Episode 2 – “Non-Standard” – April 13, 2022
Ard Meteor and Ireena Litz de Olhyde take the prestigious Laville National Academy of Magic entrance exam. Given their parents’ highly respected status, Ard and Ireena only need to take the written portion of the test. Wanting to maintain his “nobody” status, Ard looks to not distinguish himself.
However, Ard’s answers are so revolutionary that even the wisest and most powerful mages of the age have never even considered them as possibilities. Thus, Ard – and by extension, Ireena – become instant celebrities. This does not sit well with some of the other students from noble families since Ard is a commoner. But though Ard would have paid this ridicule no mind, when those same students brutally chastise another classmate, the succubus Ginny Fin de Salvan, he cannot turn a blind eye.
One of the high-born students, Elraldo Spencer, challenges Ard to a duel. Before Ard can respond, the class’s instructor arrives, and Ard goes white. It is none other than his former servant, Olvia. If she were to find out Ard is the reincarnation of the Demon Lord, he can say goodbye to his quiet life. But, Ard cannot get out of the duel.
The battle begins, and Ard intends to go easy on Elraldo. Unfortunately, the level of magic in this age has regressed so much that spells Ard considers childish are extremely overpowered. Thus, the fight is laughably one-sided.
Following the duel, the class receives their first assignment: explore a nearby dungeon system. Ard and Ireena invite Ginny to join their group, and the trio heads off. As they venture onward, Ard teaches Ireena and Ginny a unique brand of magic he invented. He also tries to return some of the confidence Ginny had lost while being the target of Elraldo’s torment.
Back on the surface, Ginny finally stands up to Elradlo and becomes a member of Ard’s party.
I’ll give this series one more episode to impress me. Otherwise, I think this show is what it is: a middle-of-the-road fantasy tale featuring an extremely overpowered protagonist and his growing harem.
No, The Greatest Demon Lord isn’t bad, but it is by no means remarkable. I know I have seen this story once, twice, so many times before.
This is a junk-food-type of series; it can provide momentary entertainment, but it won’t leave you with any lasting satisfaction.