English: Maoyu - Archenemy & Hero
Synonyms: Maoyu Maou Yusha
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 5, 2013 to Mar 30, 2013
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.451 (scored by 52462 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Aug 4, 2014
This anime's take on modern fantasy and overall Medieval is different and much more appealing, to me, at least. Oh, it doesn't hesitate to show how rough it can be but it chooses to introduce economics into its world. The premise is that demons are at war with humans, and finally a hero with three sidekicks gets close to stopping the war (of course he does, it's the plot of any party-based RPG ever) and heads off to kill the Satan. Who turns out to hate war herself and, in turn, tells him she actually wants to stop the war. He agrees to help her, and the rest of the show more or less focuses on her plans and their consequences.
Most of these plans revolve around reforming agriculture, economics and so on. In the beginning it felt similar to Spice and Wolf: there are two main characters falling in love, the female is going to introduce some clever schemes, the atmosphere is equally warm, even the two leads are played by the same actors. However, Maou's ideas are all pretty simple, the intrigue comes not from the plans themselves but from the effect they have on people and, ultimately, on the country. The plot is coherent but seems to be episodic at times, partially because of the inevitable time jumps, as such reforms require time to actually take effect.
This one is difficult to talk about, for it's really hard to point out one single element that makes the anime good; it's mostly the little touches. For example, I really enjoyed watching the Hero for many reasons, one of them being that he asks an interesting question: what is there for a hero to do after the war has concluded? He won, awesome, so what's next? This character seeks peace to begin with, and his interactions with Maou only serve to keep him on this path, while he actually can only function in times of war. The question of what war means to different people is an interesting one, and it's explored from different angles throughout the show. There is no clear answer, though, which might irritate people; me, personally, I hate when such questions get a clear answer, ambiguity is what makes the topic interesting to begin with. Many issues are addressed, some in a rather unusual light; for example, merchants tend to place profit before everything else - is this bad? Not necessarily, as this series suggests, one character was turned from an obvious and boring "heartless douche" type almost into someone to root for without any real change whatsoever. I have actually thought of a thing to praise here: the writing.
The characters are good when they are given enough time to shine, I'd like to see more of the Mage with her split personality (for once, it's not a villain who has it), for example. Maou is interesting in that she's clearly wise and cunning but still childish and innocent, which overall makes her all the more appealing. Yuusha is pretty lighthearted and not that smart, though intelligent enough to understand his problems and limited usefulness; to his credit, he doesn't fall into angst, he always tries to help people. So, yeah, he's the Hero, no real surprise there. There obviously is a romance between these two (as usual with the characters voiced by these actors - Lelouch and Kallen, Lawrence and Horo), there is even a love triangle with the Knight lady, though this is the weakest part of the show. Don't get me wrong, the main couple's interactions are mostly nice but it leads to many unnecessary moments, like, say, discussions of boobs, which is always classy. It doesn't feature fanservice, though.
The supporting cast consists of a variety of characters, some of which evolve throughout the series, others are interesting as they are. There are, of course, those who mostly serve as a throwaway joke or are ultimately pointless (the Old Man, the little servant girl, the Dragon Princess) but they almost always are there to complement someone else's personality, so it's not distracting. In the end, they do reflect the world they live in and present interesting possibilities for the writers to take advantage of. More than enough for me.
The art and the score both serve to reinforce the aforementioned warm atmosphere and yeah, they work. It's not the sharp drawing style I usually enjoy but it's justified here. Everyone looks unique, particularly Maou, who is not drawn like your usual anime nice girl but instead opts for a more mild kind of beauty, which is refreshing in a female lead. The voice acting is awesome: practically all significant characters are voiced by someone whom I have heard and liked before (be it in Code Geass or Rozen Maiden), and they do a good job here too.
Overall, I really enjoyed the show. Yeah, it doesn't really pay off in terms of the romance, and the story can feel somewhat unfinished, particularly with the ending being only semi-happy but I really like to see real world economics and serious issues like cultural diversity being brought into fantasy world. It makes for an intelligent plotline with believable outcomes for all actions and allows the creators to show how Medieval actually progressed. This is what I'm going to think of now when I think "Modern Fantasy". A great anime. read more
Nov 4, 2014
REVIEW FREE OF SPOILERS!
To set this show as just a typical adventure/fantasy anime would be a shortsighted description of it; after all, this show has more potential than just that. “MAOYUU…” grasps into things –more complex- such as politics and economics –although they are observed from a very basic and simplistic point of view and nothing more complicated, probably for the sake of the aimed viewers -. But let’s not get carried away, this show isn’t a masterpiece either, although it has potential to be bigger, by this I mean that the show doesn’t reach its fullest potential but let’s not forget it’s made into a 12 episode format show.
Even though being an original show –mostly by the focus shown- the show falls sometimes into the typical dull and repetitive routine shown in many other shows. Although, the characters make you forget this stalemate and those repetitive moments don’t last long.
So to tell the truth, besides the fact that this is a fantasy anime something else caught my attention/interest too, and that “something” was the art. The art is neither the “state-of-the-art” nor something antiquated; it was pleasing to put it bluntly.
Now, the fact that the art in the show is pleasing it doesn’t mean that it’s one of those arts that immerse into the show after all; the art in the show is a mixture of the old –shown mostly on the scenery- and the new –shown mostly on the character.
The palette is amazing ranging from dark oriented colors to bright and beautiful.
The ART team did a remarkable job.
One of the main goals of voice acting is to stimulate and transmit feelings through voice and sounds, sadly the voice acting in this show didn’t achieve such a thin., The voice acting isn’t bad, but it isn’t great, it isn’t transcending and thus it isn’t memorable.
There is a quote by William Shakespeare that says: “If music be the food of love, play on”. The context in which the character –Duke Orsino- says this words is because he’s infatuated with Olivia, and she’s not interested in him, so he asks his musicians to play some music, so he can surpass -or “overdose”- his appetite and let such feeling –love- die.
My point here is that there’s a reason within a soundtrack or the ambient shown in a show, and it isn’t having music for the sake of JUST having music within a show, it is because you want your audience/viewers to experience the feelings of the characters in an “enhanced” way, through music. Regretfully that’s a potential that they couldn’t fulfill, a potential that they couldn’t squeeze right.
