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Demon King Daimao Episode 2 Review – Best In Show

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Demon King Daimao Episode 2 Review – Quick Summary

In Demon King Daimao episode 2, “The Odd Observer!“, Akuto Sai had attracted unwanted attention. The government, curious about his designation as the new Demon King, had sent an android observer named Korone. She intended not only to observe Akuto. Korone also intended to act as his body guard. After all, many students wanted to make a name for themselves as the Demon King Slayer. The school’s principal signed off on the arrangement, so there was little Akuto could.

Of course, the students assumed Korone was the Demon King Mistress from off-campus. Akuto had almost despaired of a normal school life. That’s when the most popular woman on campus, Fujiko Etou, offered to help him. Akuto felt overjoyed. Finally, his luck had changed! But had it? What did Fujiko really want? And will Junko Hattori allow any kind of reconciliation after two humiliating defeats? Even if Akuto hadn’t wanted to fight in the first place…

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Demon King Daimao Episode 2

I’d have a hard time trusting a nurse who so often talked about dissecting me! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

This series showcases the tension between who Akuto wants to be and who the world insists he become. Akuto told Junko in the first episode that he wanted to be a Grand Priest. Yatagarasu announced that no, Akuto’s destiny included being the next Demon King. After that, events spiraled out of Akuto’s control.

One of the things I like about this show is how is portrays how the various factions that want to manipulate Akuto. Mitsuko Torii wants to dissect him to make a name for herself. The Principal seems excited to have associated with the future Demon King. Fujiko wants to enslave the Demon King to enhance her standing. Basically, everyone wants to deny Akuto any say in his future, as long as he delivers them fame or power.

Mitsuko said something in this episode that nicely encapsulated the thought. She told Akuto that he had lost control of his magic and blasted Junko because he was too powerful. He said it didn’t feel that way to him.

In the Blu Ray’s subtitles, Mitsuko said (06:37), “You might not feel it, but it’s the way it is, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

I’m looking forward to seeing if Akuto will stay in the mould they’re trying to cast for him!

Best in Show Moment for Demon King Daimao Episode 2

I kinda get why Akuto couldn’t sleep. That gaze would make anyone self conscious! Capture from the Blu Ray.

Setup: Setup Episodes are for Setup!

The first episode dove right into the action and gave us a great introduction to Akuto and Junko. This episode added two more important members of the cast: Korone and Keena Soga. I really like Korone. Thinking about the kinds of characters I like best, I find I feel a strong empathy for non-human simulations or emulations of actual humans.

Hmmmm. I wonder why that could possibly be…

Korone’s appeal goes beyond her artificiality. The government gave her two roles: observer and protecter. Given Akuto’s demonstration of power, the government sending Korone to monitor him makes perfect sense. But her role to protect him? That reeks of the government’s goal to control him for their own purposes. So I like Korone not only for who she is, but because of her importance to the plot and show’s main theme.

Well, if she’s also a body guard, then maybe it’s okay… Capture from the Blu Ray.

The plot and themes made me decide to review Demon King Daimao as my throwback for this season. I remembered Korone for reasons of plot and for reasons of shimapan. I’m a guy; I remember that kind of thing. I may forget my name and have to check my driver’s license to remember it. But green and white stripes? Flawless recall. But I’d forgotten her delightfully dry sense of humor. She put that on full display in this episode.

Delivery: Korone’s Sense of Humor Rocks

After the exhausting interview with the Principal, Akuto headed back to his dorm room to collapse. Korone accompanied him. Now, I contend that Akuto is a decent guy. He wants to become a Grand Priest and he doesn’t want to disrespect the people around him. So obviously he felt uncomfortable when Korone just stood there staring at him as he tried to crash. When he complained, she asked what he wanted her to do. He said she could get some sleep and rolled over.

Which didn’t work, because she laid down beside him wearing only a shirt and shimapan. As nice as he is, Akuto is a guy. That means a scantily clad young woman is more than a little distracting to him. Korone knows that, of course. Just to make sure he got the point, she flat out asked him (08:03), “Are you sexually excited?”

I have no idea how Akuto could have anything but the most pure thoughts at this moment. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Telling him she had just been kidding, she said she’s sleep somewhere else. She choose a cabinet above the wardrobe. Korone being Korone, she continued to mess with him. She’d open the door and glare at him from time to time. I’m pretty sure Akuto didn’t get much sleep.

That scene could have gotten really weird. Instead, it showed Akuto didn’t want to take advantage of Korone. It also showed the Korone liked having fun at Akuto’s expense. Over and above the plot and theme in this show, these character moments make the rewatch enjoyable.

What did you think of Fujiko double-crossing Akuto? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Demon King Daimao Episode 2 Review – Best In Show

    1. For me, this one has such great rewatch value because of the social commentary and the characters. You’re right. I can’t call it deep. Still, it’s a lot of fun!

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