Dec 232011

Azazel-san has become one of my all-time favorites, and this scene is one of the reasons why it clicked with me. Given the fact that the series had been pretty damn irreverent and silly up to this point, when Moloch’s book was stolen by an angel and taken back to heaven, I was genuinely shocked that he died. No going back. No wishing for his return. No journey to retrieve his book. No time traveling to save him. No cop outs. And he wasn’t just dead. His soul didn’t go back to Heaven or Hell, he simply ceased to exist.

But what surprised me even more was that it was played completely straight. It wasn’t turned into a gag, at least immediately. When Moloch died, the characters mourned his death, and his demise lingered in future episodes. These characters may be demons and heathen users of witchcraft, but they were attached to the little devil bull. He was their friend, he was never coming back, and we felt that loss.

It was the most moving moment I saw this year. A genuinely heart-felt scene. Hell, it was probably the only scene that had that sort of emotional impact on me this year.

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