Ichiban Ushiro No Daimo Episode #03 (of 12) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, April 16, 2010
Release Date: Friday, April 16, 2010

Akuto can’t cut a break but at least part of his day involves pulling one girl’s posterior.

What They Say
Akuto applies for the position of Disciplinary Committee member at Fujiko's suggestion so he can get back in Junko's good graces. But that job entails defeating those who threaten the school's discipline, and is considered perfect for the "Future Demon Lord". Akuto is suspicious of Fujiko, but his doubts disappear when she arranges for him to meet her. He goes to the designated spot, but there he's ambushed by a bunch of thugs. He defeats them, but Junko sees him beating them up and gets the idea that he's planning on making them his personal army so he can take over the school. Junko submits an application to the school to take him down, and Akuto is forced to go up against the entire student body...

The Review!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the third episode of the series, this show is really cementing itself as a guilty pleasure for me. There is a whole lot of overt fan service, big moments and harem aspects that I know I shouldn’t like, but everything comes together in a way where it just feels fun and silly while still having an edge of a story to it that I want to see play out. Sometimes there are shows that come along that takes all the traditional elements and puts it together in a way to make it work, while the same things elsewhere would lead to disaster. So far, with just three episodes, this series has made me smile and laugh a lot even though it’s pretty apparent what it wants to do.
This episode focuses a bit on Fujiko as we see her past when she lost her brother, something that set her on a slightly darker path than she might have originally been on. In the present, she’s still working to take down Junko and is intending to use Akuto to do just that. In an obvious ploy, she sets up a situation in which Akuto will have to defend himself with a gun that has magic pellets in it and she then arranges to have Junko come across him. Akuto is all intent on seeing Fujiko but instead lands into a trap with a bunch of male students who want to kick his ass now that he’s become a part of the Disciplinary Group. Everyone sees everything that he does through a filter of evil so this new membership is just another step on his path to world domination.
What’s interesting about this fight that happens is that Akuto goes all calm and cold in his approach and takes them down in a fairly brutal manner. Through his magicks he’s able to twist their arms into bloody pulps, toss them across the room and crush several of their legs in one fell swoop. That’s all Junko needs to see to turn on him though, not that she needed much of an excuse in general, and she once again gets the entire student body organized to go against him. There are a few fun little nods in here to enjoy, particularly as what’s perceived as the truth about Junko’s intent on taking down Akuto, but also the fanservice side as once again Akuto has to switch off Korone. Add in Kei showing up a few times with rice related moments and there’s a nice mixture of fanservice, comedy, action and intrigue.
In Summary:
Ichiban is such a simple show but one that’s a lot of fun. I can’t help but to feel the Kyo Kara Maoh nature of it at times with the good guy who is slated to do bad things but may just be misunderstood, even though he may have immense power inside of him. Akuto is pleasantly different though as he’s a bit pervy even though he wanted to be a Grand Priest and he’s building up a nice little harem of women who either want to hurt him or be really friendly with him. Fujiko has some good scenes here as she plots out her little goals, though the way her trap is sprung at the end is positively the best. This isn’t a show you watch for its serious nature or great import but rather a show you watch to be mindlessly entertained by. And I think it does that just perfect so far.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maō