Going Down The List: Hataraku Maou-sama!


In retrospect, Hataraku Maou-sama wasn’t really outstanding in any way. Even when it was airing, which was a few months after I’d started watching anime and I was not yet jaded and cynical, I didn’t hold it in great regard. Sure, it didn’t look terrible, it was reasonably entertaining and it’s definitely one of the better shows based on Light Novels, but I’m having a hard time remembering much of anything about it.

Actually, that’s not exactly true. I remember some things. When Gate started airing in Summer 2015, the cultural clash in that show reminded me of Maou-sama. In fact, it was really the only aspect of Gate that I found interesting. Anyway, I dropped Gate for other reasons, but the comparison with Maou-sama stuck in my mind, because I really did like Maou-sama when it came to that part of it. Maou working in a McD’s and being good at serving customers instead of being literally Satan and Ashiya trying to be a good servant to Maou even in a world where servants don’t really work the same way, those two things I do remember about the show.

But then, because this is a Light Novel adaptation after all, there has to be the romance aspect of it all, and the antagonists who come out of nowhere and force Maou and Emi to work together. The fact that the majority of the show ends up focusing on these two aspects of the show is presumably why I don’t remember much about it, because I can’t even remember who liked whom and who wanted to kill whom. So, in conclusion, the show had cool ideas and I liked the premise, but the rest was kind of forgettable. And hey, it did have some good faces.

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