What They Say:
Momonga reminds Shalltear that he is the master of Nazarick and that his name carries the weight of all the supreme beings of Ains Ooal Gown. After the battle comes to a close, Momonga quickly takes action to strengthen the defenses of Nazarick.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Momonga and Shalltear are locked in an intense struggle to wrap up the series. Shalltear may not be much of a final boss, being an ally simply controlled to go against her master after all, but in a one-cour adaptation of a story far too ambitious to accomplish much in that time, the first real challenge for the protagonist will have to do. Ah, but how much of a challenge is it really? For the cliffhanger leading up to the finale, Momonga actually seemed to be the one on the ropes. Shalltear seemed to know everything about his battle capabilities, and it seemed that it would be enough to turn the tables. But that鈥檚 exactly what Momonga wanted her to think, and we don鈥檛 learn what he鈥檚 been hiding until he reveals it to her. It鈥檚 so early in the episode that the credits are still rolling, but Momonga lets loose every deception that has tricked Shalltear into thinking she had the upper hand, and before long it鈥檚 not unlike the domination we鈥檝e seen from any other battle involving Momonga. It was a fun idea while it lasted, but in the end 13 episodes simply wasn鈥檛 enough to introduce anyone capable to actually standing a chance against Momonga.
That may seem anticlimactic from a plot standpoint, but it鈥檚 hard not to like seeing just how thoroughly Momonga obliterates his opponents, and the previous episode鈥檚 illusions of Shalltear鈥檚 odds were effective in creating sufficient suspense. Perhaps most valuably, this allowed Momonga to show off how clever he can be in deceiving his opponents and using his breadth of knowledge regarding the mechanics that largely carry over from Yggdrasil to this world to prove just as dangerous intellectually as physically. Had Momonga not thought all the possibilities through, he probably wouldn鈥檛 have been able to win as easily as he had against enemies who were much weaker than Shalltear and truly never could鈥檝e touched him, but if nothing else Shalltear proved worthy of using more dishonest tactics. And he probably had more fun this way.
Within his monstrous exterior Momonga is still essentially a big softie, something that his 鈥渃omrades鈥?probably aren鈥檛 actually quite sentient enough to truly think upon. Momonga would give anything for his friends, and while those he could consider worthy of truly referring to as such, those who were humans from the same world as him, have not yet appeared to him, these NPCs who worship him above all else are the closest he鈥檚 got, and his first priority after dealing with Shalltear is bringing her right back. Cue the comical interactions between the guardians that could be expected, and then Momonga quickly announces his plans for a larger counterattack against the enemy who caused this ordeal in the first place. From there it鈥檚 a montage of scenes that might as well have 鈥淏uy the light novels!鈥?written across them. That鈥檚 four for four of the shows I reviewed this season, but when dealing with adaptations of ongoing properties, I can hardly act surprised. This was one that was never going to go far, but it worked with its time well.
What seemed like yet another entry in a line of series conforming to a stale formula proved to be a lot more interesting than such assumptions would imply. Amidst the comedic moments are constant reminders of how dark the series truly is, with every major character possessing the potential for genuine villainy. There鈥檚 plenty more story to be told, but it was good for what it was.
Streamed By: FUNimation
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