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 a couple of instances in this episode that I could see warranting this rating.
Raul and the group that went with him head to Mt. Fujixerock in the vehicle see Fino, but she causes an eruption. The projectiles try to strike the vehicle, and it crashes. However, the projectiles are also headed to the capital, and a state of emergency is declared.
After Lore is able to jury-rig the vehicle, they continue on their journey. As they get closer to the Demon Lord’s castle, they are attacked by a group of harpies. After a battle with the harpies, the vehicle crashes again, this time about halfway to their destination. Lore has injured her leg and can’t continue on, but Lore hands a sword to Raul; apparently, it had belonged to the manager’s brother.
After Airi, Raul, and Lam make it inside the crater they need to go through, they are attacked by monsters. While Airi and Raul fight the monsters, Lam uses her power to open a door. She has Raul go into the door and shuts it behind him; she tells him he needs to go after Fino alone, and that she and Airi need to guard the door in order to keep the monsters at bay. Raul finds Fino, and he has to try to save her.
There’s also a scene in this episode at Leon that is basically the same as a scene in the first episode, when the group of people converged on the shop in order to get the tapes that were no longer being manufactured. However, this time, it’s emergency supplies they’re looking for, and it’s only Nova and the assistant manager working in the shop at the time. The exact same “fanservice” with Nova takes place in this scene, exactly as it did in the first episode; it made me wonder if this was reused footage, because it looked rather similar.
Overall, I would have to say that the series ended in a satisfactory way that an ecchi series like this one could end. To be honest, I think most of the story was wrapped up rather well. While there are some loose ends, I don’t think there’s enough there to warrant more episodes of the anime. However, I think these loose ends could provide fodder for anyone who writes fanfic about this particular series.
After watching all 12 episodes of this series, I can’t say that it’s a great show, but it’s not terrible, either. It’s one of those types of series where I’m glad I was able to watch it as a free stream. While there was fanservice included, it really wasn’t “in your face” fanservice. Also, there was enough of a story in this series that the fanservice didn’t bother me as much as it would have if there was a flimsier story attached to it. While this isn’t a title I would rush out to buy if it ever comes out on home video in North America, it’s one I might be willing to if I could get it cheaply through Right Stuf’s Holiday Sale or something like that.
Additional posts about I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.:
- I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.: Episode 10 – “I Wanted to be a Hero, but She Didn’t Want to be the Demon Lord.”
- I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.: Episode 11 – “I Couldn’t Become a Hero, but now I’m Going to Rescue the Demon Lord’s Daughter”