Obey Me! The Anime | Episode #1 | Anime First Impressions
The demon brothers are finally animated! In a new series of shorts, the long-awaited Obey Me anime has arrived. VIP members will get early access to each episode through the Obey Me’s new DevilTube app, but it’s also available to everyone on the official YouTube channel. The first episode premiered yesterday, and we’re way too excited to see the demon brothers fully voiced and moving to not write about it!
Rather than adapting the main story into an anime, it looks like we’ll be getting a series of animated shorts (around 5 minutes) featuring the daily lives and adventures of the demon brothers. The first episode works nicely as an introduction to the series, setting the tone and giving each of the brothers their own moment to show off some of their personality. For existing fans, it’s fun to see our favourite characters in a new way, and for new fans or people stumbling across the franchise for the first time, it’s a quick and entertaining introduction to the demon lords and their appeal.
*The next part of the review will contain spoilers, but if you’d like to skip to the non-spoiler part, you can click: here*
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The first episode of Obey Me! The Anime gives us a glimpse of the day-to-day life in the House of Lamentation, with the demon brothers discussing their low grade average at R.A.D (the demon academy they all attend). The episode takes place during a family meeting to figure out how to boost their average and, of course, the brothers all come to the conclusion that Mammon is the one holding them back. While the episode is short, it’s also cute, funny, and feels very typical of the kinds of interactions we see in the game.
Episode #1 definitely serves its function as an introduction, as all of the demon brothers appear in the episode with their names coming up on the screen when they get their moment to speak for the first time. Plus, they each get the spotlight for a little while, allowing viewers to get a glimpse of their personalities if they’re not already familiar with the game. It also felt like they were showing off the fact that they’re animated, as the set-up with the mobile game allowed them to showcase lots of different facial expressions for each character.
In terms of plot, there wasn’t much. The episode took place solely in the family meeting and was more focused on the slice-of-life comedy elements than anything dramatic or adventurous. There was also no romance, but as this episode was short and seemed to be designed as an introduction to Obey Me and the new series, it would have been difficult to squeeze in more than they already did.
My only criticism is that in the lead up to the anime, we were shown teasers that included MC as a sheep in some of the scenes, but MC didn’t appear in the first episode at all. I’m not sure if this will continue for the rest of the series, or if the first episode was just focusing on the demon brothers, but I thought the decision to include the protagonist using the default icon of a sheep was a genius idea, as it allows for stories involving MC without taking away from the appeal of having a genderless, appearance-less protagonist in the game.
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I could definitely see what they were going for with this episode. I’ve been playing Obey Me for a long time now, and seeing the characters I’ve come to love in an animated episode made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I also think it will work well on YouTube as a way for potential new players to find the series, and, by extension, the game.
In short, I loved this first episode, and I’m interested to see what the rest of the series has in store. Episode 1 definitely feels like an introductory episode, so don’t get your hopes up for anything mind-blowing or dramatic, but it’s also light-hearted, funny, and it’s nice to see characters you love in a game get animated, as we now get to look forward to even more content with our favourite demon brothers.
Where to watch it: You can watch the episode now on YouTube, or through Obey Me’s new DevilTube feature, which you can find on the game’s home page next to the ‘Contacts’ button, as shown in the image below:
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