394th G-View: Machikado Mazoku

A familiar setting of two beings from light and darkness being drawn to one another but with a twist. That is what one can expect from this anime. Find out what I mean as we take a look at Machikado Mazoku.

Machikado Mazoku Cover

Alternate Title: The Demon Girl Next Door

Genres: Comedy, Magic, Romance, Supernatural, Yuri

Themes: Demon Girl, Magical Girl

Number of episodes: 12

G-Rating: 9/10

Plot Summary: Yūko Yoshida is a 15-year-old girl who awakens one morning with demonic power, and is tasked with defeating a local magical girl. She has horns and a tail, but truthfully less power than an ordinary girl. She struggles to lift the “curse of a 40,000 yen (about US$365) per month living.

Confident Shamiko

Shadow Mistress Yuko, aka Shamiko.

The gist of the show is a cute demon girl trying to do all she can for her family by breaking the curse. This means beating the local magical girl and drawing blood from her. Easier said than done because of her below average human abilities and her “mortal enemy” having super strength along with some other magical powers (though she prefers using them as little as possible). She is also not very bright. She is not dumb, rather she can be easily tricked or coerced. HOWEVER, unlike some viewers initially thought this does not mean she gets bullied or has terrible luck.

Shamiko owing Momo

Her sad/begging face reminded me of Riamu from Idolm@ster. That and they are both short but super sexy.

There are several other cute girls before Shamiko who’d far worse luck and/or bullying such as Rin (Bakuon!!), Anne (Anne Happy!) and Satanichia (Satanichia Dropout) to name a few. While Shamiko has a few cases of poor luck she never truly suffers apart from her first encounter with the magical girl. Every other instance feels like she lost and won at the same time. The one small arguable exception might be the laptop segment but that is more a classic cartoon comedy setup with a modern twist. Every other time it looks like she lost but not really. Even her few victories have a catch.

Shamiko and Momo jogging

 

With that out of the way let us continue with what makes the show one of the best of the Summer 2019 season. First of all the humor. It is a little difficult to explain but I will try. The main dynamic between Shamiko and Momo (the magical girl) is that of an energetic/determined girl and an monotone girl. Shamiko has many ways of expressing herself whereas Momo delivers all her lines in a “robo anime character” flat tone but with a dash of energy. 95% of the show Momo has one face but there are a few times here and there where she shows other expressions while not deviating much from her default face. The same goes for the tone of her voice. Sometimes it goes up a bit but never too much to differentiate from her default monotone goodness. This is where the seiyu deserve a ton of praise for their performances, Konomi Kohara as Shamiko and Akari Kitou as Momo.

Lilith trying to keep Shamiko awake

Shamiko and her ancestor Lilith.

The other big player is Shamiko’s ancestor Lilith. She is trapped in a pocket dimension but communicates with Shamiko through her dreams or other means as the show progresses. She observes the outside world through a small statue. The things that happen to that little statue…oh my goodness. Lilith herself is a sexy scheming dark lord but shows great care and patience for Shamiko despite her natural, accidental and intellectual setbacks. While she is surprisingly wise she is not devoid of making silly mistakes herself. Ah yes. About her costume. Be sure to remember it. The payoff is worth it, specifically for people of culture. Oh yes indeed.

Shamiko's clumsy mom

Shamiko’s Mom.

Other ladies such as Shamiko’s cheeky but caring friend Anri, their other mysterious friend Sion who plays a game of “Where’s Sion” until eventually getting the spotlight, Shamiko’s family and others all have their delightful quirks. Even the narrator is great cheering Shamiko on every time she utters her catchphrase “Don’t think you’ve won!” or something like that.

Most of the comedy succeeds thanks in part to the delivery and execution of jokes and gags. Some lines have an echo effect/inner voice/3rd voice here and there. For example when Shamiko is fuming her puffing and pouting are shown, heard and spoken inside her head. It does make subs hard to follow the first time but nothing serious. The rest of the humor should be familiar to Girls’ Club aficionados or fans of moe comedy so these viewers.

Besides the comedy there is an underlying seriousness to both heroines as bits and pieces are revealed throughout the show until the big two part finale. Something else to commend the show for is how it balances the comedy and drama when the latter pops up. It is woven so well into the narrative that it does not feel the least bit intrusive/distracting.

