How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω has just decided to go away from the normal Isekai story and actually make some characters equal in strength to its protagonist. That’s nice to see for a change.
The only thing that saved Diablo here is his skill that allows him to survive a fatal attack with 1 HP remaining. If this was the normal Isekai story then Diablo would’ve walked off that hit as if it was nothing before dispatching Batutta with one hit. Instead we’re treated to a nearly severed arm and a blow to the chest that should’ve been fatal. I think I can now get into what’s going on in How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω.
Of course there’s the obligatory warning for fanservice that nearly crosses the line. The “Corrupt Ritual” that Batutta has going on is just a way for him to collect the evil that’s required to put the city under the effects of the Death Knell Disease. Batutta has no good reason for wanting to subjugate the city other than his own personal desire. He’s basically just a man who’s after power.
The ritual requires people to perform acts that would fall into the category of the seven deadly sins. No, not the anime. The actual sins themselves. Of course How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω focused more on the lust sin than any other but that’s par for the course. It really is moments like this that make me think twice about continuing with this anime. I for sure won’t be recommending it to any of my friends.
That’s disappointing too because I think with the story taking the turn that it did How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω has the potential to distinguish itself from other Isekai in something other than its love for fanservice. Diablo was matched in strength by Batutta, Batutta and Laminitus were fairly evenly matched and now there’s another Demon Lord who’s about to appear who has a subordinate stronger than Laminitus. There’s actually something to look forward to!
The assumption is now that after Diablo and friends make their way to get the accessory that will heal Lumachina he’ll join forces with Laminitus in order to bring down the coming Demon Lord. Considering that Diablo presents himself as a Demon Lord from another world you know that they’re destined to fight anyway. It is a little disappointing that we’re going back to this story though.
In the first season of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, Diablo had to fight Klem, who was herself a Demon Lord. Why can’t Diablo go up against the corrupt church that’s after Lumachina’s life? He’s already picked that fight so why not see it through? It feels like this new Demon Lord is a little unnecessary.
Is How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω Episode 3 Worth Watching?
It’s not a bad anime episode if you take out all of the fanservice. With that in there, I have a hard time recommending anyone spend time on this one. It’s a shame too because I was actually interested in Diablo’s fight with Batutta. It was short but interesting.
Hopefully going forward the focus will be more on the action and rather than just trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
Now go watch some anime!