I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.
Yep, that’s the English name for the bullet train sized Japanese name of the anime I’m reviewing right now right up there in the blog post title. Geez, what a mouthful.
After waiting two whole years to hear some news on whether ‘The Devil Is A Part-Timer’ (highly recommended) would get a second season or not, I finally went crazy and decided to go on a hunt for similar anime. Luckily, it was pretty much just 5 second Google search and around 10 seconds of me reading the synopsis on MyAnimeList about this anime, which I’ll call ‘Yuu-ni’, to come to the conclusion that I had hit the jackpot and would thoroughly enjoy the next 4 hours or so.
Synopsis From MyAnimeList: The story revolves around Raul, a boy who did not become a Hero, since the demon lord was already defeated just before his Hero exams. His dreams dashed, Raul spends his days working at a magic shop in the capital. One day, a part-time job seeker appears at the shop with an amazing résumé:
Previous Occupation: Demon Lord Heir
Motive: Because my father was defeated
The work comedy revolves around this former Hero-in-training and the daughter of the demon lord.
The very first thing I have to say about Yuu-ni is… TITS. Like, no. I mean, yes! Tits. Fully exposed jiggly wiggly bosoms dancing around on your screen hilariously 3 minutes into the first episode of this anime. I did not expect this to be an ecchi show. Well, not THAT ecchi. The Devil Is A Part-Timer had plenty of ecchi. But, most of it was rather contained and there weren’t any fully bare breasts shaking up a fleshy storm almost every 4 minutes. So, be warned that if you can’t stand fanservice then it’s best that you just stop reading right here.
Now let’s get to actual meat of this review!
Raul is a strong and uptight cherry-boy that couldn’t become a Hero because the Demon Lord had his ass handed to him right before Raul’s Hero qualification examination. The Demon Lord-less world meant that there was no need for Heroes anymore and so, many current and aspiring Heroes and the industries involved with this work, like armories and weapon blacksmiths, were devastated and had to look for another source of income. And that’s why Raul is stuck reluctanly working in a magic shop. That is, until one day the Demon Lord’s daughter takes up a job at Raul’s shop and he’s stuck showing her the ropes while his life, his dreams, and his way of working are all turned upside down with each passing day bringing them closer.
And that’s the plot. Well, that’s the plot until the last 3 episodes where a major twist messes things up and actual non-ecchi action (relatively speaking here) takes center stage. Up until the twist, Yuu-ni was probably a 5/10 in my view. When the show ended, the rating went up to an 8 in terms of enjoyment and a 7 when considering the show objectively.
Since Yuu-ni isn’t a show I’ll ever recommend to anyone, I will discuss the twist and the ending and urge you to watch it if you’re looking for a fun ecchi show that knows what it is, takes pride in itself, and does not half-ass the things it wants to do.
The twist is that Fino, the Demon Lord’s daughter, is forced by some shady demon guy and a couple of Heroes to become the next Demon Lord. Fino ain’t want none o’ that shit. She justs want to be a normal salesperson and open up a magic shop in the demon world. So, a bunch of betrayals, fight scenes two or three levels below that of Fate’s, and a load of wittiness later: Raul saves the day.
It’s a pretty hectic end that ties up the starightforward story quite well. So where does the 6/10 from before the last few episodes come from? That would be the world-building, characters and the dry dramatic scenes. Let’s talk about Yuu-ni’s world first.
Is it a game world? The characters talk about being drained of HP and use game terms so, is it? Are the human world and the demon world different dimensions or in the same one? There’s a mountain that can either take you to or is the Demon Lord’s lair in the human world so, what gives? Why didn’t the Heroes try to jobs as cops or join the military? Surely, there’s crime and humans are morons so there must be conflict amongst humans as well so, why? SO MANY QUESTIONS. NO ANSWERS. At least the jokes are funny. Somewhat.
The dramatic scenes can get too dramatic. Like crying for a very ‘why are the hell are you even crying?’ reason is something I despise. Especially in comedies. Over-passionate speeches and edgy monologues are things I let slide in non-comedies but here it’s a big ‘NO!’ from my side.
As in most comedies, it’s a one-dimensional harem paradise ensemble of cute ladies and two guys. Add in three more guys by the ending because who else is better suited to play the villain to cuties than two frustrated men and a thousand years less inexperienced Orihara Izaya? Raul gets some development over the course of the show. Fino is jolly smiles and doesn’t know the meaning of ‘sexual restraint’ until that twist. Other than for the fanservice, the rest of the cast is forgettable – well except for Searas, the boss of Raul’s shop, who is a joy to watch especially in battle where she’s selling goods from her shop. Real neat-o!
The animation is the actual highlight of the show. I just wish it focussed more on the action scenes. It’s still wonderfully fluid and suffers from no drops on quality, though. But it sometimes be too bright for me.
The sound… nothing special. Forgettable.
Overall, the score is a 7 out of 10. It was fun.