The Great Jahy Will Not Wear Trousers!
What’s the Story?
In the Dark Realm, the Great Jahy was the right-hand woman to the demon king and the most feared creature around. She spent her days in the lap of luxury, acting out her every whim while her army of underlings heaped praise upon her. It was absolutely perfect, but all that changed when the magical girl attacked! Now the Dark Realm is gone and Jahy has been left to eke out a living in a crappy little apartment without a bathroom and working in the service industry of all things. Jahy won’t let that get her down though, she’s determined to get her best life back and restore the Dark Realm one way or another! Just who was that magical girl though? And what about the other demons in the Dark Realm, did any of them survive? Of course there’s the greatest question of all, will Jahy ever wear a pair of trousers?!
I always dread reviewing comedies just a little bit. There’s nothing less funny than trying to explain what makes something funny, or unfunny as the case may be. It’s like dissecting a frog, you may have a better understanding about what makes it tick afterwards, but that frog is dead and gone. Now the purpose of this blog isn’t to be funny, but I do always hope that people have a good time reading it, and now that I think about it that analogy of dissecting frogs probably wasn’t all that fun for some people. Oops. This review might be in trouble because I’m already getting sidetracked. Where was I? Oh right, comedies. What makes reviewing comedies even harder is when you think they’re just…okay. They’re not gut-bustingly funny, but they’re not terrible either. They’re just in that sweet middle spot that is so hard to talk about.
Great Jahy (and that’s how I’m going to refer to the series until I get to the ‘Verdict’ section) is one such comedy for me. I can certainly see people finding it funny and really loving it, it’s competently made with good set up and pay off and plenty of gags throughout each episode. It even follows the good old British sitcom formula of having a narcissistic main character that we watch get their comeuppance throughout the series. I can see it all there wanting to make me laugh, and sometimes it did, but other times the most it could get out of me was a chuckle, if that.
I keep going over this series in my head, looking for the exact point that’ll tell me why I didn’t enjoy this series more, but all I keep coming back to is that comedy is subjective. Jahy, the character not the show, has a lot of potential as a protagonist. She’s completely self-absorbed and her boasting and ego get her into one problem after another that she then has to scramble to get out of, if she even can. It’s a formula perfected by British sitcoms, the likes of Fawlty Towers springs to mind as a prime example. Sprinkle in a few moments to tug at the heartstrings and a couple of instances that make you think this time, finally, Jahy is going to learn her lesson and you’ve got a good recipe for comedy.
I also can’t really find any complaint with the rest of the cast either. True a lot of the jokes revolve around a single central facet of each character. Saurva has the worst luck imaginable and all of her plans end by blowing up in her face one way or another. The magical girl is so accident-prone she can be declared as a natural disaster without too much effort. Druj is so enamoured with Jahy that she will misinterpret anything Jahy says so that it fits into her particular world view. She’s also hyper competent without ever really meaning to or caring. Now this could quite easily become stale over twenty episodes, but there’s a large enough cast that it keeps things interesting. We also get different combinations of the supporting cast to add new spins to the same old jokes.
That brings me to the ongoing plot that is woven throughout the series, the mystery of the magical girl and her powers. It’s not exactly a nail-biting mystery, but I was surprised by how much progress it made throughout the show’s run. It even reached a kind of satisfactory conclusion by the twentieth episode and I only say ‘kind of’ because I didn’t find the end joke all that funny. Still, credit where credit is due the show knows just when to provide some answers and move the plot on to the next section of the mystery. Something a fair few mystery series could stand to learn to do.
In the end, The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! Is a fine comedy. As always humour is completely subjective so I’d recommend checking out the first couple of episodes to see if this hits your funny bone. It didn’t quite manage it with me, but not for lack of trying. The characters are all well constructed and rife with potential and there’s plenty of gags that hit their mark. It even manages to handle its ongoing plot in a satisfactory way, keeping everything moving forward without interrupting the setup and punchline of all the jokes. If you feel like helping to restore the Dark Realm then stop on by and offer your praise to the Great Jahy. For me I’m just going to offer a small congratulatory note and move on.
Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday or you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisGJoynson.