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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Jormungand: The One Spring Anime I Will Watch

A week after I complained about this forthcoming season’s over-indulgence in moe/ecchi/school stories and lament the lack of variety I finally find one I like the look of: the anime adaptation of Takahashi Keitarou’s seinen action-adventure manga series, Jormungand, is less than a month away and it looks like the one Spring anime I’ll watch this season!

Synopsis

Koko Hekmatyar is an unofficial arms dealer for HCLI, a weapons manufacturer. As an unofficial seller she must avoid the authorities of different countries because her work is illegal under international law. To protect her she has a team of bodyguards who are mostly ex-military. The latest recruit is Jonah, a seemingly emotionless and highly skilled child soldier who hates weapons dealers. As he follows Koko and her bodyguards he is searching for the weapons dealer responsible for the death of his family in order to exact revenge.

I reported on this for Anime UK News last December and I was hyped for two reasons:

  • The animation studio producing the show is White Fox who should be familiar to anime fans from their work on the TV anime Steins;Gate.
  • It looks sooooo much like Black Lagoon and I love that show!

JormungandThe synopsis and the trailer promise us an international cast in a variety of beautiful and exotic locations. The talent involved is impressive. Shuizuka Itou (Nadia in El Cazador de la Bruja)is voicing the arms dealer Koko Hekmatyar while Mutsumi Tamura (Sonya in Kill me Baby) is voicing Jonah.

Directing the series is Motonaga Keitarou (Get Backers, Magic Knight Rayearth and Assistant Director on classic anime movie Patlabor), Yosuke Kuroda (Trigun, Excel Saga, Gungrave, Hellsing Ultimate) is handling the scripts and series composition while Mami Kawada (Hayate no Gotoku!) and Nagi Yanagi (Bakemonogatari) are handling the opening and ending theme songs respectively.

A second series of Jormungand is already confirmed.

Staff: Motonaga Keitarou (Director), Yousuke Kuroda (Script, Series Composition), Mami Kawada (Opening Theme Song), Nagi Yanagi (End Theme Song)

Voice Actors: Shizuko Itou (Koko), Mutsumi Tamura (Jonah), Unsho Ishizuka (Lehm), Sayaka Ohara (Sofia)

Studio: White Fox

Check out a fuller list of forthcoming Anime I compiled.