How Not to Summon a Demon Lord

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How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first light novel featuring main character Shera.
異世界魔王と召喚少女の奴隷魔術
(Isekai Maō to Shōkan Shōjo no Dorei Majutsu)
Genre Comedy, fantasy, harem[1]
Light novel
Written by Yukiya Murasaki
Illustrated by Takahiro Tsurusaki
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Male
Imprint Kodansha Lanove Bunko
Original run December 2, 2014 – present
Volumes 10 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Naoto Fukuda
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Suiyōbi no Sirius
Original run June 2015 – present
Volumes 7 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Yūta Murano
Written by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music by Yusuke Kato
Studio Ajia-do Animation Works
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, FNS, SUN
English network
Original run July 5, 2018 September 20, 2018
Episodes 12
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How Not to Summon a Demon Lord (Japanese: 異世界魔王と召喚少女の奴隷魔術, Hepburn: Isekai Maō to Shōkan Shōjo no Dorei Majutsu, lit. "The Other World Demon Lord and the Summoning Girl's Slave Magic") is a Japanese light novel series written by Yukiya Murasaki and illustrated by Takahiro Tsurusaki. The light novels are published in English by J-Novel Club. A manga adaptation by Naoto Fukuda has been running since 2015, and is licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment. An anime television series adaptation by Ajia-do Animation Works aired from July 5 to September 20, 2018.

Plot[edit]

Takuma Sakamoto is a hikikomori gamer who is mysteriously transported to the world of his favourite MMORPG, Cross Reverie, with the appearance of his own character in the game, the Demon Lord Diablo. The two young girls who summoned him, the pantherian Rem and the elf Shera, attempt to use a spell to make Takuma their servant, but due to his passive "Magic Reflection" ability, the spell rebounds, and both end up with magic collars stuck on their necks, thus becoming his slaves instead. With a serious case of social anxiety, Takuma decides to act like his character while interacting with others, and makes use of his high stats and vast knowledge of Cross Reverie's lore to survive in his new environment, traveling along with Rem and Shera to look for a way to remove their slave collars while helping them with their own, personal issues that led them to summon him in the first place.

Characters[edit]

Takuma Sakamoto (坂本拓真, Sakamoto Takuma) / Diablo (ディアヴロ, Diavuro)
Voiced by: Masaaki Mizunaka[2] (Japanese); Eric Vale[3] (English)
Diablo is the male protagonist of the series. He was a Cross Reverie player who controlled the character Diablo, known as the true Demon King. He always defeated players with better equipment and overwhelming skills, always holding back for being too strong. But one day he was invoked in another world, reincarnating in the body of his character, Diablo, finding two girls, a Pantherian and an elf, who claimed to have invoked him and that he should be a slave to one of them, but due to his ring's ability, the magic has rebound back against them, becoming his slaves. In volume 7 and 9, he married Shera and Rem respectively.
Shera L. Greenwood (シェラ・L・グリーンウッド, Shera L Gurīn'uddo)
Voiced by: Yū Serizawa[2] (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft[3] (English)
Shera L. Greenwood is one of the female protagonists of the series. She is an Elf who is one of the two Summoners who summoned Diablo. The reason she summoned him was to have the strength to live free.
Rem Galleu (レム・ガレウ, Rem Gareu)
Voiced by: Azumi Waki[2] (Japanese); Jad Saxton[3] (English)
Rem Galleu is one of the female protagonists of the series. She is a Pantherian who became an invoker and had no choice but to become an adventurer and continue to demonstrate its strength, saying to aim to exterminate the Demon King Krebskrem. It is later revealed that the soul of Krebskulm is sealed in her body and in case she dies the soul will be released.
Alicia Crystella (アリシア・クリステラ, Arishia Kurisutera)
Voiced by: Yumi Hara[4] (Japanese); Sara Ragsdale[5] (English)
Alicia Crystella is an Imperial Knight. She was born as a daughter of a duke house.
Sylvie (シルヴィ, Shiruvi)
Voiced by: Rumi Okubo[4] (Japanese); Leah Clark[5] (English)
Sylvie is the Guildmaster of the Adventurer's Guild in Faltra City.
Edelgard (エデルガルト, Erudorugaruto)
Voiced by: Emiri Katō[4] (Japanese); Kristi Rothrock[6] (English)
Edelgard is a Fallen (Demonic Being). She is shown riding a dragon-like creature, but as she enters into combat she descends from him and fights swiftly with her spear, this is because her demonic beast was paralyzed out of fear. She commanded the army that attacked the city of Faltra and was the superior of Gregore, but was defeated with the rest of the demonic beings by the supreme magic of Diablo.
Klem (クルム, Kurumu)
Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki[7]
Krebskulm is the ruler of the Fallen (Demonic Beings).
Celestine Baudelaire (セレスティーヌ・ボードレール, Seresutīnu Bōdorēru)
Voiced by: Sayaka Senbongi[7] (Japanese); Marissa Lenti[5] (English)
Mei (メイ, Mei)
Voiced by: Yūka Morishima[7] (Japanese); Kimberly Grace[5] (English)
Emile Bichelberger (エミール・ビュシェルベルジェール, Emīru Byusheruberujēru)
Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu[8]
Keera L. Greenwood (キイラ・L・グリーンウッド, Kiira L Gurīn'uddo)
Voiced by: Akira Ishida[8] (Japanese); Stephen Fu[5] (English)
Chester Ray Galford (チェスター・レイ・ガルフォード, Chesutā Rei Garufōdo)
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka[8] (Japanese); Brian Mathis[5] (English)
Medios (メディオス, Mediosu)
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese); Morgan Garrett[5] (English)
Saddler (サドラー, Sadorā)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese); Anthony Bowling[9] (English)