There’s a thing that I dislike and find boring about short anime shows and it’s the fact that most of them lack something essential in a story –every story- and it’s the character development. Blame it on the lack of time; blame it on the writers or whatever… If you want a character to be memorable you need to make him or her transcend, and not just by giving him a cool sword or bad-ass armor, I mean by making him/her relate to us the viewers whether by making him mature through the show or change or have some new goals and most importantly by making them have a believe as their foundation, those are the character that are remembered in the hearts of people.
Sadly this is the aspect in which the show fails –tremendously if I may add-.
The characters are well done –yes- and some are cute but nothing else was achieved.
-ENJOYMENT: 8 & OVERALL: 7-
So to put things shortly. The show is enjoyable? Yes. It IS original and it has an appealing and easy on the eye art, and it has a sweet –but not amazing nor memorable- soundtrack.
There’s some “fan-service” focus shown on this show –for those interested in such things-.
Thanks for reading!
Mar 29, 2013
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 exploring the infrastructures involved in wars. Despite it falling under the fantasy genre, Maoyuu brings many historical references into play--from the great innovations of the Discovery age (such as the compass, movable type prints, etc.) to the spread of crops like potato and corn into the agriculture industry. Moreover, it is reminiscent of a certain series that many of us could've never forgotten--Spice and Wolf.
Better known for its formula of enchanting romance, Spice and Wolf consists of a very similar antique structure in the way that it handles its plot, drama, world-building, and specifically, the daily lives of merchants. While this may sound bland, Spice and Wolf manages to make it work with a recipe of individual arcs for concentrated purposes, and thus, the viewer can gain a fine viewing of diverse episodes with several delightful, piquant subjects at hand.
If Spice and Wolf is a mix between curry and rice, then Maoyuu would surely be a mix between potatoes and candy bars; since, it is neither a smart combination nor a completely satisfying experience. Still, it's only in comparison that one is weaker than the other. The steady, episodic approach that Maoyuu employs very much stands out on its own.
A scaffolding plot, after all, is better than none at all. The story of Maoyuu starts out with our protagonist Yuusha, a hero siding with the humans, not expecting the beautiful demon queen Maou, whose only wish was to negotiate with him, in the heart of the demons' castle. After their fated meeting, Yuusha then embarks on a journey at Maou's will, and each episode continues with mini-stories about Yuusha's encounters and findings for a seemingly nonexistent reason.
Whereas, it is fairly obvious from the start that Yuusha has difficulties conveying his true intentions for Maou, and oftentimes these misunderstandings are used for comedic purposes as well as entertainment. Although repetitive, the several quirks that Maou and Yuusha begin to form do add onto the character interaction, and definitely made certain arcs more interesting.
However, side characters do abruptly intervene in the capital of romance arcs, usually with very few good reasons for doing so, and thus, some developments can turn out stagnantly without progression. Most side characters also have very little to offer, ranging from a delusive maid to female knights like Onna Kishi. At times, female characters would surround Yuusha in herds, and it becomes questionable whether or not pandering to the audiences was the purpose. And, although some characters were satisfyingly fleshed out with conclusive stories, other individuals had trouble deciphering their prominent role in the series. Such abstruse matters also bring up the lack of characterization or any predisposition to determine the presence of a solid personality for specific characters, since most of the cast only experience trite developments.
Maou, for example, is best described by her acquaintance as "useless meat". Although Maou herself denies this, and claims at all costs the significant deeds that she has achieved and will, the fact of the matter remains that her role embodies a few inconsistent hiccups. At times, she continuously aims to resolve world peace, while the scenes which repeatedly follow her scholarly deliberations are abruptly placed daydreams of Yuusha. Such applies to the grander scale of Maoyuu as it deconstructs historical figures and side characters to bring concerns about the time period being depicted--the medieval ages. Contrarily, the portrayal of the church's public servants during prehistoric times may have exaggerated some of the exploitations, but Maoyuu does extensively illustrate the corruption which overtook officials of feudal societies. Additionally, a charming aspect of Maoyuu resides with how the characters were named after fantasy classes, which effortlessly resonated a lovely core. However, due its enormous cast, Maoyuu couldn’t engender insightful eccentricities for certain characters as it did for others.
Likewise, the character aesthetics in the series stuck with genuinely dull decorations as exemplified by Yuusha, whose character design emits the appeals of a generic, immutable male lead. Similarly, Maou has her own pairs of inflatable balloon issues, which many will see as being hackneyed and unoriginal.
However, the art directing, layouts for many of the map animations and arrangement of urban images are, in comparison, much better. Correspondingly, majority of the background frameworks and presentations also fulfill their duty in making a location look rural, metropolitan, or even appropriately hideous.
Music is undoubtedly one of Maoyuu's greatest assets. The original soundtrack entrances viewers with its vibrant nature, and likewise, the use of many instrumental pieces evokes an indelible atmosphere. With a spirited opening and ending theme, Maoyuu further enlivens its vigor. Correlation between the animation and music also paints an impressionable feeling for the series overall, and the seiyuus all befit their roles perfectly.
On the contrary, good narration doesn’t necessarily equal quality dialogue.
While the conversations in the series do present interesting observations about macroeconomics, some expositions on the networks of commerce can come off as brusque. Not only so, Maoyuu emphatically focuses on the construction of its own fantasy world, rather than the chronological order of its historical references, so some of the mentioned inventions furnish idealized timelines over what's factually correct. This, in turn, produces temporarily engrossing world-building, but it can also repeatedly bore or confuse the viewer with arbitrary elaborations on ultimately flimsy subjects.
From the tone of my writing, it may sound like the majority of Maoyuu is about monotonous history or economics; however, during the latter parts of the series character relationships take center stage, and action scenes transpire more often. As most climaxes do, the story delivers a closing end towards previously unresolved issues, and desolating sides of things take form in both dialogues as well as battles. This, in some ways, may dismay some audiences since the pacing relatively changes, but as a closure, many aspects of the show become a lot more tasteful and digestible even in spite of the several interrelated topics displayed.
Moderately diverse, Maoyuu is a series that really tries to bring something to the table for everyone, and in its mixture of historical references with fantasy themes, some of its themes are marred by oversimplified explanations. Although the stale, generic personalities some characters exhibit are very definite flaws, the majority of Maoyuu can still offer insights on the economic and strategic aspects of war, which shifts towards a manner infrequently attempted in its medium. It is most unfortunate, then, that this unique concept lacks the excitement its influences (Spice & Wolf) had obtained so gracefully. Perhaps if given a second season, the lackluster aspects of Maoyuu can do itself more justice through more concise yet lively handling of its themes, and its character relationships may become even more captivating. If nothing else, this series provides a fascinating outlook on the protocols and systems of commercial economics, but sadly, is a hero crippled by his towering boldness of attempting too many feats.
