Unholy burger and fries. I would sure love to try them.
Supreme comedy. That’s what Hataraku Maou-sama is. I like to split the comedy genre into two types when it comes to it and the anime series in general: the first one is the comedy flow that is present through the entire series. It is there to make the series a tad lighter, to bring some more energy and by chance, to make us smile every once in a while. The second one, however, tends to focus on separate scenes rather than bringing the quirky atmosphere. It focuses on jokes and scenes that make us not only smile, but laugh. From sadistic to well-planned situations alike, that would be the general purpose of the second type - making us laugh.
Hataraku Maou-sama is the second type. Furthermore, it is extremely successful.
The series’ start is quite dark and serious, but if you’ve taken a look at the genres and read the synopsis, then you can guess that it doesn’t stay like that for long. We are presented to the situation that went down in the world of Ente Isla, the world in which our main characters originally lived in. After the great Satan Lord Jacob gets defeated by Hero Emilia, he, alongside with his fellow General Alsiel, is forced to pull back and escape. Just before departure, Jacob swears that he will return and regain control over Ente Isla once more. They open up a dimensional portal and go through it, not knowing that Emilia has followed them.
Right after all the seriousness is gone, the fun begins.
Yes, right after that. Of course, the world in which our two demons have landed on is Earth. Japan, to be specific. The first thing they realize is that they cannot regenerate magic in this world, and since they’ve used most of it up for opening the portal, magic becomes one of many things they have to go easy on from that point on. I could go on and on about what happens to them, but I wouldn’t want to spoil much, since it would truly be best for you to see it for yourself.
On short, our main characters that come from Ente Isla must now blend in the everyday life of a human. That includes getting a job, paying for everyday expenses, and so on. Does that sound a bit boring? Well, that’s far from it. Besides being spiced up with some amazing comedy on every corner, supernatural activity comes in as well. Our lead characters are attacked! They are being pursued! Is this the time to be worried about them? No. It is the time for you to laugh to your heart’s desire, since every scene is presented either in a badass, or funny way.
Through the story, we are presented to more and more new characters, most of them coming from Ente Isla themselves. After being “tamed” by our original main leads, they settle down on Earth as well, each of them living their lives in their own way. From working and having a job, being a housewife (housedude?), all the way to being a lazy NEET.
Since most of the angels that come from Ente Isla are female, while the demons are male, you can get a picture of what kind of pacts are made. It is a wide-known saying that us, men, have no weapons against women, so the only thing we can do for us to prevail is stick together. Our demons do just that. Closely. On the start, Jacob and Alsiel rent quite a small apartment, barely containing enough space for the two already. But no, things get only (worse) funnier. One more demon comes and after being tamed and proven weaker, that little apartment becomes a smaller strongholds of idiots, so to speak.
And so, our supernatural peeps head towards their everyday issues, with comedy awaiting us on every single corner.
Focusing a little bit on other components as well, the art and sound are splendid. The art is really attractive, making the characters quite adorable for the eye to see (yeah, you get to love those pixels in front of you). Not to mention the great display of various actions, such as the all-lovable trollface out of nowhere. All in all, it presents the story in a great way. The sound fits in excellently. What is left to make us laugh besides the animation and the text? Of course, the way the text is spoken and delivered! I must compliment the voice actors here. They have all done a really good job at emphasizing the characters’ emotions through voice, especially their common outbursts. A special shout-out goes to Ryota Ohsaka here, who is voicing our MC, Jacob, and has done it right all the way. Taking the scene in which Jacob is screaming on Alsiel: “You’re freaking right you’re late! It’s all over, why do you even bother showing up now!?” , I can say it is just presented in a way that I couldn’t find a better one, in all honesty.
The characters make the show. Alongside with the scenes they get caught in, we get to sympathize with them, we take them as some stupid idiots, we want to see them get stormed-over more, and so on. On short, we want more of each and every single one of them. It’s one of those rare cases where the stupid characters in some series aren’t annoying. The catch is that they are not mainstream. Far from that. They are totally unique, and their stupidity is unique as well. It reaches levels far beyond. Well, from everything I’ve written so far, I think you can guess what my enjoyment is like. It is pumping high. Very high.
Overall, Hataraku Maou-sama is stupid. There is not a single quality focus in the series. However, it is still grand. Oh yes, it is. In all honesty, I cannot remember the last time that I’ve had such good laughs during watching some anime series, but I sure will remember Hataraku Maou-sama for a long period of time. Very worth the watch. Heck, if you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to emphasize its priority to the maximum if you’ll ever feel like watching some great comedy. Extremely suggested.