Marriage interviews can be hit or miss depending on how they're executed, but with a show focused on smutty humor, it can really only go one way.
What They Say
Without either of their input, it's decided that an arranged marriage meeting is to be held between Junko and Akuto at Iga Village. Junko, who has feelings for Akuto, is unable to tell him, and so invites him to the village for other reasons. Akuto knows nothing of the marriage interview, but feels responsible for the messes he's caused and decides to go with her. That night, Junko readies herself and visits his room, but another misunderstand occurs. As Akuto flees, he is confronted by Teruya Eiko who tells him that the God Suhara has decided Keena is a threat and ordered the Teruya Family to eliminate her. The Demon Lord awakens within an enraged Akuto!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Ichiban has been a bit off for me in the last episode or two though there have been things I liked. The silly smutty factor is still a positive for me in the series since they're having fun with it and I like how Sai is growing into his role as the Demon Lord bit by bit. What has thrown a significant monkey wrench into things is the arrival of Hiroshi as the hero Brave with his entirely too goofy costume and over the top do-gooder aspect when in that role. I've never liked that kind of character in general since it doesn't allow for the nuance of life itself and is the kind of archetype that really drains on me when it comes to watching a show. The last two episodes has a fair bit of material for him with him going into that role and it left me less than enthused.
One thing that has been interesting about the show is that while it does have a significant harem aspect to it, it hasn't played up a lot of it in terms of the women really trying to woo him. They're close to him and some of them play with him well, such as Korone and her deadpan teases or Keena and her simple innocence, but Junko has been either very hands off with him or wanting to kill him for the offenses he's made. With everything that's gone on though, Junko's realized her feelings for him and it's a bit of an internal conflict for her that's made even worse when an arranged marriage interview is setup for the two of them but Sai isn't aware of what it's really about. The two of them end up going off to a village where the meeting is to occur and we add yet another cute young girl with Junko's sister Yuuko showing up on the scene with a big shinobi style role.
Of course, doing a marriage interview where one of those involved doesn't realize what it really is will not go well, especially when the whole village is essentially a big ninja clan. Sai's all cool with everything until late that night she comes to him and reveals the truth - while offering herself no less - but he ends up pulling away since he feels like she's being forced into this. While it's somewhat surprising that Junko would go along with this considering how she hated him just a few episodes ago, it's somewhat surprising as well that there are a couple of clans who want to marry into a future Demon Lord bloodline. There are obvious advantages to it of course, but at the same time, we spent so much dialogue so far about how everyone at school hates the Demon Lord and what he represents that it's hard to reconcile the two since you'd imagine there would be clans who would want to outright kill him. At least it's understandable why the Teruya family would want to gain hold of him and all of his power.
With the word chaos in the title of this episode, that's what we get in a couple of different ways. The bulk of it does focus on the chaos of the marriage interview, though that's more after the interview when Sai learns what's really going on. But there's also a couple of minutes of pure action chaos toward the end as different factions decide to get in on the game as the Teruya family wants to bring Sai over to their side. There's a whole lot of wonkiness thrown in about gods, destiny and what it all means, but it's all a lot of pretentious dialogue in some ways as it's all said with too much seriousness. Everything happens quickly here but not in a way that really makes it appealing and Sai continues to go in odd directions when it comes to both his power and his apparent acceptance of it.
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.