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I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Episode 7 – Quick Summary

In I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Episode 7, “The Demon Lord’s Daughter Visits a House,” disaster struck Raul and Reon: an appliance installation double-booking! Raul had sold an air conditioner to a very nice old lady. However, that same lady’s son had bought a cheaper unit from Reon’s gigantic competitor, Amada. And now both companies had arrived to perform the installation! The son seemed angry with the mother; the mother seemed upset she had brought discord to her family. How will Raul, Fino, and Lore react? What will the Amada delivery man do? And will the poor mother be able to enjoy air conditioning any time soon?

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 7

I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Episode 7: Fino wanted to use her appetite to help the customer. Probably.

I’m not sure Fino’s offer was made in good faith. Capture from the Blu Ray.

I gotta admire Fino’s attitude. She really wants to help her customers. She wants to see Reon succeed. And she’s willing to go to great lengths to make both happen.

That kind of sounds like I’m about to talk about Fino using her magic to draw out the Magic Eater, despite the risk to her modesty and personal taste. But no. I have another scene in mind. This one is considerably less dangerous. At least, it’s less dangerous because she didn’t act on it.

She, Raul, and Lore searched the customer’s house for whatever it was that had consumed the household’s magic. Raul came up empty. So did Lore. But Fino suddenly had what seemed to her like a genius idea. Or maybe it was simply a hopeful idea.

Opening the refrigerator, she said (08:53), “Will it help if I eat everything in here?”

I’d love to believe that she was motivated solely by a desire to help the customer. But I have to confess I have my doubts!

Best in Show Moment for I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Episode 7

Lore is among my favorite characters – I empathize with her engineering sensibilities! Capture from the Blu Ray.

A Word about Economic Systems

In my review of the previous episode, I talked a little about how the plight of the Lonely Eyes typified unrepresented workers in a poorly-controlled capitalistic economy. Yes, I’m talking about economic theory in the context of a show that often features Fino covered in slime. It’s just that kind of show.

I tried to make the point that capitalism is the worst economic system in the world – except for every economic system that came before it. I’m not kidding, either. I know it’s fashionable to call for the downfall of capitalism. I can recite its long list of short-comings, and some of those short-comings are literally fatal. But here’s the thing: there hasn’t been anything better. So until we figure out how to make it better, I under no circumstances want to toss it out.

Because make no mistake: the people who profit from capitalism know the game. If we force them to give up their economic system, they’ll make sure they’re in a position to influence – or control – the formation of what comes next. So we need to be cautious.

Setup: Reon and Amada – Very Different Philosophies

That said, I love how this show makes its points. It could have beat us over the head with exposition. It could have shown Lonely Eyes dying by the cartful. Instead, it gave us a little family drama to show the difference between Reon and Amada — and out of control capitalism and truly customer-focused capitalism. And in doing so, the show gave me my favorite moment of the episode.

The old lady who had bought the air conditioner from Raul felt terrible that her son had bought a cheaper unit from Amada. Confession time: I would have been sorely tempted to punch that jerk of a son right in the face for the way he spoke to his mom. Dude needs to learn some respect!

That aside, as Raul, Fino, and Lore tried to sort things out, the Amada delivery man kept impatiently asking if they’d made a decision yet. He was a busy man, and he had other deliveries to make.

I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Episode 7: The Amada driver acted in an inconsiderate way

Keep your shirt on, dude. There’s a whole thing going on here. Capture from the Blu Ray.

Consider that for a moment: it was likely he would win the sale, but instead of engaging with the customer, he just made demands of them. Tensions were rising. The son and his mother were starting to argue. More precisely, the son was becoming more and more strident. So, with the likelihood he had lost the sale, Raul stepped in and tried to make peace.

“Neither of you meant any harm,” he said to them as the Amada driver looked on (03:20).

After a little more discussion (where the Amada driver continued to demand they move it along), the son said they had to save money, and it looked as if the family argument was about to take off again. So Raul said he would accept return of the Reon air conditioner.

Delivery: Lore is Good, Lore is Wise

As he, Fino, and Lore watched the Amada delivery man unload the box, Raul apologized to Lore. It was clear the guy felt bad for dragging her out of the store for nothing. I think he also felt bad for losing the sale – but not, of course, bad enough to cause more pain for the mother.

Lore just turned to look at him and said (04:19), “You did the right thing.”

I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Episode 7: Raul tried to reassure the mom

Even after he lost the sale, Raul tried to reassure the mom that she was no trouble at all. Capture from the Blu Ray.

First, I really like Lore. She acts like an engineer, and I get along with engineer types. Also, her attitude is typical of Reon under the leadership of Seara August. They look out for each other. They have each other’s backs. Together, they show what capitalism can produce, if it’s in the right hands.

In fact, if we could come up with a way of channeling capitalism into producing businesses around the Reon model, that might be a more worthwhile next iteration. Because it’s not earning money that’s the problem. It’s harming humans that’s the problem.

What did you think of Lore’s solution for getting rid of the Magic Eater? What were your favorite moments from the episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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