Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist Episode 4 Anime Review

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Solomon seduces his mop.

Man, Solomon was such a pimp. He went around offering such deep feelings of friendship to every demon he could get his hands on. Sure, he was the wisest man, but was he a good man? Why was he collecting demons like pokemon? Did he really value them as friends? The look in his eyes when he went around suggested he had other plans.

This episode was a pretty good one. We got introduced to another one of his demons of the past who was a head boy at the school. Apparently the demon, Camio, used to have a relationship with the head mother. Of course, she’s aged now and she’s forecast to die within a year due to illness.

I was reading a review on a book on bio-ethics and about how we don’t allow euthanasia for humans, but it’s assumed that a suffering pet would get it. Why do we allow animals to die a peaceful death so easily, while we debate over it so long for humans? It made me think of the anime and made me wish that the show had gone deeper into the interesting themes it brought up.

For example, the idea of reincarnation.  William gets flashbacks to the past and they render him speechless. I’m sure, the demons who can remember everything, about losing such a close friend, should have deeper feelings about Solomon. Dantalion offers unquestionable loyalty to William, but shouldn’t he have at least some doubts, since Solomon is now a different human being with different experiences. Will some of Solomon’s close demons show fear that the human him would leave them again?

Will it be touched on in future? Up to where I’ve read in the manga, it’s probably a no. I kind of wish the anime and manga had both explored the themes more deeply. I mean, sure, it’s supposed to be a semi-light-hearted take on the genre, but it would have added more gravitas to the drama parts.

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2 responses to “Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist Episode 4 Anime Review”

  1. Cassandra says :

    I have to agree with the questioning of how William is now a different person. Right now I think his close demons will have to come to understanding that he’s someone with new experiences since they still only see him as Solomon.

    And now that you bring it up why did he go around collecting demons? He did seem like he had some hidden agenda.

    • mushireviews says :

      My guess is that he was probably planning to overthrow Lucifer. I mean he is the wisest, but it was never said that he was the nicest. This might explain why his new reincarnated form hates/rejects demons so much – he didn’t plan on playing nice with them in the first place, just using them. How he died wasn’t revealed as well, from what I remember.

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