Despite its unfortunate flaws, Maoyuu can still compensate for its faults by further constructing its dynamic universe, but only if a sequel will be permitted to fully execute the conceptual values. read more
Oct 2, 2013
Set in a medieval fantasy world in which the human race and demon race are at war for territory and power, the story follows the human Hero and the female Demon King (They are simply referred to by these titles) who team together to solve the underlying reasons the war; economics.
The Demon King can be seen as the brains of the operation and the Hero as a diplomat to some extent. Their idealistic belief to ending war by ending poverty, and advancing technology is quite a grand idea in that it takes time to really make such significant changes. The Demon Kings new ideas and technology such as new farming techniques and promoting education require lengthy periods of time before results are seen. The anime acknowledges this by numerous time skips, almost a year had past by the 4th episode and despite moving the plot forward it resulted in hardly any character development.
The anime constantly alludes to this magical world where the Hero is off saving Fairy's and helping Dragon type Demons but never dwells into it. It also begins with an almost instant romance between the Hero and the Busty Demon King but again fails to develop it. The show seems to struggle in deciding what is wants to be. It addressees intellectual themes such as economics, religion and social intolerance. Then flirts around with a love triangle between the Hero, Demon King and the Blonde knight. And while they are enjoyable to watch in the end both themes feel rushed and it it fails to conclusively resolve either. I should also add that the fan service seemed out of place.
One of the reasons this show is enjoyable is that it has likable characters. I liked the idealistic main characters The Hero and Demon King, they were powerful around others but so confused around each other, i would have liked to see development into their romance rather than just being forced into accepting it, that being said nothing really happened. The rest of the characters all had a purpose with different backgrounds and seemed to fit well into the Demon Kings plan. The majority of characters were human and it would've been great to see things from the Demon perspective.
The artwork in this anime is mixed. There were times when the background was just great with detail and color, other times it was like looking at blobs of green and brown supposedly resembling a forest or farm. I found the character design to be pretty good, nothing that set it apart but good nonetheless. Overall its highly watchable since this is a dialogue heavy anime but really average in quality. The same can be said for the sound.
Overall this anime was actually quite enjoyable but i can not recommend an anime that leaves its plot so incomplete. The overall feel to the show is somewhat rushed, it needed more time to invest in the characters and plot.
Mar 4, 2015
The story for me was basically that it started really good, but then dropped around the end. At first, I was going to rate the story around a 8, because I really liked it. The last 4 episodes bored me to the point that I would just go on my phone and scroll through Instagram or watch some other videos on my laptop. The negatives out of the way, even though the Demon King stories are kind of overused, it still did OK, mainly because this story is also based really early, around the medieval times. Action scenes are mostly around the nameless Yuusha and sometimes it would either be really good or really boring. Even though there's romance in the anime, it isn't very strong as the relationship between Yuusha and Maou started out well, but even though either of them love each other, they still seem like friends from a stranger's point of view. There's harem in the anime, but I think it's 2 or 3 girls that like him. Yes, there's fan-service but that's mostly at the start and the middle. It doesn't affect the anime that much.
The art is pretty nice, detailed characters and nice animations for the spells and magic used in the anime. The colors look nice and the background had more of a medieval style to it.
The OST fit each scene nicely, whether it is an emotional, funny or an action scene. The OP fits the anime nicely but personally, I really like it. The ED gives more of a mystical vibe, but doesn't fit well with the anime. It sounds eerie for an ending of an anime like this.
I've actually never seen an anime where the main character does not have a real name.
Yuusha (Hero), is a very kind-hearted character, because even though the biggest enemy of humanity was in front of him, he still didn't kill him. He always suggested plans that wouldn't involve killing anyone, even his enemies.
Maou (Demon King), is a very lovable character, as she also does not want to kill anyone, even if it was HER enemies. She's also very kind-hearted and funny. She reminds me of someone from a different anime, though I can't get her name in my head. Massive boobs and is very caring for Yuusha.
I liked this anime for a bit but when it started to progress, I stopped liking it. It got really boring for me, though that is my own opinion.
Even though it was boring for me, you guys might like this anime. If you want to start slowly on new types of anime and slowly moving away from your genres, then this might intrigue you. Would I re-watch this? Sorry, but no.
Feb 21, 2014
The main idea of the story is interesting. The Demon King, the Hero, along with other companions such as the Head Maid and the Female Knight, try to change the world, a world currently plagued with poverty, corruption, war, through education, inventions and schemes. However, much of it is rushed through the anime, even the subplots as well. If the anime had been longer, for example 20 episodes, the story would have been properly developed. Not to mention that much of the story contains too many subplots, this whole story doesn't leave a lasting impression.
Equally undeveloped as the story, the characters fail to show change. From the protagonists to the minor characters, they show us their personalities, but most of them are static characters. The Demon King is an intelligent woman who shows kindness to everyone. The Hero is an ultra powerful fighter who shows care towards his companions. For an unknown reason, they fall in love and have mini-love quarrels and small romantic moments. It is finished. Their characters don't change anymore. You would expect that the protagonists are the round characters, but instead the Elder Sister Maid, a supporting character, shows the most change throughout the series. Basically, the characters are by far the weakest point of this anime. That being said, similar to the story, the characters are affected by the fact that the anime itself was rushed through 12 episodes, and again, if the episodes were longer, many things would change for the better.
Thinking about other factors, they weren't impressive, either. The art of the characters are acceptable, but the background occasionally feel like I'm watching a poorly done oil painting. The sound weren't good. I don't remember any music that I enjoyed or noticed, but the voice actors were pretty good. They did a good job for the Demon King, the Hero and many other characters.
