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How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Season 1
異世界魔王と召喚少女の奴隷魔術 (Isekai Maō to Shōkan Shōjo no Dorei Majutsu)

Synopsis

Takuma Sakamoto is a hikikomori gamer who is mysteriously transported to the world of his favorite MMORPG, Cross Reverie, with the appearance of his own character in the game, the Demon Lord Diablo. The two young girls who summoned him, the pantherian Rem and the elf Shera, attempt to use a spell to make Takuma their servant, but due to his passive “Magic Reflection” ability, the spell rebounds, and both end up with magic collars stuck on their necks, thus becoming his slaves instead. With a serious case of social anxiety, Takuma decides to act like his character while interacting with others, and makes use of his high stats and vast knowledge of Cross Reverie’s lore to survive in his new environment, traveling along with Rem and Shera to look for a way to remove their slave collars while helping them with their own, personal issues that led them to summon him in the first place.
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Animation

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Story

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World building

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Overview

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord (Japanese: 異世界魔王と召喚少女の奴隷魔術 Hepburn: Isekai Maō to Shōkan Shōjo no Dorei Majutsu, lit. “The Other World Demon Lord and the Summoning Girl’s Slave Magic”) is a Japanese light novel series written by Yukiya Murasaki and illustrated by Takahiro Tsurusaki. An anime television series adaptation by Ajia-do Animation Works premiered on July 5, 2018.

Alternative title

– How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
– The King of Darkness Another World Story
– Isekai Maō to Shōkan Shōjo no Dorei Majutsu
– 異世界魔王と召喚少女の奴隷魔術
– 이세계 마왕과 소환 소녀의 노예 마술
– The King of Darkness Another World Story: Slave Magic

TL;DR Review

Watching How Not to Summon a Demon Lord is almost like watching soft porn. If you randomly pick a scene, you’ll likely hit a fan-service shot. If you plan to watch this anime, make sure you are alone, and with the volume down.

The animation and writing are surprisingly good in this anime. The colors are vibrant, though you can see many shortcuts were taken to save cost. It is borderline being considered a “Great” animation rating.

The music is passable, nothing to write home about. Anime with voice actors doing the opening vocal tend to be either crap or good. The music for this series falls somewhere in the middle.

Being an isekai harem anime, this normally goes into my abandoned list right away. But for some reason (definitely not the ecchi stuff), I keep watching the next episode. Perhaps it is due to one of my guilty pleasure, watching overpower character putting down a villain. The comedy also had me chuckle often enough.

I imagine this anime took much inspiration from Overlord. Both have a similar premise, an overpowered main character, playing an evil role, transported to a video game world, surrounded by a harem. Unlike Overlord, How Not to Summon a Demon Lord tone is ecchi versus Overlord dark theme.

Character design is typical of harem anime. The two leading female characters are a big boobs blond elf and a flat chest loli-type furry. At least there was an attempt to give these characters more depth. However, any depth is thrown out the windows once the fan-service harem scenario kicks in.

Our main character suffers from social-anxiety and so he is unsure on how to interact with other people. He constantly falls back into role-playing as the demon lord as a coping mechanism.

If it wasn’t due to how sexually exploitative this anime is, I would recommend this to many viewers, as it is an enjoyable show. I am torn on recommending How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, so I will only recommend it if you don’t mind soft ecchi anime. There is no full nudity, just a lot of implications. This anime contains heavy sexual suggestive themes/dialogs, graphic violence, and nudity. Intended for mature audiences.

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How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Season 1
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A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “DeCIDE” by Summoners 2+ (a group composed of voice actresses Azumi Waki, Yū Serizawa, Yumi Hara, Rumi Okubo, and Emiri Katō)

Closing Theme

– “Saiaku na Hi demo Anata ga Suki.” (最悪な日でもあなたが好き。, “I Like You Even on the Worst Day.”) by Serizawa (eps 1-11)
– “Decide” by Summoners 2+ (ep 12)
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"The soul of the Demon Lord Krebskulm is sealed within me."

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