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

The light novels are written by Yukiya Murasaki and illustrated by Takahiro Tsurusaki. Kodansha published the first volume under their Lanove Bunko imprint in December 2014.[10][11] J-Novel Club announced their license to the series on September 28, 2017.[10]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 December 2, 2014[12]ISBN 978-4-06-381433-0December 4, 2017[13]
  • "Prologue" (プロローグ, Purorōgu)
  1. "Being Summoned" (召喚されてみれば, Shōkan sa Rete Mireba)
  2. "Trying to be an Adventurer" (冒険者をやってみる, Bōken-sha o Yatte Miru)
  3. "Trying to Save the World" (世界を救ってみる, Sekai o Sukutte Miru)
  • "Epilogue" (エピローグ, Epirōgu)
2 May 1, 2015[14]ISBN 978-4-06-381461-3February 19, 2018[15]
  • "Prologue" (プロローグ, Purorōgu)
  1. "Meeting with the Governor" (領主と会ってみる, Ryōshu to Atte Miru)
  • "Interlude" (幕間, Makuai)
  1. "Trying to Avoid a War" (戦争を回避してみる, Sensō o Kaihi Shite Miru)
  • "Interlude" (幕間, Makuai)
  1. "Going to War" (戦争してみる, Sensō Shite Miru)
  • "Epilogue" (エピローグ, Epirōgu)
3 September 2, 2015[16]ISBN 978-4-06-381487-3May 7, 2018[17]
  • "Prologue" (プロローグ, Purorōgu)
  • "Interlude" (幕間, Makuai)
  1. "Speaking with the Fallen" (魔族と話してみる, Mazoku to Hanashite Miru)
  2. "Releasing the Seal" (封印を解いてみる, Fūin o Hodoite Miru)
  3. "Going to a Café" (珈琲店に行ってみる, Kōhī-ten ni Itte Miru)
  4. "Rem's Story" (レムの話, Remu no Hanashi)
  • "Interlude" (幕間, Makuai)
  1. "The Two Demon Lords" (魔王と魔王, Maō to Maō)
  • "Epilogue" (エピローグ, Epirōgu)
4 February 2, 2016[18]ISBN 978-4-06-381513-9July 23, 2018[19]
  • "Prologue"
  1. "Pest Control"
  • "Interlude"
  1. "Flying Sky High"
  2. "Heading to a New Town"
  • "Interlude"
  1. "In Hot Pursuit"
  • "Epilogue"
5 June 2, 2016[20]ISBN 978-4-06-381541-2October 8, 2018[21]
6 September 30, 2016[22]ISBN 978-4-06-381557-3
7 March 2, 2017[23]ISBN 978-4-06-381589-4
8 August 2, 2017[24]ISBN 978-4-06-381619-8
9 February 2, 2018[25]ISBN 978-4-06-381643-3
10 June 29, 2018[26]ISBN 978-4-06-512645-5

Manga[edit]

