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Lycoris Recoil

Lycoris Recoil

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Lycoris Recoil

Chisato and Takina Are (Not) Just Friends

Lycoris Recoil (リコリス・リコイル) may be the best anime of the summer season. Made in Abyss is its only real competition. But, while I’d say Made in Abyss lost my attention as the season progressed, the same isn’t true for Lycoris Recoil.

This series has good action, cute girls, enjoyable characters, and more cute girls. As you can tell, the cute girls are a major selling point. But, that doesn’t mean Lycoris Recoil has no substance otherwise. It’s a combination of a good yuri series and an action series — the best of both worlds.

So, what’s it about? It’s kind of like Gunslinger Girl, but if it was good. An organization trains children to take down terrorists and keep Japan safe. The girls trained by this organization are called Lycoris. Their boy counterparts are called LilyBell (not very important).

Takina and Chisato on a date from the anime series Lycoris Recoil
Takina and Chisato on a date

The series follows 2 “problem” Lycoris, Chisato Nishikigi and Takina Inoue. Chisato achieved mythical status among the Lycoris for her abilities. But, her refusal to use lethal means to take down her enemies got her “demoted.” Takina was similarly demoted for not following orders. However, the circumstances surrounding her demotion are questionable.

Now, both Chisato and Takina work at a small branch of the organization posing as Cafe LycoReco. While Takina’s goal is to clear her name and get her old position back, Chisato has no intention of returning. Instead, she wants to show Takina how much fun life can be when you save lives instead of take them.

Lycoris Recoil’s plot isn’t the best. I wouldn’t call it bad. But, the highlight of the series is definitely the characters. Specifically, it’s the relationship between Chisato and Takina. Listen to how Chisato says Takina’s name and try to tell me they aren’t in love.

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LycoReco Cafe

Let’s talk about the employees of LycoReco Cafe. They’re basically a family, and that’s what makes their dynamic so fun to watch. The 5 people who work at LycoReco are Mika, Mizuki, Chisato, Takina, and Kurumi.

Mika is the owner of LycoReco. He works for DA, the organization in charge of the Lycoris. He’s also pretty much Chisato’s adoptive father. And the reason he created LycoReco was specifically to raise Chisato there. Mika also uses a cane to walk. It’s implied that his injury is from some kind of work in the field as an agent himself.

Mizuki Nakahara is a woman in her late 20s who works as LycoReco’s operations manager. By that, I don’t mean she manages the operations of the cafe. I mean she manages the operation Chisato goes on as a Lycoris. Mizuki provides backup in the form of intelligence and transportation.

Mizuki, Chisato, Mika, and Takina taking a selfie from the anime series Lycoris Recoil
Mizuki, Chisato, Mika, and Takina taking a selfie

Chisato is the heart of LycoReco. Without her, it wouldn’t exist, let alone be the same. She’s a cheerful girl who enjoys pretty much everything she does. It doesn’t matter if she’s working in the cafe, helping the community, or completing a mission.

Takina is the serious Lycoris of LycoReco. While Chisato likes to have fun, Takina takes everything she does seriously. You can also tell that Takina is the “second” Lycoris of their pairing by the color she wears. Red denotes the first Lycoris, while blue denotes a second Lycoris. That said, she’s still very skilled.

Kurumi is the final and most recent employee of LycoReco. Her age is unknown (she claims to be 30), but she’s a young girl. Despite her age, she’s the premier hacker in Japan, going by the hacking name Walnut (in English). Kurumi (胡桃 / くるみ) is Japanese for Walnut.

What About the Ending?

I need to talk about the ending of Lycoris Recoil. As a whole, it was a good ending. Chisato and Takina got a happy ending, and that’s what matters most. That said, the ending wasn’t all happy — Mika had to kill Yoshimatsu to save Chisato’s life.

But, I liked that even though he had to do that, Mika didn’t tell Chisato. She wouldn’t have wanted to live if it meant someone else dying. And so, as far as she knows, Yoshimatsu is still alive somewhere out there.

