Oh great I get a Krem episode…
Let’s start with something a bit easier, how are you Karandi? Feeling better?
Getting there. And honestly, my reaction was the same as yours when I realised this was going to be a Krem episode, though apparently a little Krem goes a long way. I actually thought this episode was pretty charming, but if I knew Krem was going to be in the next episode it would probably make it less so.
So cards on the table, this episode was fine. Like in the grand scheme of things there was nothing particularly wrong with it. If it had been in season 1 and I was binging through it, I’m sure I would have liked it well enough. It was a bit boring and felt like filler but you know, nothing egregious.
However, since How Not To Summon A Demon Lord has been quite disappointing this season, it didn’t have that much goodwill to ride on and as a result, I found the episode completely meh. And I have to admit, I have next to nothing to say about it.
It did seem a bit odd that they brought back pretty much any recurring character we’ve ever seen, like some type of Christmas special or the final episode. At first I was like oh cool Emile, then Sylvie, I love Sylvie but after a while it was like, ok why is everyone here?
It was a bit weird as more and more characters just kind of popped into the episode as if they were reminding us they existed. Though they felt a little less weird than the random characters doing some kind of half-assed wrap outside the inn toward the end of the episode. Even if I wasn’t recovering from a headache that sequence would have been both visually painful and musically dreadful (fortunately it was short).
Honestly, it kind of feels like they know this story is derailed at this point so they are just throwing everything at it in the hopes that something sticks.
Admittedly, I remember next to nothing about Eldelgard from season 1. She seems a bit… touched in the head maybe? Was she always like that? I think her speech pattern was always odd but what was with the jumping?
Yeah, I couldn’t remember her sounding that disjointed. Honestly, I’d kind of like her and the maid character to both just kind of fade back out of this story because neither has really anything to offer at this point.
Ok, so as I was updating my AniList I noticed that this season of How Not To Summon A Demon Lord is only 10 episodes. This means there are only 3 left. I’m not sure if they’re going to pull off a Hail Mary at the last minute. I mean those usually fail anyways. But so far, the season feels really disjointed.
It’s fine for the show to jump from one adventure to another, but the season felt like a constant build-up to an adventure that hasn’t quite started yet and it’s almost over. Am I the only one who feels that way?
I don’t think so. I kind of feel like I’m going through the motions watching this at the moment. To be honest, you telling me there’s only 3 more episodes kind of made me smile and that’s never a good feeling while watching a show. While this season hasn’t been bad enough to abandon, it also hasn’t done anything that would have me recommending someone watch it any time soon.
Maybe it’s the pacing or they tried to juggle too many characters. Something made it not mesh together as a cohesive season of anime for me.
If I take a step back and try to look at these past seven episodes as dispassionately as possible How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω is by no means the worst anime I have seen. It’s kind of dull and unimpressive but that’s it. However, I had pumped myself up for a fun romp. Something I would watch in the evenings to put a smile on my face and so far, only the OP is really doing that.
How about you K?
The OP is by far and away the best part of this season and so far I’ve enjoyed it every week. I’ll be honest and say that if a third season of this was to somehow get green-lit, I wouldn’t be watching weekly. I might binge it after the fact when I’m just in the mood to switch off but that would be about the extent of the attention I’d give it. Which still puts this sequel about a certain other season two that came out this year that I’m still trying to pretend doesn’t exist.