Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun (Season 2)
Iruma Suzuki's experiences in Demon School Bablys continue, as he demonstrates a heroic side (definitely!), a devilish side (quite unexpected for HIM even in THIS show), and a romantic side (sort of.)
Season 2 of the show has 3 major story arcs, and a few stand-alone episodes as well. Having created a vast cast of quirky characters with Iruma's classmates in Season One, it starts building stories around them this time, which is a good thing, considering that Iruma's generally sweet disposition somewhat limits his own potential as an "interesting" character. (Though the second arc will find a way to get around this...)
The first arc finds Ameri Azazel, the head of the Bablys Student Council, being challenged for that leadership by one Ronove Romiere, a narcissist presenting himself as a populist. (I guess the demon world and our world really ARE a lot alike.) The problem is that Ameri's not been herself recently. Iruma, who's been temporarily appointed to the Student Council, does his best to help her. Since I'm an Ameri fan, I was pleased to see an arc featuring her (and she has a one-shot episode with Iruma later this season as well), though I STILL think that Alice Asmodeus would be a better match with her.
In Arc #2, it's IRUMA who's not himself, yet his luck is so extraordinary that things tend to work out even for a "dark" version of him, as he struggles to secure a tremendous boon for his "misfit" class. The show's wholesale theft from Harry Potter is notorious itself, but THIS time it manages to steal from a classic film of Jimmy Stewart's as well. You'll finally get to meet most of the Bablys faculty this time as well, and we'll have the introduction of a NEW teacher, named Shichirou Balam, whose appearance kind of reminds one of Batman's Bane (but with bird feet), and who at first seems pretty strange even for a demon.
The third arc finds the class going to Walter Park (a demon Disneyland), where suddenly chaos breaks out and our cast actually get to try their luck at being action heroes. It seems that demons each have have unique magical Bloodline Abilities, though some of these don't really seem very impressive as super powers. I immediately sympathized with one of the three groups of students, who not only didn't have any of the headliners of the class to help them (like Asmodeus, Sabnock, or even Iruma himself), nor did they have any of the ladies to help; these guys didn't exactly have top-of-the-line magical abilities either (Demon Slayer's Zenitsu could have crushed this bunch even in his most cowardly, whiny mode), and yet their guardian, this show's Severus Snape stand-in Kalego Naberius, was expecting them to impress HIM. The Walter Park storyline did leave one troublesome loose end that I guess will be fodder for a later season.
Near the close of the season we visit Clara's family at their home; we already knew they were as off-the-wall as Clara herself. (Asmodeus comments that "they all have the same face"; but it turns out they even have the same VOICE- Clara's VA speaks for ALL of them.) But Clara herself seems a little more subdued here; maybe she's just more relaxed at home. She sings a lullaby to Iruma and Asmodeus, and its (translated) lyrics might be a little loopy, but they're also quite sweet; and if Clara had always been as sweet as she is loopy, I wouldn't have minded her at all. Maybe she HAS grown up a little.
The magic ring Sullivan gave Iruma contains yet ANOTHER character, a one-eyed demon called Ari (or Ali), who often shows a tendency to feel slighted by Iruma, and who precipitates some problems of his own.
Second Season I found even more charming that First; in fact I had a great time with this. It's all completely absurd of course, but nothing wrong with that. It goes a long way toward developing some of its major characters (particularly Ameri and Clara), and even gives some minor ones a chance to shine. — Allen Moody
Recommended Audience: Some violence (in the Walter Park storyline.) Maybe PG-13.
Version(s) Viewed: Crunchyroll video stream
Review Status: Full (21/21)
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