The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated – Episode 6 & 7 (ANN)

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.

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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated – Episode 5 (ANN)

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.

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Advanced Review: Life of Melody by Mari Costa (Seven Seas + Hiveworks)

Life of Melody

What’s The Story?
When Razzmatazz, a snazzy fairy godfather, and Bon, a burly beast-man, find a human child in the woods, they decide to co-parent the mortal babe… at least for now. What they don’t expect is love: love for their brand-new human charge, love for caretaking, and a blooming love between them both. Will this fantastical found family become a true family, or will love fail to come full circle?

Reviewer’s Note: I received a review copy of Life of Melody as part of my work for ANN. However, as Life of Melody is an OEL/American graphic novel, I was unable to publish the review there. However, I was given permission to publish my review elsewhere, so it’s found a home on my blog. All reviews are spoiler-free and image-free. Opinions are my own.


Life of Melody is a full-color, LGBTQ+/queer graphic novel published, initially, as a webcomic via Hiveworks and now, as part of the Seven Seas + Hiveworks lineup.

The story centers around odd couple Razzmatazz (i.e. Raj) and Bon (i.e. Lancelot) as they raise a little human foundling in a town full of magic, trees, and a very pretty lake. We follow their adventures with their found daughter Melody across the years, witnessing the growth of their partnership from barely cohabitating to something more.

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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated – Episode 4 (ANN)

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.)

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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated – Episode 3 (ANN)

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..

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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated – Episode 2 (ANN)

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.

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Review: Tales of Symphonia the Animation (OVA) (ANN)

Ultimately, Tales of Symphonia is a rarity: a solid video game adaptation anime that feels satisfying. It’s the kind of adaptation that both newcomers and existing fans of the series can get something out of. If you’ve played the video games at least once, you’ll get enjoyment out of seeing how everything gets compressed into eleven episodes, for better or worse.

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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated Season Premiere – Episode 1 (ANN)

As the fourth episode out one of two cours, it’s… still somewhat sluggish, though it does a lot more in terms of setting up future plotRevered and feared (and with an endless supply of claret wine), Jahy had it all… until a magical girl absolutely wrecked Jahy’s day. And as silly as that is, it was enough to make me full out guffaw because of its The Devil is a Part-Timer! meets Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle energy, which is promising for future episodes.

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