Ranked #1682

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Alternative Titles

English: Maoyu - Archenemy & Hero
Synonyms: Maoyu Maou Yusha
Japanese: まおゆう魔王勇者


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 5, 2013 to Mar 30, 2013
Premiered: Winter 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Novel
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.451 (scored by 63,602 users)
Ranked: #16822
Popularity: #272
Members: 124,395
Favorites: 404
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After a long and treacherous journey, our Hero finally arrives at the Dark Lady's castle only to find himself being asked for help. The Hero explains how the war that the demons have brought upon the humans have killed thousands and put more in misery. The queen of demons however argues that this war has made the human society band together as one and showed empirical evidence how it has increased population, increased production, boosted economy and improved society overall. Furthermore, she explains to the Hero that ending this war will result in a civil war that will produce more bloodshed than there ever was. The Hero, convinced that the only way to bring peace, relatively speaking, is to join forces with the Dark Lady, agrees to help with her plans!

(Source: MU)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Koshimizu, Ami
Koshimizu, Ami
Fukuyama, Jun
Fukuyama, Jun
Onna Kishi
Onna Kishi
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Onna Mahoutsukai
Onna Mahoutsukai
Fukuen, Misato
Fukuen, Misato


Takahashi, Takeo
Takahashi, Takeo
Sanpei, Hijiri
Sanpei, Hijiri
Episode Director, Assistant Director
Ookubo, Masao
Ookubo, Masao
Arai, Akino
Arai, Akino
Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics

More episodes Episodes(0/12)

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Opening Theme

"Mukai Kaze (向かい風)" by YOHKO (eps 1-11)

Ending Theme

#1: "Unknown Vision" by Akino Arai (eps 1-10)
#2: "Mukai Kaze (向かい風)" by YOHKO (ep 12)

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Aug 8, 2015
Maoyuu was a great anime, at least the first episode and not because i didn't get the story, i got the story and i found it refreshing and really relatable to real life, but is because this promise you that there will be romance, but the romance only existed the first 3 or 4 episodes and it was a light romance, this anime was perfect to be romantic but they wasted the oportunity and the story was rushed and can be confusing for a lot of people.

The story was great, is in fact a little complicated if you don't pay attention or else you will read more
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Mar 29, 2013
The problem with creating a historical anime is frequently similar to that of adapting a manga or video game: oftentimes, the author has to resort to filler or fan-service materials to clumsily meet the airing requirements for shows. However, an axiom that directors ought to familiarize themselves with is that quality is invariably better than quantity.

Thankfully, this inference only applies to certain aspects of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, a recent adaptation of the original light novels under the same name.

Set in a time period of gruesome wars to political corruptions, Maoyuu depicts a fantasy world where humans and devils are fighting for the ultimate authority, while read more
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Aug 4, 2014
Fantasy isn't quite like it used to be nowadays, or at least it doesn't want to be. Tolkien-like stories of great heroes and their adventures in the world inspired by Medieval are considered old news; now fantasy likes to be dark, edgy and bitter, showing the "true rough nature" of the world. There are good examples of such "mature" fantasy, the Witcher, for example, much as I dislike its focus on angst over substance. Often, though, it just comes down to buckets of blood and a lot of sex scenes (yeah, so mature) with no depth to it.

This anime's take on modern fantasy and overall read more
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Aug 11, 2015
Spoilers: Minimal (a "little" lengthier than usual)

It goes without saying that life seems more enjoyable when those around you share similar traits, but more importantly, Interests. In anime, many shows of whichever genre they derive from are often formulaic; many of which the stories of each share common and highly similar premises and themes. Unfortunately, this tires many dedicated fans of such genres and leads to a "I've seen this all happen before.." Kind of situation when watching or reading one such story.

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha appears to be no more than your typical "fantasy" taking place in medieval-ish times with a few hints of modern read more
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Anime: Ookami to Koushinryou
The studio behind Maoyuu have CLEARLY embraced the fact that the source material came to be thanks to S&W making a serialised story of economics and love economically viable. They've also taken advantage of the desperation S&W anime fans feel for a S3 that - probably - won't ever be. Why not employ the same JP voice actors, the same director and other people that worked on S&W? It makes good business sense.

As an enlightened fellow pointed out in passing, Maoyuu started out on 2chan and - more than likely - panders to the wants of its target audience as much as it  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Hataraku Maou-sama!
Definitely get the same flavor from the Maoyu archetypes but now even more comedic because they take the settings and integrate them into the character backgrounds which then get thrown into a new world instead resulting in hilarious moments and situations. Demon king and hero again, with the use of magic but now in the modern world. 
reportRecommended by yngtadpole
Anime: Log Horizon
Log Horizon and Maoyuu are two series taking place in a fantasy realm. They both involve war and politics but in a more of a stylistic fashion. Mamare Touno is the original creator for both series and makes their setting come to life with detailed mechanics.

Both series has some action but truly shines in their ability to comprehend and explore their world settings. There is also some drama, comedy, and hints of romance. Maoyuu has more fan service while Log Horizon composes of more comedy. 
reportRecommended by Stark700
Anime: Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita.
Both main characters are a hero who tried to defeat the demon lord; but end up having to work with a female demon lord instead.
Also both anime point out how people profit from the war with the demons; and how these people will prevent the war from ending (even if they can) and even try to bring back the war so they can make profit by selling weapons etc. Also both anime contain some comedy and ecchi.
Difference is that Maoyuu takes place in a medieval low fantasy world while Yuushibu has a magipunk setting. Also in Maoyuu the demon lord is the smartest  read more 
reportRecommended by Khalan
Anime: Madan no Ou to Vanadis
Takes place in a distant land.
Wars between other countries.
Politics and magic.
Swords, bow and arrows etc
Main Hero meets a beautiful woman who changes his life.
reportRecommended by AnimeFan500
Anime: High School DxD
Although taking place in different settings, both series involves a main male protagonist meeting a female protagonist in the pilot episode where their lives change forever.

There is romantic and dramatic tension between the duo that also involves some other supporting characters.

Both series also has fantasy themes as well as some action, drama, and humorous dialogues.

The main male protagonist have similar personalities while the main female protagonist treats the guy with kindness and compassion. 
reportRecommended by Stark700

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