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  • 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

Ichiban Ushiro No Daimo Episode #04

Ichiban Ushiro No Daimo Episode #04 Review

By Chris Beveridge     April 24, 2010
Release Date: April 23, 2010


Ichiban Ushiro No Daimo Episode #04
© Crunchyroll

Sometimes an anime series needs to be all about adventure and fun.

What They Say
Keena's intervention manages to somehow make Junko and Akuto friends again. But during a class on mana control he knocks her unconscious again. His teacher, Mitsuko, recommends that he go into the Mental Self-Discipline Chamber. Inside the chamber, where people are said to have died, Akuto gets depressed. For some reason Korone and Keena came along, and he's caught between the two of them. However, they find a mysterious map. Keena is intrigued and wonders if it is a treasure map. The next day, Keena copies the map and it ends up all over school. It becomes the talk of the whole academy. But, Fujiko recognizes something on the map...

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While the show has been generally nicely episodic so far, this time around we start what's potentially a larger storyline as it expands at least into a second episode. There've been hints of something larger going on since Fujiko started having her back story expanded where we see the head of her brother being animated as she wants to figure out what happened to him when he died that ended up bringing shame on the family. That storyline gets taken up a notch in this episode as we see a bit more of what happened way back when and how those who were investigating his death ended up trying to use his memories to see the truth of the matter.

The silly side of the show is still fully apparent though as Sai continues to find himself grappling with his powers. There's an amusing outdoor activity where the students basically toss around little balls of energy toward each other that's supposed to be harmless. Teamed up with Junko, Sai's little ball of energy ends up cratering the entire field and sending a shocked and unconscious Junko to the nurses office. His powers and the reactions of everyone that come into contact with him are very amusing to watch, especially since he wants to be liked and to be friends with everyone. His future position as the demon lord, which will likely be very different from what people perceive it to be, continues to thrust him into awkward and lonely situations. And in all honesty, Hiroshi isn't exactly what most people would consider a friend when you realize how he regularly makes situations worse.

In order to gain some control, he's sent to the Mental Self-Discipline Chamber so he can learn to focus himself. That doesn't work well since both Korone and Keena end up going in with him but it does lead to the arc storyline as he discovers a treasure map in there hidden in the wall. The same map that Fujiko's brother created that may hold the clue to what happened to him. The discovery of it sets off a chain of events that again cements Sai's position as trouble in the academy as well as a lot of injured students that end up going off to discover the treasure. The traps are all there and there may be a huge payoff, but people are now thinking it may all be a trap on his part. Sai's luck just gets worse and worse as he's now assigned to discovering what's really going on at these locations.

In Summary:
The fourth episode of the series is starting to change things up a bit, first with a new character that looks like she's all about the evil, as well as dealing with some larger plot points. All of this comes together well, though there's less wacky adventures this time around as well as fewer panty shots. The show overall works really well here as it's good to take a break from the hilarity and fanservice at least a little to inject this new arc which looks like it could be fun as we get away from the school a bit. All the characters are amusing to watch and Sai's reactions to what he has to go through are still one of the highlights. All he wants is to be liked and to pursue his goals but everything he does sends him in the opposite direction. Against all odds, I'm still laughing a lot with this and enjoying it as a massive guilty pleasure.

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.

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