Demon Lord, Retry!

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Demon Lord, Retry!
Maō-sama, Retry! light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover
魔王様、リトライ!
(Maō-sama, Ritorai!)
GenreFantasy, isekai[1]
Novel series
Written byKurone Kanzaki
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original run2016 – present
Light novel
Written byKurone Kanzaki
Illustrated byKōji Ogata
Published byFutabasha
DemographicMale
ImprintMonster Bunko, M Novels
Original runJuly 2017 – present
Volumes3
Manga
Written byKurone Kanzaki
Illustrated byAmaru Minotake
Published byFutabasha
DemographicSeinen
ImprintMonster Comics
MagazineWeb Comic Action
Original runOctober 2017 – present
Volumes4
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Kimura
Written byŌka Tanisaki
Music bySatoshi Hōno
StudioEkachi Epilka
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, BS Fuji
Original run July 4, 2019 – present
Episodes8 (List of episodes)
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Demon Lord, Retry! (魔王様、リトライ!, Maō-sama, Ritorai!) is a Japanese fantasy light novel series written by Kurone Kanzaki and illustrated by Kōji Ogata. It began serialization online in 2016 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō, as well as the website Hameln. It was later acquired by Futabasha, who have published three volumes since June 2017 under their Monster Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with art by Amaru Minotake has been serialized via Futabasha's digital publication Web Comic Action since October 2017. An anime television series adaptation by Ekachi Epilka premiered on July 4, 2019.

Characters[edit]

Hakuto Kunai (九内 伯斗, Kunai Yuh Hakuto) / Akira Ōno (大野 晶, Ōno Akira)
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda[2] (Japanese); Josh Grelle[3] (English)
Ono Akira is the creator of Infinity Game and has been its administrator for 15 years. He has an average, unassuming appearance and seems perfectly ordinary. Through thousands of hours of gameplay he has become extremely experienced at Infinity Game, and as a functional employed adult has excellent acting skills, which he frequently uses to maintain his appearance as his character, Demon Lord Hakuto Kunai. He is also an Atheist who firmly believes God does not exist. Once summoned to the game world he takes on Kunai’s appearance as a tall man with black eyes, long black hair and the clothing of a mafia boss. He is quite sociable but becomes shy around women. He prefers to avoid violence where possible but never holds back if he feels his actions are justified. Since he is sharing a body with Kunai’s original personality he can also be quite brutal towards his enemies. As a Demon Lord he has high levels of durability, strength and magic. In battle he uses his favourite weapon, Sodom’s Fire, a set of throwing knives imbued with fire magic. Like Akira, Kunai is also an atheist, though this is because he thinks of himself as God.
Aku (アク)
Voiced by: Kanon Takao[2] (Japanese); Natalie Hoover[3] (English)
Aku is a 13 year old girl with short blonde hair and heterochromia eyes, one red and one green. She is the first friend Kunai makes once inside the game and despite her androgynous appearance is a female. An orphan, Aku lost her parents to disease at a young age. Her status as an orphan, along with her unusual eyes, leads the other people in her village to bully and abuse her, forcing her to carry out the villages worst jobs. When the demon Greol appeared and demanded human sacrifices Aku was cast out by the village to be killed until she was saved by Kunai and became his partner.
Luna Elegant (ルナ・エレガント, Runa Ereganto)
Voiced by: Kaori Ishihara[2] (Japanese); Kristen McGuire[3] (English)
Luna is a 16 year old girl with pink hair and red eyes. She was chosen by the Holy Church at a young age to become a Holy Maiden alongside two other Holy Maidens who became her older sisters, though they are not blood related. While she respects her sisters while in their presence she is determined to one day surpass them both. Her natural talent and high levels of magical power have made her self-centred and narcissistic with an inflated opinion of her own abilities, though when faced with her first real fight her lack of experience left her unable to make quick decisions and she was swiftly and embarrassingly defeated by Kunai. After developing a crush on Kunai she decided to continue travelling with him and often becomes jealous when he pays attention to other girls. She treats Aku like a little sister.
Killer Queen (キラー・クイーン)
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu[4] (Japanese); Caitlin Glass[3] (English)
Angel White (エンジェル・ホワイト)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki[4] (Japanese); Megan Shipman[3] (English)
Yu Kirino (桐野 悠, Kirino Yu)
Voiced by: Rina Satō[4] (Japanese); Katelyn Barr[3] (English)
Mikan (ミカン)
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame[5] (Japanese); Beth Lipton[3] (English)
Yukikaze (ユキカゼ)
Voiced by: Sora Tokui[5] (Japanese); Apphia Yu[3] (English)
Zero Kirisame (霧雨零)
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo[6]
Momo (モモ)
Voiced by: Yurika Kubo[6] (Japanese); Kylie Stewart[3] (English)
Kyon (キョン)
Voiced by: Kazusa Aranami[6]
Tron (トロン)
Voiced by: Suzuna Kinoshita[6]
Mink (ミンク)
Voiced by: Chiyo Ōsaki[6]
Organ (オルガン)
Voiced by: M.A.O[6]
Isami Tahara (田原 勇, Tahara Isami)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki[7]

