I’m glad that How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω episode 10 is the final episode in this season. This is an anime that has it’s issues and I’m not a huge fan of the fanservice. Wrapping up the story in ten episodes rather than extending it to 12 or 24 means I can now move on to something else. I’ll make sure to watch something that doesn’t make me feel like I have to hide the anime from my family.
That’s probably my biggest issue. I can’t go up to any of my friends and family and show them How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω and not be embarrassed. Depending on the scene, they’d think that I’m watching porn. That’s not the type of show that I want to be associated with.
What do you think of the story that wrapped things up here in episode 10?
I thought the story in How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω episode 10 was pretty standard. With the big boss fight crammed into one episode, the action was pretty condensed. Lumachina needing the prayers of the faithful to help dispel Europa’s defenses should be something that anime fans are familiar with.
I have to admit though, it was nice to see that Diablo couldn’t just muscle his way through this fight. Considering that Europa’s level was 200 and Diablo is only at 150, he was going to have to find another way. I’m just a little surprised that it didn’t take more people to bring down the boss. Shera, Horn and Rem were basically useless.
Everything else about the episode was geared toward setting the stage for a third season, if there’s going to be one. There also had to be reasons given for Diablo’s party getting smaller. Lumachina is going to rebuild the church, Horn is going to try and learn magic, and Diablo is on another quest. This time he’s off to get a wedding ring for Rem since he’s already given one to Shera.
What did How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω episode 10 get right?
I actually believe that by not protracting events out How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω episode 10 did us all a favor. Sometimes and anime will try and drag out the story in order to fill time. I’m not a huge fan of this because it just reeks of a lack of planning. It’s either that or the animation studio is just trying to meet it’s quota.
I believe I had that criticism of Black Clover at the end of its recent run. It felt like we were getting throwaway episodes there at the end. Instead of just taking a break and saying “Your favorite anime will be back next season,” animation studios are forced to put out substandard material. I’d rather take quality over quantity.
As always, when How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω gives us action it’s enjoyable to watch. Diablo even had to run for his life this time. That was a nice refresher as well. Making Europa a boss that took makes this anime stand out from the normal Isekai story.
I think you probably already know what I’m referring to. Most Isekai anime have an overpowered protagonist that isn’t challenged by anything. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω could easily fall into that category. By not doing that, we all win. I’m glad it didn’t fall into that lazy piece of storytelling.
What did episode 10 get wrong?
I’ve said plenty of things in the past about the fanservice in this anime so I’m not going to repeat myself here. The overwhelming criticism I have of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω episode 10 is that it felt like any other anime ending. It felt like the goal of the anime was to check every box on a “Final Anime Episode” checklist.
I suspect the checklist would look something like this:
- Provide upbeat music.
- Tastefully remove several members of the main party. Send them on their own quests.
- Provide a glimpse into what potentially will be the story for the next season.
- Have the main character visit most of the other peripheral characters.
- Toss in some comedy.
You get the picture. Maybe I need to take a break from watching anime so I’m not bombarded with a lot of the same types of stories? There’s no way that I’m going to do that, though, so I’ll just have to get used to it. That just means it’ll be refreshing when an anime does something different or unexpected.
Is How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω episode 10 worth watching?
If you managed to get this far in the anime, you might as well finish up the season. Not watching How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω episode 10 after watching the first nine episodes seems silly. There’s enough here that you’ll be entertained. I was also pleasantly surprised that the fanservice was kept to a minimum.
Overall, I can’t say that I completely recommend How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω. Like I mentioned in previous reviews, it’s aimed at a specific audience. I’m not a member of the target audience so I’m not the biggest fan. Taking that out of the equation, I still don’t think that this anime season is anything that special. It’s not bad, it’s just not anything spectacular either.
I’d probably choose something else. Speaking of that, I think I’ll go ahead and move on to something more my style.
Now go and watch some anime!