This show is seriously everything I enjoy about anime. I see it as a mish-mash between FLCL and Sailor Moon. With added LSD, grit, ham and a handful of fabulousness that just leaves me unsatisfied just enough that I’m already hurting for the next episode. FUCK. I REALLY enjoy this show.
There’s also tons of excellent animation.
Does this mean that you should watch this show? Well, that’s where it gets hard to say. As much as I’d like to beat it over your head that you should be watching it instead of reading this, it feels like you have to enjoy this kind of thing from the get-go. FLCL is relatively polarizing, but so much of the vibes I’m getting Flip Flappers seems to be sharing the same themes and visual oomph. I’ll have to leave the plot and story analysis for later, if not to others who’d do a far better job of that than me.
Parts of it, if it isn’t apparent, is the mahou shoujo element that is reminiscent of Sailor Moon and their contemporaries. I’m not as much of an avid watcher of that genre, my experience feels like it’s limited. My finished watches include Madoka, uta~kata, Umi Monogatari, Is This A Zombie? (masou shoujo. whatever. technicalities.). I’ve seen more than that, but not enough to feel like I can say that I watch mahou shoujo. With that said, it’s partial evidence that one doesn’t need to like the genre just to watch Flip Flappers.
.. Who am I kidding? Do the two episode test. The vision of this show is very stable and laser focused so far, you’d be hard pressed to say – even after a plot twist – that the show doesn’t follow through with it’s starting inertia.
I thought Tatsuya was going to use the powers of creepiness and rub the guy’s face. Which probably would have made the rest of the series turn into a show about Ichijo’s elevated obsession with Tatsuya. Makes me wonder if that short-lived vibe was intentional, because there’s plenty of ways to reconfigure and redirect this scene to be less.. fabulous. But we all know everyone enjoys such shows. Just remember Star Driver. Or don’t. Because sometimes people can’t handle the kiraboshi.
I’m behind on the Mahouka blogging lately, with which I’ve started to wonder why it’s ended up being the show for me to regularly write about. Perhaps, sometimes I just want to write about a show that’s a bit more flawed, flashy, and fabulous, than a show that seems to hit more nails into the planks of stability and quality. Consider it a contrast to shows that take a serious effort towards storytelling, pacing, and very controlled swells of emotions. Mahouka is like that strange corner shop with that weird tasting soda pop and two arcade machine with dilapidated joysticks, iffy button response, and a Start Game button who’s label text is ghost of its original print, pigments lost to millions of hands slamming their anger into repeating the hallway of death that was 90s arcade goodness.
I’m waxing nostalgia while writing about a show that’s in the future. Yep. I’m late one episode, so I’ll probably end up combining the next two.
For a while, I thought this season was going to contain three trap anime (e.g. Love Stage!!, Himegoto, and Sword Art Online S2). Then I remembered that Love Stage!!’s trap phase is already over, since it covered the (or uncovered, depending on you-might-know-what) commercial plot bit.
It’s true. This show is absolutely fabulous. Sadao manages to score a dandy pose during a crucial moment in another combat heavy episode. It’s probably just me, but I completely don’t mind this kind of humor within a serious scene. It’s over the top action with equal parts silly. It’s hard to believe that a Demon Lord is willing to do so much just so that he can keep his job and protect a fellow employee.
Everyone got a great scene. I greatly enjoy those behind-the-scene and sly type characters like Urushihara. Tricking Olba, a Church agent, into creating panic for Sadao? That’s rich. He’s been miles more useful for Sadao than Ashiya. Which makes me a bit curious about who’s a greater demon, Urushihara Hanzou or Ashiya Shirou? They’ve both been a demon general responsible for spreading their control over four continents in Ente Isla.
A facet that I had a hunch about seemed true in episode 11. Sadao and Urushihara seemed to be capable of dealing with Suzuno’s cooking. A scene during one of Sadao’s spiels has Urushihara grabbing food to eat, while commenting that it reeks of sacred power. During this exact spiel, Sadao reveals that he pretty much knew who Suzuno was ever since their initial contact way back in episode 7. Talk about being a Demon Lord. Yeah, it’s probably a bit of plot armor, but who can help and appreciate a competent Demon Lord? A small detail I forgot to mention when episode 7 was released: During Suzuno’s introduction scene, instead of production slowing down her voice via software manipulation, it seems they simply told Kanae Itou to resort to dragging out vowels and speaking slower. The sound direction in Hataraku Maou-sama is ungodly amazing. Pun.
The one last thing I simply can’t forget to mention is a blushing Suzuno while Sadao removes his work uniform to only his undergarments. Suzuno is too freaking adorable. I guess it’s a little awkward for Suzuno to realize that the Demon Lord that had been terrorizing her homeland is now in his skivvies while in human form.
Probably one of our biggest podcasts in a while, this one is a huge 2 hours, 27 minutes and 4 seconds. Just what exactly the hell were we talking about? Anime. You know the drill. Click the thing that says “This area I reside on is a part of Earth.” because it’s a fact. Unless you live in space. And don’t give me that, “I live in an airplane, forever fueled by love.” crap because I capitalized Earth, indicating I definitely mean within the atmosphere.
So get comfortable and listen to us while you’re doing something more important, like laundry or grinding away in your favorite RPG.
A little late in running, due to me experimenting with things to try and make the sound less crumpled and obese sounding. It kind of worked, but I’ll let you see if it worked.
Most of the podcast seemed to be about being fabulous. In which case, the most fabulous anime this season are Milky Holmes, Togainu no Chi and Star Driver. A couple of announcement reactions as well, since Strike Witches and K-ON! are both getting movies, along with Maria+Holic getting a second season. More wonderful SHAFT productions for us to enjoy in the future, but we also can’t forget that Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru and Arakawa Under the Bridge S2 are already airing.
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