Hataraku Maou-Sama

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Director: Naoto Hosoda, Series Composition: Masahiro Yokotani

Voice Actors: Ryota Ohsaka, Kanae Itō, Yōko Hikasa, Hiro Shimono, Yuuki Ono, Nao Tōyama,

Studio: White Fox

This First Impression has been a very long time in coming. Indeed, I am up to episode 8 when I should have written this after episode 1 and chucked it out like a regular aniblogger. It’s not because the show is bad. I really, really like it and think it’s bloody funny.

We are in another dimension. One where magic and religion hold sway over the populace, beasts’ stalk the earth and Gods’ reside in the sky. In one corner of this world the Devil King Sadao is the lord of the underworld, he is dread and cruelty incarnate. He has declared war on humanity.

 Hataraku Maou sama Demon Lord Sadao

He is close to conquering the continent of Ente Isla.

 Hataraku Maou sama Enta Isla

His four demon generals and their armies of monsters and the undead have stormed across Ente Isla and razed entire villages, putting civilians to the sword and crushing armies raised up against them.

 Hataraku Maou sama Evil Imp

But when all seems lost Hero Emilia unites humanity and with her combined forces she kills three generals and pushes Sadao’s evil minions back to his castle and lays siege to it and battles him. 

Hataraku Maou sama Hero Emilia

On the verge of being beaten by Hero Emilia, Sadao creates a portal to so that he and his last loyal general Ashiya may escape to another world.  

Hataraku Maou-Sama Opening a Portal

He enters the portal and finds that this other world is in our reality. More specifically modern-day Tokyo.

Hataraku Maou-Sama Tokyo twilight

Furthermore, he has lost his demon form and looks like a human! His first priority might be to gather his strength and plan his next attack on Hero Emilia and Ente Isla but he has lost most of his powers. In this world magic does not exist, science and technology provide the framework for life. Sadao has a human body and all of its attendant needs. He still has vestiges of the old world, his funny language and clothes but he is essentially a nobody.

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Genkina Hito Spring 2013 Anime Preview Picks

Genki Jason Spring 2013 Anime Picks

Well there was no post yesterday because I was busy writing a preview of the anime Spring 2013 Season Infoshows that will get aired in the spring season for Anime UK News. The preview features do prove rather popular and generate a bit of traffic. To make the features I essentially used one of the handy season guides that get produced and took to researching the details of the productions through various websites and then a whole weekend’s worth of writing with tracks from the Final Fantasy XIII OST playing in the background as I brought together notes, some of which had been made over the course of a year as a journalist for AUKN.

I plan to watch some of these and like last year I am going to announce what I will be viewing. This links in to my New Year’s Resolution to watch and review more anime. I got off to a good start last year but my efforts tapered off until the very end even though I was watching anime. I am a bit more on top of my game this time as I am taking a more aggressive approach to how I approach anime (and most things for that matter…) and watching and writing about them more often. Here is a list of shows I will at least watch the first few episodes of. Even though I am still watching on-going series like Maoyuu Maou Yuusha and Robotics;Notes as well as the recently released Blue Exorcist, I am going to tackle this set because they do look like the most interesting in the season.

Here is my Anime UK News preview guide (it is not as self-absorbed but is as long-winded as this)!

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Director: Seiji Kishi, Series Composition: Makoto Uezu, Music: Kotaro Nakagawa

Voice Actors: Aya Uchida, Hiroshi Kamiya, Junichi Suwabe, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Takahiro Sakurai, Ami Koshimizu, Kana Asumi, Kikuko Inoue, Yuka Iguchi

Studio: Bridge

Japan is gripped by the invasion of mysterious creatures and it falls to a band of Japanese high school students who can summon demons themselves to fight back.

This is the second adaptation of an Atlus RPG property following Persona 4 The Animation, which I enjoyed even if I did not get the game in the end. This one is the recent Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor series seen on the Nintendo 3DS¹. This is the reason I am going to watch it because I want to get into the Persona series a lot more… It’s probably the wrong way to do it but what the heck. The director is Seiji Kishi, the chap who directed Persona 4 The Animation. Series scripts written by Makoto Uezu who has written for TV anime Humanity Has Declined which I thought was a brilliantly surreal and inventive anime.

Seiyuu involved include Hiroshi Kamiya, Aya Uchida and Kana Asumi. Hiroshi Kamiya voiced Riku in the great comedy Arakawa Under the Bridge and Kana Asumi voiced Nyaruko in Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, which I found rather amusing and an ironic fate for the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Actually, I might start watching that again… Anyway, other seiyuu include Yuka Iguchi (Tsukihi in the cool anime Bakemonogatari) and Daisuke Namikawa (Rock in Black Lagoon). Great voice actors!

Here’s my First Impression

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