Naoto Fukuda launched a manga adaptation of the series on Kodansha's Niconico based manga service Suiyōbi no Sirius in June 2015.[27] Seven Seas Entertainment announced their license to the manga on September 14, 2017.[27]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 February 2, 2016[28]ISBN 978-4-06-376596-0June 26, 2018[29]ISBN 978-1-626927-60-5
  1. "Being Summoned I" (召喚されてみればⅠ, Shōkan sa Rete Mireba Ⅰ)
  2. "Being Summoned II" (召喚されてみればⅡ, Shōkan sa Rete Mireba Ⅱ)
  3. "Being Summoned III" (召喚されてみればⅢ, Shōkan sa Rete Mireba Ⅲ)
  4. "Being Summoned IV" (召喚されてみればⅣ, Shōkan sa Rete Mireba Ⅳ)
2 June 2, 2016[30]ISBN 978-4-06-390637-0September 25, 2018[31]ISBN 978-1-626928-65-7
  1. Bōken-sha o Yatte Miru Ⅰ (冒険者をやってみるⅠ)
  2. Bōken-sha o Yatte Miru Ⅱ (冒険者をやってみるⅡ)
  3. Bōken-sha o Yatte Miru Ⅲ (冒険者をやってみるⅢ)
  4. Bōken-sha o Yatte Miru Ⅳ (冒険者をやってみるⅣ)
  5. Sekai o Sukutte Miru Ⅰ (世界を救ってみるⅠ)
3 September 30, 2016[32]ISBN 978-4-06-390657-8February 26, 2019[33]ISBN 978-1-626929-65-4
  1. Sekai o Sukutte Miru Ⅱ (世界を救ってみるⅡ)
  2. Sekai o Sukutte Miru Ⅲ (世界を救ってみるⅢ)
  3. Sekai o Sukutte Miru Ⅳ (世界を救ってみるⅣ)
  4. Ryōshu to Atte Miru Ⅰ (領主と会ってみるⅠ)
  5. Ryōshu to Atte Miru Ⅱ (領主と会ってみるⅡ)
4 March 9, 2017[34]ISBN 978-4-06-390687-5
  1. Makuai (幕間)
  2. Sensō o Kaihi Shite Miru Ⅰ (戦争を回避してみるⅠ)
  3. Sensō o Kaihi Shite Miru Ⅱ (戦争を回避してみるⅡ)
  4. Sensō o Shite Miru Ⅰ (戦争をしてみるⅠ)
  5. Sensō o Shite Miru Ⅱ (戦争をしてみるⅡ)
5 August 9, 2017[35]ISBN 978-4-06-390723-0
  1. Sensō Shite Miru Ⅲ (戦争してみるⅢ)
  2. Makuai Ⅰ (幕間Ⅰ)
  3. Makuai Ⅱ (幕間Ⅱ)
  4. Mazoku to Hanashite Miru Ⅰ (魔族と話してみるⅠ)
  5. Mazoku to Hanashite Miru Ⅱ (魔族と話してみるⅡ)
6 February 2, 2018[36][37]ISBN 978-4-06-510795-9
ISBN 978-4-06-510419-4 (LE)
  1. Mazoku to Hanashite Miru Ⅲ (魔族と話してみるⅢ)
  2. Fūin o Hodoite Miru Ⅰ (封印を解いてみるⅠ)
  3. Fūin o Hodoite Miru Ⅱ (封印を解いてみるⅡ)
  4. Fūin o Hodoite Miru Ⅲ (封印を解いてみるⅢ)
  5. Fūin o Hodoite Miru Ⅳ (封印を解いてみるⅣ)
7 July 9, 2018[38][39]ISBN 978-4-06-511981-5
ISBN 978-4-06-512845-9 (LE)
  1. Kōhī-ten ni itte miru Ⅰ (珈琲店に行ってみるⅠ)
  2. Kōhī-ten ni itte miru Ⅱ (珈琲店に行ってみるⅡ)
  3. Remu no Hanashi Ⅰ (レムの話Ⅰ)
  4. Remu no Hanashi Ⅱ (レムの話Ⅱ)
  5. Remu no Hanashi Ⅲ (レムの話Ⅲ)
Chapters not yet in tankōbon format

The following chapters have not yet been collected in tankōbon format:

  1. Maō to Maō Ⅰ (魔王と魔王Ⅰ)
  2. Maō to Maō Ⅱ (魔王と魔王Ⅱ)
  3. Maō to Maō Ⅲ (魔王と魔王Ⅲ)
  4. Maō to Maō Ⅳ (魔王と魔王Ⅳ)

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced in January 2018.[40] The series is directed by Yūta Murano and written by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, with animation by studio Ajia-do Animation Works.[41] Character designs for the series are provided by Shizue Kaneko. Yuki Nishioka is the chief animation director.[41] Yuki Miyamoto provides monster designs and serves as action animation director. Backgrounds are provided by Kusanagi, and Natsuko Otsuka is the color key artist.[41] Photography for the series is directed by Teppei Satō at Asahi Production Shiraishi Studio, and Satoshi Motoyama is directing the sound at Half HP Studio.[41]

