In regards to the MMORPG Cross Reverie, Sakamoto Takuma boasted an overwhelming strength that was enough for him to be called the Demon King by the other players. One day, he gets summoned to another world with his appearance in the game. There, two girls insist, "I am the real summon master." Takuma gets slave-turning magic used for summoned beasts cast on him by the girls.
However, the peculiar ability "Magic Reflection" is invoked! The ones that were turned to slaves were the girls!
Takuma is bewildered. He's the strongest magician but, he doesn't have any social skills. Panicking, the first words that come out are the ones that he used inside the game role-playing the Demon King?! "I'm amazing you say? Of course I am. I am Diablo... The one feared as the Demon King!"
This is the story the Demon King (acting) that would soon inspire the world and his other world adventure that he plunges through with his absolute strength, raise the curtain!
Anime series that solely exists for the boobs, butts and fanservice?
What type of a pathetic person would even watch such a thing?
Not me at least.
*I saw the uncensored version, this review is aimed for adult audience only, just like the anime.*
Ever since Sword Art Online landed, the anime industry has been trying their hardest to do clones of it. Clones which go beyond all the things that made SAO an ironic masterpiece. When Death March aired few seasons back, I thought no one would dare to take any more ridiculous self-insert isekai harem route. Apparently, the exact opposite happened, and Isekai Maou to
Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu (How Not to Summon a Demon Lord) was released. Show so ridiculously awesome its English name had to be changed just so people wouldn't think it's a hentai series
There is this self-insert dude who has apparently never even spoken with a real person in their life, but he is really good at being isekai Jesus in this video game that everyone plays. A legend, a hero, everything person can achieve in a game and more, that's his role. Just so happens to be, these 2 girls do forbidden magic and summon the Jesus behind the game avatar to fill his in-game character. This start an epic adventure focusing around many plot related factors such as kissing, boob fondling and various sexual remarks.
It would be easy to mistake the series to have a loosely written story because of its settings. But that's just an assumption by those who do not know better! The writer constantly challenges his writing skills by cornering the story with wits never seen before in the animated medium. For one, during this one inn scene, our trio got a room with only one small bed. Isn't it impossible for 3 people to sleep on such a small bed? Ikr, but no! Our author found a way to get everyone well-rested, and even had the time to suck neko girl's ears, making her happy, followed by a 1,5 minute long boob fondling scene. Every situation that looks beyond hopeless, gets eventually turned positive in ways you would never expect (unless you expect them to be related to lust, in which case you will not be surprised).
The biggest problem with Strike the Blood was the amount of girls it had for the viewer to choose from. Who is the best girl and who the canon pairing. These were questions that made watching it almost stressful due to the meat quantity. Decisions, decisions. Masosoma has fixed these huge problems in two ways. a) there are only 2 girls that matter and all the others are just noncanon pairing hoes b) you don't need to choose as you can have them both.
Shera is the perfect Elf girl and looks exactly the same as blonde from Sukebe Elf no Mori e. Moreover, she has huge boobs. Rem is where lolicon fetish meets S&M bondage. But really, she has animal ears, so naturally, owning a huge metal collar is just an essential part of her design and not a questionable choice the least. Her eye color is also green which is the only color that really matters. Unfortunately they don't seem to have personalities, but I am certain both of them are especially good at sucking... things. .
Our Kirito is called Diablo this time. He is also voiced by Ono Saisuke v.2.0, so you know he is awesome. By awesome, I mean a total loser, but still gets to live the ideal life of a lawful wish fulfillment swagnator, and has the most alpha voice imaginable. Other than his hands, which seem to have endless stamina when it comes to harassing women, his other best merit is anything he ever let's out of his mouth. When he called that nerdy mage a mega pleb, I removed all characters from my favorite lists just because none of them has as long of an e-penis, and when he gave his monologue praising both: small and big boobs, I had no choice but to make "Big boobs fill man's hand, small boobs fill man's heart." my new favorite philosophical quote.
At this point, according to my calculations, the series has offered us around 27 scenes that have moved the plot onward with audiovisual story telling (pantsu shots, bakaboats, pointy nipples etc.). That's all really cool. Outside the things that matter, the art and animation are based medium quality. The boob bouncing, especially during walking scenes, is animated in an extremely fluid manner, and goes in perfect harmony with the bouncy sounds, making the series almost hypnotic for that matter.
