How Not to Summon a Demon Lord: First Impressions
Needing a new anime show to watch, I scrolled through Crunchyroll to find How Not to Summon a Demon Lord and decided to give this new isekai(another world)game a try. This review is based on the first 4 episodes and minor spoilers are ahead.
What’s it About?
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord is based on a fantasy light novel by Yukiya Murasaki and is a love comedy.
Takuma Sakamoto is a shut-in who is obsessed with the MMORPG ‘Cross Reverie’ so obsessed in fact that he’s the most powerful character in the game, bequeathed the title of Demon Lord Diablo and something of a ‘final boss’ for other players who dare take up arms against him! But one day he wakes up in the fantasy world he loves so much, except he’s not himself in this world but rather has all the physical and power-based attributes of his online avatar, Diablo!
Shera and Rem attempt to summon a Demon Lord to aid them and instead summoned Diablo. Diablo is indeed a powerful demon Lord however, he is also a video game character played by Takuma who is trapped in Diablo’s body. Their summoning spell backfires due to Diablo’s powerful accessory that reflects all magic so Shera and Rem become enslaved to him. Diablo is nervous and confused about all of this, but determined to continue on and refuses to be seen as anything less than a Demon Lord.
Not only does Takuma suffer from anxiety and social issues but he is stuck in the game with two female servants that did want to be his servants. So now he must work together with the ladies to help each other out and survive the game.
Ordinarily, when it comes to these Isekai shows I’d say something like “don’t be ridiculous they don’t explain the how of these things, it just ‘happens’!” But here it seems he was ‘summoned’ here by busty elf Shera L Greenwood and pantherian (cat girl) Rem Galleu. What the were expecting to summon was an obedient slave, but because of one of Takuma’s—or rather Diablo’s—magical items all spells are countered and returned to the caster, meaning these two girls are his slaves!
Are there any issues with the show?
So far, I’ve noticed just a few things with the show itself. Specifically with Takuma’s alternating personality, which I’m supposing is supposed to be funny but it comes across flat.
But once he’s in the game, Takuma’s dedication to online gaming makes him ultra powerful, able to suss out female characters’ problems because they follow a predictable gaming script and safe from having to actually converse with people because whenever he talks it automatically comes out in the “cool, tough demon king voice.”
Maybe I’m just vain, but I’m okay with that. Diablo is pretty hot, so now I have a new husbando!
Annoying Fan Service
I’m all for fanservice when it’s done right.
He didn’t enslave them on purpose, it was an accident! But ya know, now that they are enslaved he’s happy to stare at their boobs and take advantage of them.
He didn’t want to assault Rem, that’s why he touched her ears! He was thinking of his cat! And very coincidentally the camera frames Ren’s reactions just like a sex scene, including her repeatedly begging him to stop before the moaning starts. And gosh, she’s just so grateful to him afterward; really, it’s for the best that he assaulted her.
If Takuma/Diablo had been in any way a jerk to these girls or mistreated them I’d have been against him from the get-go, but not only is he understanding of these girls he goes as far as to pledge his allegiance to Rem in order to help her out of her difficult situation.
Shera also has bouncy enormous-boobs that precede her in just about every establishing shot. This just annoys me to no end. When every other scene focuses on this, it takes away from the plot and makes it no longer funny. Once or twice is okay but you want your show to have SOME depth to it