I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.: Episode 3 – “We Should be Careful When Handling Weird Products Sent to Us by Corporate.”

I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job. features a young man named Raul Chaser, who was working to pass his Hero Exam. Unfortunately, before he could become a hero, the hero program was suspended; the Demon Lord is gone and the demon empire has collapsed, so it’s decided there’s no longer a need for the program. Raul is now working at an electronics store called the Leon Magic Shop and during the first episode, he gets a new co-worker: Fino, the daughter of the Demon Lord.

This is another episode of the series that Crunchyroll has designated being appropriate for viewers 18 years of age and older due to content, and will require you to log in to view it. There are two scenes in this episode that make me believe that they were the cause of this episode receiving this designation. One is the very first scene of the episode, and the second is a scene from the climax of the episode. When it comes to the “fan service” shots, there was a little more in episode three than there had been in episode two.

Episode three introduces a new character to the cast named Lore. She’s also an employee at the Leon Magic Shop, but she’s hardly at the store because she’s the one in charge of deliveries and in-home maintenance. Since she focuses on the mechanical and repair side of the business, she tends to be aloof from the others, and tends to speak in an authoritative way but using a bit of a monotone voice.

Meanwhile, the manager and assistant manager attend a meeting at the corporate office to find out how they’re doing. The good news is that their customer satisfaction rating is the highest out of all of their chains; unfortunately, they also have the lowest sales. Corporate tells them they are going to help them strengthen their sales by doubling the amount of items that they carry, starting accept products from all brands and not just the large ones, and putting on a “big sales” promotion.

An air purifier by a company that no one recognizes is sent to the store. Elza, the woman who works at the convenience store next door, gets off from her shift and comes into the store. She insists they need to turn it on and try it out. When Elza turns it on, nothing happens; however, after Fino touches it, the air purifier starts sending out black smoke and hands start shooting out of the machine and try grabbing at the all the females in the room. Airi, Raul’s former classmate from hero school is at the store, and she also gets wrapped up in the situation.

Lore sees what’s going on and explains that it’s witch’s arm; this is what happens when a magical item goes out of control. Lore explains that it’s a phenomenon where the internal magical syntax is damaged and magic starts leaking out. The dynamic separation that forms looks like a hand due to magical saturation. Lore is also grabbed by the witch’s arm, and says that even if she wasn’t caught, she wouldn’t be able to fix it. She tells Raul that the air purifier needs to be turned off. In the end, it’s ultimately up to Raul and Fino to get the air purifier turned off.

Episode three has a strong emphasis on Raul trying to keep Fino from telling people, especially Airi, that she’s a descendent of the Demon Lord. At the end of the episode, Fino asks Raul if she has to hide the fact that she’s a demon. She asks if demons shouldn’t live alongside humans and if being a demon is bad. Raul stammers but ultimately answers no to both questions. As I watched this scene, I actually felt kind of bad for Fino, because she’s being told that she has to hide who she is and can’t truly be herself around the humans. After seeing this scene, I suspect that in addition to teaching Fino how to interact with customers, he will also need to work with her on not revealing the fact that she’s the daughter of the Demon Lord.

Another thing I noticed as I watched this episode is the fact that Airi does seem to be interested in Raul. So I’m wondering if the stage is being set for a love triangle between Raul, Fino, and Airi.

My main issue with episode three was seeing more fan service simply for the sake of having fan service. However, if I just look at the story and ignore the fan service, I did enjoy the story being presented in this episode. I’m still interested enough in what’s going on to continue watching I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job. week after week.

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