Demon King Daimao Episode 5 Review – Quick Summary
In Demon King Daimao episode 5, “Beware the Labyrinth!,” Akuto Sai, on a mission from the student council, descended into the labyrinth to learn what had injured so many students. akuto felt happy that Korone and Hiroshi Miwa went with him. Akuto didn’t feel as enthusiastic about Eiko Teruya. Unfortunately, short of violence, he didn’t see any way to stop her. But Akuto still didn’t trust her. It seemed his instinct was right. When Keena Soga told Junko Hattori where Akuto had gone — and with whom — Junko ran off after him in alarm. That prompted Keena to gather reinforcements of her own. Why does Junko consider Eiko an enemy? What is Akuto getting himself into? And will Eiko ever stop riding his back?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Demon King Daimao Episode 5
In this screen cap, you can see how serious Junko looks. But you might also notice that there’s a lot of mist coming off that hot springs! That’s not how I remembered the scene… Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
By this point in the series, we still don’t know the history between Junko and Eiko, but whatever it is, the two women do not like each other. In fact, Junko’s dislike for Eiko is so severe, it drove her to use decidedly un-Junko-like language.
The two came to blow in a gigantic underground natural hot springs. Which meant they were fighting in the nude. It is Demon King Daimao, after all. Junko had seen how Eiko had been literally hanging all over Akuto. I’m pretty sure for Eiko, her sexuality is just another weapon in her arsenal. But Junko sees sexuality as something quite different. It came out in the insults she hurled at Eiko as the fight began.
This is the same shot from the Blu Ray. I knew I remembered less mist! Crunchyroll’s stream is heavily censored. In this shot, it looks like Junko is going a good enough job censoring herself. Mostly, anyway… Eiko seems way less inhibited!
The Blu Ray’s sub said (12:00), “Shut up, you nymphomaniac!” This is one occasion where the Crunchyroll sub made me laugh harder. In it, Junko said, “Enough, slut!”
Though it’s probably debatable whether Junko even knows the word slut… On second thought, maybe I’m not giving her enough credit! The woman is tough as nails!
Best in Show Moment for Demon King Daimao Episode 5
Eiko attacked with super hotness. Akuto countered with calm reason. I gotta respect that! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Yet More Expectations for Akuto
I’ve mentioned before that I love how this show plays with expectations. Just look at how attitudes toward Akuto changed after the declaration that he would be the next Demon King. His own behavior didn’t change at all. Akuto, as always, tried to be polite. He tried to be respectful. He even tried to take menial jobs to demonstrate his commitment to the school’s well-being. But even Junko, with whom he’d already established a budding friendship, turned against him.
His honesty and personality eventually won Junko back over, and he’s back on her good side. Yet, everyone else still interprets his actions in the context of him being the next Demon King. No one thinks of him as the earnest young man who wanted to be a Grand Priest. That’s true for the population in general. It’s also true for Eiko Teruya. In the previous episode, do you remember how she leapt on him? She acted in a provocative way. She expected the contact to elicit some kind of reaction from him — yet, he wouldn’t dance to the tune she tried to play.
Dude gets credit for self-control.
Eiko’s dedication to her mission is commendable! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Still, it gave us a hint to how Akuto would react to the kind of attacks Eiko seemed determined to use against him. We got to see another such attempt in this episode.
They entered the underground labyrinth and found a natural hot springs. Korone tested the temperature and declared it perfect. Akuto wasn’t about to just soak in a hot springs. He wanted to do the job that the student council had entrusted him with. So, stripping to his shorts, he dove into the waters to look for the treasure the map indicated should be there.
Delivery: Despite it All, Akuto Remained Centered
He found a cave separated from the entrance. As he began to explore, Eiko showed up. Apparently not having learned her lesson from the day before, she jumped on his back again. This time, though, she had stripped completely. In other words, a naked and very attractive Eiko pressed into his back.
Now, I remember the days of my youth. I can honestly say that I never had a naked woman jump on my back. I’m certain I would have remembered something like that! But I don’t have to push my imagination very hard to see how I would react. Let’s put it this way: I’m reasonably sure such an event would impair my reason. Probably a lot. That’s exactly the reaction Eiko expected. She expected her physical charms to sway the future Demon King to her side.
Eiko wasn’t happy her attack failed. The experience might have stung her self-confidence. But she wasn’t about to give up. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Akuto, though, is made of sterner stuff than I am. As she pressed herself against him, he figured out that based on her questions, must already know where the treasure it — and she wanted his help to get it. Despite a naked woman having draped herself all over him, he maintained full possession of his faculties. Dude’s just a nice guy after all!
He’s exactly the kind of guy that Junko thought he was — before the expectations surrounding the Demon King complicated his life. And despite those expectations, Akuto’s trying to remain true to himself. Not only do I like the themes this show plays with. I like the characters, and this is a great example why.
What did you think of what Fujiko Etou learned about her brother’s death? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Demon King Daimao Episode 5: 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!
- Demon King Daimao Episode 6: Let’s Go To School By The Sea!
- Demon King Daimao Episode 7: The Legendary Hero Appears?!
- Demon King Daimao Episode 8: Do You Have a Crush?
- Demon King Daimao Episode 9: Marriage Interview Chaos!
- Demon King Daimao Episode 10: Akuto’s Imperial Capital War!
- Demon King Daimao Episode 11: The Girls’ Final Battle