Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Suzuki Iruma, human, 14, one day finds himself taken against his will into the world of demons. To add to his predicament, his doting owner and self-appointed “Grandpa” is the chair-demon at his new school. In order to survive, Iruma must deal with a haughty student who challenges him to a duel, a girl with adjustment issues, and so many more scary beings! Can this ultimate pacifist dodge the slings and arrows that are flung his way? As he struggles frantically, Iruma’s innate kindness begins to win over enemies. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Iruma-kun is another Fall shonen offering that attempts to put a new spin on a somewhat tired premise. Unlike Ahiru no Sora, Iruma-kun actually succeeds at this, crafting a series that’s chockful of clever comedy. Iruma-kun follows its titular character as he goes from a troubled young man, forced to work by his worthless parents, to becoming the grandson of a demon desperate for grandchildren. What follows is Iruma-kun becoming enrolled in Demon School, a not unusual setting for Shonen anime, but it’s thanks to that unique twist, becoming the grandchild of a demon, that Iruma-kun feels fun and unique from the get go.
Linny: The unusual way we get to Iruma enrolling into demon school is definitely what helps the show stand out. Sure, there are plenty of common tropes to be found in Iruma-kun, such as his irresponsible and offscreen parents being the bane of our protagonist’s existence, but it’s what the show chooses to focus or reinvent in between the tropes that really makes it excel. While the show has its ridiculous moments, it actually does take care to insert some bits of logic into its story ever so often, like explaining how Iruma is able to survive a duel with a powerful demon classmate. These moments then make the show feel like it has thought and care put in, which then makes for a competent show that’s been well crafted rather than just a giant serving of random jokes and gags.
Tom: The other thing great about Iruma-kun’s introductory episode is how it finds a way to justify him being the typical, meek, shonen lead. Rather than that just being his character, Iruma-kun offers a plausible explanation for why he has so much trouble denying the request to become the demon’s grandchild. It makes the character feel more layered, even if the truth is, he’s still our bog standard shonen lead. That said, the show does hinder itself with an over reliance on exposition dumps via its narrator. The episode leans on that at least twice in order to explain a number of elements, but largely gets away with it thanks to the series’ comedic atmosphere.
Linny: Iruma’s new demon grandfather is the star of the episode because of his overly enthusiastic doting grandpa behavior, which is then comically juxtaposed with the dangerous situations he puts Iruma into without so much as a warning or heads up. He’s expressive and even adorable with how happy he is to finally have a grandson but he’ll often leave you wondering how long before he ends up being the unfortunate reason for Iruma’s sudden and painful demise. Iruma himself makes for a fun, albeit classic protagonist. He’s got the classic shonen staples of being a real good guy and possessing a whole gamut of facial expressions and reactions to the wild situations he ends up in but the animation and voice acting make it feel enjoyable all the same. All these together make for a promising comedic Shonen series that almost anyone should be able to enjoy this season.
Tom: Ultimately what Iruma-kun succeeds at is making us laugh and that’s all a comedy really has to do. The series offers such varied humor, and manages to get to the end of the first episode without feeling like it’s worn out its central gags, that I have to say Iruma-kun shows promise as this season’s top comedy. This is definitely one of the Fall’s new anime you don’t want to miss out on.
Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.