Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist is an anime series about a boy named William Twining; he’s an orphan from a prestigious noble family who has been under the guardianship of his uncle, and William is highly intelligent. At the beginning of the series, he discovers that his uncle has gone bankrupt and has run off. The only servant left at the estate is Kevin, whose family has faithfully served the Twining family for generations.
One day, while home from school on a break, William discovers a summoning circle in his basement, and when some of his blood falls on it, a demon named Dantalion is summoned. Dantalion tells William that he’s a descendant of Solomon and that William is the Elector who will decide the next temporary ruler of Hell while Lucifer rests. William, a boy of logic and intellect, doesn’t want to believe what’s happening to him.
When William returns to school after break, he discovers his tuition has been paid, and he also learns that Dantalion is posing as a transfer student at his school in order to keep an eye on William.
At the beginning of episode two, William’s friend Isaac, who has a belief in the occult, is seen trying to summon something. At first, it seems to have failed; however, a figure approaches Isaac and demands to be taken to the Elector; if Isaac doesn’t comply, then Isaac will lose his soul. An explanation for this summoning kind of happens later in the episode, but to me, it seemed kind of muddled and didn’t make much sense.
William also decides that he really doesn’t want to be indebted to a demon in order to continue his education. He talks with another prefect at the school named Swallow, who obtains scholarship forms for William; however, William doesn’t admit that he needs the scholarships because his uncle went bankrupt. At the same time, Dantalion is called away by his two bats, saying that there’s trouble in Hell that needs to be taken care of.
Isaac is seen escorting the demon to William’s room. The demon is introduced as an underclassman named Sytry Cartwright. Sytry claims to have an uncle who is on the lookout for promising young men to sponsor, and that he could pursue this as an avenue of funding his education instead of applying for scholarships.
Later in the episode, William sees Isaac sneaking out and catches him trying to summon something else. Sytry suddenly appears and vanquishes the demon that had been summoned, but then complains that the boys have destroyed his brilliantly engineered plan. For some reason, when Sytry reveals his true identity as Sytry, a Vicount and 12th noble of Hell, he undergoes a magical girl transformation; this was definitely a major “What the heck?” moment in this episode.
Just as things look dire for William and Isaac, Dantalion suddenly appears to try to save the day, and as the battle reaches its climax, William calls out for the fighting to stop… and suddenly, it stops. This reminds me of what happened during the battle between Dantalion and Gilles de Rais in the first episode, so I wonder if this going to become a formulaic thing that will happen in the episodes.
When it comes to William, while I didn’t find him quite as unlikable as I did in the first episode, I still didn’t entirely warm up to him as a viewer by the time I finished the second episode. And I have to admit that as I watched the second episode, I still felt kind of bored as I watched; while it wasn’t as boring as the first episode to me, I still found it to be on the boring side. For me, personally, I really am not feeling compelled to watch more of this series. It’s not necessarily a bad series, but it’s just not my cup of tea.
With that, I’m giving Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist a one-way ticket to Dropville.