By the end of this episode, I’m quite amazed on how this series have progressed dramatically when it comes to character development. There’s a distinct point of comparison between Emi and Maou’s interactions from episode 1 and episode 12 which proves how much the entire series have integrated good character growth and development. And for a comedy show like this, it’s not often that we encounter such growth that works so well.
Of course, this series still had a couple of shortcomings. Some of the characters introduced simply fulfilled their roles as plot devices; Emeralda, Albert, Olba. It’s a pity that these characters never basked in the limelight of character development but simply acted as supports for whatever plot they needed to serve. But I guess it’s with reason. After all, these existences hold strong ties with Ente Isla and if we ponder on such topic, answers are bound to come out which may conflict with the comedic nature of the series.
After all, the comedy of Hataraku Maou IS set on Earth. Anywhere else and I doubt it would be as fun anymore. The seriousness of Ente Isla is a reminder of that. A testament that challenges the current flow of the story. Maybe we’ll get to that someday. To the origins of the war, the purpose these characters ought to fulfill, but perhaps, not in this season.
Hataraku Maou-sama has been one hell of a ride. The anime was directed really well in that, while it draws a line between comedic and serious scenes, it’s capable enough to blend those two together. The transition from one to another provides the enjoyable experience that makes watching this series really worth it.
And yes, let’s not forget that this series were backed up by a list of prolific seiyuu. Pikasha really worked wonders in providing the tsundere-ish attitude of Emi but I really loved Ohsaka Ryota’s performance as Maou. The guy landed on some big roles in the last season too but his role as Maou really stood out for me. And yes, it won’t be as effective without Ono Yuuki voicing Ashiya. Man, all the comedic stunts those two can pull off together sure was gold.