Anime Spotlight: 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. (which is known as Yusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shushoku o Ketsui Shimashita) is based on a light novel written by Jun Sakyou and illustrated by Masaki Inuzumi. The anime is produced by Asread and is directed by Kinji Yoshimoto. The series aired on Japanese television from October 5-December 21, 2013. As of this writing, Sentai Filmworks holds the North American rights for the series.

The main character of the series is Raul Chaser, who was working at passing 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 ends up getting a job at Leon Magic Shop, which is an electronics store.

One day, a person wearing a hood comes in with a resume and demands to talk with the manager. When the person goes back with the manager, the resume is left behind. Raul looks at the resume and discovers that it says the person is the child of the Demon Lord. The person, who is named Fino, ends up being hired over Raul’s objections, and Raul is put in charge of them. It is revealed that Fino is the daughter of the Demon Lord.  For most of the series, only a few select people know that Fino is the Demon Lord’s daughter.

Fino has a rough time of it when she first starts working at Leon Magic Shop. Since she grew up in the Demon World, she has no common sense about how to deal with humans. She involuntarily scares off customers at first, due to her way of speaking about violent things when she’s trying to sell products.

Seara is the manager at Leon Magic Shop, and she looks out for Fino. At times during the series, it seems as if she’s trying to play matchmaker between Raul and Fino. Visor is the assistant manager of the shop and is also a former magic engineer. Nova is another employee in the shop; she’s a cheerful yet clumsy girl.  Lore is another employee at the shop, and she mostly handles the deliveries and repairs.

Lawson’s is the convenience store located next door to Leon Magic Shop, and Leon employees are known to go there on their break to get something to eat. Elza is the manager at Lawson’s, and she is fascinated by catalogs of magical items. Over the course of the series, it’s apparent that she has feelings for Raul. Lamdimia de Accimemor, whose name gets shortened to Lam by others, is an employee at Lawson’s who tends to work with Elza.

Airi is Raul’s self-proclaimed former rival from Hero School. She likes Raul, but constantly denies it when this is pointed out to her. During the series, she ends up working for Amada, one of Leon’s competitors. Later in the series, there’s a focus on Amada trying to run Leon out of business.

After watching the first episode, I felt the story itself had some promise, but that it relied a little too heavily on “fan service” of the female characters. As the series continued, the amount of fan service would fluctuate, but it became readily apparent that this was an ecchi series. By the time I finished the series, I realized that the fan service ended up not being as “in your face” as it could have been. Also, the story surrounding the fan service wasn’t so flimsy that it didn’t bother me as much as it might have otherwise. However, the fan service was just enough for Crunchyroll to designate the series as being appropriate for viewers who are 18 years of age and older.

Over the course of the series, Raul ended up acquiring a small harem that consisted of Fino, Nova, Airi, and Elza. Personally, I found myself rooting for Raul and Fino to become a couple. I would have to say that my favorite aspect of the series is the interactions between Raul and Fino. While those interactions were rather awkward right at first, they managed to find a way to be able to work together and understand each other by the end of the series.

After watching all 12 episodes of this series, I concluded that while this wasn’t a bad show, it wasn’t a great show, either. Personally, this is a title that I can only truly recommend to anime viewers who already enjoy watching ecchi series.

While I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job. isn’t a title I would rush out to buy on home video, it’s one I might be willing to if I could get it cheaply through Right Stuf’s Holiday Sale or something like that.

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