A sense of scope really goes a long way toward justifying even the clumsiest of elements. While expecting a story to focus on just one person without periodically taking stock of the big picture is a bit silly, it should at least be done with a good sense of timing, and when the characters aren’t doing anything particularly interesting. This is primarily where the last episode’s battle sequence failed to engage, and where this week continues the proud tradition of ignoring the forest of feudal economic analysis for well-endowed, suspiciously Maou-shaped trees. Also butts.
Rather than focusing for any length of time on the immediate aftereffects of the battle in a way that directly relates to our leads, and the ambiguous morality of both sides of the conflict, it only pays attention to the things that truly matter, like Maou and Female Knight looking to sheathe Hero’s sword in /hilarious/ harem romcom fashion. Oh how far we’ve come from the vulgarity of rotating crops and economic/philosophical debates.
The actual intent that led up to the scene pictured above is actually decent character growth on its own, if a little too focused on how Maou and Female Knight’s combined intent of making a Hero sandwich—Maou has to return to the demon world for a brief period of time so she can keep moving forward with her mission, and so wants to spend more time with Hero, and Female Knight is insecure over her bond with him, and so follows Maou’s lead. Ordinarily this’d fall under the trite category of everybody falling for the male lead, but it reflects well enough on their personalities and implied histories of loneliness and isolatin that I’m more than happy to excuse it as long as something comes of my assumptions in the future.
However, it’d be nice if it could be resolved through dialogue and meaningful action related to the whole “ending the human and demon war” thing, rather than the two attaching themselves to Hero while he attempts to sleep, the camera angling in ways to lovingly accentuate the T&A that tend to accompany such harem romcom antics. I mean political turmoil and increased trade prospects are plenty erotic enough by themselves, I don’t need this deluge of shit to water it down.
I get that this isn’t truly aiming to be an exploration of the nature of conflict, contrary to what Maou attempts to get across every time somebody tries to hold a conversation with her, but there’s neglecting interesting details, and then there’s neglecting them in favor of shitty love triangles and shallow, one-dimensional villains intent on ruining any prospect toward enlightenment and peace and shit, in the way only poorly-written villains are wont to do. At the very least if it’s going to go this route, there should be more impetus for boob analysis and medieval beauty standards in the near future.