Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist: Episode 1 – “Pillar 1 – Devil and Realist”

Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist is an anime based on a manga series written by Madoka Takadono and illustrated by Utako Yukihiro. The anime is produced by Dogakobo, and is directed by Chiaki Kon.

The main character of the series is William Twining, a boy from a prestigious noble family who is highly intelligent. In fact, he’s been at the top of his class for three years running at Stratford School. Both of his parents are dead, but he is being raised by his uncle.

Right before break, William is summoned into the principal’s office and informed that his tuition for the next term at school has not been paid. William goes to his uncle’s house to find out what’s going on, and the only person he finds is Kevin, the family’s manservant. William learns his uncle went bankrupt after making some bad investments, and that his uncle has disappeared. William also discovers that creditors have taken most of the family’s possessions, and that all of the other servants have left.

William begins to desperately search the house for anything worth money that he could use to pay his tuition. He finds a hidden door in the basement and barges his way into it. William gets a cut on his hand, and blood drips from his hand onto a circle drawn on the floor. It should be mentioned that this circle looks an awful lot like the transmutation circles from Fullmetal Alchemist. When William’s blood hits the circle, a light appears and a demon named Dantalion appears. Dantalion tells William he’s a descendent of King Solomon, and that he is the “Elector” who will decide the next temporary emperor of Hell while Lucifer rests.

William doesn’t believe Dantalion and has him taken away. Later, when William is investigating the basement, he is dragged away by a force and finds himself in Dantalion’s home and being waited on by Dantalion’s butler. As William tells the butler that no one believes in demons anymore, a character named Gilles de Rais appears. Gilles tries to kidnap William, but Dantalion appears and the two of them get into a fight. Just as the battle is about to come to an end, William orders Dantalion to stop, and he does. All of a sudden, Dantalion really recognizes William as Solomon’s descendent and acts differently toward him.

William returns to school without finding anything to pay his tuition with. However, when he’s summoned to the principal’s office, William is surprised to learn it’s been paid and that a large donation has been made to the school in his family’s name. At the end of the episode, William receives another surprise: Dantalion is a new transfer student in his class, and is going by the name Dantalion Huber.

I have to say that when the episode started, I really didn’t like William as a character. He has such a big ego and was so condescending that I didn’t find him to be a likeable character. William has a couple of moments in the episode where he’s somewhat redeeming, but it just wasn’t quite enough for me to like him quite yet. Hopefully he will get better as the series progresses.

I have to admit that I was rather bored with this episode overall. However, I’m willing to cut this episode some slack, because a lot of time had to be spent establishing the characters and the premise of the series. Hopefully now that some of this has been established, future episodes will feel a less boring. There does seem to be potential in this concept, so I’m hoping the execution of the concept in future episodes will see this potential come to fruition.

At this point, I will watch the second episode to see if the story and the series become more interesting.

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