Yondemasu-yo, Azazelsan Episode 2
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Series Premise: Yondemasu-yo, Azazel-san or “You Are Being Summoned, Azazel” is a weekly anime television series that started in April 2011, based on a comedy manga by Yasuhisa Kubo. Rinko is the young assistant to a detective that can summon demons, who unknowingly finds herself bound in a contract with the minor demon Azazel.
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ep. tl;dr review: New demon Beelzebub helps dog take a shit; Uh, hooray for scatological humor?
Episode Summary: In order to earn credit for one of her college classes, Rinko agrees to help her professor find his dog, Toki, who ran away. After pleading with Akutabe, they decide to try a new demon out, and summon Azazel’s ol’ buddy Beelzebub. They quickly find Toki and capture him when Beelzebub’s “special power” causes the dog to stop and take a crap. Azazel, despondent at all the attention Beelzebub is receiving, is offered a pig’s foot, and then violently attacked by Toki. Beelzebub tries to eat the dog’s feces, but Rinko stops him, and Akutabe figures out why the dog ran away. The next day, the “dog” is returned to the professor during a live television pet program, but by playing a trick on the professor he snaps and attacks the dog violently, and it is revealed that he was forcing a vegetarian diet on the dog, which is why it ran away.
My Impressions: Let’s just say that I am most definitely not a fan of humor involving base human bodily functions, like pooping and farting and the like. It’s a low road that I hope that this show avoids in the future, or I’ll drop it like a hot potato. Which would be a shame because, unlike many other quick-gag shows, this is one that seems to get the whole humor routine down right. The timing is spot-on, the character reactions deliciously over the top, and they don’t overplay the jokes or beat them into the ground.
Mind you, in this episode the actual punchline was awfully weak (A psychopathic professor forcing his dog not to eat meat? Ehhhh…), but it was fun to watch the characters go along for the ride. Rinko especially, vacillating between forcefully angry and deer in the headlights, sometimes both at the same time.
So, what other ridiculous demons will Akutabe summon from the other side? How else will Rinko be tormented by Azazel? Hopefully the show will shy away from the poop jokes and try to be a little more clever, because they have the right formula for a successful humor show, if not the best ingredients.
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (June 25th)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this series, then you might also like: Beelzebub or Hen Zemi.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “If you’re looking for heartwarming moments and deep character development, well – keep looking I’m afraid. But it’s still pretty funny, and quite unlike anything I’ve seen from animation royalty Production I.G. before.” – Lost in America
- “Something about the humour is rather Gintama-esque; the odd demons being somewhat similar to the odd aliens. It’s still very surreal, and Rinko is possibly the only normal looking human in the entire cast, but there’s just something even charming about it. Grade: 3.5/5.” – Moeronpan
ROUND TWO RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Two: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Moshidora, Ano Hana, Tiger and Bunny, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, Nichijou, Yondemasu-yo Azazel-san
Thumbs-down for Round Two: Dog Days, Fireball Charming, A Channel, Sengoku Otome Time Paradox
Coming up next (in this order): C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, X-Men, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono, Showa Monogatari, Appleseed XIII, Fujilog