As this anime season began, I didn’t know what to expect with the line-up. There were over 51 shows, both returning and new (talk about spoiled for choice), and I hadn’t picked out any. So, as I was going down the list, I happened to notice one that caught my eye. Dropkick On My Devil!! – a comedy anime that seemed to have an interesting premise and a unique cast of characters.
The plot, via Wikipedia:
“A witch named Yurine Hanazono summons the serpent woman Jashin from Hell. Unable to go back to Hell by herself, Jashin spends each day unsuccessfully trying to kill Yurine while simultaneously spending time with her and various acquaintances from Heaven and Hell.”
Let’s begin by talking about the characters, which are the key to the show’s comedy. Our main protagonist is the title character Jashin-chan, a snake-girl who is living with Yurine. Jashin-chan is unable to return to hell, having been summoned to the human world by Yurine. The only way for her to return is to kill her new master, and while this may sound easy enough, any plan Jashin-chan comes up with always ends in failure – and her getting badly injured, thanks to Yurine’s love for violence. The rest of the cast is made up of Jashin-chan’s devil friends, Minos, Medusa, and a mysterious unnamed person. There’s also Pekola, an angel who has lost her halo.
Despite the wacky adventures the group has, the show doesn’t actually have a main plot, even towards the end. Instead, it’s just the day to day life of Jashin-chan and her friends. It was somewhat strange to see this format, but it ends up being to the show’s benefit and makes it easy to go back and re-watch episodes at any point.
The animation is pretty good, and the art style really ends up being something to appreciate – all the characters have a vibrant color scheme that really shows off their unique qualities. The backgrounds are also something that deserves a mention. They’re always drawn with very small but noticeable details and colors in order to accompany the tone of the episode, even the setting is Yurine and Jashin-chan’s room.
Let’s now talk about music for a brief minute, specifically the opening and ending. Both are very addicting to listen to and fit the tone of the show very nicely. The opening “Anoko ni Dropkick” performed by “Jashin Girls” essentially summarizes the entire show, almost being like a short episode. Meanwhile, the ending focuses on the characters and their personalities, showcasing a photo cutout animation style as the very catchy “Home Sweet Home !” performed by Yutaro Miura plays. As for the OST, it’s quite pleasing, with the exception of some songs that are opposite to the usual musical-style.
One thing I especially liked about Dropkick was the subtle fourth wall breaking. Whether it be Jashin-chan saying the first episode is the season finale or a giant poster in a store that says Dropkick On My Devil!! is getting an anime, it’s done very frequently throughout the show but not enough that it becomes tiresome. Fourth wall breaking can be quite common in comedy shows, but it’s always refreshing to see it done right.
Overall, Dropkick On My Devil!! was a fascinating anime from start to finish. Despite having a very bizarre premise – one that seems like it would get old quickly – Dropkick manages to make it work. The characters unique both visually and personality-wise, and coupled with the soundtrack and animation, the show is a joy to watch. If you’re a fan of comedy anime, Dropkick On My Devil!! is definitely worth a watch, and I hope it receives a second season or movie at some point in the future.
And that’s it for this review! Man, it’s certainly been a while since I wrote a review, so it was a little nerve-wracking but fun nonetheless. What did you think about Dropkick On My Devil!!? Would you like to see a second season? Who was the best girl? Feel free to leave any feedback or suggestions on future reviews you would like to see!
Thanks for reading!