I guess if you are going to be a demon, it really helps to be a cute one. Or have big boobs. I guess that’s nice as well. At least that is one of the theories on display in this rather charming and obscenely violent series “Dropkick on My Devil!” (, “Jashin-chan Doroppukikku”).
It is modern Tokyo and we are at the apartment of Yurine Hanazono, a witch (look for the eyepatch). She was fooling around with some summoning spells (Kids! Don’t try this at home!) and ended up getting, from Hell, the serpent girl Jashin-chan (find the snake-like entity). Here’s the problem: Yurine cannot send Jashin home and Jashin cannot go home under her own power. The only way she can return is to kill Yurine. Easier said than done.
Played like the Coyote and Roadrunner, Jashin comes up with all kinds of plans to dispatch Yurine, but Yurine not only sees through them, but turns the tables on Jashin. To punish her, Yurine will do things to her, like disembowel, set on fire, cleave in twain, gut her like a fish, etc., etc., etc.
However, since Jashin is a demon, she cannot be killed by these pedestrian methods and will eventually heal, like nothing happened at all. Along for the ride on all of this is Minos, a minotaur who looks more like a cow (and for Jashin, a cash cow; far right), Medusa (normally, she wears a bag on her head, but these folks are immune, she of the purple hair to the left), and Pekola, an angel who lost her halo and cannot get into heaven (far left). The one in the far back is Persephone II, a devil who descended to Earth in order to search for Jashin-chan.
Jashin is a demon in every sense of the word, in that she is mean, cruel, vicious, rotten, crass, crude, detestable and just a real pain in the patootie. Look, demons aren’t supposed to me nice; it’s not in their DNA (or whatever they are made of, right?) So, don’t expect her to have the milk of human kindness running through her. Chances are the only thing running through her is a katana blade or a meat cleaver.
However, the genuinely sad story is Pekola. Since she has lost her halo, she really is a Lost Angel, living in a cardboard box at the park. She is starving all the time, as she has no money for food and even if she got money, she would lose it or have it taken from her. The demons (like Minos and Medusa) offer her food, but that means….accepting a gift from a demon! Cannot have that. For her, if it wasn’t for bad luck, she’d have no luck at all.
And even when Jashin-chan is caught short on her behaviors and actions, it’s not like she really learns anything….not that you would expect her to. She’s a demon! If she was going to be nice, she’d be an angel.
The series really does not lend itself to binging, as you see all the flaws, and the relentless attacks on Yurine get a bit much, as does the punishment for the mayhem that failed. Oh, and I heard at AX 22 that another season is primed and ready to launch, so you may want to wait and decide to do the whole magilla at once. Just not ALL at once.
On a scale of 1 to 10:
Artwork 8 (Cute, cute, cute and boobs)
Plot 8 (Retread but done well)
Pacing 8 (All that violence)
Effectiveness 8 (Good use of flashbacks)
Conclusion 7 (It reaches a ‘coupler point’, but hasn’t ended)
Fan Service 4 (A similar show would be “Maburaho”)
Bingeability 6 (Falls into a rut pretty quickly)
Overall 8 (All that wacky mayhem)
And remember, it’s first run until you’ve seen it. Loan me some money.