Genre(s): Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Reverse Isekai
Age-Appropriateness: 13+ (Some language, some crude humor)
Platforms: Netflix, Hulu, Funimation
TheAwersome Rating: 8.6 / 10 (You will only be disappointed that it ends)
Premise: The war between the Humans of Ente Isla and the demons is coming to its end! Humanity’s hero Emilia has slain most of Demon Lord Satan’s generals and has him on the ropes. Realizing that they will lose if they stay, Satan’s lieutenant Alciel opens a portal that they escape through, leading them to modern Tokyo. Due to the lack of magic in modern society, Satan and Alciel change into human forms and have lost their powers. To survive, Satan (now going by the name Sadao Mao) takes a part-time job at MgRonald’s and Alciel takes on housekeeping/homemaking duties as they plan their next move. As Emilia and other characters from Ente Isla begin showing up, Satan’s dedication to his new job (and cute co-worker) might eclipse his desire for World Domination.
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: I had a stupid giddy grin on my face almost the entire time I watched this show. It’s got a similar vibe to One-Punch Man in the way it puts super-powered characters in very mundane situations, but with a lot more charm and warm fuzzies. The absolute seriousness of the characters in dealing with the “slice of life” situations they’re put in is a hilarious juxtaposition. It’s also very interesting to see the moral dilemmas that arise in the characters and their development now that they are separated from their power sources: Demonic and Holy magic. I truly did enjoy almost every moment of this show, and the only reason I didn’t give it a higher rating is because it pulls a Firefly on you and just… ends. I guess the interest/funding wasn’t there at the time, because there was SO much potential for more story, but it never got a second season, despite looking like it was planning on one. Regardless, it is a Very Good Time™.
TLDR: Perhaps the original and best Reverse Isekai, this one will leave a stupid grin plastered on your face for its entirety. There’s something immensely validating in watching epic fantasy heroes struggle to get by in the capitalist struggle for survival.
UPDATE: A Second Season has been confirmed (over eight years later, mind you)! No date set in stone yet.
You’ll likely enjoy this if you enjoyed:
- The Reverse Isekai comedy of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
- The Fast Food environment drama of Wagnaria