Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha
Episode 1 – The Misfit of Demon King Academy
I’m glad I’ve recently started blindy watching random anime in my spare time. If I simply read the synopsis and genre, this anime wouldn’t have intrigued me in the slightest since I’m not very interested about magic in anime. Here’s my first impressions…
A new student has come to the Demon King Academy and it’s none other than the reincarnation of the Demon King himself, Anos Voldigoad. Anos discovers that in his 2000 years absence, his descendants have become maniacal, power hungry weaklings who’ve let their status consume their empathy and morality.
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode of The Misfit of Demon King Academy. It was genuinely interesting and hilarious to say the least and also, odd. The episode managed to make me laugh numerous times especially with the dialog between Anos and the generic “highschool bully”. What is evident about this anime is that the comedy feels genuine and not forced much like with other anime. There are a few weak points such as generic character and environment design as well as having a weak cast of initial characters however, I let it all slide because of the protagonist and the script.
It certainly is an understatement to say that the character design lack originality. The hero (or demon) Anos, really doesn’t look much different than your run of the mill protagonist that you’d usually find in a thousand other low budget anime. While the animation is solid, the art style is also quite generic and there’s not much going on in terms of music either.
Where the anime falls in those regards, I believe it excels in personality. The dynamic between Anos and his new friend Misha, is very unique, in that on one side, Anos is confident and full of personality while the other, Misha, seems to be quite reserved. This raises some very interesting questions about how a dialog between them would progress, which I’m glad they explored in the first episode. Another thing that intrigues me is that the anime also tries to be philosophical by teaching the characters, and the viewers life lessons which seems to have been long forgotten throughout the ages.
While this episode of The Misfit of Demon King Academy was entertaining, I don’t believe the enjoyment will last without expanding the cast and introducing some unique personalities. This is very much a one man show as of now and I will definitely be continuing the watch simply for the fact that it had managed to make me laugh out loud. I also want to see how Misha and Anos devolop while spending more time together. I’m still lost as to what the academy is about since we really didn’t even spend much time inside the school, which really caught me off-guard.