How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω anime series cover art
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω

Season Overview

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω (Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu Ω / 異世界魔王と召喚少女の奴隷魔術Ω) is the second season of the anime series How Not to Summon a Demon Lord.

The fact that it has an Ω (omega) in the title almost seems to be implying that this will be the final season. But, it doesn’t complete the story by any means. So either the Ω is just there for the aesthetic, or they’re not going to make a third season of the anime.

Anyway, this season follows Diablo, Rem, and Shera as they escort the high priestess of the church. But, just because they’re escorting the high priestess doesn’t mean that the church isn’t an antagonist organization in this anime — it very much is.

You see, officials from the church put a bounty on the high priestess’s head because they felt that she was interfering in their bid for wealth and power by actually being pious. So, Diablo agrees to accompany her as she goes to confront some of these officials and bring religion back to the church.

Of course, as a literal demon lord, Diablo is also the natural enemy of the church. But because he saved her, the high priestess mistakenly believes Diablo is a god sent to lead the church back onto the path of righteousness. Sure, he’s a nice guy, but that’s a bit of a stretch.

Other than the fact that this arc of the story has an actual plot, which as far as I remember, the first season didn’t have, the two seasons are very similar in their content. Diablo is surrounded by a harem of girls, ecchi things ensue, and he continues to roleplay as a demon lord.

New Characters

Lumachina Weselia is the high priestess of the church. As previously mentioned, some of the other church officials want her killed because she’s getting in the way of their corruption. They’d much rather have a puppet high priestess who they could control for their own gain.

One of Lumachina’s defining character traits is that she always strives to do the right thing, no matter what it costs her personally. This, combined with the fact that she can use some seriously powerful holy magic, makes her a formidable foe for the corrupt members of the church.

The second new character of note is Horn. She’s a young beastman(girl) who grew up on the streets and makes a living by stealing and offering to guide adventurers into the nearby dungeon. She hides her gender because it would be problematic for her lifestyle and line of work.

Lumachina and Diablo from the anime series How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω
Lumachina and Diablo

Rose is an android created by Diablo in the past when the world he now finds himself in was just a game. She’s the guardian of his personal dungeon in which he stores all of the rare and valuable items he collected throughout his time playing.

And the last new character I want to mention is Fanis Laminitus, the leader of the town Horn is from and Diablo’s dungeon is located near. Despite living in the middle of the desert, Fanis is a pirate. She leads a fleet of magical sand ships (I think they float) and she wields a long gun as a weapon.

Surprisingly, I think Lumachina is actually my favorite of these newly introduced girls. She’s pretty vanilla, but she also gets the most development by far. Rose is probably second, with Fanis a close third. Horn is easily the worst, which I wasn’t expecting to be the case at all.

Comparison to Season 1

I know a lot of people really didn’t like the first season of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord. However, I enjoyed watching it a lot. It doesn’t take itself seriously and I generally found it to be fun to watch even if it was stupid at times.

With the second season, I was really hoping that it would be just as good as I remembered it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I still like How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω. But I also think it’s a fairly substantial downgrade from the first season.

There’s nothing I feel is bad about this season. However, some of the jokes and gags featured in it have lost their novelty as they’re the same ones found in the first season. And a comedy series with old jokes isn’t going to be as good as one with fresh jokes.

Fanis Laminitus from the anime series How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω
Fanis Laminitus

I’m also not really sure how I feel about this season having such a prominent plot and story direction. It helped to differentiate this season from the previous season, for sure. But it also felt like it was restricting what the series could do to an extent.

For example, think about how KonoSuba would be different if the story focused heavily on the plot of defeating all the demon king’s generals to save the world. That would limit a lot of the gags and character moments that give KonoSuba its charm.

I’ll also say that the first season of this anime came out in 2018. It’s very possible that if I watched it today, I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I did back then. So, perhaps this season is actually just as good (or bad, depending on how you feel about it) and my taste has simply changed over time.

Conclusion

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω is a 6/10 from me. I definitely still found the anime to be enjoyable. But there was never a point while watching it that I thought it was “good” like I did with the previous season.

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