Episode 12 –
[details=spoiler]Just in front of the volcano, Raul and everyone find Fino hovering in the air. She’s really changed a lot! The volcano explodes, Fino attacks them and they retreat, but the Enterprise ends up crashing. Volcanic projectiles begin to hit the city. Shell has people on the street take refuge at Amada’s. Nova is worried about everyone and Viser thinks they should close the store. There won’t be any customers now, and yet one comes in, looking for disaster supplies. When Viser answers that they do have them in stock, they get a whole cavalcade of customers! Take that Amada! LOL
Everyone is all right after the crash and Lore works on repairing the Enterprise. But something is coming from a nearby cave and Lam moves to protects them. However, Airi takes Lam’s demon sword, Enshuu, from her. After trying it out on some demon bats, Airi really likes it. Seara and Elza are still taking care of Raid with magical products. The next one up is a steam iron – for the wrinkles that have appeared on his forehead! LOL Actually, Elza would make a very good spokesperson.
Lore has done a temporary fix on the Enterprise and they are headed to the volcano again. Harpies appear next, but they charge right through them. However, they don’t quite make it to the top and end up crashing again. By this time, Fino has already reached the gates to the demon world and is waiting for them to magically open. Everyone survived the crash again, but their transportation has had it. Lam tells them that they will have to go on foot through the crater – the one that is spewing lava. Great!
Actually, Lore is injured and can’t go with them. She hands Raul a sword sent from the boss that had once belonged to Elza’s brother. Raul is a bit puzzled, but accepts the sword. “Picard” promises to look after Lore – why does that worry me? LOL Giving Lore a piggyback ride, he begins to make his way down the side of the volcano. With her breasts pressed against his back, he feels young again! LOL Lam leads the party in the opposite direction.
Shell is still outside, offering Amada’s as refuge to anyone left on the street. Another news report comes from the erupting “Mt. Fujixerock”, which is a really fun name when you think about it. LOL The heroes are fighting their way through the Harpies and Raul loves his sword. I wonder if it belonged to the hero that had his hair made into the cellphone strap. That would be too perfect! Lam leads them into a cave entrance and destroys it, so they can’t be followed. They are facing the gate to the demon world now, but instead of Fino, a skeleton army stands before it.
Raul had fought these guys during his training so they are nothing more to him than a feeling of déjà vu, but he is starting to feel like a hero. Once the skeleton army is out of the way, the floor explodes and a huge demon with an axe appears. Raul and Airi meet him head on and quickly finish him off. Lam reaches the gate and opens it. Raul runs through, calling for Airi and Lam to follow him, but Lam closes the gate instead. She tells Raul that she will leave Fino to him. The girls still have to take care of the remaining skeleton army anyway, or they will follow through the gate. There are more of the big demons with axes too. What fun!
Raul uselessly bangs on the gate, until the girls convince him to go. The girls face the demons as Raul runs down the hallway, calling for Fino. He finds her in front of another gate, but she doesn’t seem to know him. That pendant again! Or is she just surprised to see him alive? In any case, Raul can’t get through to her and Fino ends up attacking him. I think Raul will need to get that pendant off her somehow, but she’s just drawn a sword and Raul is going to have to defend himself against her, a friend.
Raul really doesn’t want to hurt her, and he knows that Fino doesn’t truly want to be the Demon Lord, but what to do? He decides to treat her as the Fino he knows and runs towards her, through her next attack. He reminds her to smile in order to bring in customers. That seems to have affected her a bit. But Fino attacks him again, close up this time, and Raul recites some of the customer service phrases he had once taught her. It seems to affect her again and Raul keeps it up. Fino is on the defensive now as Raul attacks.
Raul keeps throwing the phrases at her as he continues his attacks. He finally knocks the sword from her hand and it disappears. Fino hesitantly mumbles a “thank you very much” and her eyes return to normal. Fino kind of recognizes Raul and he jumps on that opportunity, reminding her that she works at Leon’s. Holding on to her shoulder, he tells her that she’s Fino Bloodstone and Fino wonders what she’s doing there. Raul says that they are going home, but her pendant activates again and the final flame above the door ignites.
