One of the things I love about the slice of life genre is that it does take its time: there’s plot, but sometimes, that gets placed as foundation for moments and episodes like this, little character studies that break down certain aspects of Jahy and Jingu’s fraught relationship as villainous hero and heroic villain, at least from Jahy’s perspective. That’s certainly what I found as I was retooling this review.
If I had one complaint about this episode, it’s that I want more Saurva content. I mentioned waaaaaaaaaaay back in episode 4 that Saurva was one of my favorite characters, and potentially the best girl, because she’s just so relatably unlucky (who hasn’t experienced the mundane bathroom misfortunes of slipping on soap and getting half your shampoo used before you even get a pump in?) and the actual pitiful character in the series.
Long story long? No, but let’s expand on this because… well, this is a review. So… episode 8 is premised around one thing and one thing only: Jahy getting to take a bath that’s not in her “pathetic little tub”, which is a direct quote from the cold open and the most relatable mood if you’ve ever lived in Japan and had to clamber into an ofuro while being over five foot tall. And like so many of Jahy’s foibles, this means a true test of endurance as Jahy encounters all manner of trial and tribulation just to splish splash take a bath, which… expected, hilariously brutal, and so utterly relatable.
TL;DR: The Great Jahy is exactly that: great, and if you’re not watching, well… why not dive deep into the world of everyone’s favorite demoness today? If you need some levity in the year of our lord, 2021, you honestly can’t go wrong with this very fun and very funny reverse isekai about one demoness’ attempts to survive and maybe even thrive on this beautiful blue marble of ours.
But that’s not the funniest thing in this episode. That honor goes to the fact that Jahy, the great and powerful and intimidating and imminently strong Jahy… catches a common cold, and y’all? It’s comedy gold and once again makes Jahy a really relatable character. She’s become one of this season’s funniest heroines, specifically because while she seems to be all tsun, and no dere, she’s actually the opposite of that, and is actually quite deredere, with only a touch of tsun to be found.
I’m not saying that there is a problem with watching the show and liking it. I think there is a difference between liking a show and condoning what it represents: you can like something and still have your own, informed opinion. At the end of the day, this just wasn’t a series for me, and my opinion certainly isn’t the end all be all: media is subjective, problematic faves exist, and if this is yours, it’s neither my place nor my intent to judge you for it.
In the end, I suppose that’s the power of the slice-of-life genre, as well as the appeal of simple, but enjoyable anime. Let’s Make a Mug Too isn’t particularly beautiful: there were a few moments that made me gasp, but for the most part, it has pretty average animation and art, though it’s all done really well, if you catch my drift. I’ll also say that honestly, Let’s Make a Mug Too has fairly generic background music, though the OP and ED go hard, and definitely make you want to go throw clay. I still frequently catch myself humming Tobira o Aketara (Open the Door), which is sung by the Pottery Quartet, because it’s such an earworm of a do-it-yourself song.
In the premiere, Jahy came off as a screaming child, and while she still gets a bit screechy when she’s angry, the show’s Jahy is officially good, and I can no longer ignore how excited I am to watch this series every week. I’m excited enough that I’m picking up the manga so I can start adding some additional context to my reviews, because I really want to give The Great Jahy my best effort. The Magnificent Saurva has this buckwild chunni energy that has me ride or die for this series. (And Druj: I’ll never stop loving my gothic lolita turned twenty-something OL demoness. We stan a cutie.)
In the premiere, Jahy came off as a screaming child, and while she still gets a bit screechy when she’s angry, the show’s humor is leaning less on her child form and more on just how much of an actual disaster Jahy really is. This, specifically, is what made me like episode 3: the dissonance that comes from watching a once-powerful demon struggling to make it as a functioning member of a very mundane society. It makes for really funny, faux dramatic moments where Druj assumes something magical has happened, Jahy riffs on that, and reveals that, of course, it was something absolutely mundane. This change is immediately endearing, and really has me in Jahy’s corner. She’s so utterly pitiful that I kinda can’t help but root for her..
I have to admit: episode 2 is making me warm up to Jahy, which I didn’t expect to happen quite this soon. Then again, I also didn’t expect to like Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro‘s Nagatoro and I actually did by the finale, so… maybe I’m just developing a fondness for tanned/dark-skinned girls with fangs and a good dollop of attitude? I don’t know. Whatever it was, the jokes hit better, in large part because Jahy wasn’t screaming at the screen for 80% of the episode.