My Favorite Anime Set in the Workplace

This time, my list is focusing on my five favorite anime that are set in the workplace. However, rather than being a top 5 list, this list is being presented in alphabetical order.

Aggretsuko

This is an original net anime that features a small and cute-looking red panda named Retsuko, and she was a character created for Sanrio (who is best known for Hello Kitty). However, she doesn’t fit the mold of the traditional Sanrio characters.

Retsuko is a single 25-year-old who works in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm, and she has to deal with supervisors and co-workers who cause her stress. When her job or her life cause her to fill with rage, she goes to the local karaoke bar and vents her frustration through singing death metal. However, Retsuko tries to keep this a secret from everyone she knows.

The series is very relatable for viewers who are currently employed or who have ever held a job. Who hasn’t had a bad boss or annoying co-workers who cause no end of stress or anger?

The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The Devil King Satan and Demon General Alciel, who have almost conquered the world, is stopped by Hero Emilia… and they end up in another world: modern day Tokyo. Satan and Alciel discover that they have taken on human bodies and that their ability to perform magic is limited. In order to survive, Satan takes on the identity of Sadao Mao, and gets a job at a local fast food joint, MgRonalds.

We get to see Satan spend a lot of time at his job at MgRonalds. The best bit that takes place at his place of employment is when a competitor, Sentucky Friend Chicken, opens up across the street. But, it turns out that there’s more to the manager of Sentucky Fried Chicken than meets the eye!

The Devil is a Part-Timer! has its serious moments, but it’s primarily a light-hearted comedy. While Alciel provides a lot of the humor, the other characters get their moments of funny dialogue that elicits laughter from the audience. When Lucifer joins the series, his NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) tendencies provide some more humor for the series.

I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job

Raul Chaser, who was working at passing his Hero Exam, ends up not becoming a hero because the hero program was suspended. The Demon Lord is gone and the demon empire has collapsed, so it was decided there was no need to continue the hero program. Now that his dream of becoming a hero is destroyed, Raul takes a job at an electronics store called the Leon Magic Shop. 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 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.

We see Fino having a rough time of it when she first starts working at the store. Since she was raised in the Demon World, she has no common sense on how to deal with humans. But as the series continues, Fino learns customer service skills, as well as how to be a good employee in a retail establishment. There’s also the aspect of Raul having to adjust to the idea of working with the Demon Lord’s daughter, since he was going through the hero program in order to fight against the Demon Lord.

The relationship and interactions between Raul and Fino are amusing to watch, and in a lot of ways, it’s kind of an exaggerated version of training a new employee. It’s an enjoyable enough series, though, and it gives a comedic look into the world of retail.

Servant x Service

The series is set in a Japanese government office building, and the main characters are new employees in the Welfare Department.

The main character, Lucy Yamagami, is enthusiastic and takes her work seriously. However, it’s revealed during the first episode that she has a more “sinister” reason for working in a government office building. When she was born, her parents couldn’t decide on a name, even after having people help them compile a list. Her parents decided to submit all the names on the list as her first name, and all of the names were allowed to be put on her birth certificate. Yamagami is trying to locate the person in the office who allowed that to happen so many years ago.

The co-workers include: Yutaka Hasebe (the office slacker), Saya Miyoshi (the nervous employee who is working at her first job), Taishi Ichimiya (the clueless supervisor), and Megumi Chihaya (the temp worker who likes to cosplay and create doujinshi). The series explores these characters and the interactions they have with each other, as well as with other characters who drop by the Welfare Department.

As the series progressed, it went from being a simple comedy to being a comedic series that focuses on the relationships between the characters. Secrets are also a big focus of the series. Servant x Service does a great job of being a series set in a workplace that mixes humor, character interaction, and character development.

Shirobako

The series starts out with five friends in a high school animation club producing an animation to screen at their school cultural fair. Aoi, Ema, Shizuka, Misa, and Midori swear that they’ll eventually reunite in Tokyo and make another anime together. Two-and-a-half years later, we see that Aoi is working as a production assistant at Musashino Animation, and that Ema is also working there as an animator. Shizuka is a newbie voice actress at Akaoni Production, Misa is working at a computer graphics studio, and Midori is a university student.

The first half of the series places a strong focus on Aoi and Ema as they’re just starting out in the industry, and we get to see all the issues that go on behind the scenes during the production of an anime. Shizuka is also seen trying to break into anime voice acting, but she doesn’t have confidence and gets nervous at her auditions. Misa is dissatisfied with her job, because she’s always given the same thing to do over and over, and she has no interest in what the company is giving her.