Final judgement. Censored version 1/10. Uncensored version 10/10. Should be watched by anyone who thought Sutobura saved anime there were Kill la Kill failed.
Personally, I love these types of shows and I promise it isn't the fanservice. I love overpowered MC's. It's just a matter of what personality they have. And this is one that I like a lot. The MC has been socially disconnected his entire life and has to interact with other NPCs(?) using his game persona. This leads to funny moments and surprisingly cool reactions that aren't standard for typical lead male roles (don't get me wrong there are moments like those in this).
It really is the MC that determines if the show is good or not.
On its surface, this is simply another power fantasy
where a socially inept hikikomori ends up in a game world somehow, where he is completely OP. Overlord, Log Horizon, and others do the same thing so why not watch one of those? Because, my friend, this show is chock full of ecchi ridiculousness and, God, is it great.
You want a huge, bodacious elf rack which defies the laws of physics?
You want a cat girl waifu who hasn't quite developed in all areas just yet?
You want to see awkward sexual scenarios with our socially inept protagonist and the face-meltingly hot ladies?
You want all of this crammed into an "isekai" show with good animation and an actual okay plot so far?
Shut in gamer MC? We have it!
Catgirl lolis? You betcha!
Big boobed naive moe blob? Do you even have to ask?
Forced humor that only works in anime? That is a given!
ROFL-stomping the local monsters? Have you ever watched any isekai ever?
A good story with fleshed out characters? Nope but we got MAXIMUM PLOT!
You're in luck! Stop reading and just go watch it. This isn't a series aspiring to deliver an experience that makes you reflect on the nature of man or any nonsense. It's fun, it's lewd, it's ridiculous, and it's great.
If you want a good Overlord clone of a show, look no further than this show. At first, the LN-harem combi cliche of a genre has been overplayed almost EVERY season, and in fact I was close to dropping this show due to the ecchi, but some people told me that this looks like Overlord, and I was glad that with that in mind, I was able to enjoy the show.
If you haven't watched Overlord, go watch that one first then watch this one and see the similarities: an OP MC who is revered as the Demon Lord with outstanding and fearing strength, gets summoned
into another world as the harem of girls come stalking towards him, and the MC has his way towards the girls, then anyone who crosses his path, be it the strongest or whatever.
Be it as the show has its light novel adaptation (which most people assumed would be just about anything they would ever assume of isekai-LN themed shows), its story is the most critical towards the understanding that this is no mere series like just about every isekai anime out there. For now the story seems to resonate with people that the Overlord tone helps define the series and is what makes it enjoyable, and along with the characters, the Demon Lord Diablo along with the "imprison-shackled" princesses Rem and Shera, they are set to make things right while meeting various people along the way of misunderstanding and fighting to clear their names and such.
The art and animation by Ajia-do, a studio that I have not heard of, is decent to say the best. It would not be justice to say that their art and animation is good, because in some areas (e.g. the wide areas where the characters are against the background) it isn't as clear as day and the animation is good but paltry, here's hoping whatever the producers know what they need to do to get their act and clean up the impurities.
Musicality-wise, it's obscenely good compared to the other isekai-LN-harem anime this season, and that's saying a lot because the music department is what made Overlord such a deity in terms of the enjoyment factor. With that said, I enjoyed the OST for what it is, but in all honesty is a small leap that's worthy than whatever that's found elsewhere.
So, to wrap it all up, I have no idea how this could be any good, even with the overlapping formulas this could end up all different than the final product. But I still choose to recommend and believe that if you need an isekai anime this season, make sure it's this one and not the awful mediocrity of others that fail to capture or the wash-rinse-repeat formula that is a total drop as soon as it goes.
One of those series that got me watching the same op moment in an episode. Its like a better version of Death March, something that I actually enjoy and dont twist my own balls to watch it. It has those fan service moments but I'm really into it for the op mc. Reminds me of a faster pace of Overlord mixed in with Death March dazzled with a bit of every other trapped in a video game anime. Definitely not for everyone but I'm kinda desperate for hyped animes these days only watching MHA waiting a f**king week every week for one anime episode while
constantly searching for good animes to watch without dropping it after the first episode. So far this anime has caught my interest and if your like anyone else who likes op anime mc'c who saves girls, then why not give it a try.