Okay, so, that was resolved quickly, wasn’t it?
The new season pretty much takes up right where season 2 left off, which is why it starts with the ten (well, nine) aristocrats meeting to pick the new Maou. We saw the usual characters discussing it in episode 78, but there wasn’t a hint that anything had really happened before Yuuri came back. Now we know why everyone was at Shinou’s tomb just in time for Yuuri’s reappearance.
Speaking of Shinou…he is evil!
The thing everyone was talking about secretly in episode 79 was whether or not Yuuri could remain the Maou. Some of the aristocrats were fine with it and some were not, Waltorana von Bielefelt most notably.
I did not expect Maou-mode Yuuri to attack Wolfram, so it was quite a relief to see that he redirected his power back into himself. Would Wolfram have been killed if he hadn’t smiled softly and said, “Be a good Maou”? That’s kind of troubling.
I am a little bothered by the art, too…there’s something not quite right about it. It’s better than the OVA’s art, though, which felt a little too indulgent.
Ultimately I am enjoying this, even if the huge conspiracy theory I had got laid to waste within three episodes ;>