Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-Kun or Mairimashita! Iruma-kun is about a human boy of the same name who gets transported to a world where demons and magic exist. He ends up meeting a rather peculiar girl who has difficulties making friends. This article will contain very mild spoilers.

New world, familiar environment

The most frightening part about the new school he’s enrolled in is that it’s an all-demon school, where their national anthem is a song about devouring humans. As horrible as that sounds, life in the demon world appears to be more or less the same in ours…  except for the monsters and whatnot.

Like in any school you would find today, there are cliques, clubs, stuck-up teachers and some form of a student council. Iruma was even fortunate enough to befriend a particular demon who surprisingly had no true friends to begin with. Clara Valac, a green frenzy of pure energy was, and still probably is, labeled the weird kid that no one wanted to go near, let alone talk to. The stigma was believed by so many demons that Iruma’s friend, Asmodeus, even warns him to stay away and that it’s better not to associate with Clara, or risk the chance of catching her stupidity.


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The most crushing turn of events, by far, was that the people who seemed like they were somewhat Clara’s colleagues were just a bunch of bullies deceiving her for personal greed. It is a shame that none of the other demons saw the colourful Clara through the same lens as Iruma. Within the first episode, it is evident that Clara is a ball of enjoyment that smiles even through the toughest of days. If the demons do have a glaring difference among humans, it’s that they cannot see the valuable characteristics in people.

With her bubbly personality, Clara would be able to make friends with any lifeform that contains even the smallest traces of intelligence. The demons are perhaps too invested in their historic ways of fear-mongering to appreciate the enthusiastic attitude Clara displays. But, we’re not here to ponder why Clara has had no friends since Iruma’s arrival, we are here to explain from a viewer’s perspective why Clara should have the most friends out of anyone in Babylus Demon School.

Maximum hype

To start off, Clara debuts with her patented rolling attack move where she…  rolls at a really fast speed. There is perhaps a no better way to indicate what type of person Clara is than by literally rolling onto a pile of boxes in front of her eventual friends. She showcases who exactly she is — a ball of pure energy! There is no passing minute that Clara is not seen with a face full of excitement. Clara has such an array of facial expressions that she is drawn in chibi style to better illustrate her intensity.        

She’s quick to introduce herself to Iruma and Asmodeus and insist that they play together. There is no ulterior motive behind Clara’s mindset, she truly wants nothing more than to play around with her friends. Whenever she’s on screen, Clara is either smiling, screaming, or simply enjoying herself. This infectious attitude of hers usually has a hit or miss effect on Iruma, but gets on the nerves of Asmodeus. Despite the two of them hanging out, seemingly, all the time because of their mutual friend, Iruma, Asmodeus is always angered by Clara’s rather ignorant and playful personality.

Clara does indeed burst out from time to time with random nonsense or sometimes jumbled words, but she has good intentions behind them and simply wants to be part of the discussion. Scatterbrain could be an adjective used to describe Clara, as she is always slow to pick up on things, if ever. Regardless, it is a part of her charming self and ever lovable personality. Clara always leaves us laughing in delight as she is an unexpected oddball that no one can predict.   

It doesn’t matter how long of a scene she gets for each episode, Clara always somehow manages to be the centre of attraction. Her lime green hair helps, for sure, but it’s mostly because she speaks on impulse and is very rarely ever reserved. She is more or less like an excited child but is more than aware of the relationship she shares with others. If there is a fast forward button in the game of life, then Clara has permanently cemented her foot on it.

Valac’s, the best family in the world

They say you can tell what kind of person someone is based on how they treat their family. Well, if that’s the case, then Clara is still her same self — lovely. Clara comes home to a rather large family, one tall mother, a distanced father who has yet to appear on screen, two trouble-making younger brothers and two baby sisters. They all share the same eye-catching lime green hair and two curled horns. It is evident that Clara loves her family members dearly and is extremely close with them.


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The family is so much in unison that they have their own songs that are short and sweet. Big families have a tendency to clash with one another just due to the sheer size of their members, but the Valac family appears to have no issues whatsoever. Clara is a sweetheart, and her giant of a mom is most likely to thank. 

The demons at Babylus could make fun of Clara’s eccentric personality, sure, but her inherited power is something that absolutely no one could mock. Clara has the ability to draw out any item she has ever seen from her pockets. It sounds bizarre but it’s true. Regardless of the size or weight, if Clara has seen it at least once before, she can summon a replica of it from her left and right pockets. Not much more information is known of Clara’s power, at least in the anime anyway. Nevertheless, Clara’s power also summarizes exactly who she is — extraordinary.

Another peculiar feature Clara has that is quite astonishing are her two sandals she wears, Connor and Murf. If you thought Clara was weird enough already, guess again. The two lizard-looking sandals are not just inanimate objects, but are moving creatures as well. It is unknown whether they are actual living beings, but they’ve shown to be aware of their surroundings. They are an odd choice of footwear for anybody not named Clara. Hopefully, they have more of a crucial role in the next season of the anime.          