The second half of the series sees Aoi being promoted from production assistant to production desk, so she has to learn a new job and how to handle all the stress that comes with it. It doesn’t help that Aoi realizes that she isn’t quite sure what her dream is even though her friends all have goals and aspirations. The other friends also see changes in their situations as well.

This anime about producing anime has a good combination of serious and humorous moments, and it gives a kind of behind the scenes look at what goes into producing the anime that fans enjoy watching.

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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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I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.: Episode 12 – “I Couldn’t Become a Hero, so I Decided to get a Job.”

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.

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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”

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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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. 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 were a couple of instances that I could see potentially warranting this rating.

At the beginning of episode 10, Raul thinks that Fino seems to be trying too hard after being attacked by a couple of heroes to try to convince her to become the next Demon Lord. She also starts ordering a lot of things to help bring business to the store. Later, when Raul talks to Fino, he finds out that she doesn’t want to be the Demon Lord; instead, she wants to become the manager of a Leon Magic Store in the Demon World.

A demon named Raid goes to see Lam at Lawson’s. She takes her break early so the two of them can talk privately, and he tells Lam that he wants her help get Fino to become the next Demon Lord. Lam, however, refuses to help.

Meanwhile, Fino is asked by the assistant manager to take a special order. When she shows it to Raul, he points out that she didn’t fill in any contact information or any specifics about the item the customer wanted. She says it’s a regular, and he tells her the next time he comes into the store, apologize profusely and take the order again. As Raul finishes, his two friends from hero school, Blaze and Klein, come into the store. They ask if he has a minute, because they have something they need to talk to him about.

Raul gets something to eat with Blaze and Klein, and they tell him that the hero system is coming back soon. Raul is astonished, and his former classmates tell him that a replacement for the Demon Lord is coming, and that his replacement is Fino. After some comments they make, Raul realizes that they are the two heroes that attacked Fino in episode nine, and he becomes rather upset.

Fino is having lunch at Lawson’s, and she sees the customer who made the special order getting into a taxi. She chases the taxi and manages to get the information she needs. As she’s heading back to Leon, she is abducted.

This episode is definitely leading the series towards its climax, and a lot happens in the second half of the episode to progress the story. I have to admit that I had pretty much guessed that Blaze and Klein were the ones who attacked Fino before the big reveal in this episode. One thing I hadn’t figured out prior to this episode is Fino’s wish to manage a Leon store in the Demon World.

We’ve seen some hints of the character Raid up to this point, but this is the first time we’ve actually learned his name. I hope we get to learn a little more about this particular character in the remaining episodes of the series.

It appears that Raid is intending to force Fino into becoming the next Demon Lord, and I’m curious to see how he thinks he’ll be able to pull it off. And from something we see near the end of the episode, it looks like Amada is also involved with trying to make Fino the Demon Lord and to helping to revive the hero system.

From what I’ve seen, it appears there’s only two more episodes left of the series. I’m very curious to see how this story is ultimately going to resolve over the next two episodes.

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I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.: Episode 9 – “How the Demon Lord’s Daughter Spent Her First Paycheck”

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. However, I really didn’t see anything in this episode that would warrant this kind of designation.

This episode sees the staff at Leon getting their paycheck. It’s noted that since sales didn’t drop, even with the opening of Amada, corporate gave everyone a bonus for their work. This turns out to be Fino’s first pay day, and she’s not entirely sure what to do with the money. The manager orders Raul to accompany Fino on a shopping trip the next day to help her get some of the necessities that she needs.

The majority of this episode is a rather light-hearted romp of Raul taking Fino shopping, with Fino experiencing many things for the first time. There’s one point during their excursion that Fino leaves while Raul is distracted, and it almost appears that something bad happened to Fino. Fortunately, what happens to Fino isn’t what it seems. During their shopping trip together, Fino and Raul seem to start realizing that they have feelings for each other, but they don’t say anything.

The end of the episode actually gets serious, though, when Fino is attacked by a couple of heroes. She finds herself wondering if she should become the next Demon Lord so the world can have heroes again.

However, her wondering about becoming the Demon Lord didn’t come out of nowhere. Earlier in the episode, while she was out shopping with Raul, she makes the connection that the customers who come to Leon and their money helps to pay for her wages. She then wonders if perhaps something she bought was made by one of their customers, and then she adds that everyone’s connected. She concludes that earning money for herself ends up helping others. Raul is actually quite amazed, and he realizes that he had never thought of it that way before. It’s through using that logic where Fino wonders whether it might be better to become the Demon Lord, since the defeat of her father put people out of work.