The animation is colorful and expressive like the cast. A lot going on but never overwhelming. The soundtrack is solid with some tunes I really enjoyed (more than the OP and ED, which are good).

Shamiko's tail

The romantic comedy starring a demon girl and magical girl.

Now for the other big reason why the show is so good. Everything I said above is window dressing to the main plot of the show. That being the developing romance between Shamiko and Momo. It has a lighthearted foe-yay setup with rivals being obsessed with each other to the point of wanting to be together. It is a relationship where both girls help each other grow stronger physically and emotionally. The twist here is the following: In most magical girl shows where the heroine develops a strong bond with an obsessed dark rival who frequently pops out of nowhere, here it is the magical girl who pops out of nowhere to meet the dark rival. Another twist (minor spoiler) is the demon girl being very nice and the magical girl a twisted ne’er do well. She is a defender of justice of course but on various occasions her thoughts and ideas come off as villainous. As for their attraction, Momo has a not so subtle crush turned love for Shamiko and Shamiko has a “heart knows what the brain does not” . Put simply she loves Momo too but her brain does not compute her feelings as romantic in nature. It is like she is oblivious yet not really. It is in the middle.

Overall Machikado Mazoku is one of the best anime of 2019. I have said that a lot about Summer 2019 anime but that is how good the season was, especially for yuri fans. Great cast, voice performances, cool dramatic development and of course a precious blossoming romance. Highly recommended to fans of comedies that feel similar to the humor in Girls’ Club shows but with its own added spice.

Momo training

PS: OG needs a Machikado X Dumbbell crossover.

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52 Responses to 394th G-View: Machikado Mazoku

  1. Yuri and Me says:

    They are basically married in episode 12, and I even congratulate them in my mind,

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  2. Gurrenprime says:

    So, we’re all in agreement that Shamiko proposed to Momo in the last episode, right? I mean:
    Shamimama: “I became your father’s vassal.”
    Shamiko: “Hey, Momo, I want you to become my vassal! I’ll cook for you and stay by your side forever and ever.”
    Momo: “I want to, but let’s wait until you’re in a better position to support me.”

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    • Red says:

      Exactly how I saw that. Right after Shamiko’s mom talks about becoming the vassal of her husband, Shamiko goes and proposes Momo to become her vassal and talks about how she always wants to be with Momo.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Yup. Whether she understood what that meant is unlikely. In any case they’re essentially engaged.

      Like

    • Teagan Blayn Litcott says:

      Now Momo has even more motivation to train Shamiko to become the strongest demon girl in the world. The sooner that happens, the sooner she can marry her.

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      • Little Viktoria says:

        True! You can see how the sparkle has returned to Momo’s eyes now that she knows she has a chance at having Shamiko. She must have been so scared before that Shamiko would leave her.

        I’m sure that now Momo is so happy that she actually does the extra spins and winks when she transforms.

        I love that embarrassed face she makes when she arrives at their date all dressed up, though ^^

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  3. Jack Cactus says:

    This is anime is so cute, it hurts to watch. Just seeing Shamiko going full tsundere towards Momo is enough to make me consider this the cutest anime this season. Oh and the final ep pretty much set in stone that Momo is desperate for a date with Shamiko.

    I give this show a big GAY out 10

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  4. Little Viktoria says:

    The cutest episode all season! Aww, I love how Momo started to dress so beautifully for Shamiko as soon as Shamiko promised never to leave her. Such a cute Momo all prepared for a date.

    Yes, Shamiko, you seduced her and she’s all yours now. I’m sure that proposing to her in your seductress clothes didn’t hurt ^^ She would have married you right there on the hill, and she is only waiting for you to collect the strength to protect her when she gives up her power for you.

    It’s true that Shamiko is still confused as to what she feels towards Momo, but now that Momo’s defenses are gone and she has started to preen herself, show her emotions, and let herself be swept away, it’s only a matter of time before her feelings get through to Shamiko.

    Just look at them when they’re sitting on the grass, and Momo leans over to put her hands over Shamiko’s to help her open the popsicle. So much closer than before. And Momo’s smile afterwards is so adorable. Just keep touching her, Momo, she’s a little tsundere demon who still needs you to show her how to be lovers.