Genuinely loves her friends

Although Clara is not necessarily known for her aptitude, she always offers her support when Iruma needs it. She may not know exactly what’s going on, or what the plan is, but she is there nonetheless, helping in ways that only she can. Whereas Asmodeus befriends Iruma because he acknowledges his capabilities and combat skill, Clara befriends both of them spontaneously out of pure coincidence.

There was no picking and choosing who she would become friends with, Clara simply jumped the gun and as a result, is now friends with a top-ranking demon and a human whose potential seems endless. One of her tendencies is to add nicknames to people, even those who aren’t especially close to her yet. She has coined the catchy nicknames Iruma-chi for Iruma and Azz-Azz for Asmodeus. They are cute names, to say the least, and serves as a sentimental attachment for those she likes. Clara is as innocent as they come, and her relationship with her friends are genuine connections that she made, despite the nasty reputation she was given.  

It’s a shame that Clara was subject to bullying and was disregarded by the entire demon school. However, had she not been a victim, her interaction and subsequent friendship with Iruma and Asmodeus may have never happened. Nevertheless, it is reassuring to know that Clara is among friends now. Even within the misfit class, Clara seems to fit in with the others just fine. She is an energetic ball of joy and now everyone else can appreciate her presence as well. Welcome to Demon School! is expected to have a second season but the timeframe for its release has yet to be announced.    

 

While I’m definitely more of a fan of the Military SciFi genre, Fantasy titles still have a very large place in my heart.  Especially when those titles are written by some of the more exceptional authors in the field like Jordan (sadly deceased), Sanderson (alive, kicking & publishing like a dervish) and Butcher.

Jim Butcher is actually best known for his magical detective-noir novels – the Dresden files – which I have not read, but I have heard are really good.  I was introduced to him via his Codex Alera series – the first of which (Furies of Calderon) is reviewed here – which I loved.  His characters were extremely well thought out and written, the magic system was first rate & the motivations of the villains were very well thought out and conceived.  Overall it was excellent series and one I’ve enjoyed through several re-reads so I was really excited to see his new series available via the Overdrive app & my local library!

My initial thoughts were that Codex Alera was somewhat simpler to understand – a Roman legion was propelled to another land via a gate of some sort and here they survived and adapted.  They didn’t come with magic but they learned to “tame” the local furies and came to preeminence in their local area.

Aeronaut’s Windlass is a little bit more confusing – something happened (which by the end of the book is still not clear) & humanity lives on “Spires” that were created by the “Ancients”.  These stone pillars have been inhabited for hundreds (if not thousands) of years and wood is an extremely rare, expensive and in-demand resource.  Airships, however, ply the currents between spires which are powered by gems of varying sizes and power.  These gems not only serve as the engine for the airship but also power the cannons that are used in duels between different ships.  Smaller gems are used for individual weapons in the form of gauntlets & it seems that while they are rare, they are common enough that all guards have them – basically in this universe, these gauntlets act as a replacement for the guns we’re used to.

The story in a nutshell

Aeronaut’s Windlass takes us to one specific spire and a group of people that you could best categorize as the American’s or British with their dependence on free trade and commerce.  This group has developed not only their primary spire – where the nobility resides – but also a more commercial hub that is fast becoming the richest place in the world.

When another spire decides to attack, a group of young guardsmen are thrown into combat with a disgraced former captain to save their homeland from the foe.  The captain – cashiered from the navy for cowardice is anything but and while the guardsmen might seem a disparate lot – they have everything they need within themselves to make the difference … especially when you add a mad sorcerer and his apprentice to the mix!

Unfortunately, the “enemy” is not idle either – a company of marines, a traitorous captain, and a witch might seem a large enough threat by itself, but when you add in venomous monsters that can kill with a bite, creatures with carapaces that can reflect all but the strongest of shots and monsters the size of a mountain to the mix … well, let’s just say that the odds don’t look good!

Fortunately for our hero’s – they have Rowl and his kin!

What I liked and didn’t like

I loved, loved, loved Rowl.  Having the cat as an actual speaking character in the story was excellent.  He was believable and perfect and I absolutely adored his parts of the story.  I actually really liked all of the characters, to be honest – they all had decent motivations and reasons for their actions and were all believable.  Perhaps the only character I didn’t really understand was Rook … having him in this story almost seemed unnecessary and his inclusion seemed to just be required as a placeholder.  He didn’t really bring anything to the story either positive or negative aside from perhaps explaining why Grimm was a disgraced Captain.

I guess if there was anything I didn’t really like – it would be the magic system … Codex Alera – the system made sense.  Same with the Wheel of Time and the Way of Kings and Mistborn.  Here nothing is really explained about how the gems work and why they do.  If they are “grown” in a vat, why are the ones grown by the Lannisters so great and couldn’t anyone do it if they are as valuable as they are?  Why is humanity living in the spires in the first place?  What is “etheric” energy and how does it work?  Why are the creatures and monsters so mutated and dangerous and where does the wood for the ships come from if it is so expensive?  Lots of questions and I hope that they get answered in future volumes.