An ominous bell tolls as the gate opens. Fino covers her face and screams. A fire appears in the open doorway and Fino falls to her knees. Raul goes to help her, but is prevented from reaching her. Fino begs Raul to save her, saying that she doesn’t want to be the Demon Lord. Raul tries to push the gate closed, but it looks like his back is getting burned by the fire. Fino walks up to him and she has her demon eyes again. But Raul refuses to let her pass. Fino puts her hands around his neck and begins to choke him. I know she’s fighting with herself because she’s crying and still saying his name.
Raul tells Fino that she isn’t supposed to be this way and grabs her arms. He talks to her, reminding her how hard she worked and how much she accomplished. And how happy she was. He yells out that she’s going to be “a great magic shop employee” and shows her the corrected order form that she had chased a customer down for. I laughed when I saw “Reon” at the top of the page. There goes that L/R thing again! LOL
Raul begs Fino to come back to him and tells her that her customer is waiting for her. It looks like he’s reaching her too. Fino’s eyes begin to change again and she pulls her hands back from Raul’s neck. Fino is still crying as Raul reminds her that all of her friends are waiting for her to return as well. And Raul admits that he would be lost without her, before grabbing her in a fierce hug and begging her to come back. He screams out her name and her eyes go back to normal. The pendant breaks and Fino is freed. However, the pendant was also her outfit, so she’s a bit naked now. Okay, a lot naked. LOL But the gate closes as well. Yay!
Raul is weakened and falls to his knees. Fino kneels as well, full of concern for Raul. He looks up and smiles at her, welcoming her back. She cries again, with happiness this time, and throws herself on him, knocking him back, and telling him she’s home. Raul is so happy, he laughs, but what’s he going to do with a naked Fino lying on top of him? LOL Airi and Lam are exhausted, but they know Raul has won because the demons have disappeared. The old pervert and Lore know it’s over as well, as Lore slaps his hand away from her butt. But “Picard” just laughs. The volcano has stopped erupting as well, and the city is safe.
Leon’s has sold out of disaster supplies, as Viser and Nova sit on the floor, exhausted. Seara tells Raid that it’s over and he says that he will withdraw – for now. However, it looks like he won’t be giving up entirely on Fino. But Seara won’t let him leave and it was hysterical when she presented him with an invoice for all the magical items she used against him. LOL His feeble “can I pay by card?” as he looked at the mound of broken appliances was also quite funny. He then asked if he could change his payment terms to monthly installments. LOL I say Seara should put him to work at the store and have him pay off his debt that way! Seara cheerfully thanks him for his purchase and tells him to visit the store again. LOL I think he just changed his mind about going after Fino again.
Everything is back to normal as the friends get together to celebrate Fino’s return. It was funny when everyone began to complain about how hard they worked and who worked the hardest. Seara just tells them that they all worked hard. What follows is a feast. Fino feels that she has to repay Raul and he tells her that he will make her work really hard at the store. That isn’t enough for her and she tries to feed him, burning his mouth instead. Airi wonders what happened to Blaze and Klein, and Seara tells her that “they’re reflecting on their actions in a hospital bed”. Seara asks Airi what she will do next.
Leon’s is having another sale and the special order has come in for Fino’s customer. He’s very pleased with his new red refrigerator, and Fino is herself again as she vividly describes the color as “a blood-squirting fountain”. LOL Raul tells Fino that she’s a fully fledged employee now, especially since seeing one of their order forms is what brought her back. Her little celebratory dance on the counter was cute too.
The pervert customer comes to see Nova, well, her butt at least, and Lam and Elza drop by. Elza may actually buy something this time, since Seara gave her a discount coupon. Now that everyone is there, Seara announces the arrival of a new employee, and it’s Airi! I knew she’d eventually end up at Leon’s! Yay! Seara asks Fino to show Airi the ropes, and that really makes Fino happy. She’s a respected “senior” now!
Raul asks Airi how she ended up there, but how could she possibly return to Amada’s? She also tells Raul that this is just a temporary situation – she still wants to be a hero. She does look cute in the Leon’s uniform, but she could have kept her bunny girl outfit. It would have brought in more customers. LOL Anyway, Raul is sure that she will find her dream job someday, just the way he did. In a store. With a harem. LOL I liked that in the end the opening song plays and the word “Reluctantly” drops out of the title. This was a great anime with plenty of laughs![/details]