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.
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.
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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Episode 22, “Be Forever, Me?” returns viewers to Kumoko, who is reporting live from a raging battlefield in the ongoing war between Sariella and Ohts. Best spider girl is smack dab in the middle of what she alludes to as the world’s worst Summer Comiket, getting waylaid by blood as blades fly and soldiers are cut down.
A lot happens in episode 21: the barrier falls, the invasion finally commences, and the plot grows ever more complex. At this point, I have very few worries for Kumoko, but so many for Shun and the elves. For an episode without Kumoko, it remains solidly entertaining, delivering plenty of food for thought to chew on here, especially with regards to the Administrators (but can we trust Oka’s information?). While I do miss Kumoko’s antics, it was nice to see the show shift gears and become a bit more action-oriented in a different direction. Though that’s not why I’ve stuck around; It’s the complexities of the plot, and all those juicy nuggets of worldbuilding, that keep me interested.