If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Defeat Even a Demon Lord: Epic Pouting Maneuver

OK, we are getting this out of the way right now.

The Demon Lord light novel series ends up going in the direction where Latina starts aging up rather quickly, ends up marrying Dale and having a family with him. It’s there, it happens, it’s part of the story. But since the 12 episode season has next to NO foreshadowing or hinting of what is to come, I’m going to be judging the story based on the anime, not on its light novel series. You might think other wise, that’s your choice and I get if where the series goes turned you away from it. That’s not a wrong view to have. But lets also be honest here. This isn’t going to get a second season, so none of that is ever going to be adapted.

Right then, after the cut let’s talk about the absolute sleeper anime hit of the season: If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Defeat Even a Demon Lord.

Uchi no Ko no Tame naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru kamo Shirenai.
This level of cuteness should be illegal.

I’ve long been a fan of what I call the “tune in, tune out” anime series. The slice of life series were you want to cuddle up with a blanket, some wine or a cup of hot chocolate and just bask in the good feelings and fun times. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou, The Helpful Fox Senko-san and even The Devil is a Part-Timer are all stellar examples of this, and are loved for very much that reason. It is just nice sometimes to turn your brain off and enjoy something wholesome and lovable and Demon Lord is yet another stellar entry into that genre.

There isn’t really much to the story, we follow our main male lead Dale Reki who, when returning home for a job, discovers a small demonic girl who has been left alone in the wilderness. Taking it upon himself to look after her, Dale adopts the girl named Latina an soon both characters find their worlds changed forever as they bond as a surrogate father and daughter. It’s a simple enough story, but one that works extremely well as most of the drama is reserved for just watching Latina adjust and adapt to her new world, and Dale to the realities and joys of being a parent.

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One of the surprising parts of the series, is how it shows how much for the better Latina changes Dale, who finds joy and purpose in being a father figure.

The joys of parenthood is the best way to sum up this series really, and like with Issei in High School DxD, the show’s underlying theme seems to be the massive effect Latina has on Dale’s life. We get hints of this as the series goes on, that Dale was a lonely young man who was at risk of losing himself to the horrors of his hero career. The arrival of Latina however gives, for the first time, a chance for Dale to foster and nurture something, and a loving smile to come back to. Latina in turn, receives a doting and loving parental figure who saves her from a life of hardship and possible death. It isn’t just Dale who is affected though, Latina’s arrival has a ripple effect on the entire secondary cast and in little ways she forever changes the lives of those who come into contact with her.

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The supporting cast all take to Latina instantly, and they provide a warm and loving support system for when Dale is away.

Latina herself is pretty much the perfect anime little girl. Cute as a button, voice acted to perfection and with more pouts than you can shake a stick at. This is very much the idealized version of a child, always polite, forever curious, adorable in just about every situation. You could literally just have a entire slideshow of cute Latina moments and there is no way you don’t walk away with a smile on your face. I wouldn’t even be surprised if couples started going ‘I want one,” because honestly, who wouldn’t want a child like Latina?

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Find me a cuter anime kid than Latina. She has pouts for DAYS.

Best of all, Demon Lord is wise enough to not stray far from it’s comfort zone. While there are hints of a large plot involving demons, and the light novels end up going that way, there is little of any of that in Demon Lord, and the show rightly puts its focus on all the slice of life moments. Too often shows feel they need to have a grander scale or story to feel relevant, but Demon Lord stays firmly in the lane it starts in and flourishes because of it. In the VERY rare chance that this show gets a second season, we can deal with that stuff then, but for now the show is good enough just being about people living their lives.

If it’s for My Daughter, I’d defeat even a Demon Lord! is a great series, top to bottom, pure and simple. If you put aside where the story goes and look at the anime as its own thing, then it is a excellent series about a girl finding a loving father figure, and a man finding purpose in saving a child. It’s sweet as candy, fluffy as clouds and as warm as the hot sun. I doubt there is anyone who would walk away from an episode without a smile on their face, and honestly how could you not? I absolutely loved this series and it became a real sleeper hit in what has become a pretty strong back half for 2019. I highly suggest you give it a look, because if you want a smile on your face, nothing does it better than a cute anime kid, doing cute anime kid things.

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God only knows Dale.

 

 

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