Overall, again, if the anime were made longer, instead of rushed through 12 episodes, I feel that it would be much better. There are a lot of weak points in this anime, but nonetheless I somewhat enjoyed it. Hardcore anime viewers, lower your expectation and watch it purely for enjoyment. Otherwise you won't like this anime too much. read more
Aug 28, 2014
i have to say a fell in love with the "maou" in the first episode, she is beautiful, sexy, cute, nice and smart.(although this kind of female only exist in anime) the characters were beautifully drawn and the voice actress made her sound so sexy and cute.
the plot and storyline are really interesting, touching of agriculture and science with a twist in economics and politics. it doesn't concentrate a lot on "superpower" but the few fighting and battle scene are still exciting.
in this anime one of the plot about prolonging and creating war, which i think is happening in real life is very interesting. the politics portray in here is actually practice in the real world(without the mou and hero of course) maybe the author is using the real world as an inspiration for the novel, salute to you.
i think the strength of this series comes from the cuteness of the relationship between the hero and heroin, its funny cute and romantic
its a shame that there is no sequel to it as i think that the series is interesting and wonderful. most of the fan would like to see the progress on the main characters relationship.
i like it and rate it as an A rank series. for those who like the romantic comedy genre this is one of the must see series read more
Feb 13, 2014
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is the "Discrete Mathematics With Ducks" of anime. It explains the importance of some really boring historical innovations like the use of potatoes and dual currency economics by making them elements in an engaging story. If you were reading a history book on the importance of potatoes for sustainable population growth you probably wouldn't care much, but if you're watching a show where the development of potato agriculture is of literal life or death importance for your favorite character(s) you're much more inclined to pay attention and the lesson sinks in better.
Because the importance of this show is (at least in my opinion) the lessons being taught and not the story being told, the story itself doesn't do anything new; it uses the most generic plot imaginable (humans and demons locked in a fantasy war that could be taken straight out of any fantasy MMO made in the past 20 years) and even goes to the effort of making the characters and countries anonymous [fun fact, they don't say a single proper noun in the entire duration of this show, that I noticed]. The main character is named Hero not because the writers are lazy but to remind you that he as an individual doesn't matter, he could be any character in any setting and these lessons would still be relevant. If they made the characters and settings any more unique than they are you might lose track of the lessons being taught. In fact, this blatant simplicity of setting is the most unique part of the show! I don't think I've ever seen a show intentionally make itself generic and it is a wonder to watch.
Now all that talk about the setting and plot being generic might make you think this show is boring, so let me be clear. This show is NOT boring. It moves at a casual pace, but I became more attached to some of the support characters in this show than I have in any show I've seen in years. In my opinion this show displayed more meaningful character growth in one season than Naruto has in its entire run. The few sword fights are gorgeous, the speeches are gripping, and the romance is heartwarming.
Visually, they used a technique that I've only ever seen before in Gankutsuou (though it is much more tasteful here) where they seem to have overlayed patterned texture filters on a lot of the objects, and a lot of the backgrounds are painted in a very interesting way... Sort of like thick watercolor, I guess. They kept with historically accurate drawing techniques for the scripture pages shown in the credits, in the maps, and in a few other places where they're applicable. It's not the most gorgeous anime I've ever seen, but it gets a full 10/10 for originality. The voice-acting is at least on par with other animes. Though it never really blew me away I'm not exactly a connoisseur of Japanese voice-acting, so maybe it's wonderful and I just didn't notice.
This show is educational, entertaining, and just a delight to watch. I completely recommend it. read more
Apr 30, 2013
But an improvement it ain't. And by sharing so many things with "Spice and Wolf" (including a big chunk of the staff), "Spice and Wolf with Tits" - or just SaWT for short - naturally invites comparisons with the material that inspired it. Alas, it's a comparison which ultimately does SaWT no favours because it falls so far short. But perhaps I'm being overly harsh on the show; it does deserve plaudits for putting some interesting twists into the age-old humans vs demons script.
The show starts with humans and demons at war with each other, and the Hero - literally named "Hero" - storming the demon king's castle solo to try and end the war. The demon king (and guess what the demon king is called) surprisingly turned out to be an attractive girl with big bouncy breasts instead of a giant frothing monster with razor fangs. What also surprised Hero was her personality: she spoke a remarkable amount of sense, and, with a few well chosen arguments, demolished the pre-conceptions the Hero had regarding humans, demons, and the nature of the war. Bewitched by Demon King's silver tongue and hypnotised by her jiggling assets, Hero agrees to co-operate with her mission to set the world to rights with wisdom rather than wars.
SaWT started a little rough, but its concept got me interested enough to continue watching. Most of the first half helped maintain my interest, mostly with the way Demon King went about changing the world through education, introducing new technologies, new ways of doing things and new ways of thinking. And it's this, and not the interaction between the main leads that's the focus of SaWT. But that's not a bad thing, because while the nuanced interaction between the protagonists excels as one of the greatest strengths of "Spice and Wolf", that same aspect is one of greatest weaknesses of SaWT. I realise things are supposed to be a bit awkward between the ridiculously shy leads, but the insepid dialogue and overblown romance cliches make a combination cringe-worthy enough to embarrass a 3rd rate romance novelist.
While showing some initial promise, the show soon started falling apart. SaWT has a major problem of being overly self conscious of what it's trying to do, and so very little of what it does feels natural. Speeches about the ways of the world is almost condescendingly delivered through long expositions that's aimed more at the viewer than the other characters. Then there are Demon King's inventions: she starts off introducing things like crop rotations methods, but soon began inventing one major technology after another, like some kind of Thomas Edison raised to the third power. What's more, her contributions span across ludicrously diverse fields, from agriculture to medical science to navigation, to name a few; nearly every episode she conjures up something new. In one episode, someone other than her actually managed to invent something (namely, sparkling orange juice, aka Fanta), and, determined not to be outdone, Demon King invents not one but TWO things during that episode (and no, Coke isn't one of them). By the half way point of the series, I felt like I was watching some game like Civilisation being played, with the Demon King way ahead of the other players in researching the tech tree comprising mankind's greatest ideas and inventions.
If Demon King is guilty of over-performing in her role, Hero is guilty of the opposite: as one half of the central protagonist pair, he simply doesn't carry his weight. While Demon King busied herself with changing the world, Hero spends the first half just tagging along and doing very little beyond admiring her. Though later he does goes off to distant lands and contribute to Demon King's plans there, we rarely see what he does because the story is still mostly focused on Demon King and her endless output of inventions. In fact, the imbalance issue extends to everyone else, too: the Demon King seems so intelligent that she makes the show kind of boring, and everyone else seems so dim that they can't do anything until Demon King bestows onto them her pearls of wisdom; you have to wonder how the human race managed to hold off extinction.
