Demon Lord, Retry!

Demon Lord, Retry!

Demon Lord, Retry! anime series cover art
Demon Lord, Retry!

Overview

Demon Lord, Retry! (Maou-sama, Retry! / 魔王様、リトライ!) is a bad anime. There, I said it. It was one of the worst anime of the season and had nearly no redeeming qualities. But you know I have more to say about it than that, so let’s get into it.

I’m almost not quite sure where to start. Demon Lord, Retry! is the second anime, and first full-length series, to come from studio EKACHI EPILKA. I don’t blame you for having never heard of them before considering their only other series was the very forgettable Crossing Time.

This time around they’ve tried their hand at the one, surefire way to hit it big as an animation studio: adapting an isekai light novel. The twist for this series — because they all have a twist — is that the protagonist is actually a demon lord. Not sure where I’ve seen that before.

Hakuto Kunai and Aku from the anime series Demon Lord, Retry!
Hakuto Kunai and Aku

And I get it, you’re already thinking, “wow, this seems like a really bad anime, why would you watch the whole thing?” Because I’m a masochist, apparently. Not only was the premise bad, the characters were bad, the art was bad, and the animation was bad.

But do you know what the worst part of it all was? At the end of this series it had the audacity to assume it was getting a second season. To be fair, it might because this animation studio has nothing else going for it, but I hate the idea of there being more of this anime.

Place your bets down in the comments on whether or not you think we’ll be getting a Demon Lord, Retry! 2. Unfortunately my bet is yes, and you know I’ll be back here reviewing it when the time comes.

Characters

I’ll be honest, I had to look up every character’s name for this section because they’re all so forgettable. With that said, let’s start off with the main character, Hakuto Kunai. He was transported into this world in the form of his character from whatever game the world is based on.

Fun fact, he’s voiced by the same VA as our boy Kei from Cop Craft.

Aku is basically Hakuto’s daughter. She’s the yellow version of Rem/Ram who Hakuto found being chased by a demon at the start of the series. Before being taken in by him, she lived her life as a human dumpster for the nearby village.

Luna Elegant is a holy maiden of the country, which just means she’s sort of like a princess. Despite being one of the most politically powerful people in the country, she doesn’t really do anything. She doesn’t even run the section of the country under her control. Oh, and she’s the tsundere of the series.

Yukikaze and Mikan from the anime series Demon Lord, Retry!
Yukikaze and Mikan

The final character who really matters at all is probably Yuu Kirino, one of Hakuto’s minions. He summons her near the beginning of the season and she works as his personal assistant and doctor. Yuu has the ability to transform her body parts into medical equipment, because why not?

Alright, so now that we’ve gotten the important characters out of the way, let’s talk about the only good character of the entire series, Yukikaze (pictured above). Yukikaze is a mage of some sort and is completely obsessed with Hakuto in a sexual way.

His gender is officially stated as “girly boy,” or something like that, so you know he’s the best. He’s also definitely not a PG-rated character. Every single one of his sentences is some sort of sex joke about him and Hakuto.

Soundtrack

While Yukikaze is the only good (relatively speaking) character of the series, there is one other thing I enjoyed immensely. That’s the soundtrack. But, no, it’s not for the reason you’re probably thinking. There were no good songs on the OST.

There was, however, one song which goes above being labeled as “good.” This song was a masterpiece. I’d embed the song here for you to listen to, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to find it anywhere other than within full episodes of the anime.

Have you ever seen the video where someone replaced the Jurassic Park theme with a version played on a recorder? I’ll embed it below for those of you who haven’t, but this is basically the song I’m talking about from Demon Lord, Retry!

I’m not joking when I say this is basically the same song. They must have gotten whoever made this version of the Jurassic Park theme to do the OST for this anime because it’s spot on. It’s played on a recorder and all the notes sound way off.

Like I said, it’s a masterpiece.

I’m not sure if this song was supposed to be as funny as it was, but I enjoyed it immensely. It was typically used when our characters were doing mundane activities, and obviously that only only made it better.

Conclusion

Did you watch Demon Lord, Retry!? And if so, what did you think of it? Was it the worst anime of the season for you? I’m not sure if it was the worst of the season for me. There were a couple others which were just as bad.

In the end I had to give Demon Lord, Retry! a 1/10. Yukikaze and that one song played on a recorder weren’t enough to make the series even a little bearable. Actually, now that I think more about it I may have lied. This might be the worst anime of the season, which is really saying something when Arifureta exists.

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