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  5. Christian Appel says:

    Cute and funny yuri anime with an interesting plot development and cute and funny cast.

    Its not your typical magic girl vs. demon girl battle – thanks to the comedy.

    You can read the ongoing manga to watch their relationship development and hope for S2.

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  6. mikubikki says:

    what a great great great conclusion, absolutely marvelous. episode 12 is the best one owo, shamiko being a pushover and propose to her beloved one on top of a hill just both of em by themself. the way shamiko blushed so hard when she was like “ow…so it is ok to marry momo >///< *thanks mom”. i squeal so loud while hugging my plushies because the cuteness amount just has gone through the roof. well done job from everyone in the series. more yuri like this one pls >w</

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  7. yurimylove says:

    “Machikado Mazoku is one of the best anime of 2019.” Nailed it!

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  8. cirno9fan says:

    I saw no one comment on it, so I must point it out for others, because while I loved everything about the show, I think the greatest twist was the final one, where we learned that the entire time, that narrator that always was so supportive and cheering on Shamiko the entire time, telling her “do your best Shamiko!” “you can do it Shamiko!” was the voice of her father, which she couldn’t hear, but which shows that he’s been watching over her his own way all this time ;_; It was just such a moment that is bringing tears to me even as I write this…

    Of course all the other things are fantastic too, watching Momo and Shamiko’s relationship develop, as Shamiko very very obviously likes Momo in that way, she just doesn’t get it exactly. Like that time when she said “You always throw off my rhythm”, a common line in romance manga, and just showing how being around Momo complicates things more than being around anyone else.

    I also really liked how they explained why people in the city react so nonchalantly to all the weirdness. The show just always had such a great attention to the small details.

    If it weren’t for Symphogear’s final(?) season airing this season, I’d easily put this as my number one show of the season (and it’s up there for the entire year really), but it’s also unfair to compare a 5 season show to a single season show. The former has had so much more time to build up characters and endear us to characters. Either way, Machikado Mazoku has certainly found a special place in my heart~

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    • Gurrenprime says:

      I didn’t make the connection with the narrator at first, but when it was pointed out to me I also cried about it. Her father loved her enough to essentially give up his own life (sure he isn’t dead, but he isn’t exactly doing anything with his life) and is still trying his best to support her in all her endeavors.
      Speaking of Symphogear, it could just be a case of me placing unrealistically high expectations on XV, but I’ve been enjoying Machikado Mazoku even more than that.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Yes I did mention when discussing the finale with some peeps. It’s very likely the narrator was Shamiko’s dad all along. Understandably everyone was gushing over the proposal scene and aftermath.

      Like I said, Shamiko’s heart knows what her brain doesn’t yet. Just like Captain Bikkie.

      It’s a nice touch. Not needed but it getting an explanation is appreciated.

      Do the right thing writers. Who knows. After posting this reply they most likely did.

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  9. DLZ says:

    I started watching this expecting the show to b jus another fun moe blob. Those last episodes sure proved me wrong. Momo and Shamiko became OTP very quick and the final twist with the father was the cherry on top of a great season 1 finale. Now crossing my fingers for season 2 for Machikado and for Bocchi too.

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  10. Teagan Blayn Litcott says:

    10/10 for me, the most pleasant surprise this summer as I hadn’t even heard about the manga before. And now I have no choice but to buy all the manga and dvd’s that have and will come out. Heck, I’ve been procrastinating my Japanese studies for so long, this might be the perfect reason to continue.
    And make the fanarts that I’ve been planning to do since episode 2.
    One thing is for sure, my Thursdays are gonna be a lot emptier from now on… Dunno if we’ll get any series this fall that can fill the void that Machikado leaves.

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  11. Terkontar says:

    I’d actually like to watch it; too bad it’s not available in my country 😡
    Guess it’s either a VPN or the high seas for me.

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  12. chikorita157 says:

    Like with most Manga Time Kirara adaptation, this show was worth subscribing for Hidive for (besides the backlog of shows and Restage). Shamiko and Momo are very enjoyable characters and It’s nice how Momo seems to have romantic feelings for Shamiko who acts like a tsundere towards her. I have the first two volumes of the manga in digital form and half way done with the first volume and it’s a fun comedy. Hopefully there is a sequel of some sort since I want to see how much further Shamiko and Momo pairing will develop.

