Saturday, April 6, 2013

First Look: Hataraku Maou-sama!

Year: 2013 | Directed by Naoto Hosoda | Written by Masahiro Yokotani
Based on the Light Novel series by Satoshi Wagahara | Studio: White Fox 

The pilot episode for this anime series is probably the funniest one I've ever seen for sometime now. The brief introduction - the war between humans and demons -  reminds me of another Maou show last season that failed to piqued my interest. I was even surprised when they pulled a demon language that sounded like a combination of German and French. But what took me by surprise and put me laughing hysterically while watching Hataraku Maou-sama! came afterwards when Satan (Maou) and his general, Alsiel (Ashiya)  find themselves lost in Japan - in a human form - looking like a bunch of cosplayers. 

The two demons were forced to change their names, register for identification cards, open a bank account, rent an apartment and find a job in order to survive. In a short span we saw Maou and Ashiya in their hilarious domestic mishaps, trying to save money and are having problems with their food supply. The concept is just overwhelmingly funny. But seeing this story in anime makes me somehow convince that this is how Satan would live his life when he takes a refuge into earth. Only anime can make Satan work as an efficient part-timer in MgRonald's, who would even risk his remaining powers to fix the frying machine just so their branch could win the contest for selling the most black pepper fries in their area. 

In my book this light hearted show has a chance of being one of the best this year. There are so many problems in the world but seeing how Hataraku Maou-sama! poke's fun on human situations by using Maou as an example gives you something to smile about even if the going gets tough. 

xoxo, Chin.

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