For the most part, this episode was cute and amusing, and it does start finally progressing a potential Raul and Fino pairing. And by doing the shopping, Fino starts making connections that ultimately lead her to wonder if perhaps she should be doing something different than what she’s doing.  There were also a couple of times in the episode where someone was watching Fino from the shadows, and I believe it’s someone connected to the head of Amada, due to information that was revealed right at the end of episode eight. Hopefully this will become a more important plot point in the next episode, because it does feel like the series is leading up to its climax at this point.

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I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.: Episode 8 – “The Demon Lord’s Daughter is Tending to Customers in a Swimsuit”

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.

This episode sees a heat wave hit the capital, and the air conditioner going out at Leon Magic Shop. At the same time, the higher-ups want the store to do a summer sale that day. The episode sees the female employees, except for Lore, donning bikinis and selling merchandise outside. Elza and Lam are off of work and come by, and they’re recruited to help out. They also end up wearing bikinis. Lam then calls out that anyone who buys a camera can test their new purchase by taking pictures of the girls in their bikinis. Airi comes by for reconnaissance for Amada, and ends up being roped into wearing a bikini as well.

The vast majority of this episode focuses on the “fanservice” aspect of this series rather than on the overarching story. The only important thing to happen in the episode takes place right at the end, when the son of the older woman who appeared in episode seven comes up and tells Raul he’s a reporter and wants to do a story on Leon Magic Shop. After the ending credits, the article has been published, and the head of Amada realizes that no matter what they’re doing, they can’t run Leon Magic Shop out of business. He fires the manager of the Amada flagship store, and a surprising fact comes out about the guy in charge of Amada; this fact will definitely be propelling the story going forward.

Admittedly, there’s really not a whole lot to say about this particular episode since it was basically a fanservice episode. All I can figure is that it was decided that a more light-hearted episode was needed at this point before progressing on to the next story arc in the series. Let’s be honest, the episodes about the opening of the Amada flagship store and helping the older woman with the magic issue in her home added the element of competition with Amada, and these episodes tended to be a bit more serious in nature. And since the information that comes out at the end of episode eight seems to be setting up the potential for episodes that could be more serious in nature, it makes sense to have something light-hearted and more fanservice in nature to ease the tension before progressing the actual story forward.

With the information that’s revealed right at the end of the episode, I’m curious to see how this will factor into the story going forward. I’m actually anticipating watching episode nine because I’m hoping that my curiosity will at least begin to be answered.

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I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.: Episode 7 – “The Demon Lord’s Daughter Visits a House”

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’s a scene near the end of the episode where I could see a reason to put the 18 and older restriction on it.

At the end of episode six, Lore called Raul to let him know that there was a problem with the installation of the air conditioner that he had sold. When Raul and Fino make it to the house, they find an Amada van parked there. It turns out the old woman’s son went and bought an air conditioner at Amada, so now they are double booked. After comparing prices, the son decides to stick with the Amada air conditioner because it’s cheaper.

As the Leon Magic Shop crew is about the leave, the son comes out and asks them to stop. They discovered that there’s not enough magic in the meter to run the air conditioner; they are only getting one kilobile of magic, but it takes three kilobiles to run an air conditioner. Lore does a quick investigation and can’t find anything wrong. At first, both Lore and the guy from Amada think it’s a wiring problem, and that it’ll cost a bit of money to rewire the house. The son also learns that when he signed the contract with Amada, there is a 10,000 gold cancellation fee and a 3,000 gold fee for the visitation.

Lore, Raul, and Fino ask if they can investigate some more to determine whether or not the wiring really is the problem. The Amada guy says he can come back in about two hours when he’s done with his other deliveries. The Leon Magic Shop crew starts to investigate, and what they find surprises them, and they have to find a way to solve the problem.

Once again, this episode illustrates Amada as the big, bad corporation while the Leon Magic Shop is seen as the “good guy.” When the double booking issue is discovered, the Leon Magic Shop tries to talk to the customer and treats them like people; meanwhile, the guy from Amada keeps asking if they’ve made up their mind because he has other deliveries to make. We also learn later in the episode that Amada has acquired Sugar Wireless, the industry’s fifth-largest producer. I’m still wondering how much longer until Amada decides to try to buy out Leon Magic Shop.

