My Daemon, or Boku no Daemon, is a new sci-fi animated series bearing a heavy influence of the anime style, even though it is a Thai-Japanese joint production. The show, featuring thirteen episodes of twenty to thirty minutes duration, is centered around the world of the future, where creatures known as daemons roam free and are considered a great threat to humanity. But also living in this world is a young boy named Kento, who dearly loves his small daemon companion, Anna. My Daemon provides a nice and heartfelt watch, and the art style needs to be specifically praised.
Plot Summary: What is the series about?
The story of My Daemon begins in Tokyo, which is much changed from the present, for the world being presented here is one where a catastrophic nuclear disaster has taken place. After a horrible explosion at some large nuclear site, an element known as daemonium started showing up as small grains of sand and dust, which soon spread all over the world. These grains of sand then kept growing into various unnatural beasts and creatures, which the humans termed daemons and started to fear. The daemons acted exactly like wild animals, but with more ferociousness and also some supernatural abilities, for they were technically the results of the nuclear disaster and were, therefore, mutated to varying degrees. Even in the current state of the world, which has reestablished stable societies and countries, daemons are still feared and killed, for they are considered the biggest threat to human civilization.
In this world lives a young boy named Kento Tachibana, who is unable to understand why humans fear and hate daemons so much, for he finds them extremely adorable. Kento had found one grain of unusual-looking sand one day and had decided to keep it. This grain has now grown into a small daemon resembling a puppy, except with eyes all over its body, and Kento has lovingly named her Anna. There is a special power in Anna, too, for she is able to store things magically inside her body without any limit to size or quantity, and this results in a lot of trouble for her and Kento soon. Since storage daemons like her are extremely rare and considered very dangerous, daemon hunters are quickly sent after the boy and Anna.
As the name suggests, daemon hunters are humans who hunt down rogue and wild daemons, often with the help of their own captive daemons, and they work like hired hitmen. One such hunter reaches Kento’s neighborhood in Tokyo and attempts to forcibly take Anna away. Although the little daemon can be saved, mostly because of her special power to teleport objects, a different tragedy strikes when the hunter attacks Kento, and the boy’s mother steps in to protect him. The loving mother, Kaoru, dies within some time, with her son being able to do nothing to save her. Terribly grieved by the loss, Kento decides that he must try to revive his mother to life with the help of a mythical daemon in Kyushu that is supposed to be able to rewind time. For now, Kento stores Kaoru’s dead body inside Anna and sets out on a long journey towards Kyushu, facing great dangers on the way.
What is special about Kento?
The main conflict between daemons and humans, as shown in My Daemon, is a clear lack of understanding, for daemons are not just blindly violent but have reasons for their aggressive behavior. The parallel here, of course, is with wild animals in our own world, which need to be understood and their needs considered, and not just butchered like humans once used to. Numerous daemons in the animated series act aggressively because they have been mistreated and sometimes tortured. Examples of this begin in the very first episode, when the hunter is killed by his own daemon, Casper, once it is freed by Kento, for the hunter used to attack Casper with electric shock whenever he felt angry.
Similarly, the balloon-type daemon in the second episode, Baron, is extremely loyal to his owner, Uraga, and he tries his best to save the man as well. But Uraga used to be harsh on Baron as well, and the daemon is intelligent enough to understand that Kento is absolutely not like that. In the next city that the protagonist travels to, a daemon named Senju haunts the nearby area and also takes a child hostage. When a team is sent to investigate the matter, the blood-thirsty Senju, which is obsessed with killing humans, is found to have a sad past as well. The daemon once belonged to a hunter who was abusive, and it then managed to escape once the chain keeping it under control was broken. But the trauma of being hit and tortured every time it failed to do its job lived on in Senju, and so whenever someone tried to kill it, the Daemon revived and kept growing more hands.
The only moment when Senju stops in its tracks and halts its attack on Kento is when it realizes that the human boy was trying to sacrifice his own life in order to save Anna. Even later on in the series, other daemons are able to sense the goodness in Kento, and this is exactly what sets him apart from other humans. The boy is very dedicatedly kind and compassionate towards all daemons, for he truly has the innocence to believe that all daemons become violent only as a form of reaction. The reason why daemons are so hated by humans is that millions of humans lost their lives because of the actions of some daemons, and this experience made them bitter. But it can be argued that Kento still has innocence in him, which convinces him that daemons cannot be inherently cruel.
It is probably because of this innocence that Kento always jumps into situations to understand daemons and then ensure their safety from humans. He also physically has a connection with the daemons, as there is an active daemonium residue growing inside his own body, symbolized by the big scar on the side of his face. It is through this daemonium that he is able to literally speak with the creatures and understand their suffering better. The boy’s best friend, Anna, also starts to evolve into a deadly beast that is capable of destroying everything in its way, but only when Kento is attacked or threatened. Thus, Anna, too, gives her everything to save Kento multiple times, even if that means giving up her original self.
Who are Kaede and her grandfather?
During his adventures across Japan, Kento meets with a friendly young woman named Kaede. Unlike most of the other such characters, who first act friendly and then turn against the boy, Kaede is always helpful towards him. There is a specific reason for this, too, as Kaede has a very deep and personal interest in the question of whether humans and daemons can really co-exist in peace. It is to learn more about the special bond between Kento and Anna that Kaede sticks with them. Very soon, it is revealed that Kaede has some ties with the opposing faction as well, even though the young woman is not associated with them.
