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Demon King Daimao Episode 7 Review – Best In Show

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Demon King Daimao Episode 7 Review – Quick Summary

In Demon King Daimao episode 7, “The Legendary Hero Appears?!,” a mysterious figure gunned down Korone. Akuto Sai rushed to her side and found that she was made of sterner stuff than he’d expected. But his couldn’t enjoy his relief for long. Saying she’d failed in her mission, she said her final goodbyes and returned to base.

Meanwhile, rumors of the Demon King and the Hero who would protect society spread through the village. But the residents’ distain for Hiroshi Miwa humiliated the young man in front of his sister Yukiko, who sped off to confront Akuto, the supposed Demon King. Unfortunately, Akuto’s antipathy for his role as Demon King only added to Hiroshi’s humiliation. Can Akuto patch things up with his friend? Or will the rumors of animosity between the Demon King and Hero come true? And who’s that crazy man near the lake — and why does he call himself Mister X?

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

Favorite Quote from Demon King Daimao Episode 7

Demon King Daimao Episode 7: Junko had to laugh at Korone's characterization of Akuto's skill with women

Junko’s smile not only acknowledges that Korone spoke truth. She’s smiling in relief. Korone basically just proved that when it comes to women, Akuto has no experience or skills — which suits Junko just fine! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Korone’s sense of humor continues to crack me up. Beginning in the previous episode, Korone’s bosses had given her orders to seduce Akuto so he’d be more compliant. Korone, herself a diligent if sarcastic Liradan, had thrown herself into her work. Near the beginning of this episode, after Mister X had shot her, Korone had to return, her mission apparently a failure.

But this is Korone, and a little thing that that could not possibly stop her. She returned later in the episode. Towards the end, with Junko Hattori and Keena Soga sitting nearby, Akuto tried to argue her out of trying to seduce him. He quite reasonably pointed out that he knew what she was up to, so there’s no way she could succeed. Korone answered as Keena dozed and Junko listened with interest.

Korone said he must have misunderstood something. She went on to say (20:56), “I only tried to educate you sexually because you’re clumsy when it comes to relationships with women.”

I had to laugh at Junko’s knowing smile!

Best in Show Moment for Demon King Daimao Episode 7

Demon King Daimao Episode 7: Akuto can be as dense as a fence post

Akuto might have the emotional sensitivity of a cement fence post. But the man knows who to trust. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Yukiko, The Good Imouto

In this episode, we got to meet Yukiko, Hiroshi’s imouto, and she seems to hold her brother in high esteem. So she felt ecstatic and proud when she heard her neighbors praising Hiroshi as the next Hero. Yukiko and Hiroshi listened from outside as the neighbors shared drinks with mom and dad Miwa. Yukiko positively beamed with pride at her older brother as they listened.

Knowing the legends and having heard the rumors, she asked her brother if it were true that the Demon King was really going to the same school. Hiroshi tried to explain that it wasn’t quite like that. In fact, Hiroshi told her, he was actually friends with the rumored Demon King. His little sister got so excited at that news. Whatever she knew about the legends, to her, it seemed more important that her older brother was right in the center of things.

Demon King Daimao Episode 7: Yukiko felt proud of her brother

Yukiko beamed with pride when she heard the neighbors praise her older brother. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

That changed when the neighbors stepped onto the porch, where they spoke in hushed tones so the parents wouldn’t overhear. Not knowing the kids could hear them, they scoffed at the idea that Hiroshi, who they said was a wimp, could protect anything, much less the village. They also thought daddy Miwa was an idiot to believe his son could be the hero.

Hiroshi tried to laugh it off, but Yukiko knew better. So, she did what any good imouto would do. She defended her brother. She sought out and introduced her self to Akuto.

Akuto, Junko, and Keena met Yukiko just inside the lodging where the students stayed. Yukiko immediately demanded to know if he was the Demon King. You know Akuto — he hates the idea, so even while admitting that some people call him that, he denied it. Hiroshi joined them, and the conversation started to go sideways.

Delivery: Akuto, an Unfortunately Honest Young Man

I had to respect how upset Yukiko was on behalf of her brother. It drove her to demand to know right that moment whether or not Akuto was the Demon King — and whether Hiroshi was the Hero. Akuto denied both, saying (05:28) “I’m sure he doesn’t want to be one, either.” Yukiko got more upset, Akuto denied it some more, and she ran off in tears. Hiroshi, pausing only long enough to look accusingly at Akuto, sprinted after her.

Junko let Akuto have it. Basically, she asked if he knew what he’d done, and it slowly dawned on him that he’d insulted his friend in front of his supportive little sister. He admitted that his desire to deny he was the Demon King had crushed her dreams. Junko, being the perceptive young woman that she is, pointed out that Akuto still didn’t get it.

“What if Miwa, somewhere deep down, really does want to be the hero?” Junko asked (06:15).

Junko understood the situation way better than Akuto

Junko understood the situation way better than Akuto did. And he was smart enough to listen to her. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

The realization hit Akuto like the proverbial ton of bricks. What I liked about this scene was Akuto didn’t get mad at Junko. He didn’t try to blame Yukiko. Instead, he trusted Junko so much, and so clearly understood his own limitations, that he listened to her when she told him what he’d done wrong. I watch series hoping I’ll see that kind of respect and trust between two characters. It’s the kind of thing that sets this series apart.

What did you think of Junko’s instinctive reaction to Mister X? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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