Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun Episode 21 Review

I feel like I just started reviewing this anime and now there are only three episodes left.

I guess demons have their own idols in the netherworld. I’m not too familiar with Japanese idols, nor do I plan on investigating it more than Googling “Japanese idol culture,” so this particular episode is a little strange to me. I’d like to say that it’s not something that’s common in Western culture, but that’s not necessarily true.

From what I can tell, Japanese idols are their versions of our boy bands or young female pop artist who’re manufactured to a mass audience. The Japanese just take it to another level. Their level of commitment to the part is both impressive and shocking.

I’ve seen idols pop up in anime from time to time but I can’t remember a character being an idol. In Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun, Crocell Keroli is a dem-dol who’s on the rise. She’s all the rage with the students at Babyls and Iruma, Asmodeus and Clara end up getting tickets to her first dome show.

While I don’t see the value of idols in the real world, in the netherworld dem-dols actually play an important role in relieving demons of their more violent tendencies. Through their concerts, meet-and-grates and other idol related activities the overall animosity level of the netherworld is reduced. If their work was discontinued then the netherworld would be a lot more violent place.

I am a little bit confused by the chain of events in Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun episode 21. I get that Crocell Keroli is a dem-dol and Iruma was lucky enough to score a ticket to her show. Why, then, would Keroli invite Iruma backstage if she’s so upset over Iruma garnering more attention? Why would she invite a classmate backstage if she doesn’t want her cover to be blown? It just doesn’t make sense.

It seems like it would’ve been better to have Iruma get backstage tickets from the start. That’s easily explained with how he got the ticket in the first place. A member of the Broadcast Battler has a connection with the concert organizer and got the extra backstage pass to go along with the ticket. Bam! There you have it. Problem solved.

Instead I’m left wondering why Iruma and Keroli had to interact at all. There seemed to be no other point to their meeting than Keroli was unintentionally trying to get herself found out. It’s like she’s self-destructive.

Iruma does find out her secret and Keroli gets herself into a bad spot by getting too worked up. Now Iruma is left in a situation where he has to take care of a dem-dol who’s incapacitated by a high fever. It’s less than ideal.

Is Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun Episode 21 Worth Watching?

I can’t say that this was one of the better episodes in the anime. I don’t understand why Keroli invited Iruma backstage. That doesn’t make sense to me. Just ignore him and move on.

There were also many other moments during their meeting where I thought they could go their separate ways and Iruma would be none the wiser. That would’ve killed the plot though so Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun forged ahead. I’m glad I saw the previous 20 episodes before getting to this one. Hopefully the final two episodes will be a little better.

Now go watch some anime!

-Nathan

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