks are deceiving or how the value of a person is determined by the way he treats the less fortunate ones. There are many messages about the modern society and I’m sure that, if it’s the first full length anime of Ekachi Epilka Studio, we’ll surely witness astonishing works by them in the near future. Those guys know how to build up a story so good that the viewer won’t be bothered the -temporarily- poor animation. In conclusion, the series is giving us some food for thought, and I consider it one of the season’s best!
‘If you keep seeing things in black and white, you’ll never move forward in life…’
What is your opinion about where Maou-sama, Retry! is heading to? Are you also satisfied with this episode’s morals? Can’t wait to read your comments here, in MANGA.TOKYO!
Summer 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast