Hataraku Maou-Sama

Hataraku Maou-Sama¹                                   Hataraku Maou-Sama Poster

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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Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home Theatrical Trailer

Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home            Hanasaku Irohana Film Poster

Japanese Title: 花咲くいろは Home Sweet Home

Romaji: Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home

Release Date: March 30th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 93 mins.

Director: Masahiro Ando

Writer: Mari Okada (Screenplay),

Starring: Kanae Itō (Ohana), Aki Toyosaki (Nako), Ayumi Tsunematsu (Takako), Chiaki Omigawa (Minko), Cho (Denroku), Haruka Tomatsu (Yuina), Junichi Sawabe (Tarō), Junji Majima (Tōru)

The movie sequel for Hanasaku Iroha – Blossoms for Tomorrow is set for a theatrical release at the end of next month. It is a slice of life anime which follows a girl named Ohana who has to lie with her grandmother in a hot springs after her single mother runs off with a boyfriend to skip out on a debt. Said grandmother is strict and requires Ohana to work hard and despite her initial dislike over her circumstances and all of the hard work Ohana begins to find life isn’t as bad as she thought.

 

Ohana has grown accustomed to living in the hot springs inn her grandmother manages, Kissuisou. One day, the daughter of a manager for Kissuisou’s rival inn, Yuina, comes to Kissuisou for training to become a landlady herself. As Ohana is observing her training, she finds “a certain item” in the storeroom while cleaning.

The anime movie sees the return of staff and cast from the TV series with Kanae Itō Hanasaku Iroha Home Sweet Home Poster 2taking the lead role of Ohana and Aki Toyosaki voicing Nako. Kanae Itō has cropped up in a number of slice of life anime like Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai where her vocals are put to good use portraying Senna and yelling insults. Kanae Itō’s real life friend Aki Toyosaki has voiced a dynamic bunch of characters such as Yui in K-ON!!!, Inga in UN-GO and Momoka Oginome in Mawaru Penguindrum. Pretty awesome performances since I can still remember the dulcet and high pitched tones of each!

It is directed by Masahiro Ando, a chap who has worked on some of my favourite anime like Jin-Roh, Patlabor 2, Ghost in the Shell in the key animation department and the man who directed Sword of the Stranger and CANAAN. He is working from a screenplay from Mari Okada who is one of the hardest working writers/head writers in anime. She has written scripts for things like Toradora!, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Red Garden and Aria the Natural. More importantly the two worked on the TV series for Hanasaku Iroha.

P.A. Works is animating and it is the studio which has worked on Hanasaku Iroha as well as another slice of life anime Tari Tari as well as my favourite supernatural anime of last year Another.