First Impression: If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord (for Novel Readers)

Note: I have read the original light novels that this anime adapts, and these impressions are written accordingly. As an additional warning, there are hints of spoilers for future novel events that might not be covered by the anime.

After finishing up a job, the 18-year-old adventurer Dale encounters an abandoned young devil girl who calls herself Latina. After feeding her some food, he finds out that her father had died nearby and she was now alone; moreover, one of her horns was broken, which in devil culture meant she had committed a crime. Given the situation, Dale decides he cannot leave her alone, and before long decides to adopt her.

If you’ve ever wondered “what if something like Bunny Drop took place in a fantasy world,” then If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord will give you a good idea of that. Based on a light novel series available in English from J-Novel Club, the series’ first episode mainly highlights how the two main characters meet and start to become a family. There are a few interesting worldbuilding elements mentioned (I personally find it interesting how the devil language Latina speaks is the same Dale uses for spellcasting, allowing for limited communication between the two to start), but for the most part, the main highlight of the show is how ridiculously adorable Latina is. There’s not too much here for anyone looking for a deeper story, but if you’re looking for a cute and fluffy family-oriented fantasy slice of life… this show probably will provide that. Having read the original light novels, one of my biggest concerns with this adaptation is whether it will adapt certain future events–let’s just say, the light novels share a certain, more controversial similarity with the Bunny Drop manga. That said, the pace of this adaptation based on this first episode is slow enough that I think this adaptation will avoid going into that territory and keep everything squarely within the realm of wholesome adoptive parenting. As long as that is the case, I’ll definitely be looking forward to watching this light novel adaptation.


If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord is streaming on Crunchyroll.

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Frank is known as "stardf29" on various parts of the Internet; it stands for "Star Defender 29", which is something he came up with during his chuunibyou years. Now, when he's not doing things for the Navy or indefinitely delaying his writing projects, he likes engaging in anime, especially of the slice-of-life sort.

3 thoughts on “First Impression: If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord (for Novel Readers)

  1. Keep in mind that, for many people, “not blood relatives” is not a valid excuse. (Also, the pair in question in Bunny Drop are also revealed to be not blood-related.)

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