What’s the show? Dropkick On My Devil!, Episode 1.
Okay… and what’s it about? Imprisonment, violence, torture, dismemberment, gore—you know the usual things you’d expect from a slice of life comedy series!
Huh? It’s about gothic lolita Yurine, who after summoning a devil from hell proceeds to imprison said devil in her tiny apartment and brutally murder her every chance she gets. Of course the devil in question, Jashin-chan is a blond-haired snake-girl with a bad attitude and murderous streak to match—the only problem is she never gets the jump on Yurine and always ends up on the receiving end of her machete, or crowbar… or chainsaw…
Wow, okay, sounds kind of grim… Nah it’s actually pretty light-hearted!
Okay, what? Don’t you usually hate ‘violence against waifus’? Usually, though that said it depends on many factors, not only is this firmly a gag anime it’s also so bright and colourful that it really does take the edge off the brutal gore and violence.
Wait, so what’s the appeal of this show? I imagine there’s two target audiences for this show, people like me who are easily amused by anime comedies, especially one with cute girls in them. And the second target audience is people who like watching cute girls being murdered.
You’re not making a sweeping generalization about this show’s possible audience are you? I don’t think so—the characters in the show out and out break the fourth wall on multiple occasions and talk about the imminent “gory service” they’re about to provide the audience.
Well… that’s pretty convincing. Aren’t you concerned though that this kind of “entertainment” is harmful—I know you had some things to say about the violence in the manga ‘Though You May Burn To Ash’? In that instance the problem I had was the conflation of sexuality and brutal gory violence—and that violence was a lot more detailed and graphic than this show’s. This show’s about as violent as an episode of Itchy & Scratchy from The Simpsons. Or for a more anime appropriate comparison Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan. In fact those two shows actually share a lot in common now that I think about, angel/demon symbolism, bloody violence played for laughs, a joke stretched too thin for its own good…
Oh, so you don’t like the show? It’s not that I don’t like the show it’s just surprising to me that this is a full-length 25-minute anime and not a short 5 or 10 minute one. Half of the show was pretty funny and I like all the characters (though Jashin-chan is a bit obnoxious—though intentionally so) but there’s the other half of the show where you’re waiting for something to happen and it’s kinda just characters talking and bickering. But on the flip side the show would probably have felt more pointless if there was no characterisation and it was just all violence.
So do you recommend the show and more importantly are you going to keep watching? I will keep watching because as I said I like the characters, even the side characters Medusa, Minos and Pekora are a lot of fun. If you like shows like Gabriel DropOut but kinda wished Vignette would take a chainsaw to Gab-chan every time she acted out then this is the show for you! There’s some decent gags in the show, the fourth wall breaks are fun and there’s an unexpected Evil Dead reference that made me grin. I’ll keep watching it, in the hopes that a more rounded plot develops or that it commits to some world-building like Gabriel DropOut did in its later episodes but don’t expect any more reviews unless it does something overwhelming good or overwhelmingly bad, at the moment it’s just overwhelmingly okay.
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