While the attack on Satan/Sadao and Emi(lia) does make headlines, life mostly goes back to normal. There is the occasional hiccup, such as when the police bring Satan/Sadao and Alciel/Ashiya in for questioning when Sadao’s bike is found at the scene. It amounts to little more than an inconvenience, but Emi is put off by the fact that she was called in to vouch for her sworn enemy.
Sadao, for his part, is more focused on his upcoming meeting with his coworker, Chiho. She’s convinced it’s a big step in their relationship, but it seems more like a casual get together between friends. Sadao does agree that it’s a date, but it does seem like the affection is largely one way.
Suffice it to say, Emi doesn’t take kindly to this development when she happens to stumble upon it. She’s not wrong. He is an evil demon and pursuing a romance with him is, at face value, a terrible idea. Unfortunately, she can’t make her case without sounding like a jealous ex, despite her best efforts.
Emi really is the highlight of the episode. Her inability to mind her surroundings leads to a lot of the episode’s comedic moments. She’ll frequently get into shouting matches that make direct references to their home world with no mind for how she sounds to random passers by. Even Sadao, at one point, has to remind her that they’re in public when she goes on one of her over the top rants.
She also plays a part in one of the episode’s more dramatic developments. She gets a call at work from their attacker. It was a legitimately tense scene as said attacker taunts her, acknowledging their origin and saying that he is after both her and Satan for the good of Ente Isla.
Why someone would go after both is still left unclear. Perhaps the battles between the two cause too much collateral damage? Though that doesn’t explain why the pair are being pursued across dimensional planes.
As creepy as the scene is, Emi shrugs it off rather easily. She doesn’t even seem that concerned when she brings the phone call to Sadao’s attention.
Emi also gets a nice moment where she is able to deduce Chiho’s feelings just by looking at her hair and clothing; going in depth as to the logic in Chiho’s choices. I’d go so far as to say that it would make Sherlock Holmes proud.
While the “date” could have easily just been humorous filler, it actually does move the story forward as Chiho reveals that she suffers from tinnitus and has heard voices that hinted at an upcoming earthquake, hence her worry.
Sadao quickly figures out what probably happened, though he naturally doesn’t tell Chiho, instead telling her not to worry. It ties back into the conflict on his world, as well as possibly involving the party pursuing him. There’s a lot of magical technobabble to explain the mechanics of what happened, but for all the detail, it might not amount to much in the grand scheme of things.
Sure enough, though, an earthquake does strike. It’s a pretty severe one too as the mall appears to be in ruins, though the leads all survive, of course.
In a dramatic twist, Sadao starts to revert to his more demonic form, becoming much more muscular and getting his horns and a significant amount of his magic back. While Emi is sure that she has enough magic left to take Satan out, her effort is stayed when she sees her arch enemy working to get people out alive. It may not be a cliffhanger in the traditional sense, but it is a decent wham moment as the hero is caught off guard and utterly confused by the development that her demonic enemy is displaying something of a conscience.
Overall, the episode wasn’t quite as strong as its predecessor, it was still a fairly fun one nonetheless. There’s still a good mix of humor and drama, but the episode suffered from strange pacing. It took a while before you got the feeling that things were actually happening. The show is still intriguing and I’m looking forward to seeing where it’s going.