The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 3: Arnos is calm under any circumstances
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 3 Review – Best In Show

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The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 3 Review – Quick Summary

In The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 3, “Sasha’s True Intentions,” Anos Voltegourde promised to behave when Ivis Necron, one of the Seven Elder Demon Emperors, visited to lecture the class. After all, everyone considers them to be almost gods. Unfortunately, the teacher, Emilia Rudewell, was less than clear on what “behave” meant, and Anos greeted Ivis like he were an old subordinate. Will the teacher and many of the students survive the shock? Later, the class takes a dungeon test in an ancient castle. Anos tells Sasha Necron and Misha Necron, his teammates, that it’s actually his old castle. So of course, he knows where all of the magical items are. However, when he turns his back, Sasha does something quite unexpected. Something even Anos didn’t seem to see coming. How will he respond to something like that?

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

Best in Show Moment for The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 3

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 3: Arnos would prefer that Ivis Necron acknowledge him.

The conversation with Ivis Necron ended without an acknowledgement that Anos was the Demon King. But Anos was cool with that. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Anos Tries to Rekindle an Old Friendship

Nothing gets under Anos’ skin. In fact, he’s been completely calm regardless of the situation. Seemingly powerful enemy? An ambush? A team of highly skilled students with a good leader? His parents thinking that Sasha is the going to join the harem that Misha started? He handled each with complete calm.

This episode threw a more interesting challenge at him. Emilia Rudewell, their teacher, announced they were going to have a guest lecturer: Ivis Necron, one of the Seven Elder Demon Emperors. As Anos learned during class, demon society considers those seven people to be nearly gods. Anos seemed to recognize the name, and when the teacher told him she expected him to behave, he calmly agreed.

Ivis Necron entered. He was a tall, imposing figure. The class fell silent as he descended the stairs towards the podium. Only Misha wasn’t shocked when Anos stood and said (05:47), “Hey, Ivis. Long time no see!” Ivis Necron dismissed the teacher’s frantic offer to expel Anos on the spot and asked why Anos addressed him that way. The conversation exposed that Ivis Necron had lost his memories 2,000 years ago. So, again to the dismay of everyone except Misha (though even she seemed surprised), Anos strode forward, grabbed Ivis Necron’s face mask, and forced him to remember the last 2,000 years.

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 3: Arnos helps Ivis Necron remember 2,000 years ago.

Even Misha was surprised when Anos grabbed Ivis Necron’s face mask. I thought the teacher was going to have a heart attack. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Anos wasn’t in that memory. The imposter Avos Dihevia, however, was.

Delivery: Ivis, a General Anos Can Depend On

After class, Ivis Necron and Anos met to compare notes. Two things made this my favorite scene.

First, Anos didn’t get angry when Ivis Necron wouldn’t acknowledge him. He accepted the new bit of data, assessed it, and decided on his next steps. It’s not that I dislike impulsive heroes. It’s just that sometimes, I appreciate a more calm and rational approach.

Second, Necron’s reaction was exactly what I’d expect from one of the Demon King of Tyranny’s generals. He didn’t flip out, either. Instead, he admitted to Anos that someone had done something to his memories. Since the Demon King of Tyranny was, in fact, his master, he owed fealty to him. Yet, he hesitated. Were his restored memories correct, and his master’s name was Avos? Or was Anos telling the truth about being the real Demon King?

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 3: Ivis Necron cooly assessed the situation.

A good leader sets the tone for his followers. Ivis Necron’s cool-headedness says a lot about Anos’ old leadership style. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Necron ended the conversation by saying (08:58), “I can’t make light of your words as you possess powers that defy time, but neither can I dismiss the possibility that you’re hostile to the Demon King of Tyranny… For now, I will remain neutral.”

Anos said that he could understand Necron’s reasoning. And that was that. Anos was apparently a good leader 2,000 years ago, because he recruited and promoted generals who could think independently. Even when it meant Necron couldn’t acknowledge him, Anos encouraged his old General’s independent thought. That level of confidence is pretty rare, especially when it’s based on demonstrated skill and ability. It’s turning into this show’s trademark, and I’m really curious to see where they’re going with it!

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

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3 thoughts on “The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 3 Review – Best In Show

  1. I’m actually low-key enjoying this show. It reminds me the most of Mahouka, a show which bored me to tears, so this comes as some surprise. I adore the parents.

    I really liked your best scene pick.

    Overall, though, I’m a bit baffled by the pace. At times it feels more like a summary than the proper story. All that Sasha whiplash, for example, feels unearned, and I’m left more confused than anything else.

    In my personal rating system, I’d say it plays out like this:

    Intellectual: 2/5
    Fun: 3/5
    Emotional: 1/5

    Weighting: Intellectual:Fun:Emotional = 30:60:10 (read as percentage)

    So you get a series score of 2.5, or right in the middle of a 5 star scale, which is perfectly fitting (without the weighting you’d get a 2/5, which seems too low).

    1. “I really liked your best scene pick.”

      Thanks! It was a lot more thought out that I originally gave the series credit for.

      “All that Sasha whiplash, for example, feels unearned, and I’m left more confused than anything else.”

      TBH, I had similar thoughts. Starting when Sasha suddenly decided to kiss him, and then when she decided to stab Misha at the end of this episode.

      On the other hand, I really like Misha’s character, especially with how she’s warmed up to Arnos. I even like Arnos. I have to respect a character who can twirl a castle on his finger and keep a straight face!

      I like your rating system. Weighing those three dimensions give a well-rounded score!

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