A lot of the comedy this episode treads familiar territory: Jahy gets kicked in the non-existent pants by life, Druj simps for Jahy, Jingu continues to try to be her best friend, Saurva’s bad luck lands her in painful situations, and the Dark Lord eats a lot of food, though she does mix things up by sneaking into Jingu’s school bag and causing trouble. Familiar territory isn’t bad though, and the jokes still manage to wrangle chuckles out of me. However, it also means that Episode 16 as a whole is just kind of okay despite getting a lot more of the cast together, which does feel like a bit of a lost opportunity.
Episode 15 is a somewhat middling episode: not bad, but not necessarily “wow” levels of fun, though the gags are still good and feel fresh. There’s lots of hilarious moments, lots of relatable moments, and lots of intensely “it me” kind of moments where you really connect with Jahy. I suppose what makes this kind of middling is that it just feels like a funny episode with no overarching goal, which… okay, while you could say, “Well Mercedez, that’s what every episode is,” I’d argue that most episodes of The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! have a plot of sorts. Episode 15 just feels like, “Let’s get Jingu into the ensemble cast a bit further”, which is funny, but… doesn’t hit like Jahy finding the Dark Lord or trying to grow a tomato plant.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw snap, Jahy ’bout to fight the magical girl y’all!
Finally, episode 14, “The Magical Girl Will Not Fight” brings us the much-anticipated showdown between Jahy and her nemesis. and would you know it, the fight itself actually has some solid enough impact! Jahy is back in all her demonic glory, flinging mana crystals and wielding a spear as she and Jingu have a riverside rumble, complete with dramatic music.
Jahy remains an incredibly loveable character who has upended all my assumptions from the premiere. Whether she’s rescuing children at the beach or sitting next to her green-haired underling, Jahy really has stolen my heart this year. I truly lament the fact that our time with her will eventually end. If only I could make The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! go on forever and ever…
The laughs keep coming and they don’t stop coming when it comes to The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!. Just like a seven-layer dip, there’s so much to this show to enjoy. Whether you’re enjoying the simmering plot of “Jahy getting mana crystals” or, like me, are fully here for the real plot of “Jahy tries to survive being in her late twenties on Earth”, there really is something here. And while the show is quite simple, it excels in its execution, squeezing laughs out of me like the last bit of ketchup in the bottle.
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.