With that said, Chisato did kill someone at the end of the series — at least as far as she knows. After Chisato shoots out the glass beneath him, Majima falls to his death from Enkuboku tower. Or, that’s what I wish I could say. It turns out that he somehow survived this thousand-foot drop.

Kurumi with crumbs around her mouth from the anime series Lycoris Recoil
Kurumi with crumbs around her mouth

Majima surviving the fall is my biggest complaint with the series. And, surprisingly, it’s not because the fall should have been fatal. A lot of things that happen in the series aren’t possible. For example, Chisato can dodge bullets. Suspending your disbelief for that kind of stuff isn’t hard.

What’s hard for me to accept is that Majima’s survival is what’s best for the series. Chisato’s whole self-image is built around saving, not killing. And yet, as far as she knows, Majima died. So, what does having him turn out to be alive accomplish? Chisato doesn’t know. So, it’s only for the viewers.

My best guess is that it’s so the viewers can know that Chisato is still “pure.” But, is she really if she thinks she killed him?

Anyway, I’ve also seen people say that the end confirmed a second season. It did not. Open endings are not confirmations.

Conclusion

Lycoris Recoil is a solid 8/10. It has its share of problems. But, overall, it’s a very good anime. The art, animation, characters, OP, and ED are all great. And the story’s not half bad either. With a more conclusive ending, it could have been a 9.

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Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World

Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World

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Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World

The Future of Isekai Anime

Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World (Isekai Meikyuu de Harem wo /異世界迷宮でハーレムを) is almost exactly as it sounds. Technically, yes, it’s a harem isekai anime that features labyrinths. But, this title is a little misleading for 2 reasons.

The first reason is that the vast majority of the anime doesn’t feature a harem. There’s only 1 girl until the final episode of the series. And the full harem doesn’t show up until the last minute or two of the final episode. So, for the most part, it’s actually not a harem anime.

The second reason is that the series’ current title is the sanitized version. When the series was serialized as a web novel, it went by the name Slave Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World (異世界迷宮で奴隷ハーレムを). This is a much more accurate title since the girls are all sex slaves. But, you can see why that’s less marketable.

Roxanne wearing a maid outfit from the anime series Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World
Roxanne wearing a maid outfit

Most isekai anime are pretty bland. Mushoku Tensei is the recent standout series of the genre. But, other than that, isekai are very standard. Okay, each one has its gimmick to make it different. However, these gimmicks tend to be superficial and don’t affect anything.

At first glance, the same is true of Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World. But, it’s actually quite different than other isekai because it’s pretty much hentai. And, yes, that’s a good thing. If you’re not watching the uncensored version, this series has absolutely no value.

So, am I saying that the future of isekai is hentai? Not exactly. But, they need to have something else going on beyond being an isekai. Mushoku Tensei is a great adventure. Overlord is from the villain’s perspective. And Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World is a sexual power fantasy.

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Not Actually as Bad as You’d Expect

At the start of the season, I wasn’t watching Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World. I had no intentions of watching it, either. But, then I saw a clip of the first major sex scene of the series, which I think happens in Episode 3 or 4.

After seeing that, I decided it was worth giving the series a chance. And guess what? It’s actually not as bad as you’d expect. Of course, the uncensored sex scenes are the highlights of the anime. I’m not going to pretend that’s not the case.

But, I was expecting this series to be absolute garbage. And much to my surprise, it’s not. Okay, it’s not great. However, of all the anime I watched during the summer season, this is the one I looked forward to the most each week. It’s a fun watch.

Roxanne doing what she does best from the anime series Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World
Roxanne doing what she does best

Not every anime has to have some deep story and characters to be enjoyable. Sometimes, all you need is good ecchi content. Look at other harem series like To LOVE-Ru and Monster Musume. They don’t have great writing or characters. But, they’re fun and that’s why people like them.

If you go into Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World with this in mind, I think you’ll enjoy it. I’d say it also has the same appeal as Interspecies Reviewers. Though, there’s less sex in this one. Not every episode has a sex scene — and I didn’t mind that.

Oh, and the fact that the girls in this series are sex slaves doesn’t really matter. I know some people are going to be weird about that. But, it’s not like Redo of Healer. It’s much closer to something like The Rising of the Shield Hero.