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Futabasha have published three volumes since June 2017 under their Monster Bunko imprint. A reprint of the light novels, illustrated by Makoto Iino, will be published under Futabasha's M Novels label.[8]

No.Release date ISBN
1 June 30, 2017[9]ISBN 978-4-575-75141-3
2 October 30, 2017[10]ISBN 978-4-575-75166-6
3 June 30, 2017[11]ISBN 978-4-575-75194-9

Reprint[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 October 22, 2018[12]ISBN 978-4-575-24115-0
2 February 15, 2019[13]ISBN 978-4-575-24147-1
3 May 30, 2019[14]ISBN 978-4-575-24178-5
4 August 30, 2019[15]ISBN 978-4-575-24202-7

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation with art by Amaru Minotake has been serialized via Futabasha's digital publication Web Comic Action since October 2017. It has been collected in four tankōbon volumes.[8]

No.Release date ISBN
1 March 30, 2018[16]ISBN 978-4-575-41023-5
2 August 30, 2018[17]ISBN 978-4-575-41032-7
3 January 30, 2019[18]ISBN 978-4-575-41046-4
4 June 28, 2019[19]ISBN 978-4-575-41063-1

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by Ekachi Epilka premiered on July 4, 2019 on Tokyo MX and BS Fuji.[6][a] The series is directed by Hiroshi Kimura, with Ōka Tanisaki handling series composition, and Chiyo Nakayama designing the characters.[2] Kaori Ishihara performed the series' opening theme song "Tempest," while Haruka Tōjō performed the series' ending theme song "New."[4] Funimation has licensed the series.[20]

