Ichiban Ushiro No Daimo Episode #05 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, April 30, 2010
Release Date: Friday, April 30, 2010

The treasure hunt kicks into high gear as Akuto and the gang head deeper down the trail.

What They Say
Students keep getting hurt as they try to find the treasure on the map Keena put up. Akuto, in his role as disciplinary committee member, insists that they give up looking, but a girl named Teruya Eiko appears suddenly and he ends up having to find it himself. Akuto, Korone, and Hiroshi go to the school's underground labyrinth to find the spot on the map. But they find there a treasure once allowed only to a Demon Lord.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The fifth episode of the series continues on with the arc that we saw starting in the previous episode which had Akuto, as part of the disciplinary council, being sent out to figure out what's hurting all the students that went off in search of the treasure. With the map having become his responsibility, even though Keena was the one who plastered it all over the campus, he has to clean it up and a few others have come along with him. Fujiko isn't there at the start though she's watching his each and every move while being frustrated by her older brother who recollects things when he "sees" them but proves to be fairly useless to her overall.

Sai's life is definitely one that's not easy but I love the way his personality alternates between frustrated and uncertain to commanding and completely in control. You can continue to see the demon lord side of himself emerging and he's being thrust into more and more situations that cause him to take on the role. This episode goes a long way toward establishing that even more as the path that everyone takes in the search for what's harming the student leads them to the bottom level of the base of the former demon lord, something that the student president has been watching over for the government. The lead-up to that is pretty fun as they do it as a scavenger hunt of sorts where Sai and the others are finding more clues to understanding what the treasure map is all about.

A good portion of the episode is all about the running around and going through wacky moments to discover the pieces needed in order to find the mysterious end object. Fujiko is thankfully brought into play, by a naked Keena no less, and her presence in the group is a good bit of fun for the brief time she's there overall. The episode moves pretty quickly in general when it comes to these scenes as new pieces are discovered and put together, though there are some amusing moments where it slows down. Eiko does her level best to win over Sai but that's not exactly in the cards at the moment and an offhand comment ha makes to Junko ends up causing her to blush furiously while also realizing that she's going to stick with him until the end, though if only to kill him should he ever become the demon lord. Which makes the last scene in this episode all the more amusing.

In Summary:
The fifth episode of the series is what feels to me to be the weakest of the run so far, mostly because it's a continuation of the fourth episode. The first two-part episode of the series felt a bit more stretched out than it should be, though we do get some good background information on Fujiko's brother and his past which ties in to what's being planned for Sai. All of it could have been done a bit tighter and more interesting, but that would have cut down on the naked fanservice. And you can't do that. Overall it's still a good bit of fun, but it lacks some of the meat that the previous episodes had and came across more as basic fluff, which is saying a lot when you look at the first four episodes. It's fun and light hearted entertainment overall and I'm still enjoying it, but wary of their ability to tell a stronger story across more than one episode.

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