Demon King Daimao

Demon King Daimao

DKD2A production of Sentai Filmworks, Demon King Daimao is an anime series based on a light novel by Shotaro Mizuki and Souichi Ito.

Akuto Sai is enrolling in the Constant Magic Academy for the gifted with high hopes. He wants to become a talented priest who will make the world a better place. When he arrives, he discovered each students’ fate is determined by a machine. Expecting the machine to tell him exactly what he wants to hear, the school descends into chaos when the machine tells Akuto that he’s not to become a priest, but a Demon King.

Demon King Daimao is a harem anime, and so of course Akuto is accompanied by a cast of females: Junko, from a prestigious ninja family with a strong moral compass; an android names Korone that is tasked with keeping an eye on the new Demon King; Kena, a slightly ditzy girl with the power to turn invisible; dark magic-user Fujiko who wants to use Akuto’s powers for her own means; and Lily, the student council president who intends to keep the future Demon King in line.

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There is a storyline in here somewhere, but it does take a while to show itself. Akuto refuses to accept his fate as a destroyer of the world he so wants to protect, whilst several factions have their own ideas on what to do with this reluctant demon lord. So much potential, and yet so little of it was achieved. The plot is very focused on putting Akuto into crazy situations with one or more of his ‘harem’ and the resulting consequences, which are mildly amusing at best and cringingly awkward at worst. Of course, fanservice is included, and a little over-the-top for my tastes (and the manga was even more so, but let’s not get into that…)

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Because the series was really focused on small trivialities and titillating screenshots, it completely missed having a decent plot. All the ingredients were there, but were disregarded. At one point, it is revealed that Akuto’s friend, Hiroshi Miwa, is fated to become a great hero, one that defeats the Demon Lord, but this plot device is never really deveoped, and ultimately wasted. As a result, when the pace begins to increase, it is at an almost surreal speed. As a 12 episode anime, the first three quarters are filled with harem-focused ‘hilarity’ and then suddenly the last three are filled with battles. Everything unfolds very quickly, which gives the impression that all the important aspects were rushed or thrown in as an afterthought. There was no build-up of tension whatsoever.

Having said that I did enjoy the variety of the female characters. It is nice to be able to tell the apart – sometimes in these kind of animes I really struggle. Though somewhat stereotypical in places (okay, we get it, Hattori Junko is a tsundere), it is good to see some with ulterior motives and varying opinions of our main character.

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Essentially, Demon King Daimao should have made a decision between harem ecchi or action drama. The fact that it tried to be both means that it was successful at being neither. And for a 12 episode series, I would imagine that decision like that are pretty important. Disappointingly, this seemed to have been neglected in this case.