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The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 12 Review – Best In Show

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The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 12 Review – Quick Summary

In The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 12, “Taboo Magic,” Anos Voltegourde confronted Eleanor Bianca, but hadn’t needed to. She willingly told him all she knew. Which was a lot, especially about the fate of the original Kanon. While they were talking, Diego arrived, ready to do battle with Anos for defiling Eleanor’s shrine. A third party showed up to interrupt that right. This time, it was none other than Avos Dilhevia, with the Demon Lord Emperors that Anos has not freed already. Just what is Avos hoping to gain? Why is Diego so hell-bent on war? And what did Eleanor’s insights about Kanon tell Anos — if anything?

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

Favorite Quote from Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 12

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 12: Ray proposes to Misa

Whatever other goals Ray has, I honestly don’t think he’d cruelly lead Misa on. I think he’s sincere in what he told her. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

In a quiet moments before the day of the battle, Misa Iriologue couldn’t sleep. She stood looking out the window at the coming sunrise. That’s how Ray Gransdori found her. She was terribly worried. Ray, though, was completely calm. He remarked that it was because he might have been in the great battles 2,000 years ago.

They drew close, and she thought for sure he wanted to kiss her. Instead, he undid the clasp on half of the necklace he’d given her — the one with the bivalve shell. She was surprised when he asked if he could keep half of it.

“I hear this means that you’re proposing, ” she stammered (13:58).

“I know that,” he answered. Based on the last couple of minutes of this episode, I’m not sure where Misa stands. But I really hope that Ray doesn’t hurt her!

Best in Show Moment for The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 12

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 12: Anos' words seemed to comfort Eleanor

Eleanor seemed to take some comfort in Anos’ words. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Eleanor Had Reached the End of her Rope

A lot happened in this episode. I mean, a lot. So much that the moments really didn’t have time to mature, so to speak. It was more rapid fire than that. I’m not being critical. It’s a 13 episode run, so they had a lot to fit in. And previous episodes gave themselves plenty of time to unfold. There was bound to be a packed episode like this one. Still, it was a little disappointing from my perspective, since I’m really into amazing moments.

That said, there was one moment early on that stood out. Anos had just freed Eleanor from her magical prison (and dressed her — nice touch!). She’d explained her story to him. That is to say, she told him that Jerga, after having Kanon murdered, split his magic into two halves. She was one of the halves, and her job was to magically clone herself over and over and over again. Each clone’s only role was to fight and die. She’d had no choice in the matter. She also had a clear memory of Jerga betraying and murdering Kanon.

She was done with it all. All Eleanor wanted was for Anos to put her out of her misery.

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 12: Eleanor asked Anos to kill her

Eleanor couldn’t bear the burden anymore. She asked Anos to end her life. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

She didn’t count on two things. First, the hundreds of clones (each one named Zeshia) that were awaiting their battles didn’t see her at all the way she saw herself. In fact, they saw her as a someone very important to them.

Delivery: Anos Understood

Hearing her ask Anos to end her life, several of them moved towards Anos. One begged him (07:14), “Please save mama.”

Ha, I thought. That’s a blatant attempt to manipulate my heart-strings. It won’t work this time, Misfit of Demon King Academy. I’m on to you!

Eleanor didn’t have my strong constitution — or my cynicism! Her eyes got all teary. Then Anos, the Demon King of Tyranny, said something that only he had the authority or experience to say.

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 12: Eleanor's clones didn't want her to die

The clones made their perspective clear. They saw Eleanor as “mama.” Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

“You did well to endure this for two thousand years,” he said (07:34). The outpouring of affection from her clones, coupled with Anos’ show of support, seemed to mean a great deal to her. We didn’t find out how much because a clone of that idiot Diego spoiled the moment. And the show never really got back to what Anos did for Eleanor, and I hope he was able to help her. If anyone could, it’s him.

But my favorite moment was still when he offered her emotional support. He didn’t need to. They were technically in different camps. But he saw someone worthy who needed help, and he helped her. I liked how he not only tried to comfort her. He also recognized her efforts and achievement.

What did you think of the reveal at the end? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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