Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou

Alt titles: Demon King Daimao

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ThePatches's avatar By ThePatches on Jun 28, 2010

Story

I have a deep affection for stupid, ecchi shows. Ninja Nonsense and Penguin Musume Heart rank among my favorite diversions and I'll watch a good, nudity-filled Xebec series any day of the week. Anime with no pretensions that provides amusing, modesty-driven humor forms an enjoyable staple in any male anime fan's diet. Riding high on the moderate success of Ladies Versus Butlers, I checked out Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou on a whim and only needed two episodes before I was hooked.

Playing out like the bastard child of Fist of the North Star and Ladies Versus ButlersIchiban Ushiro no Daimaou concerns the trials of Akuto Sai as he wrestles with his fate. The well-meaning high school student fights his destiny as a Demon Lord until circumstances drive him right to it. At the start, fan service drips from every frame as Akuto's powers and the machinations of greedy classmates surround him with a harem of girls who can't seem to keep their clothes on. These earlier installments burst at the seams with the sight gags, character humor, and punchy one-liners that follow the practiced formula of ecchi hits like Kanokon. But after a delightfully manic two-part beach episode an actual plot emerges. The progression trades heavily on Akuto's personality and surplus of macho as its driving force, and as the show starts to bring more pieces onto the board, the plot holes and logical inconsistencies become harder and harder to ignore.

Of course, the series pluckily bites off more than it can chew in order to engineer a suitably satisfying battle as its finale, and consequently the back half of the anime quickly gets confused when it chooses to ramp up instead of backing down. That the destiny of a demon lord should extend beyond the confines of his high school should surprise no one, but trying to cram a story that contains political intrigue, clan warfare, time travel, and the death of gods into a twelve episode anime would prove challenging even for a series playing the whole thing straight, but Ichiban attempts these contortions while also stopping to show naked students at every possible opportunity. However, only the confused final episodes with their sequel-begging harem ending should leave a bad taste in viewers' mouths, and even then, the over-the-top events should have them laughing and fist pumping right along.


Animation

Much like the tramp in your high school class, Ichiban isn't the best looking in the bunch, but it's got the goods where it matters. What it lacks in imaginative design it certainly makes up for in gusto and smartly applied computer effects. Setting aside Sai's clever facial detail, the series' character designs lack imagination. The girls are attractive enough, to be sure, but the costumes lack the garish creativity of Queen's Blade and the animated exhibitionists themselves don't engender the same affection as the delightful and noseless ladies of Xebec titles. But, once the action gets rolling the anime doles out its modest budget to maximum effect. Each of Sai's battles sports at least one moment of sheer animation-fueled adrenaline and the motion, while filled with its share of corner-cutting, communicates Ichiban's underlying devotion to Sai's badassery.

At the time of this review, only the censored prime-time broadcast was available. Due to the heavy reliance of the show on nekkid fanservice, a considerable amount of scenes sported some kind of censorship. While the tiny SD pictures of each character that appear to cover their important bits amused in the same manner as Kanamemo's cat faces or Chokotto Sister's caution tape, the occasional black swaths that covered the screen during some scenes proved to be a considerable eyesore.


Sound

When the visuals fall short, the onus of entertainment falls to the voice cast. Ichiban's actors take that charge and run with it up the nearest mountain where they plant a victory flag before performing synchronized pelvic thrusting to the heavens. Aoi Yuuki electrifies Korone and by extension the anime like a pair of defibrillator paddles set to "cook", and becomes an instant source of laughs whenever she appears. The seiyuu's rapid-fire, deadpan delivery can crush three lines of dialogue into cutting, nuanced one-liners that feel like entire routines crammed into a single, breathless bullet point. If the silky-toned straight man act weren't enough, Yuuki-san uncorks a squeaky imouto voice during episode six, which returns from time to time with great effect. Following a close second, Jouji Nakata's Peterhausen shows off one of the best "stand there and be awesome" performances in anime by a man not named Norio Wakamoto. With his gruff pontificating providing dollops of badassery on demand, the remaining cast has little left than to fall in behind: Beyond the sufficiently-shounen Akuto Sai provided by Takashi Kondo, Aki Toyosaki bubbles along in the comfortable role of Keena Soga, dispensing her trademark enthusiastic moe into any scene in which she participates and Shizuka Ito whips herself into a frenzy of lusty proclamations in the role of Etou.

