ICHIBAN USHIRO NO DAIMAOU
studio : Marvelous Ent. / Artland
director : Takashi Watanabe
serial run : April 2, 2010 - June 25, 2010
total episodes : 12
hime's priority rank : 11
funny how i kept on forgetting to write my first impression thought for this one, and if it wasn't for shin-dono reminding me on this i might've totally forgotten to do so :P anyway, ichiban ushiro no daimaou are one of those critically panned [ i assume ] series for spring 2010 based on the reaction / reception given by the aniblogging community so far. i know a lot of peeps find the series enjoying [ as much as i do ] while others doesn't. well it's a matter of preferences but all in all this one series here is one of the many spring 2010 series that i find to be quite amusing, if i must say myself.
story / plotwise, it is your usual comedic harem fare set in a modern fantasy setting; imagine a blend between zero no tsukaima, rosario+vampire, mamoru-kun ni megami no shukufuku wo ! and the recent winter series ladies versus butlers ! - the reason why i came to pick the latter is that both this and ladybato took their place within school environment, with [ nearly ] the same misunderstanding gags going on in both of them. as per many other harem series aired so far [ with the exception of some great ones which i rather not disclose their titles here ], the recipe found in this one series here may have been repetitively used over and over again to the point of [ almost ] achieving saturation, but like it or not there is something about the series - mainly in regard to how it plays with ithe misunderstanding-laden gags and characters - that has driven me to completely fall for this one.
sai akuto, the male lead of the series is one of those rare kind of male leads we get to see from the comedic harem genres as of lately, and it is best if i were to group him with the likes of arima teppei [ of princess lover ], hakuoro [ utawarerumono, although this guy here is on a much higher value / league in the harem genre ] and michishio nagasumi [ seto no hanayome, though the latter may not be quite of a perfect choice here ]; he is less irritating and is more interesting / amusing enough to catch my interest and attention right from the hilarious revelation of him as the future maou [ king of demons ] - ironically, his greatest goal is to become the next pope :D . as for the female characters, so far i wasn't much enthusiasted on some of them yet save for the 'emotionless' liladan [ android ] korone. the sadistic busty senior fujiko etou also managed to nab my attention and i am certainly interested in learning more of her character following her seemingly dark role / past in the series.
the comedies / gags / hilarities are ichiban ushiro no daimaou's most prized / defining aspect, and could as well raise and expand its potential if the series were to keep its comedic momentum until the end of its 12 episode run. art / execution wise, i highly favor the character design especially the girls [ oh god i couldn't make up my mind and choose - if only based on their designs alone ] though their hair colors were a bit too vibrant as slightly opposed to my taste. anyway, the animation / visual execution on the other hand however is pretty decent, much like those seen in kampfer and to love-ru but not as disappointing as akikan !'s which i rather not be reminded of.