One one week, one last post.

Machikado Mazoku

Here we are at the final outing for The Demon Girl Next Door. Things pick up pretty much right where they ended off last week, Shamiko and Momo learning the truth about everything, and of course they’re pretty shaken up by it all. On the positive side, Shamiko’s dad isn’t dead or away on some space battleship fighting giant squid or something, rather he’s much closer to home, sealed away in the mikan box that’s been used for a table, stool, and nearly everything else. It’s a strong box don’t worry.

Momo took the news about everything pretty hard though as left shortly after they finished talking, but of course Shamiko goes to find her and make things right. The highlight of this whole ep is definitely the conversation the two girls have atop the hill overlooking the city. Momo wants to find her sister but because of the barrier on the city, she can’t do much, but if she were to forgo her magical girl contract and form one with a demon, say Shamiko, she’d be in a better position to look for her sister. In a sense Shamiko was pretty much proposing to Momo, asking her to become her vassel, vowing to stay by her side and even cook for her. Sounds like a good deal honestly. I like how concerned Shamiko gets when talking about Momo’s diet, just another reason they need to be together, Momo will have a healthier diet. Some of the finer details need to be worked out before the two can really be together, but this conversation is the starting point of that relationship.

We wrap things up on a somewhat open ending, the two girls continuing on in their journey with much more ahead of them, training, finding other people out there, so it’s not really like this is “the end” of the show. Will it get another season, I’m not sure, but if not then the best way to continue on with this is heading over to the manga and seeing where things go from here. But if you’re an anime only person, which I kinda am, this ending might not fully satisfy you if you like stories getting neatly wrapped up. Nevertheless it did feel like at least this part of the story had come to a close and that’s something I can live with. It’s always hard to have a proper ending to a show if the source material is still ongoing, it’s always going to feel like the story is never over.

Final Thoughts: Looking back at it all I got this show wrong right from the start. I had it all figured out how this show would play out, but no, it went a completely different way but that’s what I liked so much about it. It’s not just another demon girl vs. magical girl show, rather they took time to focus on the character development throughout it all and honestly there weren’t that many battles, so if you’re expecting that then this isn’t your show. It’s still very cute and fluffy show, a cute girls doing cute things show to a certain degree, but not like Gochiusa or something. I really enjoyed watching the growing dynamics between Shamiko and Momo as the show progressed, you could really see how they went from fighting each other to loving each other from ep 1 to 12, and it really did feel like they overcame a barrier to be together by the ending. Sure they’ve still got a long road ahead of them, but they’re off to a great start. So tallying it all up, I’ll give Machikado Mazoku (The Demon Girl Next Door) a solid 3.5/5. Oh, and the narrator is Shamiko’s dad.

So with this post, the summer season is over! Thank you so much for joining me as I made my return to anime blogging. Honestly I still feel like I have so much more to improve on and I’ve been at this for a number of years now. I don’t know, I can never feel like I’ve reached a point where I’m really proud of my writing, but I’ll keep at it and hopefully reach that goal one day…

Looking ahead to next season I’ve already announced both shows, Azur Lane and Kandagawa Jet Girls, two shows involving water related activities, so I hope you’ll make some time to come see me again as I talk about those shows. I’ll aim for another weekend posting but until I have the schedule for next season all laid out, I’m not completely sure how it’ll go.

Well that’s it for me and this season. As always I welcome comments about this post or just the summer season in general. Let me know which shows were your favorites, which ones you didn’t like, or what you’re looking forward to next season. I’ll make sure to reply to you all!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you next season!