It’s a Wrap – Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

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I’ll call it Maou because that name has to many u’s as it is.

Maou is about the demon king and the hero. They meet, the hero realizes that the king is a queen and eventually they join forces to change the world with potatoes and brains. They solve hunger problems with potatoes and almost everything else with their head. The anime holds a mirror in front of our society and explains a lot, it shows a lot too. What is going wrong, what went wrong in the past and how economics worked and do still work nowadays. The mirror is never clouded, as in there is no outright critique. Things are pointed out and both Queen and Hero try to solve those problems as best as they can. The goal is that demons and humans can live peacefully side by side. Throw in some fan service, some fights, an evil one-eyed bastard and you got yourself a fine story.

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The series started subverting tropes in the very first episode. Hell the horns on the demon queen are fake and she isn’t actually evil. Also the hero’s name is Hero. There is more to that actually, too bad that those smart and interesting things get left behind when some parts of the show devolve into some kind of harem. It wasn’t bad and both Queen and Knight are a pleasure to look at, but it sometimes felt unnecessary to me.

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Everything else was quite superb. The story has it’s exciting turns and twists and the characters all seem very much alive. They grow and change as they meet new possibilities and people. Throw in the already mentioned fan service and you have yourself an entertaining show. Quick note on the fan service: It is boobs only and always in a somewhat tasteful matter, nothing degrading or awful in my opinion.

The politics and economics that are quite a big part of the show are never dull or presented in a dry fashion. They drive the story in part and in others they add to it. It was really cool to see all those things that make up our society and formed it a few hundred years ago introduced to this medieval world.

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It is a shame that the series didn’t operate on the biggest of budgets. While the fight scenes certainly bring their points across they are not as amazing and big as I had hoped. They are kept small and simple, which is very reasonable as the story makes a point to avoid unnecessary violence. The changing of the world for the better and the look over the mountain top should be achieved through low casualties. At the same time both the Hero and all the other characters will go the extra mile if they deem it necessary. It is great to see them handle difficult situations as they never spend much time contemplating their fate. They act, they speak up and they change things. Maybe that comes from the fact that the story kind of originated on 2chan.

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There has to be a second season to this and I hope it comes soon. I want them to take their time to flesh out this rather interesting scenario they have build in the first season. I want them to build on their characters and maybe find better villains. It could be that I want a second season solely for more of the harem antics and to finally see the Hero and the Queen get it on. As it is the relationship and the politics were somewhat equal and I would love for it to stay that way. When the second season of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha rolls around I’ll watch it. The first season was really quite good and I want more.

Just imagine all those figures they could make and sell…

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