Demon King Daimao Episode 4 Review – Quick Summary
In Demon King Daimao episode 4, “Is Solitary Fun?“, Akuto Sai had an instant of pure happiness. During magic class, Junko Hattori offered to partner with him for magic ball tossing practice! Unfortunately, his euphoria didn’t last long. He tried to toss a low-power, puny little ball of magic energy back to her. Instead, it flew high into the air and exploded. On the plus side, the mushroom cloud was amazing and could have been seen for miles. On the negative size, Hattori ended up in the hospital again.
Mitsuko Torii sent him into solitary confinement, not as punishment, but as a tool to help him train his mind. He had to get better control of his magic! Apparently, neither Korone nor Keena Soga understood the idea of “solitary,” because they ended up in there with him. Caught between Korone’s sarcastic teasing and Keena’s full bladder, can Akuto keep his sanity? And what did he find when he pushed up too hard against the wall?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Demon King Daimao Episode 4
You’d think by now they’d be used to Korone’s sense of humor. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I hesitated to pick this quote, because, well, you’ll see why. But then I asked myself what kinds of quote and moments I expected when I chose this series to review! I mean, I’ve seen it a dozen times. It’s not like the show should be able to surprise me!
So, I’m going to embrace the crazy!
Having put Hattori back into the hospital because he couldn’t control his mana, Akuto took Mitsuko’s advice and checked into the solitary confinement meditation tent cave thing. Korone, of course, insisted on going as his observer. Unbeknownst to either of them, Keena slipped in. She was afraid Akuto would get hungry, so she brought him a bento.
That was nice of her. But she also brought a full bladder. So ten minutes into a twelve hour stint, Keena was in distress. Korone helpfully offered to convert it to energy while it was still inside her. Akuto expressed surprise she could do that internally.
Keeping her face straight, Korone pretended to misunderstand his meaning and said (11:34), “Want me to drink it?”
No, Korone, they don’t want… Her sense of humor keeps her scenes lively!
Best in Show Moment for Demon King Daimao Episode 4
Well, she’s limber, I’ll give her that. Pretty athletic, too. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Almost Everyone’s After Akuto
We’re about a third of the way through the series, and by now, something become clear even to the well-meaning but sometimes too trusting Akuto Sai. He now knows that no matter what he does, or says, or feels, or hopes, everyone sees him first as the Demon King. Except maybe Keena. Frankly, I’m not sure what she’s thinking, since she keeps her own counsel.
His homeroom teacher keeps trying to kill him off so she can reanimate him and study his zombie form. Apparently, zombies have few legal protections in this world, so she’s confident she could get away with it. He’s becoming suspicious of Fujiko Etou’s motives, given her reaction to the missing map. I mean, she came right out and blamed the poor guy. That’s gotta be weighing on him.
I think Fujiko’s accusation evaporated Akuto’s last doubts about her motives. But he was still too polite to say anything! I think he still hopes to rehabilitate his name. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
When I said everyone except Keena, I should have mentioned Junko, too. But she wasn’t in this episode much, having endured yet another uncontrolled release of Akuto’s mana. It’s a shame. I would liked to have see her at the assembly for my favorite moment. Her reaction would have been great to watch!
A new player entered the game this episode, and her name was Eiko Teruya. We don’t know much about her yet, but the two data points we do have suggest she’s going to be a problem. First, Junko received a priority secret message that a “Teruya” was on the move. So apparently Junko’s clan sees Eiko as a threat. Second, Eiko waltzed right up to Fujiko, who’s more or less the queen of the school. On Fujiko’s home turf, Eiko expressed her condolences that Fujiko hadn’t subjugated the Demon King yet. That took some courage — or a ridiculous amount of firepower behind her.
Delivery: Even Eiko Teruya is After Akuto
Lily Shiraishi, the student council president with a great witch’s hat, instructed Akuto to address the whole-school assembly. She wanted him to tell everyone they had to stop the treasure hunt. Fujiko’s missing map (which started as Akuto’s map) had driven students to visit the marked locations. All of the students came back with terrible injuries. However, when Akuto tried to instruct everyone to stop the hunt, they accused him of plotting with Keena (who had actually stolen the map from Fujiko) to put all of them in danger.
Eiko didn’t help Akuto’s attempts to explain himself. She acrobatically leapt from the crowd to first straddle his face (she’s a bit shameless like that). Then she spun around and, still sitting on his shoulders, she demanded that he prove whether or not it’s dangerous by going there himself (19:10).
Lily wasn’t in the least bit pleased to see Eiko. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Eiko knew exactly what she was doing. Even though Akuto kept his cool (he’s apparently getting used to this sort of thing by now!), she had backed him into a corner. Akuto’s life hadn’t been the same from the moment that synthetic demon declared him the Demon King. Now, someone powerful enough to alarm Junko’s clan had just manipulated Akuto in front of the entire student body.
This moment appealed to me because it marked the point where Akuto seemed to accept that he couldn’t outrun people’s perception that he was the Demon King. And now, he’s facing someone he knows for certain is trying to manipulate him. I’m interested to see how he handles it.
What did you think of Fujiko’s brother’s back story? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Demon King Daimao Episode 4: Other Posts
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- Demon King Daimao Episode 1: A Demon King is Born!
- Demon King Daimao Episode 2: The Odd Observer!
- Demon King Daimao Episode 3: The Scary Upperclassman!
- Demon King Daimao Episode 4: Is Solitary Fun?
- Demon King Daimao Episode 5: Beware the Labyrinth!