It's not that I'm some innocent saint who doesn't watch or can't stand watching these themes roll out on my screen, but when you realise that there aren't any animes that you find are completely fan-service free, you get annoyed. Well, at least I do, but that can also be due to the fact that I've watched too many to tolerate sitting through another 6 more.
At first, I wasn't really expecting much. I know that it got really good reviews from a loads of people when it was airing, though I personally don't take other people's reviews into account (the irony haha) simply because I don't like being swayed by others in what I should watch versus what I actually want to watch. That and the fact that my tastes are not that easily/well-defined.
So, back to Hataraku Maou-sama. Literally translated, it means Working Overlord/Satan (or, The Devil is a Part-timer!). And really, that's basically what the entire anime's about: a unique situation where the ruler of Hell suddenly finds himself being forced to live on Earth, Japan, as a human, and working as a part-timer at McDonalds, or in his case, "MgRonald".
For an anime I didn't have many expectations for, I was really impressed after watching a few episodes. It's not something to watch if you're looking for the "deep-and-meaningful" kind of anime, though it is definitely one to watch for those who want to start their anime-watching career....okay, okay, I was joking, but it is definitely an anime that's perfect for introductions (did that even make sense?).
I almost, during that time, felt like coming back on my blog to write about how amazing it is, though now, having finished it a day later, I'm somewhat glad that I didn't.
Yes, the anime is very good. I really loved how light-hearted it was, and when I say that it's primary genre is comedy, I mean that it's amazingly funny as well. I can't even remember how many times I just burst into laughter watching this.
However, I did feel that this anime, as funny as it is, kinda ran out of steam towards the end. Sure, it tried to adopt a more serious tone, but I did find that the anime, in terms of concluding the plot, fell extremely, extremely short. Although, in the directors defence, I also couldn't think of any better way to conclude it apart from how they decided to conclude it.
Though, all in all, still a very good anime! (^^)