The music, on the other hand, hews closer to the simple-but-effective level of the visuals. Though it's not particularly overwhelming at first listen, the guitar-heavy opening theme matches the manly spirit of the anime and serves as the perfect incidental music when Akuto and the gang gear up for fighting. The tamer end theme trades on the ecchi harem nature of the show and uses a sappy pop track that becomes increasingly out of sync with the darker tone of the series as the episodes pile on.


Characters

Akuto Sai starts like a typical harem ecchi hero: kind, polite, and easily embarrassed. Fortunately for the show, he doesn't stay that way. Instead of bending when pushed, the spineful lead pushes back. Hard. With magic. The dizzying inevitability of the plot gets most of its fuel from the combination of Akuto's sense of justice and his growing indignation at the events that surround him. And while his power grows in and changes in a manner more perplexing than Ichigo Kurosaki's, viewers can draw a line between the unassuming and amiable young boy at the start of the series and the energy-blast flinging machine of mayhem on display during the OP.

Akuto might be the main character, but Korone is far-and-away the series' gem. For all her sedate mannerism, the precocious android's motormouth simultaneously provides humor and drives the plot forward. By dancing on the edge between emotionally invested and complete disinterest, she also provides a welcome dollop of quirky mystery in a show that remains otherwise preoccupied with a lot of big questions. The rest of Sai's harem falls into standard anime archetypes without much resistance whether it be the tsundere Junko or the perverted oujo-sama, Etou. Unfortunately, Ichiban's obvious desire to sell R-rated figurines bogs the cast down with a cart of cute, if one dimensional members of the student council. They have some animus toward the end of the show, but their motivations remain completely obscure. While their powers and actions certainly entertain, they steal some valuable screen time from the plenty interesting leads.

6/10 story
6.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.5/10 overall
MihaiShadow's avatar By MihaiShadow on Jun 19, 2010

Afther you watch episode 10 evrithing will be in the WTF is going on zone...and the ending sucks...i dont even know what they did to this anime...maybe it is becas the manga is behinde the anime..and they came up with random crap....i just dont know...hope if they make a second season it will be better.....overall its good anime to waste some time with..if you dont have like something better to do like go to the bathroom !

6/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
7/10 overall
PinoyPunk's avatar By PinoyPunk on Feb 16, 2012

The only reason this show would receive such an average score for me would be that it was not long enough. Since there was only one season, much of the story seemed rushed. The way characters were introduced and the way that questions remained unanswered, it seemed to set up the story line to have multiple seasons. However, in the last couple episodes, everything seemed rushed and not thought through. The very end was slightly confusing and unsatisfying. However, despite this unfortunate abrupt end, the story was compelling and entertaining. It was full of humor, censored nudity, action, romance, and interesting characters.

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
7.5/10 overall
Crimm's avatar By Crimm on Jan 21, 2011

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou was one of my first anime to research, watch online, and look forward to every week.  I would say it was the bookmark that changed me from "I'm watching anime" to "I'm an Anime Newb".  It was a phenomenal anime.

It's full of hilarious moments, perversion, and tons of action.  The anime follows Akuto SAI in a world rich with mana where magic is taught in schools.  Unfortunately, out of the gate Sai is given a bad rap.  As he attempts to clear his name throughout the entire anime, people are constantly confronting him and making assumptions. It's often quite funny to watch as Sai tries to dig himself out of deeper and deeper holes in each situation.

The music and sound were quite enjoyable and exactly on sync. The opening is one of my favorites, which you can find here.

The characters are all love or you love to hate them. This anime will end each episode, with you digging for the next episode out of anticipation.

I highly suggest everyone take this series on. I leave you with this:

Peter-MOTHERFUCKING-hausen

That's worth 10/10 alone.

9/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall
AironNeil's avatar By AironNeil on Apr 4, 2012

Demon King Daimao is about a boy who is for no reason what-so-ever a Demon King…and…Daimao…look, I tried looking this word up and couldn’t find what it means other than for this show.