I Wish I Could Rank the Girls

At this point in the review, I’d like to be able to rank the girls in Michio’s harem. But, that’s kind of hard to do considering that it’s not really a harem anime even if it’s a harem series.

Still, I’m going to do my best to further objectify these slave girls by ranking them based on appearance.

Coming in at #1 we have Sherry, easily the best of the girls. She’s a dwarf introduced toward the end of Episode 11. Despite being large for a dwarf, she’s small compared to humans, which makes her the optimal size.

The next best girl is Miria, a catgirl who appears right at the end of the season. Look, she’s a catgirl. Do I need to say anything else?

In third place is Rutina, who I think is an elf princess or something. I don’t know, she’s the final girl introduced at the end of the season. All that matters is that her chest seems pretty small, so she’s good to me.

Sherry from the anime series Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World
Sherry

Despite being the main girl and first slave, Roxanne is down in fourth. Although she’s a wolfgirl, she’s kind of generic. She also doesn’t have the ideal body measurements like Sherry and Rutina do.

And in last place, there’s Vesta I don’t know what race she’s supposed to be. But, I do know that her chest is bigger than Sherry’s entire body. So, she’s the worst girl by default.

Now, before you make any accusations, I didn’t rank the girls based on bust size alone. If I had, then Miria and Rutina would swap positions. But, considering we don’t know anything about 3 of the 5 girls, their bust size was a major factor.

If we get another season of this series, I’ll have to revisit my rankings.

Conclusion

I kind of feel like this is a high rating. But, I gave Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World a 7/10. The OP and ED aren’t good. The characters and plot aren’t good. And most of its value comes from the sex scenes. But, have you seen Sherry?

Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re going to get another season of this series. Why? Because of how Miria, Vesta, and Rutina were thrown in at the very end. If we were getting another season, wouldn’t it make more sense to introduce them then? It felt like the anime added them at the end to showcase what you can expect from the source material.

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Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season

Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season

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Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season

Season Overview

Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season (Kanojo, Okarishimasu 2nd Season / 彼女、お借りします) is pretty alright. The biggest complaint most people seem to have about the series is that it doesn’t go anywhere. And that’s certainly a fair complaint. But, I’d argue that Season 2 does build upon the groundwork laid by Season 1.

The 1st Season of the series set up Kazuya’s relationships with the four main girls. In the 2nd Season, we get to see how those relationships develop — at least with 3 of the girls. If you’re a Mami fan, there’s not all that much content for you.

There’s a decent amount of Sumi content. But, this season is really all about Chizuru and Ruka. You know, because those are the two girls Kazuya actually has relationships with. I assume there’s going to be more Mami content in Season 3 (which is confirmed). There was a lot of setup involving her this season.

Sumi Sakurasawa from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season
Sumi Sakurasawa

I’ve been a Chizuru fan since Episode 1 of the 1st Season. But, I have to admit that this season made me like Ruka a lot more. Her character got some much-needed development. I no longer see her as an annoying stalker. She acts like a good girlfriend now.

The problem for Ruka is that she’s competing against the “perfect girlfriend.” Chizuru can seemingly do no wrong. And that’s why their battle over Kazuya heats up in this season. Both girls are trying to outdo each other. Though, Chizuru would never admit that’s what she’s doing.

I mentioned that there’s a fair amount of Sumi content, and that’s true. However, Sumi isn’t a real contender at this point in the series. I don’t know if she ever will be. But, in her defense, she does try to put herself out there a bit more this season.

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Let’s dedicate an entire section to Ruka because I think she got the most development. Well, okay, Chizuru got a lot of background development. But, that doesn’t matter as much to me. Adding background context isn’t as interesting as seeing character growth in the present.

So, what changed about Ruka? For starters, she seems much more confident than she was before. She makes it very clear that she’s Kazuya’s girlfriend. Ruka still allows him to see Chizuru. But, she wants to draw a line between Kazuya’s relationship with both of them. Chizuru is his friend. Ruka is his girlfriend.