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    • OG-Man says:

      We knew about her love for Shamiko for quite some time. It’s wonderful seeing the two taking their relationship one step closer to their destined honeymoon.

      Yet another fantastic fluffy yuri show in need of a 2nd season. So many.

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  13. Somebody says:

    Anyone else notice the picture of Shamiko’s mother and father is almost identical to the Shamiko and Momo photo in the OP? What a great season and what a final episode. I never expected they would be so open with the yuri I hope one day its animated when momo becomes her vassal. Also momo thinking they were going on a date and shamiko a duel at the end was hilarious.

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  14. tbiscut74 says:

    There really are no words to describe just How Much I LOVE this series! It melted my heart with its cuteness AND its heart warming fluffiness! This is definitely my favorite of the season and now one of my all time favorites!

    There wasn’t a character I didn’t love! They were all adorable and fantastic!

    Glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed that the dad was the narrator! Man that got me teary eyed!

    And that final episode! Ah my heart! It cant take such warmth and cuteness!

    The Shamiko x Momo ship is now one of my Top 3 OTPs of all time list! They are just so perfect for each other! In my heart I just knew they were soulmates in the first episode! Just like how I feel about my other OTPs.

    This show needs another season! Another 15 seasons!

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    • Little Viktoria says:

      Agreed! ^^

      Which ones are your other two all time top 3 OTPs?

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      • tbiscut74 says:

        My Top 3 are:

        Yoruichi Shihōin x Suì-Fēng from Bleach. ( My All Time Favorite Anime and Manga.) This was my first yuri ship and what got me interested in yuri. So It will always have a special place in my heart and will always be my #1.
        White Rose i.e. Ruby Rose x Weiss Schnee from RWBY. To me they just seem perfect for each other. And this is the ship I have read the most Fanficion for. I check every day for new stories. So I’m kinda obsessed with them. ;P

        And Shamiko x Momo is now my #3!

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      • Little Viktoria says:

        Lovely! ^^

        Liked by 2 people

    • OG-Man says:

      So much fluffy goodness courtesy of a fluffy couple and their fluffy friends. Bless everyone on this show.

      S2 absolutely needed.

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  15. LuzeP says:

    10/10 best romantic comedy. The usual girl who also a demon met a girl who also a magical girl. Girl falling in love, stalking, dating, going steady, fighting then proposing. I too like how the voice actors voicing them. Makes the jokes even funnier. I laughed a lot. The last “ganbare yuko” made me realized the narrator is Shamiko’s father. The last episode was absolutely adorable. Momo gradually wants to become Shamiko’s vassal (wife). So she’s wearing a black jacket now. I want season 2 badly.

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  16. OG-Man says:

    It was one of the best finales of 2019 alongside Wataten and Symphogay to name a few other excellent finales.

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  17. Reaklll says:

    MOMO IS LOVE!! Seeing a pink hair Mahou girl behave naughty really is a rare sight and I extremely love it lol. Hoping this will get season 2!

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  18. Kousaka Kirino says:

    This was best anime of the season for me! ShamiMomo were really cute and best couple of the season.(Haven’t watched Symphogay yet)

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  19. Shamiko has been one of my favorite characters this season!! I mean Shadow Mistress xD

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  20. K says:

    What can I say? This was one the best this season. Watching Yuko, Momo and the rest of this very colourful cast brought a lot of smiles to my face. Also, watching those two’s relationship develop over the course of the show was quite a marvel. Would watch another season if it gets that opportunity.

    I didn’t make the connection that the narrator might be Shamiko’s dad but it makes sense, especially when he calls Shamiko by her real name at the end with such an endearing tone. He really is watching over his daughter from that box 😉

    I don’t know if you saw this but check what the staff did to mark Shamiko’s birthday:

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  23. piano_cello_conducting says:

    I find this show slightly amusing but in all honesty, I can’t recommend this show for those who are watching for the yuri. The main couple are slashable but they don’t give me the vibe of two people who are deeply and madly in love with each other.

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