The Demon King in the Back Row #01 — IQ Undefined

April 2nd, 2010


I’m already tired of writing out the title.


This could have certainly been better. It’s weighted down by a cast of characters that almost competes with Kiddy Girl’s in terms of raw undirected stupidity. It’s truly painful to see Ken Sai stand up and give a speech about how he’s not the demon king, and they should destroy the world if people think that he is. Or somehow come to the decision that breaking into a girl’s room through the window in the middle of the night is the best way to apologize. This goes well beyond simple bad writing and into some otherworldly sphere where mortals dare not tread. Junko’s not much better, but she falls into more of the "so cliche that it hurts" category than stupid. The random censorship around her ass was pretty funny at times. I have no clue what this is covering up, but it’s fun to speculate. I’m putting my money on a vestigal coccyx.

Production was okay, although the music was often very wonky. It would belong right at home in any number of RPGs, but doesn’t really work so well here. I did like the ED, or OP, or whatever the hell that was at the end. Takashi Kondo also turned in a very convincing demonstration as to why he’s an average voice actor at best. We could have done without the corny CG supertrains too. Is it really that much cheaper to use bad CG to make vehicles all the time? Or is there just a package of CG vehicles that all animation studios are given upon incorporation?

I’ll give it and Angel Beats second looks, but I really can’t say that I’m thrilled about either of them. If Angel Beats solved its direction issues or this solved its writing issues, either could become at least watchable without heavy mockery, but I’m really not optimistic about that happening.


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15 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Nanaya says:

    From what I remember of the manga, it doesn’t really get much better. Or more intelligent. Which is a pity, because they had a lot to work with from the premise.

  • Sterling01 says:

    What the hell is up with Sai’s eyes?

    • Aroduc says:

      He has “Protagonist-scar” syndrome to keep him from looking like his billion other clone protagonists.

  • wilson191 says:

    What the??? He didn’t break into the room in the manga…

  • sage says:

    Takashi Kondo also turned in a very convincing demonstration as to why he’s an average voice actor at best.

    You fsking take that back about Ken.

    ps. The teacher and the red-haired Natsuru were the best things about this show.

  • Avisch says:

    I actually kinda liked it. I’m not sure why.

    Maybe the prospect of the main character becoming a eroge villain protagonist and having a large harem is appealing.

    Somehow I’m able to stand “ultra righteous, sword-wielding, tsundere” because I find her voice attractive

    And somehow, there aren’t many anime nowadays that are doing the “holding women from behind type scene”

    Or perhaps I just have a weird fetish.

    Sage: YOU ARE ARODUC, stop arguing with yourself!
    (Aruduc, your jig is up!)

  • karry says:

    “I’m already tired of writing out the title.”

    Then why do you do it ? Especially since people WILL NOT FUCKING RECOGNIZE the show you’re writing about. I have no idea what this show is. Stick to the conventional titles.

  • chad001 says:

    IT’s the OP…

  • The Phantom says:

    Definitely watching this, first episode was awesome, good characters, a promising plot, and action on top of that. This show and Angel Beats are the definitely the best of this season.

  • Anon999 says:

    I.. I have no words for this. From what I’ve watched of the new spring anime, This show is like Himari, only it has absolutely little originality.

    The swordsgirl is basically an Akane Tendo clone, and the hero of the show is another moral-loving person that has girls magically fall in love with him.

    I can honestly say Angel Beats is far better than this. It may be a Haruhi clone, but the writers are at least trying to do something with it.

  • Maserbeam says:

    It’s infinitely better than Himari because it doesn’t have a voice actor that makes me physically vomit.

  • Fate says:

    This could be pretty good.

  • EXM says:

    This certainly wasn’t half as bad as I was expecting it to be. No serious animation issues to complain about either because fight sequences were animated, and not stills. Not to mention I love the op song for some reason. Also, chibi rice-tan natusuru clone with Yui’s voice is cute as hell.

  • zwei says:

    I expected him to start of as a eroge villain from the start, not some gentleman dreaming of becoming some high priest xD he’s gonna have to give up that dream if he wants to end up with one of the girls xP The sort of censorship they used annoys me but this show turned out to be quite ok. At least it entertained me.The whole harem thing is a cliche but hey, there’s gonna be another side to him right?
    p.s. The uniforms rock. I find the huge difference in style between the male and female uniforms really forced but they are individually nice =)especially the males

  • Anonymous says:

    I found the censoring to be amusing honestly. I’ll be following this one because… evil harem ending?