I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Episode 2 – Quick Summary
In I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Episode 2, “The Demon Lord’s Daughter is Going to Learn How to Speak to Customers,” Raul Chaser took on a challenge unlike any he had ever faced: he had to teach Fino Bloodstone, heir to the late Demon King, to be customer friendly. And if that were not tough enough, he had to endure to scorn of Airi Ortinet, his self-styled rival, and two other previous compatriots, Blaze Dis and Klein Art. Will Raul’s self-confidence survive any of these ordeals? And what is he writing on Fino’s hand?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Episode 2
Fino seemed a little disappointed! Capture from the Blu Ray.
Fino’s in an interesting place right now. First, she has no idea how powerful she is. She grew up as the child of the Demon Lord, so her expectations regarding power aren’t quite in line with the Magic Shop Reon in particular or human society in general. Second, to her, human customs are nebulous unknowns, and her first assumption, when faced with an unusual situation, is to assume she’s at fault.
So when the robber came asking for cash, she assumed he wanted the store’s Cash Department. Raul was on lunch break, and Nova Luminous was busy earning a refrigerator sale. So Fino tried to help.
When Raul finally returned and they helped each other understand the situation, Fino did the right thing: she confirmed with Paul that the robber was not, in fact, a customer. She then proceeded to disarm the robber and threaten him with all sorts of tortures. All the while, she maintained her maniacal laugh.
When he finally passed out from fear, she frowned, disappointed, and said (15:37), “His bark’s a lot worse than his bite.”
I was impressed with how easily she swatted aside the robber’s attacks. I was even more impressed that she confirmed he wasn’t a robber before taking care of business!
Best in Show Moment for I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Episode 2
Setup: Raul’s Authentic Plight
Back in 2018, I talked about this and three other series in my post 4 Ecchi Series With Unexpectedly Engaging and/or Complex Plots. Since then, I’ve only raised my opinion of the series. In fact, watching it to review it helped me focus on some details that make me appreciate it even more.
In my review of the first episode, I talked about how the show explored Raul’s plight as an ex-hero and how it mapped to the experience I’ve observed in the ex-military officers I’ve worked with (well, except Marines – according to them, there are no ex-Marines). Raul’s attitude and perceptions felt authentic from that perspective, and I appreciated it even as I lamented the need for fiction to bring this to our attention.
This week, the show extended that message. Remember how Airi treated him because he took a job at a magic shop? Or how Blaze and Klein treated him? Their attitude was nothing short of thinly veiled ridicule. They didn’t care he was making his way forward as best he could.
It would have been easy for Raul to descend into depression or to become arrogant or cynical to overcompensate. In fact, at first, he was a bit arrogant with Fino, especially as she mangled the seven phrases he tried to teach her.
At first, Raul struggled to keep his patience when Fino flubbed her lines. Capture from the Blu Ray.
But my favorite scene showed that Raul is still trying to do the right thing. He came back to the store late one evening. He saw that Fino had fallen asleep on the couch and that her blanket had slipped to the floor. Worried that she might catch a cold, he tried to cover her up. That’s when he noticed her practice notebook on the table. He saw that she had been writing the seven phrases over and over again.
He spoke his amazement out loud and awakened her. At first embarrassed that he had seen her notebook, she saw that far from teasing or ridiculing her, he seemed impressed. He even praised her. Encouraged, she asked him to test her.
Delivery: Fino Benefiting from Raul’s Support
She tried to recite the seven phrases without looking at the writing on her hand. She got several of them right away before stumbling to a halt. Raul looked on, silently urging her onward. The longer she couldn’t remember, the more she panicked. She struggled, but she made it through the fourth, fifth, and sixth phrases.
Raul was really rooting for her. He had to stop himself from giving her any hints because he honestly wanted her to succeed on her own. But as the silence after the sixth phrase grew, his resolve began to falter. He almost spoke aloud.
“Fi…” he began (20:10). Then he saw the tears starting in her eyes. He saw her desperation and steeled himself to wait as long as it would take.
Raul saw how important this effort was to her, and he silently cheered her on. Capture from the Blu Ray.
Suddenly, with a joyous expression, she said (20:18), “Thank you very much!” It was the seventh phrase!
He congratulated her, whereupon she grabbed his hands and thanked him. She was so happy she was crying. Something changed in Raul. He realized that he probably hadn’t thrown away all hope of becoming a hero, but he accepted that right now, it wasn’t happening.
“This isn’t the job that I wanted,” he thought (20:41). “But I can still try my best.”
I saw his pride in her achievement. I saw how happy it made her feel. It occurred to me that the sight of Raul, a former hero, taking joy in the success of the heir to his previous enemy’s throne, was profoundly hopeful. It showed what goodwill can bring into being. That’s one of the reasons I like this show so much!
What did you think of how Fino handled the robber? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
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- I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Episode 5: I Couldn’t be a Hero so I Snuck into a Rival Store with the Daughter of the Demon King
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