No. Title[b] Original air date[21][a]
1"Demon Lord's Descent"
Transcription: "Maō Kōrin" (Japanese: 魔王降臨)
July 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)
After 15 years the MMORPG Infinity Game is shutting down. The games creator, Akira Ono, suddenly finds himself summoned into the game as his character, the Demon Lord Hakuto Kunai. He meets an injured young girl being attacked by the demon Greol, which he defeats with his in-game powers. The girl, Aku, explains they are in the Kingdom of Holy Light whose people worship the Holy Church and the angel Cherub. As these are not parts of the original game Kunai reasons that someone in the game must have tried to summon a real Demon Lord but accidentally summoned him. Overwhelmed by his kindness Aku explains she is an orphan cast out by cruel villagers as a sacrifice to Greol. At the nearby shrine Kunai finds the mages who summoned him already killed by Greol. The shrines Idol explains she granted their wish to summon the Demon Lord but cannot send Kunai home as this would contradict the wish that summoned him. Instead she gives Kunai a magic ring. Kunai takes Aku back to her village but upon seeing the villagers abusing her Kunai's anger awakens the ring, which appeals to his darker side by offering to kill the villagers. Instead Kunai saves Aku himself, revealing himself as the Demon Lord. He sets the village on fire as revenge and makes Aku his partner as they head to the capital city.
2"Golden Luna"
Transcription: "Kin'iro no Runa" (Japanese: 金色のルナ)
July 11, 2019 (2019-07-11)
Luna Elegant, one of the three Holy Maidens, seeks out the rumoured Demon Lord to defeat him. O Wengoal and his bandits, the Moles, plan to defeat her and increase their reputation. Kunai plans to find another shrine idol, hoping a similar being to the one that summoned him could send him back home. The next morning the Moles lay in ambush but Kunai and Aku fall into the trap first. Kunai realises that O Wengoal is identical to his boss from the real world, causing them to argue. This is interrupted by Luna who forces the bandits to retreat while Kunai realises he can be injured by Luna's magic. Irritated by her arrogant, childish attitude Kunai defeats her soldiers then punishes her by spanking her repeatedly and stealing her money. Upon reaching the city Kunai uses Luna's money to rent a room at an inn and buys Aku food and new clothes, realising that Aku has differently coloured eyes, one red and one green. Later, an embarrassed and furious Luna catches up to them to demand the return of her money but is forced to calmly join them for dinner when threatened with a second spanking. She later insists on sharing their room since it was paid for with her gold. Elsewhere a second Holy Maiden approaches the city with her soldiers.
3"Killer Queen"
Transcription: "Kirā Kuīn" (Japanese: キラー・クイーン)
July 18, 2019 (2019-07-18)
Kunai asks Luna about the Cherub and learns it died after sealing away Greol, but the remaining two angels, Elfen and Seraph, are still alive. Luna's older sister, Holy Maiden Killer Queen, plans to drag Luna home. Kunai comes up with a plan to make money by selling worthless crafted items to an antiques dealer. Queen arrives to retrieve Luna while a satanic cult, believing they failed to summon the Demon Lord, plan to kill both Holy Maidens. Luna claims she tamed the Demon Lord though Queen doubts the Demon Lord exists. The cult attacks and Kunai realises the cultists wear the same robes as the ones who summoned him. The cultists unleash a miasma to weaken Luna and Queen. Kunai's ring tempts him to murder the Maidens and when Kunai refuses the ring paralyses him, forcing him to swap into another of his Infinity Game avatars, Zero Kirisame, a strong and fearless warrior. Zero defeats the cultists and Queen instantly falls in love with him after he treats her like a woman instead of a warrior and decides to make him her husband. Zero leaves and turns back into Kunai who is mortified at ever having created such an embarrassing character as Zero. Luna decides to continue travelling with Kunai and Aku while elsewhere two bounty hunters debate whether to accept a job hunting the Demon Lord.
4"Yu Kirino"
Transcription: "Kirino Yū" (Japanese: 桐野 悠)
July 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)
Kunai disguises Luna as a normal schoolgirl so she won't draw attention. The two bounty hunters, 17 year old swordswoman Mikan and 16 year old cross-dressing mage Yukikaze, hunt Sand wolves for their bounty. Kunai, who happened to be nearby, defeats the wolves for skill points then leaves. Mikan and Yukikaze realise Kunai is the demon lord and follow him. Kunai notices Aku's injured leg has healed badly, causing her to limp. He uses his skill points to summon one of his NPC aides, Yu Kirino, a doctor and scientist who, despite being a genius, has an unfortunate sadistic streak and gets "weird" around young boys. Kunai summons her anyway and finds that in this new world Yu is still loyal but has her own free will. Kunai decides to keep a close eye on her and forbids her from killing anyone. Yu fixes Aku's leg with her unique skill, Hand of God, but is scolded by Kunai for asking Aku to dress like a boy. While testing her leg Aku seems to suggest she has fallen in love with Kunai. Kunai thanks Yu for her help and his praise causes the now self-aware Yu to experience happiness and develop a crush on him. Later, as Aku sleeps, it is revealed she gained a rare magical survival skill: the Heroine.
