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How Not To Summon a Demon Lord: Season 1/ Episode 8 “Hero’s Charge” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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Diablo may have finally met his match and, on top of that, it seems things are stirring which may finally lead to him leaving Faltra.


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Network
Crunchyroll
Director(s)Yūta Murano
Writer(s)Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Air Date8/23/2018

Keera & the Hydra: Keera, Diablo, Shera

A guardian deity, that is what this Hydra is called. Something forbidden from use because it could destroy the world. Add in nothing like this existed in Cross Reverie, and Diablo is excited. He can toss that scythe and really get into this and after dodging its attacks, he hears from Shera about some crystal which circulates through the monster. Which, since blowing off one of its heads just leads to regeneration, ends up being how he defeats the monster. Not by using that trick he learned in episode 6 from Medios, but using a huge blast, from the monster’s underbelly, and obliterating it.

Which leads to Diablo willing and ready to kill Keera but Shera stops him. Not because it would cause a serious international incident, that Diablo would be on his own for, but because it is her brother. It isn’t clear when things turned south, but it seems he wasn’t always like this and there is hope he’ll return to who he once was again.

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The hydra, ready to fight.

Taking note that Takoma seemingly was a guru when it came to Cross Reverie, what does it say that there are new monsters and items appearing? Are these elements deeply embedded in the game’s code that he is triggering with his strength? Hell, are we ever going to get into how the hell he got stuck in this game? It isn’t like Sword Art Online, in terms of this being a VR game with a headset. How did all this happen and why is it there seemingly is an expansion pack installed which is adding new elements to the game?

Also, hypothetically, what would have happened if Diablo killed Keera? Taking note of what we learn in the next topic, and ignoring it for a second, would that mean Diablo being used as a scapegoat despite what Keera did? For it seemed, for a little bit, no one wanted war with the elves and considering they had summons like the hydra, I can imagine them trying to distance themselves from Diablo. So what then would happen?

Backstabber: Diablo, Lord Galford, Keera, Shera

Well, no need to ask that since Lord Galford, under the powers of protecting his city, cuts Keera’s head off. Following that, he talks about seizing the princess and seemingly he is ready for a full on war. However, Diablo fights him off. But, the difference between this fight and what we have seen for most of the humans Diablo goes against is Lord Galford is strong. North of level 120 and he claims he hasn’t been injured in 30 years. However, while fast and dangerous, definitely a match for Diablo, he doesn’t defeat the self-proclaimed demon lord. He does, however, live to fight another day. Something Diablo may need to worry about.

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A stand off between Lord Galford and Diablo.

If there is ever a reason for this show to FINALLY leave Faltra, it is the fact Diablo messed up the lord of the city getting to do a massacre. Much less, him showing his hand. With that in mind, how in the world are they safe?

But one big thing I took from this is giving us a clue why the Fallen hate humanity so much. There was no real reason to cut off Keera’s head. He wasn’t trying to do anything beyond kidnap his sister. A crime within itself, but he wasn’t trying to hurt humanity over it. Actually, let me backtrack. Yes, a threat was presented, but during Keera’s time in the city he presented no threat to any human being. Even his flute seemingly could only be heard by elf ears. So why exactly did Lord Galford decide he wanted to seemingly commit mass murder is beyond me. Unless he just miss his glory days and thinks protecting the city is too much of a bore. Perhaps explaining his disposition.

Though, we also have to add in he seemed willing and ready to cover up what he did, and murder everyone who could refute his claims. So here is hoping we aren’t just getting a taste of how corrupt the humans are but this was simply an introduction.

Three Days Later: Diablo, Sylvie

Being that Diablo is a magic user, naturally when his MP is depleted, so is he. Add on Shera is going through her brother being murdered and Rem is trying to console her and it leaves Diablo with some alone time. Which Sylvie interrupts by bringing some alcohol which recovers MP. A nice gesture which goes bad for her. Mostly since it is overestimated how much alcohol Diablo can deal with.

Leading to Sylvie being sexually assaulted. There isn’t any other way to put it. For with Diablo ripping off her clothes and possibly violating her, there is no other way to see this.

