Ichiban Ushiro No Daimo Episode #06 (of 12) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, May 07, 2010
Release Date: Friday, May 07, 2010

Does a show heavy in fanservice really need to go to the beach?

What They Say
By defending Fujiko, Akuto finds himself in control of the Demon Lord's secret treasure: a dragon named Peterhausen. Despite his wishes, his reputation as a Demon Lord grows. Under observation by the government, Aktuo is depressed to find out he can't go to the seaside school. But Korone arranges for him to go by offering to take responsiblity for him herself. Akuto is enjoying (is he?) the beach with Junko and the others, and things with Junko are about to a the beach with Junko and the others, and things with Junko are about to about to start getting better, but Korone and Keena show up and screw things up in their usual way.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sai's life is one that's certainly rife with problems, though a lot of it seems to be purely magnetic in a sense as his future as the Demon King really has many things drawn to him. The acquisition of a dragon in the last episode is particularly priceless as I like that he's managed to get something so insane that it really does make his life even harder. That was already a difficult thing to do considering what's gone on so far, but outside of people who love danger, how many are going to get close to someone who has a dragon?

The show takes an odd turn here in the middle as it shifts to a seaside school for the duration, though Sai is only able to go because Korone manages to arrange things so that she takes personal responsibility for him. There's something going on with those in power that are watching him through her and they're intent on using her to monitor him properly for their own purposes. The entire beach thing is just a huge amount of fanservice. There's breasts everywhere, lots of flouncing and bouncing going on and there's even Korone doing her best to get Sai aroused for Junko so that they can handle everything. There's even a highly amusing perverted scene involving a lot of hand motions that causes a lot of liquid to spurt out from what is easily described as a free standing tentacle that goes all over Junko. Sea cucumber indeed... There's no subtlety here in the slightest and I have to admit that I'm enjoying that part.

A little more back story is introduced in this episode though as we learn of a tale from years ago handed down by residents of the island where the school is. Back with the previous Demon Lord, it's said that when he returns again to this island that a giant sea monster will rise out of it. That gives you the idea that he may have yet another beast under his control, or it could lead to something more interesting depending on what it is. The present is touch upon as well here as Peterhausen and Junko get a visitor while in his domain and they learn that there's a war brewing with regards to Sai and that the leader of the disciplinary group isn't going to play the same game as the 'geezers' when it comes to Sai. But she's also not going to give Sai a wide berth either. The scope and scale of things continues to be drawn larger and larger, which I like, but it's also making me figure that we'll not get much resolution in this series itself.

In Summary:
The sixth episode of the series has a lot of fun when it comes to the fanservice and the simple sexuality of the series, going further than a lot of other shows do. That's likely to still turn away a certain chunk of fans, but I have to admit that I continue to like that it's not subtle and that it is as brazen as it is. I just wish the situations were laid out a bit better than something like a seaside school. The show has a large background story going on with it that I'm really intrigued by and I hope that it manages to get another season or two down the road since the manga is still ongoing. The show is definitely a huge guilty pleasure but one that has a lot of trappings of a story that I want to see more of. It really feels like a very dirty Kyo Kara Maoh.

Features
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: 16 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