For those who don’t follow me on Twitter, it’s now official, I have a job! For one year sure, but it might become longer, either way, I’m free from job search (not that I actually looked since I still haven’t graduated but it’s still a huge achievement!) Sometimes, I’ve got such good luck that you might think I’m using black magic.
And black magic is exactly what we’re talking about this week (such a coincidence isn’t it?) in Yondemasuyo Azazel-san, literally “I call you Azazel-san”, who actually looks like a Pokemon but that’s irrelevant. Anyway, Yondemasuyo Azazel-san is the story of the detective Akutabe-san who uses his knowledge in magic to solve cases.
Actually, now I think about it, the whole thing is very similar to Cuticle Detective Inaba, hell, even Akutabe looks like Ogi, we also get the same type of characters and both can be categorized in the comedy genre. Except that Yondemasuyo Azazel-san is much better.
In terms of plot I can’t really say it has anything of value, it’s a comedy above all, so the episodes are entirely constructed around that notion, the actual episodes (that are 10 minutes long) can sometimes be grouped together into short arcs that bring more demons to the picture and/or give more depth to the characters. To be honest, the cases are irrelevant most of the times, they’re just an excuse for silly situations, most of them being caused by Azazel being stupid and/or the “normal” assistant Sakuma desperately trying to keep the demons in check while they get out of control anyway and Akutabe solving the situation like a boss. So really, nothing major in terms of plot and as I said, it’s irrelevant, just an excuse to make the audience laugh, though I’ll admit that at the very least, character development was well-integrated into this complete lack of overall plot. Not to mention it was very well done for a short.
As you may have guessed the real big thing to take away from Yondemasuyo Azazel-san is its characters. They are completely awesome, mostly an excuse for gore and borderline disturbing humour but still awesome. Somehow, my favorite in this series is Sakuma, mainly, the mandatory normal assistant that’s supposed to be completely useless. That’s what she is when we first discover her in the first OVAs…and that’s what she isn’t anymore when we get to the end of the series. Somehow, she went from a completely normal girl to a witch that even the most powerful demons fear. She’s definitely badass. And a sadist. A huge sadist. And she has some cute sides to her as well, I especially loved the cosplay episodes, she was absolutely adorable. The only thing is that we discovered what Bee-yan’s favorite food was in this episode as well, which somehow took away a lot of her cuteness, but let’s not talk about that, I think it’s best if you discover it by yourself like I did while I was watching, it’ll be funnier I think.
The only other human starring in this is Akutabe, and at first, I really thought he would play a major role in the anime, being there all the time and being awesome all the time, and while he is awesome every single time he appears, I thought that Sakuma and the demons got more screen time and more character development than he did. It didn’t take away any of my enjoyment of the anime, I just found it strange and worth noting.
Now, as for the demons, do I surprise you if I say that they are completely nuts? And by nuts I mean REALLY nuts. See, they’re the representation of the Seven Deadly Sins and, obviously, the first we discover is Azazel, the demon of lust. Do I need to explain it further? Beelzebub (also known as Bee-yan) is the demon of gluttony and also named “Lord of the Flies”, which I found very well depicted in this anime. Either way, these demons, and Moloch as well, got such good character development that I ended up so attached to them and I was close to tears when something happened to one of them. It’s the kind of anime that I didn’t think I’d get so emotionally attached to and did it anyway.
I originally started watching because a friend recommended it and back in the days it was an obscure OVA. I would have watched it for the quality of the cast, you just can’t go wrong with Masaya Onosaka as a pervert, Daisuke Namikawa as a sadist and Hiroshi Kamiya as, well, a penguin, or at the very least something that looks like it. I would definitely recommend this to those who have bad humour and/or a high tolerance to bad humour. I would love to tell everyone to watch it but I don’t think it’s a good idea. Either way, it made me laugh, I like laughing, and so, I liked Yondemasuyo Azazel-san.