What’s the show? Dropkick On My Devil!, Episode 2.
Ah the cutesy cute girl show about torture and murder! Indeed, not to be confused with that other cute girl show about kidnapping and murder!
‘Tis the season, I suppose! Is it?
I don’t know… so what’s happening in this episode? More of the same to be honest… just not quite as much graphic violence as last time—though the episodes first “kill” is pretty damn sadistic! Jaisan-Chan is complaining about the Summer heat, so Yurine strings her up over the bath tub and slowly bleeds her out ‘til she feels “cold” enough.
Yikes! But that’s as dark as the episode gets, if anything the rest of the episode is positively ‘upbeat’! Yurine runs into everyone’s (second) favourite fallen angel, Pekora looking a little worse for wear—okay that’s a heck of an understatement, she’s almost starving to death! So Yurine takes her to a curry restaurant and she even buys her seconds!
So Yurine is a good person? Yes, despite the fact she’s a ‘witch’ and her sadistic streak towards Jashin not withstanding, Yurine is good to people who are deserving of it—something Pekora has trouble reconciling, considering witches are supposed to be abject enemies of angels. Pekora even prays to god for guidance on what to do about her Yurine, after all how can someone who is ‘bad’ on paper do such selfless and kind things!
Shades of grey and all that… more or less, I like that none of the characters are one-dimensional, even Jashin who is considerably ~less~ nuanced gets a bit of characterization here. Her childhood life in hell with Medusa is shown in some detail as well as why the very wholesome Medusa even bothers to hang around with her given her glaring character flaws.
So a good episode then? It’s a bit more low-key and has the benefit of actually leaving Yurine’s apartment for some scenes—there’s even a brief segment set in Akihabara and y’all know how much I love seeing Akihabara in anime! I like that the world is slowly expanding from the very focused and frenetic first episode—we even meet a new character a weird looking snow woman who can make shaved ice on command and flavour it with her bodily fluids, either strawberry or lemon (I’m sure you can guess which fluids). And if the opening and ending credits are anything to go by there’s still a few more characters to be introduced, which is absolutely something this show needs in order for it to feel more like a complete universe and not just a series of sketches with the same five characters.
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Categories: Summer 2018 Anime