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MAKAI OUJI #1 - - Special Review

Uh-oh. Where could this be going...?

Figure it’d be redundant for any otaku to make erotic slash fanart for this show, no?

While I might muse about how the demonology here is… extensive enough that I could never imagine an equivalent in Western media, I’m more intrigued by how this fits into a sub-genre with the likes of OURAN HOST CLUB. Shows like this seem to directly play at an audience utterly fascinated by bratty preps at posh private schools, and I’m sure it’s the same sort of attraction that fuels all these reality shows about rich people behaving badly.

There’s almost something fetishistic about how the particulars of this lead character’s financial situation are presented and played with. You know, he’s got a free ride to this prestigious institute which he doesn’t deserve, then he loses that hall pass and what will he ever do without all of his family money? What indignities will this urbane sophisticate have to suffer as he must scrap his way back to the upper crust? It’s almost like some weird S&M humiliation play with money as the toy (and if you think that’s too gutter-minded a read here, then you obviously weren’t paying attention to the intro).

Speaking of that intro, of course, I do think the show takes a smart first step by teasing at the various payoffS it’ll be getting to eventually. You’ve got the lead already back to prominence, you’ve got him fully ascendant on the demonic scale, you’ve got him already embracing his sexuality… so at least the audience has a vision of what that’ll look like when they must whether all the slower steps to get there.

Not a show I’d keep watching, sure, but it’s an interesting pilot to appraise. Tsk tsk and tut tut.

Watch this episode, "Devil and Realisthere and decide for yourself.

Now, read my write-ups on other pilots from this season below…


zaldaron July 18, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.

Well the opening pic scares the pants off to read the story..

Edit...uh so slash fic and bad reality TV....yeah DEFINITELY not going anywhere into the same world as this show...

Marshal Victoryon July 18, 2013 at 6:48 p.m.

Even the 1st show people were looking for any female character in the show.Also note this an two other demon /devil shows are out on sundays... wonder what could make that happen...

YotaruVegetaon July 18, 2013 at 7:28 p.m.

I think that Devils and Realist will be the gayest show this season. Too bad that I wont be watching it to see if my hypothesis is true.

Sonata moderator is online on July 18, 2013 at 9:16 p.m.

I've seen the first episode and was intrigued by it, reminded me a bit of Black Butler which I also loved. So I'm sticking to this one.

takashichea moderator on July 20, 2013 at 3:36 p.m.

This is a strange anime series. I watched the first episode, and I'm not going back. It's not a show for me. I was looking for more action or comedy shows to watch this season.


Definitely agree with you there. They were not subtle with their words. You can tell they did the dialogue on purpose.

Marshal Victoryon July 20, 2013 at 11:03 p.m.

@Sonata: Um because of the goat headed butler most likely .Black butler at least 1st episode vs 1st episode for me is way better than this show. Animation was fine but the story lacks ..females.Thats a big starting point of problems .World build was fine to.Tho i did think Black Butler was awsome . This show lacks alot story wise.

@takashichea: yeah this shows not for me either but for what you was loking for peek at Gatchaman Crowds its odd , visualy intresting an mix of comedy an action.An people are hating it because the lead female is perky.An she has a scissors fetish an notbook fetish.

takashichea moderator on July 21, 2013 at 3:55 p.m.

@Marshal Victory:

I'll try Gatchaman then.

Dig Deeper into Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist

Young William Twining is a bright student at the top of his class. He believes everything can be explained with logical reasoning. His beliefs are soon put to the test when he crosses path with beings of the supernatural. Based on the Ongoing Manga series written by Madoka Takadono.

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