Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Director: Takahashi Takeo
Series Composition: Arakawa Naruhisa
Character Design: Kudo Masashi
Original Creator: Mamare Touno
Starring: Ami Koshimizu as Maou, Jun Fukuyama as Yuusha
The story is set in a world embroiled by war between Humans and Demons. The Humans' greatest hero invades the Demon Queen's castle determined to vanquish her. However, instead of fighting back, the Queen proposes an alliance with the Hero. She explains how a sudden end to the war can bring further chaos to the world as the Humans once united to stand against their common enemies would eventually begin fighting among themselves, with similar issues already occurring at the Demon Realm. Convinced by her words, the Hero joins forces with the Queen and together they execute a plan to bring prosperity and a lasting peace to both Humans and Demons alike.
New From the Director of Spice and Wolf
Last edited by Kaiten; January 04, 2013 at 11:17 PM.
I watched the first episode last night and I'm pretty much reserving judgment until I see more.
It was fun enough to watch and I love the premise but I don't know whether it's going to be a shallow adaptation or something that's just playful with a deeper artful undercurrent the way Spice and Wolf was.
Episode one is promising, I have to say... I do love this type of plot where the world is not a black and white world. One can't say the demons are evil and the humans are good; it's so much more than that, as the Maou has explained to the Hero. Sometimes the war is not about getting rid of evil, but about surviving. It's really a promising start though the writer will have more difficulty to find a proper ending.
I laughed a lot during this eps, though some jokes are too abrupt, IMO. They are talking about war in a minute then the next minute, the Maou is talking about fat. But, the interactions between the Maou and the Hero are hilarious, indeed. Who knows that the brave hero is nervous around a girl? Or that the Maou is as innocent as a fangirl? (LOL at her memories of hugging bolster with poor drawings of the Hero , is that a shoutout to fangirls around the world?)
They make a deal as if they are getting married... They work to save the world with the reward of each other? Hmm.
I can't wait to see the next eps, I wonder what they are going to do...
I still wonder what makes the demons and the humans different though... Since demons have the same appearance with humans, and apparently they don't have horns, what makes them distinct from human? I hope this issue will be addressed in the following episodes...
My reaction when she took her horns off:
If they tone down the breast jokes a bit, I could probably thoroughly enjoy this series.
Interesting aproach, and I'm intrigued how his earlier companions will interact with him (and her).
But I totally liked that last scene.
That's why I'm hopeful that it can bring some of the appeal and originality Spice and Wolf had, in it's own way.
Last edited by Jammin; January 09, 2013 at 12:42 AM.
Personally, I can live with a little fanservice. I expect a lot, too. Studio Arms is notorious for fanservice, not to mention outright nudity. This is the studio that animated Elfen Lied (an underrated anime) after all, and the Queen's Blade anime too.Quote:
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Episode two was splendid. If only all fantasy manga were this interesting. For all the realism in episode, I never would have imagined proper land usage would be a prominent plot point. Proper land management is a major environmental security concern, including in monoculture dominated America and Europe. Maou could teach us a few things.
This show is really good. The characters are very likeable.
You can actually learn from this Anime.
I wonder which direction the story will take.
I always loved those kind of stories (Hero and Devil Lord teaming up), so I'll probably keep watching this one.
But, I most say that I wasn't a big fan of the breast jokes.
It's japan, so it's to be expected...
1 or 2 is fine, but they seem to be doing those jokes over and over in this anime, having them bounce around every time she moves...
Anyway, I'll have a better idea after a few more episodes.
So far the show hasn't disappointed me. It's getting better.
They have started on their plan and it's going well so far though I expect some problems in the future, especially when Alliance is involved...
We also get to see more characters, like the new maids. Lady Knight is awesome. Behind that nun get-up, she is still so manly.
I'm enjoying MMY quite a bit but episode 4 was a little...odd.
It skipped all of the hero scenes. There is at least an episodes worth of the Hero going from demon clan to demon clan. Filled with action, humor, and a fair amount of ecchi. It's just weird to see an anime bypass the chance to do harem stuff.
That being said the only part I'm a little put out over is the skipping of the part where the Hero duels the Dragon Lord and impresses him so much he unintentionally wins the Lords daughter. I liked her character and it's a shame that she's getting cut out.
Just watched episode 4 and 5 in a row.
This anime is finally taking shape.
Most of the time, I was totally lost in all the political stuff, but now I think I'm actually starting to appreciate the anime, and even its humor.
So, I'll definitely continue and see what else they have for us.
Shame we didn't see all of those "princesses" that the hero met during his journey.
It would have been the perfect time for some fillers filled with action.
I've just seen episode 1! It's an interesting pilot episode, I don't find it boring. The breast thing was meh for me but I survived because I was curious about the plot. It's interesting to see Maou's explanation about how ending the war may be worse. And definitely, looking forward to what kind of things they will do.
I love the voice actors, Jun Fukuyama is awesome as the Hero, LOL~ "Kotowaru!" is my favorite line today.
Finally watched eps 5 today.
I do feel a bit sad that in eps 4, the Hero's adventures are not animated... They look so exciting! Why didn't the creators make them into the anime? Budget?
I don't like the Merchants, but I have to admit they are intelligent people. Hero gets a contender though.. *smirk* I'm hoping that the Merchant will be a strong love rival for the Hero (he deserves it for avoiding the Maou) but sadly, it seems the Maou is really loyal...
Anyway, I really admire Lady Knight. I like her reaction for Maou's confession, as expected of a nun. *chuckle* I also like how she says she won't give up on the Hero... That's what I call a strong woman!
The scene where the Hero finally meet the Maou again.. He thought he can just get away just because the Maou misses him? Ha! I am not surprised that the Maou snaps. It is another proof for how realistic the series is. If you leave a girl like Maou for a year without showing your face though you are able to, it is no wonder the girl will be mad when you finally show up.
I was a bit surprised by the Hero's puppy eyes though... That eyes are so contrasting with the series' art...
It's fun to see how they can turn a fight into a romantic scene though... Both of them are so bashful even though they were fighting just a moment ago! A bit disappointed with the end though... What will happen if the music goes on longer, I wonder...? *wink*
I'm up to episode 5 today. Slow, I know.
I don't know, pretty often through the episodes I feel a bit lost at the interaction between countries, between humans and demons, about Maou's plan, about where Hero went to, about the direction the whole world is going to. Especially the explanation about the countries and their complicated relationship and political strategy, I'm kinda lost there. But the interaction between Maou and Yuusha is always funny and lovely (I SO CAN'T STAND THAT PUPPY EYES OMG OMG). The dance is a sweet reward for the meeting and another departure.