- Episodes : 12
- Genre : Comedy, Supernatural
- Airing Date : Jul 2018 to Sep 2018
- Studios : Nomad
Jashin-chan Dropkick (Dropkick On My Devil!) Introduction and Story
Based on Yukiwo's manga, Jashin-chan Dropkick is a comedy that adheres rigidly to a specific formula and, for better or worse, never falters. Fancying herself to be something of a witch, a college student named Yurine Hanazono summons the devilish Jashin-chan to the human world. The spell effectively binds the girls together, but Jashin-chan is far from the type to just sit back and accept subjugation. In order to cut ties with Yurine, the fiend sets out to destroy her new master, believing this to be the only way to end their relationship. Fortunately for the human, Jashin-chan's schemes continually fall apart, allowing Yurine to exert some punishment. Jashin-chan Dropkick is an astonishingly gory comedy about two deranged girls with a taste for murder and torture!
1. An Angel, Minotaur, and Medusa Walk into an Anime
As implied by the name, Jashin-chan and Yurine hog the vast majority of Dropkick On My Devil!'s screentime. While the leads have their fair share of memorable scenes, Nomad's series shines the brightest when the secondary players are pushed into the spotlight. In contrast with Jashin-chan and Yurine's single-mindedness, the anime's side characters are presented with a touch more nuance. A fallen angel struggling to survive out on the streets while maintaining her faith in the heavens, Pekora is comfortably Jashin-chan Dropkick's most interesting personality. While the angel's crisis of faith is hilarious to watch, Minosu and Medusa are also far from slackers, and the latter's friendship with Jashin-chan is the demon's only humanizing feature.
2. Like, So Much Blood!
Stuffed with more blood than a meat packing plant, Jashin-chan Dropkick follows in the footsteps of Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan. The slapstick comedy revolves almost entirely around gore and shocking the audience. If this is not your type of thing, then Nomad's anime is best avoided; however, for those seeking such an experience, then Jashin-chan Dropkick could not be an easier recommendation. Even though the regenerating devil girl tends to make the first move, Yurine clearly enjoys tearing Jashin-chan to pieces. Armed with a variety of weapons, the human likes to get creative and often uses parts of Jashin-chan as food.
1. Rinse and Repeat
Moving past the shocking imagery and vile characters, Jashin-chan Dropkick is about as formulaic of a comedy as they come. While the premise definitely has room to expand upon the cast's rapport and bestows this privilege to the secondary characters, the same consideration does not extend to the central girls. Yurine and, especially, Jashin-chan are distractingly shallow. Occasionally, the cour's later episodes calm things down and shift focus to the dialogue rather than the slapstick, but these moments fail to amount to anything substantial. Dropkick On My Devil!'s gore seeks to startle viewers into a fit of laughter, but the shock factor quickly wears thin.
2. The Tom and Jerry Effect
The worst Tom and Jerry episodes punish the iconic cat regardless of whether the penalty is merited. At the end of the day, Tom and Jashin-chan are merely behaving the way nature intended them to act. As the anime's vengeful mouse, the fake witch is a detestable character who always has to have the final laugh. The second episode starts with the human girl torturing Jashin-chan because she complained too much about the hot weather, so Yurine's harsh countermeasures are not restricted solely to situations warranting self-defense. After watching Jashin-chan be repeatedly beaten or served up for dinner, the desire to see Yurine suffer a loss became insatiable! Outside the girl's torturous habits, Yurine is devoid of any meaningful personality traits, so she is primarily defined by her weapon collection.
In order to avoid any misconceptions due to the previous point, we are by no means implying that Jashin-chan is a misunderstood antihero. The eponymous devil dedicates every waking moment to belittling, insulting, and bullying anyone deemed weaker than her. Considering most of the humor revolves around hurting Jashin-chan, she was written to be the most unlikable protagonist imaginable. If the anime embraced the fact that both leads are monsters and split the punchlines between them, Jashin-chan Dropkick might have been funnier. In its current state, episodes amount to watching a hateable character suffer at the hands of a marginally less hateable character.
Obviously, Jashin-chan Dropkick is intended for a niche audience, but there is enough here to justify a recommendation. The manga's chapters are relatively compact, and the anime's episodes may have benefitted from a shorter run time. And, while the supporting cast is fantastic, the leads will be the biggest sticking point for most people.
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