For every demon king, there must be a brave legendary hero to vanquish him.
What They Say
The island they'd come to was Hiroshi's hometown. There was a legend there: When the demon lord revives, a beast would appear, and a hero would appear who would defeat it and the Demon Lord. It was just a legend, but Hiro was depressed. That night, his little sister Yukiko appeared and asked which of them was the Demon Lord. She believed firmly that Hiroshi was the legendary hero, and if there was a demon lord, he could be the hero as well. But she cries and runs away when Akito denies it, and is captured by a mysterious man! As they chase after her, a gigantic beast appears!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Having concluded that she's failed to properly seduce him, Korone has removed herself from the picture as the observer for him and Sai finally learns that bit about her real job. Others are aware of it too now which makes him feel a bit more self-aware over it but it's hard to get over the initial loss of Korone as she's been a strong constant in his life for a bit now since coming to the academy. While Sai is the lead in the series, we're starting to move a bit beyond him as well by providing the opposite side of that coin as we learn that Hiroshi, who is doing his best to be Sai's friend, may indeed be the legendary hero prophesized about.
The initial problem that arises from this is that Sai doesn't want to be the demon king, though he's doing a good job at acquiring its perks and abilities, and he can't believe that Hiroshi wants to be the legendary hero either. Hiroshi and Sai have been pretty good friends since Sai's arrival and Sai has done good by him overall, but there's that nagging thing in his mind that maybe contrary to his thoughts that he might actually want to be the hero. Amusingly, Hiroshi's younger sister Yukiko confronts Sai about it and ends up speaking out of turn in a way that really impacts Yukiko but also angers and upsets Hiroshi, would lays some possible foundations for him wanting to at least smack Sai about the whole thing.
Where the show doesn't work that well in this episode is when a rogue perverted mage shows up as Yukiko ends up being accosted by him since she catches him doing something untoward. He's intent on molesting her into submission and even gets a naked Keena involved in the whole thing while Hiroshi watches on before getting his butt handed to him. Sai has some nice scenes during it as he gets all manly but both of them have the big problem in that the mage has brought forth a giant mana-eating creature which absorbs all their energy so they can't do much in the way of magic. It's all setup for Hiroshi to do something big and heroic and it's perfectly campy enough to fit into the series while making Hiroshi a potentially more interesting character than a faithful slightly bootlicking sidekick to Sai. But it also makes their relationship one that could potentially change a lot because of it.
As stupid as it is, I love the little censored boxes/hexagons that appear over the naked parts in the show where they highlight the character and offer apologies for it being censored. In all honesty, it makes me want this show licensed uncensored so I can see it. I like the show a lot as it is and this only makes me want to see the full unedited version all the more. This episode feels a little rushed and odd overall with the pervy magician that shows up to go all touchy feely with the girls, and that is the main weakness to it. Watching Sai get all manly in his demon king mode is still a lot of fun while watching what Hiroshi has been grappling with come to light adds a nice welcome layer to the show that wasn't there before. While it has its flaws, it's still a lot of fun and has me looking forward to the next episode.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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.