SaWT also has pacing problems. While I enjoyed the gentle strolling pace of world changing used for the first part of the series, the global politics quickly escalated to the point where I struggled to follow. Everything had began changing in all the different nations, half of which the show failed to properly establish in the first place, and I'd also started getting lost in all the economic babble, perhaps due to my own meagre knowledge. The show simply accelerates away during the later parts and finishes in unbeseeming haste, leaving one giant political mess, full of dangling plot strands and badly explained developments, in its wake.
But there I go again, coming down quite hard on the show. I do have a degree of respect for what SaWT tried to do, but the problem is that it simply did not do a good job. While it captured my interest early on, I struggled to get through the series as it progressed. It may not be a show devoid of intelligence, but it needed to be more intelligently written; it may not be a bad show, but it's far from being good. I guess it's just too much to expect a show that sought to improve upon something noted for its writing by throwing in a pair of big tits to amount to anything beyond A Good Try. And A Good Try is all SaWT managed to be.
Apr 9, 2013
It's something different, it is middle age European, there are economics, but not like Spice & Wolf. The economics are extremely simplified, and the feel and progression between the main characters is not as good. There is more focus on all of the characters and politics, not saying it's bad but it's not the same. I still recommend it if you liked Spice & Wolf, but don't expect the same thing.
The story is quite good. The idea of the demons fighting humans for a purpose, and that both sides benefit from the war existing is great. I always love a good story that blurs the line of good vs evil, and it really gets better toward the end where you learn more about the war. Some great stuff with politics and corruption. The economic aspects are simplified but they are still interesting if you like it.
The characters are alright but most aren't great. The Hero is ok but he seems to lack a layer of depth that he should have. The Demon King is a pretty amazing character. She is extremely understandable and likable and she pretty much steals the protagonist role from the Hero, which I have no problem with. One of the biggest problems is that it has one of those secondary romance interests that is way too forward and it always makes those characters annoying. Some of the better characters are the maids that you get to know. At first you'll dislike one and like the other and by the end you'll like both. I also need to commend that this show for the first time in my life I was horrified by a scene of violence. It wasn't even the most violent thing I've ever seen but the context of it made it mortifying. Amazing.
While I was watching the show I kept on thinking of Spice & Wolf and how much better Spice & Wolf is than Maoyuu. It is better, but Maoyuu is still very good. After I finished I looked back at it without that look and just gave it a fair look without comparing it. It's good, very good. Spice & Wolf is so good because it isn't mainstream at all. It's very outlandish. Maoyuu is somewhere between a mainstream anime and an outlandish one. If you like a different sort of anime or enjoyed Spice & Wolf then give it a try. If mainstream is more your style then you might get lost in the politics but you might still like it. read more
Mar 29, 2013
In any fantasy world, some beings just don't get along. Take for example, demons and humans. In order for two races to co-exist, they have to accept each others' values. Yet that dream is an overwhelming task to achieve because let's all face it, some things just don't mix well. It's been fifteen years since the war waged by the humans and demons have begun. After an awkward meeting and the revelation that the Demon King is in fact a female, the duo forms an alliance after some reluctant arguing. Hence, let the tale of a human male and demon female begin!
Mayou (Maoyu Maou Yusha, aka Archenemy and Hero) is an anime adapted series from a light novel that was originally “serialized” on 2ch. The series is written by Mamare Touno who is not well known but has recently made his debut. The LN has sold over 450,000 copies and here we are, the anime adaptation. As one of the first full length series to debut in 2013, it definitely needed to set the bar high. So without further ado, let's see if Maoyu lived up to the hype.
Maoyu follows the story of a hero and queen of demons as they seemingly join forces to bring about a new world. They desire a world of peace, a world without conflict, and a world where values and ideas are accepted without violence. The series begins with a lot of promise as in the format of a preview as to what's to come. In fact, our two main characters (from the poster) takes up most of the tv time as they engage in humorous dialogues and discusses their ways of changing the world. It is actually quite fresh and entertaining as viewers can see that the demons and humans are not so different. For instance, the demons themselves has their own code of ethnics and politics. They have their own ideologies and ways of thinking. To top it off, they also don't have actual or maybe I should say..physical features in the way some people may originally see them as.
To me, the series takes off with strange tropes and turns it into a rather refreshing series at first. I mean, we have an ordinary human and meets a not-so-ordinary demon king. Hero also gets a surprise from the fact that the Demon Queen is actually a female rather than what he originally expected. (a rather big breasted one if I may add...) The Demon Queen herself is shown to be not violent but rather trying to persuasive for her goals. It also sets up a state of prejudice at first between the races but as time goes on, it's shown that the duo can get along quite well. Even from the pilot episode, Hero seems convinced enough to join the Demon Queen despite her rather sophisticated dialogues. The dialogues themselves contains lengthy references to politics, economics, and a historical lesson rather than any violent backgrounds. In a entertaining way, it transforms the tale of struggle between humans and demons into a story of that almost seems to be educational at times. It's almost like watching the fantasy version of the Discovery Channel as the Demon Queen educates about trading and her ways of inventions.
The series maintains as a small cast of characters. Obviously, we have the two main stars of the series, Maou and Yuusha. They often go by their titles, Demon Queen and Hero respectively. In fact, many of the supporting cast seems to follow this trend. We have Onna Kishi known as the Female Knight, Onna Mahoutsukai known as the Female Magician, etc. Their names matches their respective titles and defines the role they play in. But perhaps the most interesting relationship in the series is between Hero and the Demon Queen. This is because they are nearly nothing alike, even in terms of being the same race. Hero seems to be a guy of using action rather than words of persuasion. On the other hand, Demon Queen seems to play the role of a politician and uses her intelligence. Yet upon closer examination, they get along quite well and intimate at times. This brings a problem of their relationship being too rushed. As a matter of fact, there is strong hints of romance between the duo already after the initial episode. To add to this relationship is a strong dose of fan service. The term “useless meat” becomes a recurring joke for the Demon Queen as she takes on the role of an eye candy. With or without horns, she retains her stature as a female that seems to allure viewers. This shouldn't come too much as as surprise though as the production studio Arms handles the series. Arms is known for its rough and sketchy ways of presenting fan service such as in Elfen Lied, Ikkitousen, and Queen's Blade. Their stance of producing lascivious visuals has been a long standing trend. In this case, Maoyu isn't off their charts.
