In another realm, a demon lord named Satan wages a campaign to take over his world. While this doesn’t seem to be the Satan of Christian lore (the backstory doesn’t match and he has an underling named Lucifer) it’s a moot point as it is close enough to get the idea while allowing the show to build its own mythos.
It’s a pretty brutal war from what we see. It’s bloody and the camera doesn’t shy away from seeing creatures impaled with arrows. While we’re only given a broad idea of what is happening, it does make for a solid action sequence. The whole thing is rather glossed over, but it is nice to see humanity fight back and start to turn the tide, courtesy of an armored hero who goes unnamed.
It gets to the point where the demon lord, as well as one of his generals named Alciel, is forced to retreat through a portal, ending up in modern day Tokyo. It leads to a bit of mood whiplash as the episode veers more towards comedy, and this is a “fish out of water” plot hook that has been done before, but there is still potential to be tapped.
Luckily for the Earth, both demons come to discover that magic doesn’t exist here, rendering Alciel powerless and Satan having only a finite amount at his disposal. It does lead to one of the stronger gags in the episode as Alciel repeatedly tries to conjure up magic, only for nothing to happen.
Oddly, the two manage to adapt rather well. They are able to set up bank accounts under new names and get an apartment rather easily. This is at least somewhat justified as we see that Satan is using magical influence to help move things along. As noted, though, his magic is finite and they have bills to pay. As such, the king of demons gets himself a job..at a fast food restaurant.
The contrast isn’t played for laughs as much as you’d think it would be. There’s one bit where Satan self aggrandizes to make his job sound more epic than it is, complete with dramatic poses, but by and large he seems to take to it. He takes the job seriously and commits in such a way that he gets raises and promotions rather quickly. You could argue that this sort of dedication and work ethic were why he thrived in his realm, but it doesn’t make for the sort of comedy that this show would appear to try to utilize.
Overall, this episode was largely about setup. While it seems like the episode could have done more in terms of bringing comedy, it does set up the premise well enough. The episode’s closing wham moment was effective and it does pique the viewer’s interest to see where the show goes. Really, the biggest problem was the obvious trademark dodging. We see a poster for a movie called “Holy Potter” and the fast food restaurant is called “MgRonald’s”. Really writers, you can do better than that. The show might need a couple of episodes to find its footing, but this has the potential to be a fun one. The fact that it’s 13 episodes also makes for a quick watch, so we’ll see how it pans out.