Episode 4 was an especially strong episode for Ruka. In that episode, she stayed the night in Kazuya’s apartment. And as I discussed in that episode review, she did everything right. She came prepared for if something happened. But, she didn’t pressure Kazuya into anything.

Ruka kissing Kazuya from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season
Ruka kissing Kazuya

To me, how Ruka acted in Episode 4 is the best example of her character growth. Back in Season 1, she did things like trap Kazuya in a love hotel room. She doesn’t pull those kinds of stunts anymore. Instead, she focuses on showing Kazuya her good qualities. And I felt like she did a great job of this.

That said, she does sometimes need to take the initiative. Kazuya’s an idiot who needs things hand-fed to him. Despite everything Ruka was doing for him, he wasn’t understanding her feelings. And that’s what led to Ruka kissing him while Chizuru was right in the other room.

Ruka gets that Kazuya has an obsession with Chizuru. So, she sometimes needs to do things like this to make Kazuya notice her. Honestly, while Chizuru is still my favorite, Ruka may actually be the best girlfriend. Is there anything she wouldn’t do for Kazuya?

Better or Worse than Season 1?

Is Kanokari Season 2 better or worse than Season 1? Well, if you go by their average ratings on MAL, the 2nd Season is worse. However, I don’t believe that’s the case. Season 2’s lower rating may be a product of the current climate within the community.

As of the writing of this review, Season 1 has a 7.16 and Season 2 has a 6.86. But, if you’re aware of the current state of the Rent-a-Girlfriend fandom, this makes sense. Readers of the manga have been fed up with the lack of progress for a while.

It seems that this sentiment grows with each passing chapter. This is spilling over and reaching even anime-only viewers. So, we have manga readers who aren’t having a good time with the series. And anime watchers are hearing that the series hasn’t progressed in 250+ chapters.

Drunk Kazuya getting too close to Chizuru from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season
Drunk Kazuya getting too close to Chizuru

Now, I’m not going to say the series not progressing in the manga isn’t bad. Complaints about that are 100% valid. But, the anime progressed a lot since Season 1. Okay, Kazuya and Chizuru aren’t officially dating. However, there’s been a ton of development.

I’d say the characters, plot, and spice of the 2nd Season are all better than in the 1st. Ignore the fact that the status quo won’t change for the next 8 seasons. If we only look at the 2 seasons we have, the 2nd is objectively better.

The one area in which I’d say Season 1 beats Season 2 is the OP. The Season 2 OP isn’t all that good. Though, I do like the Season 2 ED (I don’t remember the Season 1 ED). But, the OP aside, Season 2 doesn’t deserve the hate it gets compared to Season 1.

Conclusion

With all that said about Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season being better than the 1st Season, I still gave it a 6/10. That’s the same rating I gave the 1st Season. But, this season is a higher 6/10. We’ll have to wait and see if the 3rd Season can break into 7/10 territory.

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RWBY: Ice Queendom

RWBY: Ice Queendom

RWBY: Ice Queendom anime series cover art
RWBY: Ice Queendom

Series Overview

RWBY: Ice Queendom (RWBY: Hyousetsu Teikoku / RWBY 氷雪帝国) is an original-ish anime series. RWBY as a series has been around for 9 years now. But, Ice Queendom is an original story set within the canon of the series. I think it takes place between volumes 1 and 2.

This is also the first entry in the RWBY series that I’m going to consider to be anime. The Japanese animation studio Shaft was responsible for creating Ice Queendom. And, to no one’s surprise, this is the best RWBY has ever looked. Unfortunately, RWBY is still a dumpster fire of a show.

If you’re a RWBY fan, maybe you should stop reading this review here. I’m not going to be saying many nice things about it. In fact, of the 14 anime I watched during the summer season, RWBY is the worst. That’s saying something considering I intentionally chose to watch other bad anime.

Ruby Rose from the anime series RWBY: Ice Queendom
Ruby Rose

RWBY: Ice Queendom isn’t one of the series I picked up knowing that it would be bad. I’ve never watched RWBY before. I’m not a fan of RWBY. But, I am a fan of Shaft as an animation studio. They’ve animated many of my favorite series.

I picked up RWBY because Shaft was the studio making it. If any other studio animated it, I wouldn’t have considered watching it.