As being labeled as an adventure genre, the series takes the fantasy theme well. There are the old medieval like architectures and maintains that feeling of being in a fantasy world. The way the characters are dressed reflects this theme of being in simple wear in the case of servants, modern in the case of the maids, and fancy in the case of high level authority figures. Hero's design sees him as a warrior and 'hero' as the title suggests him. On the other hand, there is Demon Queen who is dressed in an ornamental way that is elaborate and eye-catching. Unfortunately, some of her appearance is played as a joke like the “horns” on her hand and once again, the useless meat.
Speaking of useless, I find the fan service of this series to be just that. Even with the light humor, romance, and sweet moments, I find the fan service part of the series to be in the way and preventing Maoyu to shine itself. It is distracting and seems manipulative in some of the sweet dialogues that moves away the balance.
Other problems I've ran in to the series is the rather weak story based off the original premise. Some of the preceding episodes from the narrative prequel pilot almost seems like filler. It doesn't also help the fact that some of the jokes made throughout the series becomes a bit stale. Furthermore, Hero seems to attract other female characters of interest and creating some unfriendly rivalry for our Demon Queen. It falls under a track of insubstantial romance with a seemingly love triangle between her, Hero, and the Female Knight.
Maoyu also seems to adapt many of the same themes as another popular title that debuted a few years back. Fans of Spice and Wolf may notice many similarities such as the adventure style storytelling, theme of economics, fantasy setting, and even the main female protagonist shares the same seiyuu. It can make an impression for viewers who once again desire a taste of economics and adventure rather than the typical “save the world with swords and magic”. It does have some of that though but the majority of the series focuses more on the politics, economics, and the interactions between the Hero/Demon Queen.
In terms of artwork, the series did its job right. Despite some of the characters being serialized with the fan-service and presented in a gratuitous way, it maintains its background of the fantasy setting well. There is the elaborate landscapes, the majestic rivers, and plain rural backgrounds. The way the characters are dressed reflects off that old and classic feeling from the Dark Ages. It's the way that an adventure should be and maintains that theme well. At times though, it does look like the visual qualities of the show slows down. Yet, it maintain its fantasy posture well.
For soundtrack, I found the series to be only mediocre. Toshiki Kameyama plays the role of the sound director and he seems to give that feeling of smoothness and melody of the medieval ages. However, it is hardly noticeable or distinguishing itself from other fantasy theme series. The OP and ED songs also presents a style of primitive artwork in the style of the old medieval ages. It is just too simple and not unique enough in my estimation.
Ultimately, Maoyu is an adventure series that I have mixed feelings on. From one standpoint, it is a fun and entertaining series with our lovable duo. Their interactions and dialogues makes a first impression but that later becomes repetitive and stale. The way fan service is presented becomes a source of diversion rather than some comedic fun. It is comedic in some ways though but ultimately, it doesn't achieve its goal. However, there are instances where the series launches itself with its fresh way of adventure story. It is a story about a Hero, a Demon Queen, and the plan they hope to achieve in order to make the world a better place. I just hope they succeed and achieve glory for what they strive for.
Apr 7, 2013
[mild spoilers pertaining to storyline progression and general point-of-view]
A third season of Spice and Wolf is perhaps the most desired adaptation among fans of the franchise. When announcement came through that a similar series, with similar staff members, was going to be released, fans were ecstatic. Unfortunately, it's not quite that simple to live up to the name of the predecessor, and it's even more difficult to satiate an entirely new crowd. Maoyū Maō Yūsha suffers from a variety of debilitating features that not only make it a shitty, half-assed 'successor', but an awfully trite,mundane standalone.
Maoyū Maō Yūsha doesn't have the world's most amazing storyline. In fact, it's relatively archetypal -- the king of demons and the hero of humanity wish to team up to ultimately better the world. Sounds relatively creative right? It's not. But it could have been. We're given two main characters, Maou, and Yuusha [translated to Devil and Hero]. Their names are titular of their roles. During each episode, humanity attains a new invention that may better life [e.g. new farming techniques, agriculture]; and during each episode, a mild time skip is applied [typically a few months]. What does this do? It advances the plot. But does it do anything more than that? Probably not. Is it bad because it's simple? Not necessarily. Is it bad if they advance the plot over developing the characters/mood/every other aspect of the show? Probably.
A certain series revolving around a travelling merchant and a wolf goddess revolved around the characters -- every episode moved at a snail's pace, and the characters were developed accordingly; in Maoyū Maō Yūsha, it isn't uncommon for several months to move in one episode. The characters aren't developed. There's a romance between Maou and Yuusha. But the romance between the two are magnetic. They're only together for the storyline. A magnet doesn't need a reason to attract the opposite charge, neither does Maou to Yuusha, and Yuusha to Maou. They're together, but there's no semblance or inclination that would insinuate anything outside of being together for the storyline. Love? What's that. 12 episodes, or several years, resulted in a half-assed display of affection at the end. No discourse implying anything significant, and no actions outside the cursory depicted a sort of love outside of obligation.
The art and animation in Maoyū Maō Yūsha was fantastic? You mean the art and animation during Maoyū Maō Yūsha's first episode was fantastic. Arms was tasked with animating the series -- Arms did a really nice job during the former half of the series. The latter half, they kinda just gave up on maintaining consistent quality. Surprisingly, Arms, a studio, known for their integration of ecchi into everything, didn't put that much ecchi into Maoyū Maō Yūsha. That's a bright side. How about the soundtrack? The soundtrack's probably one of the best, redeeming features of the series. The track titled 'Beyond the Hill' by Takeshi Hama [composer of the original Devil May Cry soundtrack]would on its own, bump the score up by at least a point. The series contained a fantastic soundtrack, albeit, it wasn't exactly applied that well. The general soundtrack is perhaps one of the few things that Maoyū Maō Yūsha does better than its related series. It may not have been used as well [the soundtrack in the former was heavily ambient, but that ambience was integral in developing the mood], but it's certainly noteworthy [the main theme really is good].
So, we're given a series with generic characters that are seldom developed, the noble goal to save the world, time skips for plot, alongside a fantastic soundtrack, inconsistent animation, and a predictable, archetypal plot progression. Oh, and don't forget the romance. Everybody loves romance. So to sum it up, we're given a series that attempts to do too much within 12 episodes, that's understandable right? Well, it probably would be if it attempted to do something difficult. Every other development and concept explored in Maoyū Maō Yūsha isn't exactly novel, or avant-garde; it's not even a rendition of generic concepts. They're really just generic concepts without any sort of application. Economics? Spice and Wolf had more economics within a single episode than this did in 12. The notion that opposite sides often have a lot in common and that they probably shouldn't kill each other? That's clearly edgy and new.