There was an amusing scene in this episode, when Fino starts getting excited about all the magic appliances she sees in the house. She looked kind of cute as she was admiring these things that most people in their world would regard as normal. Later in the episode, Fino also becomes fascinated with a fan that Raul has in his room.

Fino also plays a crucial role in taking care of the problem that’s affecting the amount of the magic for the customer. This scene ends up being a little amusing, and I liked seeing Raul trying to help her.

I liked the overall execution of this episode. The conflict is realistic, since we now have the two magic shops directly competing against each other. I thought the conflict had a good resolution to it; to me, it didn’t feel forced.

I’ve really been enjoying I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job. more than I thought I would, and I’m looking forward to watching episode eight.

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I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.: Episode 6 – “She Couldn’t Become a Hero, so She Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job, Too.”

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.

Episode six opens with Raul and Fino running into Airi at the Amada grand opening. At first, she claims she was hired to work security for the grand opening, but Raul realizes she’s wearing an Amada employee nametag. At first, Airi believes that Fino is Raul’s girlfriend and becomes rather jealous; however, Raul manages to get that straightened out. After Airi deduces that they’re checking out the competition, Fino suggests that Airi show them around. Airi is incredulous at first, but Fino points out that Airi can show them without her and Raul having to pretend because Airi works there. Airi ends up relenting.

Meanwhile, the manager, the assistant manager, Lore, and one of the guys from corporate go to a factory for Delila Magtec, a company that makes a magic vision that’s sold by Amada. Inside, they learn that calm monsters called Lonely Eye assemble the products because they’re great at performing a task they’ve learned over and over again. Also, they don’t have to pay the monsters a salary, so they can produce this rather cheaply. The manager and Lore are upset that the monsters are being treated this way. When the guy from corporate talks to the plant manager about creating a partnership with Leon Magic Shop, they’re informed that the company became a part of the Amada Group that day, so this wouldn’t be able to happen. The delegation from Leon Magic Shop is both shocked and disgusted.

Back at the Amada store, Raul and Fino are discovered after a ruckus concerning Airi occurs. It turns out the salesperson who talked with Raul and Fino in episode five knew who they were without letting on. Amada has done some research on the employees at Leon Magic Shop, and learned that Raul really hadn’t wanted to work there. They try to offer Raul a job with Amada, but he refuses. In fact, he declares that Leon Magic Shop can defeat Amada, which causes the Amada staff to laugh.

When everyone gathers at Leon, they try to figure out what to do to compete with Amada, especially since they’re now in an all-out war after Raul picked a fight there. The manager has Raul and Fino dress up in costumes and hand out flyers. Unfortunately, they are upstaged when an Amada vehicle comes through the area with a television screen advertising Amada and playing up a promotion they’re doing with an idol group. The female employees are also on the vehicle.

When Raul and Fino are about to head back to Leon, they are approached by the older woman that Raul helped at Amada in episode five. It turns out she didn’t buy an air conditioner at Amada, and asks if they’re magic store employees. Raul takes her to Leon and sells her an air conditioner.

By the time I finished this episode, it was obvious that Amada was being depicted as the evil and arrogant big corporation, and will become the nemesis for the Leon Magic Shop and its employees. And with this dynamic going on, it’s going to have an effect on Raul and Airi’s friendship, since they now work for the competing magic shops.

I also thought the idea for the monsters essentially being used as slave labor was also an interesting element. You can really draw parallels between that and the low-wage workers in the sweatshops in our world.

There’s also the ruckus concerning Airi at Amada. While she’s talking with Raul, a male customer comes up, grabs Airi’s butt, and comments on it. Airi becomes upset but then apologizes. However, the customer is upset because he says she’s supposed to be thinking of the customer, and that she needs to show him just how sorry she is. If Fino hadn’t intervened, who know what that guy could have tried pulling. And when a sales manager comes over, he lectures Airi and says she needs to show the utmost respect to their customers. He never mentions the sexual harassment she had to endure. I probably should have expected that attitude, especially since Amada expects their female employees to dress like Playboy bunnies, but I was still a little irritated with that manager anyway.

For a series that’s rather comedic in nature, this episode was rather serious overall. Sure, there were comedic moments, but this is probably the most serious episode I’ve seen of this series to date.  Not only was there sexual harassment and slave labor, but there was also the foreboding feeling that Leon Magic Shop is in trouble. With the way Amada seems to be gobbling every company up that it can, how much longer until Amada tries to buy Leon Magic Shop?

This series has evolved from the light comedy that it started out as in the first four episodes. I’m actually looking forward to watching episode seven of I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job. to see what’s going to happen next.

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