Demon King Daimao Nov 21, 2012 22:32:13 GMT -5
Post by Bytor on Nov 21, 2012 22:32:13 GMT -5
Format: 12 episodes
Dates: 2 Apr 2010 – 18 Jun 2010
For the most part really solid visuals, I even enjoyed the, thankfully few and far between, Chibi animations (actually the ons used in the breaks were fantastic) and I am typically NOT a fan of this type of animation. The strong point is really the wide and diverse use of the color palette. The demarcation between colors is, as is real life typically, very vibrant and very varied in it's distribution and this provided the show with a more life like and realistic look even though the settings, characters and especially the demons were definitely not really life like in appearance. Still I wouldn't really consider the show to be true eye candy nor spectacular but it is certainly not the worst thing I have ever seen and more often that not was even above average. Now, for my major issue with the visual style. The show is simply runs rampant with fan service, that in and of itself is not necessarily a horrible thing, withing the right context, for instance Chobits and Rosario + Vampire are (almost) as bad, but there is a difference. In the context of the stories in those two shows the fan service either added to the story, or at least was a part of the story. here I feel it's thrown in simply for gratuitous purposes, not all of the time, sometimes the comedic timing and situation were perfect, other times I found myself asking why am I seeing what I am seeing in this particular scene.
What makes the characters in this anime unique is not that they are somewhat stereotypical, although certainly at first glance they are, as much as the fact that they made me believe they were who they were, does that make sense? Akuto, the unlikely Demon King is pretty much a nice guy who constantly gets himself into trouble, even with the best intentions, but I believed him. Junko is bound by family traditions and while she rebels, as expected, I believed her. Korone is an android who develops human emotions, and I believed her. Hopefully you get the point. While these obviously standard anime personalities are nothing really different they are acted so very well that I bought it, lock, stock and barrel.
What happens when a teenage boy is revealed by a magic spirit that one day he will become the Demon King, a being who 100 years ago almost destroyed everything....? And to make matters more fun he is somewhat of a "chick magnet", and oh yeah, I forgot to mention, he's actually a very humble, honest and over-all good guy. This story is really a lot of fun. Most reviews I have read don't agree with me but I found this to be a truly enjoyable little show, do away with (most of) the fan service and it might even have been a great show. Still, having said that I really enjoyed this show, it's certainly worth the time, at times funny, at times serious an all the time a lot of fun.
PS I LOVED the ending!!!!
Most reviews I have read don't agree with me but I found this to be a truly enjoyable little show, do away with (most of) the fan service and it might even have been a great show. Still, having said that I really enjoyed this show, it's certainly worth the time, at times funny, at times serious an all the time a lot of fun.