「命の輝き」 (Inochi no Kagayaki)
“The Glow of Life”
Alright honestly I’m going to be one sad panda once Maou Gakuin wraps up in two weeks. While not the greatest thing since sliced bread, this show has consistently outperformed since its start, and now at what looks to be the grand reveal of just what happened two thousand years ago, we truly are in the realm of pure popcorn. Given the amount of source material which exists right now I don’t expect any surprise sequel announcements, but a man can certainly dream.
Considering everything we know Anoth is capable of (spirit bombs will never be the same again), the end result of the exam with Kanon’s reincarnations isn’t that surprising—although the manner of it definitely threw a curveball. Ray and Sasha helping to carry the day? What is this well-rounded deviltry doing in my unilateral wish fulfillment power trip? I got to hand it to Maou Gakuin though; having Anoth not just able but happily willing to step back and let the others actually do the heavy lifting was a treat to see, especially considering it cathartically put our heroes in their proper place. While brainwashing may be an excuse for everything which happened thus far, there’s no denying there’s plenty of satisfaction watching Diego get his ass rightfully and repeatedly handed to him. Mess with best girl and get the fist, it’s just the law of the land.
Of course, the interesting bit is what we’ll wind up learning from our water girl Eleanor next time. Given how twisted the heroes wound up being it’s pretty obvious the rot has enveloped a lot more than immediately apparent, but the how and why remain firmly up in the air. Personally, I suspect it’s nothing more than a grudge taken to the extreme by some secondary (Anoth and Kanon are pretty much the only ones shown so far who are/were able to understand their battle was never black and white), but there’s always the potential to see something more complex—after all, if Ray happens to possess one of Kanon’s sources, just think of what may have been reincarnated on the human side. Honestly no idea what’s in store, but I’m definitely eager to find out.
And maybe just a tad excited to see what happens when our demon king finally discovers the truth. You know, for science.