I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when I started up The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace. As I watched the first episode, I quickly formed the opinion that this was certainly a fun show to keep up with; the world, its characters, the entire style of the show all felt extremely well thought out. And then we got to the ending.
“Shocked” doesn’t even begin to describe the myriad of emotions that struck me with those closing scenes.Horror, confusion, and somehow anticipation—I didn’t even wait after the first episode to absorb my feelings. I charged straight into the following one demanding to know where we were going from here.
Idaten’s pilot likely vies for most memorable start to an anime ever for me. The energy continued to drive me through the series from revelation to revelation as we met new characters, learned facts about our supposed heroes and demons, and examined the human species for how terrible we can be. One of the things I love most is Idaten’s reversal of expectation; an deity you’d expect to care for and protect weaker humans turns out to give no shits about their existence, while a demon who approved of the rape of countless people somehow turns out to be endearing thanks to a little bit of brainwashing. We meet many different types of humans, some who use their religion as an excuse to slaughter other nations, and others who refuse to forsake their faith no matter the atrocities they endure.
And then there’s the overall flair of the show with its character designs and action scenes; everything is bright and colorful, from training montages above ground to torture scenes in dank cellars. The cast is for the most part simple in construction, which helps in strengthening their appeal and memorability. Name any one character from the series and I can probably tell you with exuberance exactly how I feel about them—this is essentially true as well for the overall series. Positive or negative, this show will make you feel.