Shinmai Maou no Testament: One Year Later

In the summer of 2018, I got set up on a blind date with a girl, sadly I struck out and nothing came of it. This of course happens, but I was bummed out enough that I needed something to rid my sorrows. Earlier that year I had recently come back into the anime world after several years “in the wilderness,” so I decided that a good ol anime binge-fest was what I needed. The binge I chose was a buffet table of harem and ecchi anime. Date A Live, Shomin Sample, Majikoi, and more. Over the next two days I shut myself away and just enjoyed the onslaught of comedy and harem hijinks that High School DxD had caused me to fall in love it. At the end of the binge-fest I came across another series, one that I had been told about, but I had somehow waited to the end to watch.

That series was Shinmai Maou no Testament, or The Testament of Sister New Devil. And I fucking hated it.

I disliked it so much, that hours after that final episode of season one rolled, I was literally pacing back and forth trying to figure out my feelings. How could have something I should have loved turned out so bad? How could a show, with all the ingredients for a home-run hit, just completely shit the bed? Had I just reached peak harem? Had my binge caught up with me? Or was I mad that it wasn’t another High School DxD?

This provided the catalyst for me to create Shallow Dives in Anime. For months I had been humming and hawing over creating a anime blog where I could get my thoughts on, hone my writing skills, and just have a project to work on. It was Shinmai and my anger towards the show that finally made me bite the bullet and do it. On September 9th 2018 I threw up my first post: Indulgence, Self Reflection and Shinmai Maou no Testament. A few months later in December, I published my second post examining the character of Basara Toujou called Shinmai Maou’s Basara Toujou: Anime Blue-Balls, Sexual Independence and A Moment of Greatness

Over year and the dozens of posts on dozens of different anime, I had dropped references to Shinmai Maou, and my dislike for it, always in jest and so much so that it became a running gag. Yet as time went on and it got closer and closer to a whole year of blogging, I realized that I would need to do something to celebrate. I have always believed in second chances and watching something again with your “fan expectations” set aside. Part of me wanted to go back to the series and see if my hatred had dimmed, or if I had misjudged the series because, as I said in my first post on the series, didn’t indulge my personal tastes. I thought it was the right thing to do, the mature thing to do, instead of just sitting in an echo chamber of self-eating hatred of something that frankly, isn’t really important. So I did that, I watched the entire first season again.

This is Shallow Dives in Anime, and welcome to my One Year Anniversary Post.

This is my re-dive into Shinmai Maou no Testament.

((You know what this show is. NSFW shit coming up))

Shinmai Maou no Testament

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Goblin Slayer’s Goblin Slayer: The Hero’s Hero.

Goblin Slayer has been a surprise hit among anime fans, harking back to the days of Berserk style shows where the gore, violence and settings don’t have an Isekai in sight. It was no doubt that a show like Goblin Slayer would be popular, but the level of enjoyment people got from this show was rather surprising, as was the “controversy”

But we aren’t here to talk about that, instead I want to talk about the titular lead of the show and what makes him so unique in the era of anime leads. Join me after the cut as I take a Character Dive into the main character of Goblin Slayer: The Goblin Slayer

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Did someone say Goblins?

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The Summer of Love: High School DxD’s Rias Gremory: The Effort of Doing Something, instead of Nothing.

The Summer of Love continues this week! While season 2 has been off to a great start, I thought it was time to go back and take a look at one of the main characters of the show. While I have dived into her character before, I thought it was high time to revisit the main lead of High School DxD and just talk about what makes her so effective and compelling. Join me after the cut as we take a character dive into the main female lead of High School DxD: Rias Gremory.

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Sitting Down with Ecchi Hunter: How Not to Summon a Demon Lord.

Hey guys.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to join the writers at Ecchi Hunter to discuss the relatively unknown ecchi manga: Parallel Paradise. It was a great conversation and I couldn’t wait to do it again, and we ended up doing just that! Last week I sat down with Lynn and discussed the best ecchi title of 2018: How Not to Summon a Demon Lord! I’ve gushed about this series before on this blog, but it’s always good to revisit what was the surprising hit of last year!

Check out the Conversation Here!

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Even a year later, I still remember this series for how fun it was.

The Quintessential Quintuplets: Fearsome Fivesome

The Harem and Ecchi Genre are two types of anime that go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly. There is just something about perverted antics and harem hijinks that just make series work. Yet what happens when you just have a straight harem with no ecchi? Can something like that even succeed? Well in the case of the show we are talking about today, it apparently can. Now that I’ve finally gotten around to watching it, let’s take a dive into last seasons’s The Quintessential Quintuplets after the cut.

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The Great Waifu War

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The Summer of Love with High School DxD

Hey guys

Last November I undertook the task of dedicating the entire month to talking about every anime of the series Fate Stay Night called Fatevember. I greatly enjoyed talking about the franchise and I knew I wanted to try my hand at it again, but maybe only on one series.

So I hummed and hawed about it for awhile, until I realized this allowed me to kill two birds with one stone, and then I decided to go bigger, then smaller. Either way, I’m pleased to announce the upcoming blogging project: The Summer of Love with High School DxD

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Bunny Girl Senpai’s Kaede Azusagawa: The Unintentional Imouto Meta-Commentary

This is going to be a bit of a different character dive than my previous ones, in that this is really a response to a excellent post from Yomu at Umai Yomu Anime Blog who has been doing a wonderful series of posts examining each of the girls from the hit anime of last year: Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. More specifically this post is going to talk about the character of Kaede Azusagawa and provide what, I think at least, is a different viewing of the character from a more meta perspective than from the plot itself.

If you haven’t already, I HIGHLY suggest you check out Yomu’s post on Kaede and all the girls from Bunny Girl Senpai, as they are well thought out looks into the characters from frankly, the best show of the year last year. This post wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for that excellent piece of work.

Anyway, after the cut let’s take a character dive into one of the main girls of Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai: Kaede Azusagawa.

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Getting them Rem Vibes here.

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