The series aired from July 5 to September 20, 2018, and was broadcast on AT-X, BS Fuji, Tokyo MX, and Sun TV.[2][7] Crunchyroll is simulcasting the series worldwide outside of Asia, and Funimation is streaming a simuldub of it in North America.[42] The series' opening theme, "DeCIDE", is performed by the unit SUMMONERS 2+, a group composed of voice actresses Azumi Waki, Yū Serizawa, Yumi Hara, Rumi Okubo, and Emiri Katō,[4][43] and the ending theme, "Saiaku na Hi demo Anata ga Suki." (最悪な日でもあなたが好き。, "I Like You Even on the Worst Day."), is performed by Serizawa and produced by HoneyWorks.[44][45] The series ran for 12 episodes.[46]

No. Title[a] Director Original air date Ref.
1 "The Demon Lord Act"
"Maō Engi" (魔王演技) 
Hiroki NegishiJuly 5, 2018[47]
Takuma Sakamoto, a secluded gamer, is transported into the world of his favourite game, Cross Reverie with the appearance of his own character in the game, the Demon Lord Diablo, where the pantherian Rem Galleu and the elf Shera L Greenwood accidentally fall into an enchantment that bound them to him as their slaves, thus beginning their adventures together. 
2 "Strongest Newcomer"
"Saikyō Shinjin" (最強新人) 
Hiroki NegishiJuly 12, 2018[48]
Diablo, Rem and Shera become adventurers at the city of Faltra to make ends meet, but in their first quest, they end up in a trap set by elves who want Shera to return with them. 
3 "Fallen Assault"
"Mazoku Shūrai" (魔族襲来) 
Wataru SakaibashiJuly 19, 2018[49]
Diablo and Shera set for another quest while Rem stays behind at the city, when an army of Fallen prepare to invade. 
4 "Point-Blank War Dance"
"Hakugeki Ranbu" (迫撃乱舞) 
Hiroki NegishiJuly 26, 2018[50]
While Rem confronts the Fallen who sneaked past the town's defenses, Diablo faces the Fallen army and their leader Edelgard alone. 
5 "Imperial Knight"
"Kokka Kishi" (国家騎士) 
Toshiaki KanbaraAugust 2, 2018[51]
Diablo and co. are informed that the elf Kingdom of Greenwood demands Shera to be returned to them, threatening to wage war on Faltra if they do not comply. To help on this matter, Alicia Crystella, a Imperial knight, is assigned to assist them. 
6 "Slave Market"
"Doreishijō" (奴隷市場) 
Kazuomi KogaAugust 9, 2018[52]
Diablo meets a slave owner looking for a way to remove the collars from Rem and Shera but to no avail, and later, they are visited by Shera's brother Keera, who is eager to take her back by any means necessary. 
7 "Change of Heart"
"Jinshin henten" (人心変転) 
Yoshie TakagiAugust 16, 2018[53]
Despite affirming that she wants to stay with Diablo and Rem, Shera submits to her brother's request to return with him, leaving Diablo disheartened, until Rem, certain that something is wrong, convinces him to chase after her. 
8 "Hero's Charge"
"Eiyuu Bakushin" (英雄驀進) 
August 23, 2018[54]
Diablo defeats the elves and rescue Shera. But Galford, the ruler of Faltra, takes advantage of the situation to launch an invasion on Greenwood, and Diablo must fight him to stop it. 
9 "Holy Knight Tale"
"Hijiri kishi Tan" (聖騎士譚) 
August 30, 2018[55]
Edelgard reappears and offers Diablo a way to extract the demon lord Krebskrum from Rem's body without killing her. Meanwhile, rumors of a demon lord in Faltra brings Saddler, a ruthless and powerful Paladin, to the city. 
10 "The Demon Lord's Resurrection"
"Ma-nushi fukkatsu" (魔主復活) 
September 6, 2018
Diablo holds a ritual to release the demon lord Krebskrum from inside Rem, but just as he prepares to confront her, they learn that she holds no intention to destroy the other races as they believed and befriend her, giving her the name of "Klem". 
11 "The Young Girl Awakens"
"Yōjo kakusei" (幼女覚醒) 
September 13, 2018
Now a friend to Diablo and the others, Klem accompanies them to the city, where Alicia reveals her true colors, kidnapping both Rem and Klem and turning them to Saddler as part of her plan have Klem fully awake as a demon lord. 
12 "Battle for Legitimacy"
"Shingan Taisen" (真贋対戦) 
September 20, 2018
At the sight of Rem being gravely wounded, Klem becomes enraged and fully awakens into the demon lord Krebskrum. It falls to Diablo to contain Krebskrum's rage before she destroys the whole city. 

Reception[edit]

The light novels had over 1 million copies in print as of March 2018.[56]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English episode titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

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