It's not as enjoyable as it could be to watch because the series tried to do too much. When you introduce a romance, actually develop it. When you attempt to mirror a similar series, at least compliment it. The series doesn't revolve around combat and the mechanics of the world? Then don't dedicate an entire episode to combat. There wasn't enough time to do what we wanted? Then don't do so much. read more
May 2, 2013
The final result is a unique example of total blandness. This anime is, there's no other way to put it, boring. Horribly so. The characters are generic as they can be, starting with the Demon King, who's got bouncy boobs and is inexplicably in love with the Hero since when he was a newborn, and continuing with the Hero himself (a walking Deus Ex Machina), the Head Maid, every single villain, and on, and on. The story is aimless: there's a bit of plot but it's all serviceable to the thesis of the show, consisting in demonstrating how feudalism is bound to lose its match against mercantilism/capitalism. This is basically the history of Europe in the 16th century, only much more boring, because every invention which changed our style of life springs in some way from the Demon King, who discovers potatoes, corn, the printing press and gunpowder without breaking a sweat. Things happen because they need to, not because it makes sense; whenever some miracle is needed, either the Hero or the Mage pull off some new convenient power, and overall there's never any sense of struggle. This could be excused if the anime was aiming at teaching some relevant economic concept or putting forward some original, compelling thesis. But it does neither, as the economy is trivial and the thesis is even less interesting. I had to watch this series in order to blog it and by the end I hated every moment of it. Don't watch. read more
Mar 31, 2013
Now for the basics. It looked good so I can't complain there. The music was ok, not very memorable, but it worked. The voice acting was good (probably one of it's strongest points). I did like all of the basic details, and I don't feel it really let me down in any of these areas. The problem is that it attempted to create a fantasy tale that wasn't a fantasy tale. There were demons, knights, mages, castles, kingdoms, and churches. There was a long standing war that was at the center of this story as well. Holy crusades are talked about during this story. Detach yourself from these facts immediately. They are simply background to what is actually taking place. What you get with Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is a love story between a superhuman and a demon that are attempting to end their war (long term mind you) by correcting the social, economic, and political issues of their time. The methods they choose are the story. It's not much of one, but that's it.
Despite the lack of something substantial, this story is interesting. I enjoyed watching the demons introduce new ideas and technologies to a world full of dumbfounded sheep-like people. It had a lot of good moments, but the story was ultimately flawed. I made a lot of speculation during my viewing of the show that probably carried over into my opinion. This is not an extremely exciting nor a game changing anime series. It does have some good things to offer, but do beware that it is filled with a lot of plot holes and bad logic. The potential is there, but it is never fully realized, so I feel it should have been a lot better.
Now for the best part of this show... the characters. So what if it's filled with stereotypical fantasy characters. I liked the characters in this series. I enjoyed the weird love story that was in there too. I wanted to see different events transpire, and I wanted to see a little more of the action, but we don't get too see too much of that. There's a lot of setup and not a lot of execution, but the characters are still fun to watch regardless.
There's mild relationship humor and some interesting friendships are born throughout the journey. It's filled with character interaction and reaction. It's the reactionary behavior that I enjoyed the most. The self conscious main characters with low self esteem created a sort of fun awkwardness that I thought brightened the show. Without that, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much.
I know I have both rued and complimented this series, but my overall feelings are that this was interesting, yet it was very flawed. It is a 7 for me, even though I was left a little confused as to my reasoning. Sometimes liking something doesn't have to make perfect sense, and this series is an example of that for me. With only 12 episodes it's an easy watch, and I do recommend it.
Though I think it's worth watching, it is hard to say who exactly will like it or hate it. Some people will like it because it's different, while others will hang on its many flaws. All in all, I suggest you try a couple of episodes to get a feel for the story, and if you don't like it after the first couple of episodes then you probably won't like it at all. Do expect a lot of dialogue, and do expect to watch more of the mundane than you may be used to. read more
Feb 16, 2013
The plot flow is just perfect. The actions of the characters to the plot is well planned. Hiding from the high officials, and starting new identities, slowly making bonds from different kinds of people(Merchants, Priests/Priestesses, Locals, Generals.). Yet, the story still finds a way to reveal the big problems although everything seemed like all went smoothly. This anime can be related to real life wars nowadays, real life economics. I just can't say the right words for this anime, but it surely does make me view the world in a new way.
At first i find the animation a bit too crappy for my standards. But as time goes by i noticed that a grew a liking for this kind of animation. I noticed this, mainly maybe because for an anime that took place before the advancements in technology like electricity and such, it just kinda synced with the animation.
Awesome, the background musics were medieval like, matching the plot of the anime. As you listen to the OP/ED, I really felt the aura emanating while watching, we all have those moments, to be honest. Anyways, the sound effects were great, matched and synced perfectly. I admire the voice actors specially when some romantic scenes are made, it just makes me giggle every time, and i mean every time.
Characters are well planned. Mages, Warriors, Scholars etc. All of them do what they have to do, a dash of comedy in some parts, and a bit of meaningful words to reflect on in heart warming conversations. And may i add, all the characters here seemed to have a main role in the anime, which i find very amusing.
I enjoyed watching the anime. The ideas being pointed out here that can make you think about life of the people nowadays made me enjoy it the most. 1 week is too rough for the next episode, signifying my excitement for the next episode. But as the week goes by, we are already half-way through the series. And i suppose right now, I'm hoping for a second season. If not, then an ending that I'll never forget.
Hey why not a 9/10? Story is outstanding, art matches it's medieval war like setting, characters are well oriented, and can be related to the current events in our human lives. But the better question is, why not a 10/10? Mainly because to give a 10/10 anime, i must first finish the series, giving 9/10's is reserving a space for further improvements in this overwhelming anime.
I'll return soon when the anime is finished airing, and we'll see if this deserves a wopping 10/10 score. read more
Nov 26, 2014
What happens when you take the writer, director, and voice actors from the beloved series Spice and Wolf and add executive meddling, fan pandering, and have it produced by Studio ARMS? You get...a massive disappointment.