Anyway, what’s the series actually about? It’s about Team RWBY. They hunt monsters or something. But in this series, they hunt Nightmares inside dreams.

From my understanding, the first 3 episodes cover volume 1 of the original series. Episodes 4-11 are the new content. And episode 12 starts volume 2. Those 8 episodes of original content take place inside Weiss’s dream world. There, Ruby, Yang, and Blake must save Weiss from a new kind of Grimm.

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Bad Enough to Drop

I’m not sure when the last time I dropped a series from my weekly review schedule was. It’s definitely been over a year since that last happened, though. But, I had to break that streak when it came to RWBY. I made it 8 episodes in before I couldn’t take reviewing it anymore.

Believe me when I say that I really wanted to drop RWBY altogether. Not only did I not want to review it each week, but I also didn’t want to watch it at all. However, I don’t like to review anime I haven’t finished.

As far as I can remember, I’ve never reviewed a series I haven’t finished. So, I decided to power through the final 4 episodes to make this review possible. If I’m going to call an anime trash, I at least want to have seen the whole thing to confirm it’s trash to the end

Negative Weiss from the anime series RWBY: Ice Queendom
Negative Weiss

So, what’s wrong with RWBY: Ice Queendom? Well, pretty much everything. The story isn’t any good. The characters are all boring and cringe. And the dream world setting of the series tries way too hard to be “wacky.” It genuinely feels like the target audience is 5 other than the violence.

If you haven’t started Ice Queendom, I recommend you keep it that way. If you have, I can assure you that it doesn’t get any better. And if you’ve already finished it, I’m so sorry. There’s no way to get back the time you wasted on this series.

I’ve learned my lesson. I now know not to watch anime solely because Shaft animated them. And if another season of RWBY ever gets made, I can assure you that I will not be watching it. RWBY always looked bad to me, and now I’ve confirmed that.

One Redeeming Quality

We’ve made it to the part of the review where I say something positive about the RWBY anime. Actually, I have 2 positive things to say about it. The first is that the OP song is pretty good. Only the song, though.

The visuals are nice as well, for the most part. But, the problem I have with them is that all the best parts of the OP visuals are directly from the first 2 or 3 episodes. The OP recycles the good animation from the start of the series. Most of it isn’t unique to the OP.

Now, this leads to the other positive thing I have to say about the series, it has some great animation. Don’t get me wrong, most of the series doesn’t have good animation. It has what’s known as bad animation. But, a few good animators did work on RWBY, most notably, Hiroto Nagata.

Blake and Yang from the anime series RWBY: Ice Queendom
Blake and Yang

Hiroto Nagata did some work on episodes 1, 2, 10, 11, and 12. His animation style is instantly recognizable. It’s far better than any of the other animation in RWBY. And, if you guessed all the good parts of the OP are from his cuts, you’d be correct.

The one redeeming quality of Ice Queendom is that Hiroto Nagata worked on it. But, you don’t need to watch the series to appreciate his animation. You can instead watch his cuts over on Sakugabooru. That’s a great way to see the best parts of the series without having to suffer through the rest of it.

I’m actually hoping there isn’t another season of RWBY coming — at least not one animated by Shaft. I’d much rather see Nagata animate a good series instead. I’d also rather see Shaft make better anime than they did this season in general.

Conclusion

Overall, I gave RWBY: Ice Queendom a 2/10. I really wanted to give it a 1. But, I’m going to add a point for the animation of Nagata. He carried the series. And it would feel wrong to give something a 1/10 that includes his work.

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The Demon Girl Next Door 2

The Demon Girl Next Door 2

The Demon Girl Next Door 2 anime series cover art
The Demon Girl Next Door 2

Season Overview

The Demon Girl Next Door 2 (Machikado Mazoku: 2-choume / まちカドまぞく 2丁目) is the second season of The Demon Girl Next Door. It’s also very similar to the first season. I rated both seasons the same. But, I slightly prefer season 2 over season 1.

The biggest difference between the two seasons is the introduction of more characters. This is why I like season 2 more. The new characters are actually better than the existing characters. I like Shamiko and Momo enough. But, the new characters are way better.

