What’s the important information? Dropkick On My Devil! Is a Summer 2018 Comedy anime that aired 11 episodes from July through September. It is based on a long-running Manga series by author Yukiwo.
What’s it about? A gothic-lolita witch named Yurine summons Jashin-chan a snake woman devil from hell. Due to ~reasons~ she can’t send her back though so Jashin-chan is forced to endure everyday life on Earth until Yurine is killed—which Jashin-chan attempts to do, but always fails miserably. They are joined by various acquaintances from Heaven and Hell in there everyday adventures!
Why did you watch it? I honestly don’t know, I was wary to pick the show up from the beginning as its premise sold it as a ‘violent slapstick comedy’ and while I love comedy anime I’m mostly indifferent to slapstick. I suppose I was just hoping for cute monster girls.
Did you enjoy the show? That’s a question I asked myself many a times during the first few episodes, a question that morphed into ‘why am I enjoying this show?’ then finally ‘is enjoyment all there is?’ For what it’s worth this series is unexpectedly deep—it just takes a long while to get there, I’ll touch upon why exactly in a later question but to answer this question, yes I did enjoy this show a lot more than I expected to!
What was your favourite episode? It’s hard because while this show certainly had its fair share of entertaining, interesting and occasionally thought provoking plot-lines it also too often indulged in dumb, aggressive and mean-spirited behaviour that skirted the line between what’s enjoyable and what’s just unpleasant. I think the final episode—episode 11—was the least mean-spirited overall and struck the balance as well as it could possibly.
What were your most favourite things about the show? I enjoyed the characters for the most part; likewise I really enjoyed the meta-humour, like when Jashin-chan referenced how surprised she was that the ‘Dropkick On My Devil!’ manga got an anime adaptation. That and the references to other media, anime and otherwise were always fun!
Wbat were your least favourite things about the show? There’s a lot of cruelty towards Pekola, an angel character who lost her halo and can’t return to heaven and so much of it feels completely without a point. If it’s to get us to side against Jashin-chan, then it works but the show simultaneously ties to humanise Jashin-chan too so it makes these moments of aggression towards the downtrodden Pekola feel all the more pointless.
Who was your favourite character? Minos is a sexy cow-girl (that’s a half girl, half cow FYI) that despite being the least featured of the main cast I still found myself inexorably drawn to. She is without a doubt a character most deserving of a spin-off of any anime character this season—even if it’s just a 5-minute anime of her daily life!
What’s something unique about this show? Despite being a “violent slapstick comedy” this show certainly relished in delving into deeper and more mature subject matter than expected. What other anime out there would deliver such cold and brutal facts such as that Japan is 144th in the world for gender equality? I can’t say I ever expected to learn such a sobering factoid from this kind of anime but here we are!
What other anime are most like it for the sake of comparison? In my episodic reviews of the show I found myself comparing it to Gabriel DropOut a lot which still stands true as a comparison, but this show is far more committed to its overall aesthetic and delivering a complex world-view than the aforementioned ever was. Not to mention its more dim view of humanity as a whole.
Who would you recommend it to? It’s hard to pinpoint a target audience or demographic because this show is in of itself a hard show to categorise. Comedy fans certainly, but those perhaps expecting a bit more from their comedy than just the jokes and nothing else—that’s as much a recommendation as it is a warning. Also for those who aren’t squeamish because this show can get pretty violent and sadistic—especially early on.
Sum up the season in one sentence: ‘Even though its dumb and violent its smarter than it looks, it’s also occasionally cute and sweet—it’s basically a tsundere incarnate as an anime!’
Final score? 78 out of 100.
Previous Dropkick On My Devil! Reviews:
Snake Girl Sashimi – Episode 1 Review
Don’t Eat The Yellow Shaved Ice – Episode 2 Review
No Use Crying Over Spilt Milk/Blood – Episode 3 Review
Police Sexuality – Episode 4 Review
Angels, Demons And Minimum Wage – Episode 5 Review
Currying Favour – Episode 6 Review
A Snake With Legs – Episode 7 Review
Reality Isn’t Funny – Episode 8 Review
Hi, Society! – Episode 9 Review
Under The Hammer – Episode 10 Review
All Devils Go To Space – Episode 11 Review
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