Hozuki No Reitetsu
Episode 2 – Demons And Underwear And Crabs/The State Of Hell, And This And That
Another week, another episode and I’m so glad because I cannot get enough of Hozuki No Reitetsu. Welcome back to another instalment of Hozuki No Reitetsu Anime Impressions, I hope you’ve all been as excited about this new episode as I have! This week marks the release of Hozuki No Reitetsu episode two, an episode where Hozuki must deal with young demons slacking off and talking about underwear as well as a surprise visit from European Hell’s very own overlord; Satan. Hozuki No Reitetsu has only come out with two episodes as of right now but it has already concreted itself in as one of my favourite Anime series’ of this season so let’s get into it and see whether or not episode two hit the bar that episode one raised last week.
Demons And Underwear And Crabs:
What do you get when you cross demons with underwear and crabs? Answer: Another odd episode of Hozuki No Reitetsu. Let’s be honest; work is boring and nobody enjoys their job, if you do however, you may be on the right path to some sort of success but that comes in time, today’s episode of Hozuki No Reitetsu showed us that, no matter what age, no matter what race, no matter what plane of existence you live on; work is bad and singing about underwear is good.
Karauri and Nasubi, two young demons, are spending their work day at the shore of the River of Styx cleaning all of the trash left behind by humans who have been disintegrated but it seems like that’s not enough excitement for little Nasubi so he decided to sing a few jingles he’s heard on TV, jingles heard on underwear commercials…you see where this is going.
The songs spark conversation regarding underwear and this lasts for the whole episode with crabs being shown in different scenes throughout, that’s where the episode name comes from. Nothing actually happens within this episode, no actual issues are resolved because, really, there were no issues to begin with. Little Nasubi gets into trouble for screwing up a job he had to do but that quickly gets thrown to the side for more talks of undergarments.
I have to be entirely honest and say, as of right now with two episodes and four short stories in, this would have to be my least favourite simply because I feel as though it wasn’t as elegantly put together as the other ones, I still loved it with its small play on words and references to Italy and our favourite Italian plumber Mario but I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as the last two stories. I Suppose not every episode is going to knock it out of the park but the second story of episode two really won me back over.
The State Of Hell, And This And That:
Now this half-episode here was an absolute ripper! “The State of Hell, And This And That” had the leader of European hell, Satan, pay a visit to the Japanese hell rules in an attempt to lull them into a false sense of security by being nice and showing respect but with the dark intentions of eventually taking over and extending his rule to Asia. Satan doesn’t even know what he’s in for. Hozuki, being the titular character, takes him for a tour of their hell, all the while Satan plots different ways he can take over.
Between the mispronunciation of Satan as Santa and the constant signs of disrespect to the seemingly unpopular leader of hell, this episode absolutely killed me, in a good way! Showing Satan as an eventual nervous and fear-filled character was such a good move to be written into a story like this because it showed Hozuki No Reitetsu’s ability to poke fun at both themselves and at others’ beliefs, myths and legends.
Satan constantly broke character having him call his minions “good little devils” and noting that if his underlings treated him the way Hozuki treats King Enma he’d surely burst into tears every time, Satan even begged God to save him from the terror that is Hozuki and Asian hell which was probably the very best way they could have ended that episode. This half of the episode gave me the cleverness that I longed for while watching the first half of the episode and really showed me just how intelligent Hozuki No Reitetsu is and that the first episode wasn’t just a fluke, it really is this funny and it really is this smart.
Lines get delivers in Hozuki No Reitetsu like no others, I barely laugh at the Japanese dub of any Anime yet this series has made me cackle openly while watching it. The great thing is that it doesn’t treat you like an idiot, Satan mentions that Hozuki is slender and therefore weak but recalls the “recent heroes from Japanese videogames” and how they’re both slender and strong while we’re shown images of Cloud and Sephiroth of Final Fantasy fame as well as others, they’re not directly mentioned by name but we all get the message and I’m sure we all giggled when we saw Cloud’s spiky hair.
I was a bit worried when I saw that first story and didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I had anticipated but, by the end of the full episode I was locked back in and it sealed its place as a series I will continue to watch while others series’ of this season have still not proven themselves to me as fantastic titles…at least, not as fantastic as this one. I pray that Hozuki No Reitetsu continues to get better while also growing in popularity so it gets the large audience I honestly think it deserves. Continue to keep an eye on this site and it’s Anime Impressions page because will be continuing to do Hozuki No Reitetsu impressions indefinitely.
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