Drop Kick on My Devil! – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Jashin-chan, a devil from Hell was abruptly summoned to the human world by Yurine Hanazono, a stoic college student who lives in a run-down apartment in Jinbocho. They’re forced to become roommates since Yurine doesn’t know how to send Jashin-chan back. But according to Jashin-chan, she could return by killing Yurine, so she takes action…?! A viperous roomie comedy that keeps you on your toes! (Official Amazon Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Drop Kick on My Devil! sets expectations high with a crazy and energetic opening credits sequence that promises bombastic absurdity with brutal mayhem.So it’s a real let down when the first skit offered is one that drags with fluffy, slice of life loli appeal, with cutesy characters being, well, cutesy, before it finally turns violent as the credits premised. But the drag is real and damages what hype the opening builds. It’s not at all aided by the anime choosing to jump past the Manga’s opening chapters, throwing us into the middle of this crazy cast from the get go, which originally took multiple chapters to build up to. The only context offered for the premise is the absurd opening credits, providing a severely truncated explanation for all of Drop Kick’s set up.
Linny: Drop Kick on my Devil covers its set up in its energetic opening song and credits, which is fun but could lead to confusion for anyone who typically glazes over opening credits. The main episode itself does very little to explain things in a more traditional way. We’re instead greeted with the everyday life of these 5 young girls… beings? with the comedy eventually leaning towards violence and comedic gore with Jashin the demon/devil girl constantly plotting to kill Yurine. Often Jashin is instead chopped up by Yurine, the gothic lolita styled young girl who summoned her, in retaliation for her murderous attempts. The other three girls present are barely given any background nor do we learn exactly how or why they’re all friends. We have Medusa of Greek mythology, a timid and meek friend of Jashin who often ends up bullied into aiding her. Then we have Pekoro, the angel who lost her halo and is thus stuck on earth and forced(?) to befriend the demon girls. Lastly we have Minos, likely a Minotaur girl based off her name and appearance. The three seem relegated to supporting roles and more aimed at providing side jokes and filling out the cast’s archetype check list for now.
Tom: Drop Kick on My Devil! seems the opposite of Summer’s surprise hit: Asobi Asobase. Where as Asobi lulled you into false expectations on purpose, Drop Kick wears its true, comedically violent, intentions on its sleeve, and yet fails to deliver until some time into the premiere. By the time we get to the violence, the show has already stalled all the hype it was building and by jumping so far ahead into the story, we have little familiarity with the characters or the setting, making the outrageous, sadistic and ungrounded humor feel too foreign and distant. Compounding things are loli designs for the main characters that might make certain audience members uncomfortable due to their innate, fetishized designs. Thankfully the series doesn’t seem to dabble in overt sexualization for its characters, but that’s faint praise when everything else falls flat.
Linny: Drop Kick on My Devil! brims with promise thanks to its attention grabbing, story and atmosphere setting opening credit sequence that’s sure to get audiences pumped. But what follows doesn’t always match the energy of the opening. I’ll admit I have a hard time putting my finger on exactly what doesn’t work for me. Most of the gags are just as energetic and over the top as the opening and I’m compelled to conclude that there is an audience out there who will be drawn to that energy.If you have a preference for such manic kind of comedy, you should definitely check out Drop Kick on My Devil! Just do keep in mind that there may be some disappointment if your taste matches up with mine.
Drop Kick on My Devil! is available for streaming via Amazon Prime Video.