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 was one instance that I could see potentially warranting this rating.
Raul goes to the hero prep school, and he ends up battling his former classmate Blaze with a ruler; but before he does, Blaze tells him a truth about the hero program that Raul hadn’t known previously. After defeating Blaze, he finds Fino chained in a replica of the entrance of the demon lord’s castle. He can’t get the chains loose, and Airi arrives to kill Fino. Raul fights Airi in order to protect Fino.
While this is going on, Lam and Elza take off from Lawson’s to help the rest of the Leon Magic Shop employees look for Fino. They are attacked by Klein, who is mounted on a dragon. During this, we learn the manager actually has some magic power, which we hadn’t seen prior to this. The manager actually has a couple of really cool scenes in this episode.
When the battle between Raul and Airi reaches its climax, Fino ends up resonating with the Bloodstone of Control, an amulet passed down through her family that Raid placed on her. When the resonating happens, Fino becomes a demon, frees herself from her chains, and flies off.
Admittedly, some of this episode features some “info dumping,” but it didn’t seem to bog down the story as much as it could have. I was just as taken aback by the truth regarding the hero program as Raul was. And with the actions of his former classmates during this series, it really makes you think about what a hero truly is. I will say that this episode made me like Blaze and Klein even less than I had before; however, by the end of the episode, I had a little more respect for Airi than I had had previously.
The best scenes in this episode were the ones where the manager played a major role. Not only were they amusing, they were also rather cool. I loved what she ultimately does at the end of her battle against Raid that takes place near the end of the episode.
As this episode progressed, it was obvious that this series is just about to reach its conclusion. I’m looking forward to watching next week to find out what Raul and the others have to do to try to save Fino.
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