In this action-comedy, a boy takes advantage of most of the women in his life, but especially his demon girlfriend, who kills other demons to make him money.


Aired (Crunchyroll) 7/2/2022
Created or Developed By Itachi
Director(s) Yoshitsugu Kimura
Writer(s) Fumiaki Maruto
Genre Action, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult, Animation, Non-English (Japanese)
Introduced This Episode
Shu Soma Saito
Kisara Saya Aizawa
Ayano Lynn

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Summary

Shu is a bit of a hot mess. He doesn’t pay his bills, and over three months ago, he quit his last job and seems to refuse to return to it, even with Ayano, a potential ex-girlfriend, being willing to help him get his job. He’d rather mooch off Ayano when he has the chance, or even Kisara, his pseudo-girlfriend, and partner at I&S.

Now, what is I&S? Shy’s company that makes bids for D Hazard (Demon Hazard) events. Which with only low-class demons appearing recently, his focus was waiting on something C-Class or higher to make decent money. However, in the first opportunity, he underbids but wins the contract due to being the lowest bidder. Thus getting him the job and having to pay up Kisara, with a kiss, maybe blood, in order to defeat the B-Class demon.

But, with Kisara being a jealous and a potentially crazy partner, it makes Ayano being there and Shu lacking notable commitment to Kisara an issue. One that could lead to the B-Class Hazard doing far more damage than Shu can cover with his fees.

Things To Note

  • Unexpected Content Advisory: Violence (Blood and Gun Violence), Sexual Content (Barely ecchi moments)

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. With Kisara walking through walls, what vampire rules is she going by?
  2. Did Ayano and Shu date in the past, when he (assumption) was working for her mother?
  3. How do these demons get to our world, and why do they show up?

What Could Happen Next

  1. Learning how Shu became a part of Kisara and Ayano’s life and why he quit working for Ayano’s mother.

Review

Highlights

Quality Action

While the action may not be the selling point, as the animation style isn’t hyper-realistic or notable enough to make the violence awe-struck level, it is entertaining. The demons are notably designed, and there are moments, like when Kisara and Ayano are fighting, where you can tell there was an effort to get fancy.

With that, you can appreciate what is given even if you’re not putting it up on a pedestal.

You Wanting To Understand Shu’s Relationships

Sadly, Shy fits into that usual situation where the lead has multiple people interested in him, but you aren’t given a strong understanding of why. Shu is generically attractive, yes, but he is someone willing to starve and have his utilities shut off. Also, he is a man, potentially grown man, who won’t pay his bills for three months and will gladly let women knows he has no real commitment to paying his bills.

That really has to make you wonder, why in the world is Kisara attracted to him, and potentially Ayano too?

Initial Impression

The early sell here is Shu’s relationships more than the D-Hazards, and the connected business.

Kisara looking menacing
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Highlights
Quality Action
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Disputable
75


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