You’re Being Summoned, Azazel – Season One Review
You’re Being Summoned, Azazel:
Original Air Dates: April 8, 2011 – July 1, 2011
Reviewed by: Linny
Synopsis: Rinko Sakuma is a part time worker for Akutabe, a private detective who summons and controls demons to do his bidding and help with the investigations. After two months of employment, Rinko is promoted and given a demon of her own named Azazel, but the demons in this story are nothing like what Rinko could have ever imagined and life is never going to be the same.
Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow)
Let me start this off by warning readers that this show is NOT for those who dislike vulgar and offensive humour. However, if you enjoy inappropriate humour, and a poop joke or two, you’ve come to the right review and picked the right show. The main stars of the show are its demons and Rinko herself. For those that enjoy politically incorrect and immature characters, the demons in this show fit the role to a T. They’re lazy, they’re disgusting, they’re even sexist so don’t be surprised if you hear a controversial line or two..or more.
The demons in this show all have a chibi like desgin which makes for a great contrast with their lewd nature and adds to the comedic effect. There’s Azazel, the titular demon, whose ability is described as the power of lewdness that enables him to make people attractive or unattractive, and even cause impotence. He is later joined by Beelzebub who has the ability to make people reveal their hidden sides and secrets, as well as the ability to make a person need to evacuate their bowels immediately. If the thought of all that made you chuckle, please continue reading. If you made a face of disgust, I guess this is goodbye?
There are other demons such as Salamander, Undine and Moloch but I’ll let you discover their powers and personalities for yourself. I will however elaborate on Undine as she is definitely one of the more controversial demons. Her personality is that of the desperate and jealous spinster that latches onto every attractive and single man she comes across, and happily suffers abuse so long as she is convinced that the abuser loves her. The extremely exaggerated colours and animation of the show help to make the abuse come off as comical and should hopefully not come across as extremely offensive but if even the thought of it troubles you, you should know that it is a running gag for several episodes.
When it comes to the story, Azazel manages to pack in quite a bit with its stories ranging from perverted and disgusting humour, to some genuinely heartwarming moments. But like all true comedies, even the most heartwarming stories are soon followed by or end on some very inappropriate punch line. Initially, we watch as the detective agency deals with the clients and cases that they are handed and eventually we learn more about the demons, their personal lives, and their arch enemies, the angels that are hellbent on bringing about their doom. There are also a couple of episodes that focus on Rinko which give you a bit of a break from the detective work and instead introduce you to the world of extreme anime fans that anime itself likes to make fun of. Overall, the show manages to keep its humour consistent and regardless of the actual topic at hand, you can be sure that you are going to get a generous serving of sexual or violent or poop related jokes. But if you are worried that this show is nothing but one tasteless joke after the other, there are several sequences and dialogues that make it clear that the show is self aware and doesn’t condone the behaviour displayed by its characters. It’s also a case where you really can’t condemn this show on a serious note as everything from its character designs to its story lines screams that it is just a silly story that’s aimed at those who enjoy an inappropriate laugh ever so often.
The show never received an English dub but the Japanese voice actors do a great job of bringing the characters to life, especially the demons as you get a sense of their depravities and personalities just from their manner of speech. In fact, the sound of Azazel doing his oppai song and dance is now stuck in my head forever and I secretly hope it gets stuck in yours too so I am not alone in this.
This is a short show with each episode being only 13 minutes long and the first season comprises of only 13 episodes so it’s perfect for binge watching when you’re in the mood for some effed up laughs. I hope you have found something you can add to your watchlist for days when you need an inappropriate laugh all alone or with friends who share an immature sense of humour. Just know that this show isn’t afraid to make fun of literally anything and everything, including heavenly creatures. And if you were expecting a bevy of sexual jokes, while there are a lot of them, there’s close to zero fan service of the erotic kind.
A review of the second season can be read here.