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Diablo drunk and making Sylvie uncomfortable.

You know, this show already taps the line with most of its sexual content barely having much in the way of consent. The good majority of the Shera’s breasts get grabbed she may have what looks like an orgasm but everything up to that says she is very uncomfortable. But this? Urgh.

And the main reason this bugs me so much is the rest of the episode was so good. We got Diablo into fights that weren’t squash matches and a bit of the dark side of humanity. Yet, this show decides to end this with a rape situation, handled in what seemingly should be taken as comedy, and you know this won’t be brought up again. It will just be something awkward that happened.

Highlights

  1. Diablo’s fighting people and monsters actually near his level and presenting a compelling fight.

Low Points

  1. That rape scene with Sylvie.

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How Not To Summon a Demon Lord - Episode List

Season/ EpisodeSynopsis

Season 1/ Episode 1 "The Demon Lord Act"

Despite its exuberant amount of ecchi, there might be something of value in How Not to Summon a Demon Lord.

CreatorYukiya Murasaki
Director(s)Yūta Murano
Writer(s)Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Air Date7/5/2018
Genre(s)Ecchi, Action, Fantasy
Good If You Like

Skimpy outfits and bouncing breasts.

Anime Which Takes Place In Game Worlds

People being trapped within a game for no particularly logical reason

Quests

Noted Actors
Sakamoto/DiabloMasaaki Mizunaka
SheraYū Serizawa
RemAzumi Waki
GallukTakumi Yasuaki

Season 1

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord is frustrating. It seems to know it could be better than what’s delivered, but is too lazy to be consistent.

Season 1/ Episode 2 "The Strongest Newcomer"

As Shera’s backstory is revealed to us, so is the fact this show is hell-bent on making sure you get all the ecchi your heart can desire.

Director(s)Yūta Murano
Writer(s)Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Air Date7/12/2018
Actors Introduced
SylvieOokubo Rumi

Season 1/ Episode 3 "Fallen Assault"

A drastic reduction in ecchi leads to us learning about the Fallen and meeting someone who can match Diablo’s powers.

Director(s)Yūta Murano
Writer(s)Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Air Date7/19/2018
Actors Introduced
EmileOkiayu Ryoutarou
EdelgardKatou Emiri
Great GregoreSakurai Tooru

Season 1/ Episode 4 “Point-Blank War Dance”

With the balance between action and ecchi complete, so comes the end of the introduction and Diablo having his first true, one on one, battle.

Director(s)Yūta Murano
Writer(s)Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Air Date7/26/2018

Season 1/ Episode 5 "Imperial Knight"

Rather than press forward to the Elven kingdom, we are introduced to the Lord of Faltra and the Imperial Knight Alicia.

Director(s)Yūta Murano
Writer(s)Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Air Date8/2/2018
Actors Introduced
Lord GalfordOotsuka Akio
AliciaHara Yumi

Season 1/ Episode 6 "Slave Market"

So, it seems we won’t be heading off to Greenwood since Keera pops up. That is, alongside a slave marketer who, through the power of touch, teaches Diablo a thing or two.

Director(s)Yūta Murano
Writer(s)Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Air Date8/9/2018
Actors Introduced
MediosOohara Sayaka
KeeraIshida Akira

 

Season 1/ Episode 7 "Change of Heart"

Takuma’s life before Diablo is touched upon as well as why living vicariously through Diablo has become a necessity for him.

Director(s)Yūta Murano
Writer(s)Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Air Date8/16/2018

Season 1/ Episode 8 "Hero's Charge"

Diablo may have finally met his match and, on top of that, it seems things are stirring which may finally lead to him leaving Faltra.

Season 1/ Episode 9 “Holy Knight Tale”

Edelgard returns with a way to rid Rem of the Demon Lord Krebskulm and we get introduced to yet another soldier who is a psychopath.

Season 1/ Episode 10 “Demon Lord’s Resurrection”

Krebskulm is born and it is kind of a letdown – at least until it becomes clear who will try to use her to bring an end to mortal kind.


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