After the emergence of daemons all over the world, a Japanese man founded a very advanced institute called the Peace Organization, which studied daemons and also took up the responsibility of keeping the creatures in check so that they would not be able to harm humans. The founder of the Peace Organization is actually the one who calls for the immediate capture of Anna, for he has a very personal hatred against storage daemons. Incidentally, the founder is also Kaede’s own grandfather, and the reason for his hatred is an incident from the past. Many years ago, the founder’s daughter, meaning Kaede’s mother, had gone to Seori Island in order to study a new type of daemon that had emerged. But at the time, a storage daemon like Anna had also appeared and destroyed the whole island by taking all of it inside its storage space.
Kaede’s mother was also lost on that day, along with two thousand other islanders who disappeared. Therefore, Kaede, too, is, in a way, on a very personal mission to learn more about her mother and try to revive her, just like Kento. However, she is also compassionate enough to find her grandfather’s methods faulty, for violence against daemons cannot be the way to solve the mystery. She keeps fighting for Kento, and even later on, she tries to make the boy understand and advise him on what to do next.
Ultimately, there is good news for Kaede at the very end of My Daemon when she realizes that storage daemons like Anna all use a shared storage space, which means that the Seori island can be brought back to existence with the help of Anna. Kaede also spots the entire Seori island inside the daemon’s storage space within the few moments she spends at the strange place. Kaede informs her grandfather about this, who ultimately gives up on his violent crusade against daemons and decides to research more on the creatures. Kaede and her grandfather would definitely try to revive their mother and daughter, respectively.
Can Kento find the time-altering daemon and rescue his mother?
When Kento finally reaches Kyushu and starts his search for the daemon with powers to rewind time, he meets with a young man named Kiriko Nanbu, who helps him, and Anna escape the guards in the city. It is revealed very soon that Kiriko is actually not a real human, but there is a restoration daemon that has been living inside the human’s body. In fact, it is this daemon that is believed to be able to rewind time, for it does have the power to restore objects and things to their original forms. The daemon had found the body of a human named Kiriko Nanbu, who had died in a car accident, and had taken over its control to restore it and live as a human.
Kento is delighted to have found the daemon, and he asks Kiriko to bring his mother back to life. Although this is not possible to do, the restoration daemon takes some of Kaoru’s blood and turns itself into the woman. So, Kiriko lives in the form of Kento’s mother for a few days, tending to his needs, while the boy also lives in denial that his mother is back. However, Kiriko has his own plan behind doing such a thing, for he desperately wants to turn the boy against humans. In the form of his mother, Kiriko keeps telling Kento that he must hate all humans and side with daemons in the war that is soon about to be waged.
In reality, Kiriko, or the shape-shifting restoration daemon, was fed up with the extreme torture and violence that humans lashed out on the daemonkind, and so he decided to use his extraordinary powers to wage a war against human beings. In order to do so, Kiriko wanted to revive and restore the deadliest daemon in the world’s history, a gigantic creature named Paendemonium. It was this daemon, Paendemonium, that had caused mass destruction in the United States of America, leading to the deaths of nearly 3 million people. Kiriko’s intention is to bring the daemon back to life from the museum where its remains are still kept, and he has been specifically tracking Kento and Anna for this mission. Anna’s massive power could breach through the protection shield at the museum, and so Kiriko kidnaps the two and hurts Kento in front of his best friend. This enrages Anna and evolves her into her violent form, which is enough to bring down the shield around Paendemonium.
What happens to Kento and Anna?
After freeing Paendemonium, Kiriko becomes a part of it, and the Restoration Daemon comes out in its full glory, attacking the city and posing a threat to the entire country of Japan. Taking a cue from the US government, the Japanese military now decides to kill the daemon with nuclear missiles, irrespective of the fact that all the normal citizens in the region will also be wiped out as a result. As the missiles are launched, Kiriko gives Kento one last chance to join his side, and upon the boy’s refusal, he now makes Kento and all his friends his new target.
By this time, the daemonium growing inside Kento had hatched into a small, adorable daemon, since the restoration daemon’s effect had fastened its development. The hatching of the daemon is generally supposed to kill the human, but in the case of Kento, he is immediately revived and brought back to life by Kiriko, making it clear that the creature does not want to hurt or kill Kento and is rather supportive of the boy’s love for daemons. At the end of My Daemon, the possibility of humans and daemons co-existing is also stressed when numerous wild daemons come to the rescue of citizens about to lose their lives.
In the end, Anna turns into her evolved state, this time not with anger but with love for Kento, and faces the gigantic Restoration Daemon. She uses her powers to transport the rogue daemon, Kento, and all of his friends away from the real world and into the void that is inside her storage space. She had also cleverly brought along the nuclear missiles, which saved all the humans and daemons of the real world from certain death. Even when he has the chance to, Kento refuses to kill the Restoration Daemon, for he wants to protect all daemons in the world. The villainous creature is finally convinced by this, and it decides to give Kento one chance to establish a peaceful co-existence between humans and daemons. It does warn that if Kento’s plan fails, it will certainly return to destroy all humans on Earth.
My Daemon‘s ending shows Kento and all his friends return safely from the storage space, but Anna stays behind. It was believed that all storage daemons trap themselves inside their storage spaces as well, and Anna’s decision proves this belief. Although Kento now has many friends beside him, he still misses his best pal. In the very last scene of My Daemon, though, Kento hears the voice of Anna from behind him, suggesting that the daemon still visits him from time to time or that her memory still lives on fresh in the mind of the charming boy.