I kind of want to say that this season also focuses a bit more on the plot. But, I’m not sure if that’s actually true. Shamiko and Momo continue trying to figure out the mystery of the town’s past. What happened to Sakura? Why was Shamiko’s father sealed in a box? You know, things like that.

With that said, I don’t feel like the plot progressed any more in this season than it did in the first. I’d still consider the majority of the season to be slice of life content. And, that’s also my biggest complaint with the series. It has an interesting story but that story isn’t the main focus.

Of course, that’s kind of to be expected. The source material for The Demon Girl Next Door is a 4-panel manga. It’s not exactly the best medium for writing a deep and complex story. In fact, I’m surprised that the story is as involved as it is.

But, I don’t want you to think that I watch this series for the plot. The slice of life content is definitely the draw. Still, since there is a somewhat interesting plot, I’d like if it progressed a bit more. It feels like a bit of a waste as-is.

New Characters

There are 3 new characters in this season of The Demon Girl Next Door. Though, 1 of them only appears at the very end of the season. If a third season ever happens, I’d expect her to play a larger role at that point.

Anyway, the first of these characters is the Manager. The Manager is a tapir demon who runs a restaurant in town. He’s just a talking tapir that walks on 2 legs and wears glasses. At some point during the season, he convinces (tricks) Shamiko into working for him.

One of my favorite things about the Manager is that he’s not a humanoid tapir. He’s actually a tapir that stands upright. And because of this, he always has back pain — his spine isn’t designed for upright locomotion. It’s the little details like that which make him entertaining, to me.

Lico teaching Shamiko how to be a waitress from the anime series The Demon Girl Next Door 2
Lico teaching Shamiko how to be a waitress

Along with the Manager, we also have Lico. Lico is a fox demon who takes the form of a fox girl. Yes, she’s humanoid, unlike the Manager. Lico is my favorite character of the entire series. I wish she was around from the very start. But, at least she’s here now.

Despite working for the Manager, Lico’s really the one in charge. The food she makes has magical — sometimes psychedelic — properties. And she uses the threat of feeding her food to the Manager as a way to keep him in line.

The final new character is Ugallu. Ugallu is the spirit that Mikan’s father sealed inside her. She’s the reason Mikan has the curse that causes misfortune upon those around her. I’m not a huge fan of Ugallu’s design and we don’t know much about her as a character yet. But, she could be a good addition.

An Exhausting Watch

I’m pretty sure I mentioned this in my review of the first season. But, The Demon Girl Next Door is exhausting to watch. It’s not an anime I can throw on at the end of the day and relax while watching. And that’s not something you’d expect from looking at it.

I’m sure you’ve experienced an anime like this before. Sometimes, there’s so much going on that you have to concentrate so as to not miss anything. In the case of this series, it’s the dialogue — and therefore subtitles — that you have to concentrate on.

My main problem with this is that the payoff isn’t there. There are many anime that I have to devote my full attention to while watching. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is one example. It doesn’t have fast dialogue, but the dialogue is all very important.

Shamiko admiring Momo's dark-side outfit from the anime series The Demon Girl Next Door 2
Shamiko admiring Momo’s dark-side outfit

In a series like Rakugo, the payoff is the ability to follow the story. In The Demon Girl Next Door, the payoff is usually something as simple as getting a joke. The payoff isn’t worth the concentration. So, why not simply pay less attention to the series? Surely that’s the obvious answer.

To an extent, yes. But, the problem with that is that if you aren’t keeping up with all the jokes in this series, why are you watching it? It’s a comedy series. I doubt many people are watching it for the plot or anything else.

And so, that’s the real issue with The Demon Girl Next Door. It’s a good anime. But, even with the slight improvements that the second season brings, it was never an anime I wanted to watch. It always felt like a commitment. And after watching each episode, I wanted to take a break from anime.

Conclusion

The Demon Girl Next Door 2 is a 7/10. If not for the Manager and Lico, I would have rated it as a 6. But, those two really carried the series. I loved their interactions with both each other and Shamiko.

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