5"Merciless Invasion"
Transcription: "Yōsha naki shinryaku" (Japanese: 容赦なき侵略)
August 1, 2019 (2019-08-01)
Due to his defeat of the Sand Wolves both Mikan and Yukikaze develop crushes on Kunai, though Mikan is irritated they lost the bounty. Utopia, founder of the Satanist Cult, after learning a Demon Lord killed Greol, decides to appease Hades by offering all the citizens as sacrifices. Kunai and the others visit Luna's territory which is extremely run down as Luna has been letting the Holy Church manage it for her. Kunai suspects the Church deliberately gave her the least valuable territory to keep her out of the way. Kunai decides to improve the village by adding a hospital and hot spring. He removes the useless Church manager and learns the village is populated by rabbit eared demi-humans called Bunnies, whom the Church consider inferior. The Bunnies are struggling to farm the poor quality soil so Kunai uses skill points to provide an unlimited source of water and better fertilizer. Elsewhere Luna's oldest sister, Holy Maiden Angel White, debates on the danger Kunai may pose. Dona Dona, the Head Noble, is determined to punish Kunai to please his fellow nobles, while the Head Soldier, Marshall Arts, prefers to wait and see what kind of man Kunai is for himself. Meanwhile Queen is still hopelessly obsessed with Zero leaving Angel worried about Queen’s state of mind.
6"Turmoil in the Capital"
Transcription: "Shinto Dōran" (Japanese: 神都動乱)
August 8, 2019 (2019-08-08)
7"All or Nothing"
Transcription: "Kenkon'itteki" (Japanese: 乾坤一擲)
August 15, 2019 (2019-08-15)
8"Demon Lord's Handiwork"
Transcription: "Maō no Yakudō" (Japanese: 魔王の躍動)
August 22, 2019 (2019-08-22)
9"Dancing Swindler and the Giant Gold Coin"
Transcription: "Odoru Sagishi to Dai Kinka" (Japanese: 踊る詐欺師と大金貨)
August 29, 2019 (2019-08-29)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tokyo MX listed the show at 24:00 on July 3, which is at midnight on July 4, 2019.
  2. ^ All English titles are taken from Funimation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Summer 2019 Anime Preview Guide - Demon Lord, Retry!". Anime News Network. July 3, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "'Maō-sama, Retry!' TV Anime's Teaser Video Reveals Staff, Cast, July Premiere". Anime News Network. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "[Master Thread] Demon Lord, Retry! (Dubbed)". Funimation. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "'Maō-sama, Retry!' TV Anime Reveals Visual, More Cast, Theme Songs". Anime News Network. April 22, 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "'Maō-sama, Retry!' TV Anime Casts Hitomi Nabatame, Sora Tokui". Anime News Network. May 15, 2019. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "'Maō-sama, Retry!' Anime Reveals More Cast, Visual, July 3 Premiere". Anime News Network. June 6, 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "'Maō-sama, Retry!' Anime Reveals Promo Video, More Cast". Anime News Network. June 13, 2019. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Maō-sama, Retry! Fantasy Light Novels Get 2019 TV Anime". Anime News Network. September 22, 2018. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "魔王様、リトライ! 1". futabasha.co.jp. Futabasha. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "魔王様、リトライ! 2". futabasha.co.jp. Futabasha. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  11. ^ "魔王様、リトライ! 3". futabasha.co.jp. Futabasha. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
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  13. ^ "魔王様、リトライ! 2 (reprint)". futabasha.co.jp. Futabasha. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  14. ^ "魔王様、リトライ! 3 (reprint)". futabasha.co.jp. Futabasha. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  15. ^ "魔王様、リトライ! 4 (reprint)". futabasha.co.jp. Futabasha. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  16. ^ "魔王様、リトライ! 1 (manga)". futabasha.co.jp. Futabasha. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "魔王様、リトライ! 2 (manga)". futabasha.co.jp. Futabasha. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  18. ^ "魔王様、リトライ! 3 (manga)". futabasha.co.jp. Futabasha. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  19. ^ "魔王様、リトライ! 4 (manga)". futabasha.co.jp. Futabasha. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
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