Story

Okay, I haven’t done a review in a while so I’ll come back writing a review on my second Hentai Ecchi anime; however, this time it’s about a boy who becomes the Demon King. So we start with Akuto traveling to a school or some shit to become the high priest while meeting Junko, who is the only female that didn’t previously work at a strip bar. He tells her his quest, they get real happy and now they’re going to be best friends; but then, he meets the sorting hat that takes the form of a small bird who bursts his holy bubble and says that he’ll be the Demon King…bla, bla, bla…

The story’s stupid, but it’s supposed to be, so, how do I go about reviewing the story…oh yes, it does what almost every anime now does since apparently Japan loves shitty endings…it’s ending is shitty. It makes no sense, even for this show and worse of all it isn’t funny! But it’s not supposed to be funny; however, I think it’d be a lot more funny if it were funny.

In fact, the show’s worse parts are when it tries to make the story serious, since they’re mostly the most monotonous parts in the whole show. I just can’t believe that a show focused on tits could try to put a dramatic story on itself. It’d be like if you went to a strip bar and the strippers started pointing out how much of a loser you must be for going to a strip bar; then, all simultaneously started laughing at you. Sure, it’s true but say it somewhere people want to hear it. We watch Icchi anime for tits and off-color humor, not a boring back story.

Not to say that a stupid plot can have character back stories, but at least make those entertaining, and most of all, funny. Because I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the ONLY thing that works well with nudity is comedy, everything else doesn’t really belong.

Animation

So wait, if I rate this ten then it’s obviously because I’m a pervert, right, and if I rate this a one then I’m obviously homo, right?…Never mind, Demon King Domino has okay animation though I’m one of those people that wouldn’t consider anything good unless it pocked out the colder it got, right? But it’s hard to come up with anything to say in this section since the show’s animation, like it’s tits, are nothing special.

Sound

Wait, there’s music in Demon King Damning? I could have sworn that Demon King Dominatrix had no hint of music what-so-ever…Oh well, to be perfectly honest, I can’t even remember any of the music from Demon King Diarchy. The voice acting was okay I guess, but to be perfectly honest, it sounded so generic you can tell the person whole personality just by hearing their voice. Junko says a sound, boy you already can tell that she’s Mrs. Serious. Hear Keena’s voice you can already tell that she a retard, then when you hear Korone for the first time she’s obviously robot lady that follows leaders orders unconditionally. He tells her to seduce Akuto, she’ll do it, tells her to go get groceries she’ll ask how much, he tells her to stand on her head while trying to dig a hole with a straw in her mouth whilst poking her own eyes, she’d definitely do that without any question.

Also, you’ll probably find every hair color in this anime in case you like blondes, brunets, red-heads, blue-heads, green-heads, Purple-heads, rainbow-head, or even no heads, you get the drift.

Characters

Akuto is the main character of Demon King Digitiform…he doesn’t have boobs, so ignoring him…

Junko is Mrs. Blue-haired-man-hating-angry-woman who is always trying to either kill Akuto or love him in some way or another. She’ll always attack Akuto for his perverseness, even though he actually isn’t, but she thinks so and she’s stronger than him so it doesn’t really matter. As I said, she is the only female character who isn’t always stripping down like they work for a strip joint, but no fear, that’s what perverted writers are for to make her lose her clothes on every occasion she doesn’t want them gone. So take that Junko for trying to not strip!

Next character in Demon King Dysphemism is Keena, the woman who’s always naked, but the bad news is that she’s invisible. But yeah, she sure likes to show up in the worse situations and apparently is the only character that Akuto actually likes even a little bit (though he does somewhat like Junko).

Then there’s Korone, who has quite a secret up her skirt, SHE ISN’T WEARING ANY--she has a bunny tail that if pulled will reset, as when you buy a Furbie and get sick of it trying to kill your children so you have to reset it as well. Later she becomes the hardest worker at the strip club when she makes it a personal mission to have Akuto get a strait wily pointed towards her.

After that I don’t really care about anyone else so that’s it.

Overall, the characters are just carbon cut-outs of other anime characters, there doesn't seem to be anything really original about them.

Overall

So in other words don’t take Demon King Dickfuck too seriously, even though it tries to be dramatic and serious. The kind of people that would like this show would be those who like shows like Girls Bravo, or Sekirei. It’s funny soft-core porn, thought not quite as funny as Girls Bravo, though has fewer annoying characters than Girls Bravo...

7/10 story
6/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
5.8/10 overall