The human and demon worlds have been at war for 15 years, but the humans have gained the upper hand and an elite squad is sent deep into the demon world to assassinate the Demon King and end the war. However, for poorly explained reasons our main character, who is just named Hero, goes on ahead of his squad to undertake the assassination himself. When he arrives at the Demon King's castle, he learns that the Demon "King" is actually a Queen...with G cup breasts. The busty queen doesn't fight back, but instead calmly explains that the war is actually a good thing and far more people would die during peace time from famine and plague as a result of the booming war economy ending. This would be an interesting utilitarian argument similar to the Real Politik espoused by Otto Von Bismarck and Henry Kissinger...if it wasn't a piss poor oversimplification of the original argument that completely ignores reality.
In reality FAR, FAR more people die of hunger and plague during war time than peace time. The more backwards the setting (like the medieval setting of this series) the more true this is. During the Great African War fought between 7 African nations in the late 1990s, 6 million people died of hunger and disease in just a few years. Although this region has always had famine and plague, this death rate was far higher than ever before or since for that region. One of the worst peace time famines was the Soviet Famine of 1932 caused largely by Lysenkoism and the wildly idiotic farming methods enforced by Joseph Stalin. 7 million people including 4 million Ukrainians, 2 million Kazakhs, and 1 million Russians died of hunger. The US government even considers this an intentional genocide against Ukrainians, you know despite the fact that those other 3 million people also died. What the US government would never tell you is that the Soviet famine of 1921 was actually worse. 10 million people died in this famine largely forgotten by the Western world as a direct result of WW1 and the Russian Civil War. During a brutal war, all sides tend to use scorched Earth tactics and deliberately destroy farmland to starve the enemy. In addition, all armies involved stole HUGE amounts of crops from the farmers and peasants and gave them nothing in return. In an ass backward medieval setting like Maoyuu, the army would NOT be paying the farmers more money during war time. They would steal all the crops for themselves and give the farmers nothing. That is what always tends to happen when war comes to a non-industrialized country. Another HUGE cause of starvation and plague during war that makes it MUCH worse than peace time is blockade. Nearly the entire city of Athens died of plague and starvation after the Spartans blockaded the city during the Peloponnesian War. During World War 2, 500,000 Greeks, and no less than 5 million Soviets starved to death as a result of the blockade tactics employed by the Germans.
The entire argument on which this story stands is complete bullshit! When Maoyuu isn't making an idiotic attempt to explain the life saving nature of war, it is talking non-stop about crop production and agricultural theory. This comes across as a completely random tangent that doesn't really add anything to the story. If I wanted farming theory tangents out of fucking nowhere I would go re-read Anna Karenina! At least the Demon King wishes to ultimately end the war when the military industrial complex has been dealt with and peace will be meaningful. She actually has a strategy that is far less divorced from history and logic than some other POS anime I have seen. Can you imagine how stupid it would be if the Demon King thought she could end the war by taking over the Demon and Human worlds and getting everyone to hate her, then having Hero kill her and assume that a massive power vacuum following the death of a hated tyrant would cause peace?! Now THAT would be stupid!
Although the Demon King herself is a fairly interesting character, the main Hero is boring and generic as hell! What made Spice and Wolf work is that both Holo and Lawrence were complex, interesting characters. You can't have a deep, amazing romance if one of the characters is about as interesting as watching paint dry! The other characters besides the main 2 are basically worthless and add nothing to the series. So essentially the entire series is carried on the back of one character: The Demon King. Unfortunately, she is not THAT strong a character and her silly outbursts and fanservice moments often undermine her alleged strategic and inventive genius. She is the world's greatest scientist and military strategist, but she randomly acts like an airhead at random intervals. This doesn't come across as a character quirk like a mad genius, but instead lazy writing that changes the character whenever the situation calls for a comedy moment. Holo was old and wise, but could act childish at times. However, Spice and Wolf was a longer series and with Holo it felt far more natural and less forced then when the Demon King would have a random comedy moment.
One thing you NEVER want to see on your anime is "produced by Studio ARMS". It is the unholy stamp of death similar to the LJN rainbow on old NES games. The only decent anime ever produced by ARMS was Elfen Lied back in 2004, and the only reason the Elfen Lied staff chose ARMS for the project was out of desperation after a dozen superior animation studios refused to work on the project. Unlike Elfen Lied, Maoyuu is NOT a super risque anime that nearly every studio would refuse. Maoyuu actually COULD have chosen a vastly superior studio, but actually chose Studio ARMS. I am not a puritanical twat that goes ballistic whenever an anime features nudity or fanservice. However, I do have a basic sense of artistic aesthetics, and I appreciate female characters NOT having tits larger than their heads. I don't want to watch an anime version of a fucking Rob Liefeld comic!!! The dirctor of Maoyuu should have hit the animators with a rolled up newspaper like a dog when he saw the character designs. "NO!" NOO!" If Elfen Lied was made by ARMS and had realistic breast to body ratios, then we know it is possible if you hit the animators enough times.
As much as I relentlessly ripped this series a new asshole, I actually don't think it is the worst series in the world. It is NOT a good series and it is a HORRIBLE spiritual succesor to Spice and Wolf, but Maoyuu at least has some instances of decent dialogue and tries to tell an unconventional tale with unconventional morals and lessons. It was horribly executed, but I feel like this actually could have been good with less executive meddling and less fanservice bullshit! I see untapped potential here. The soundtrack is also decent and as much as I bagged on the art, it often isn't THAT bad. Overall, this series is very average and deserves an average to mediocre 5/10.
Apr 6, 2013
I wasn't sure what to think of this anime upon starting it. Even though the summary made it out to be pretty serious, there are splashes of comedy in many of the early episodes that some may think are out of place in regards to the overall tone, but I found these to be quite charming.
I found that this anime painted a good image of the world they lived in. It basically is the dark ages of Europe and it incorporates a lot of things from that time in history. Throughout the series, the world felt very alive. I really liked how the world would change based on the decisions made by certain characters. They would often explain what would be the expected result, but sometimes they didn't. It is at these times when the series becomes very interesting. Another influence on the world is the great war between humans and demons. The great war, even though bad, has shown great improvements on the economy of both sides.
The war is a sad truth that is difficult to change and the Hero and Demon Lord have a difficult task ahead of them. They wish to change the world so that it doesn't need the sacrifice of lives to function. The plans to change the world are very promising, but even a well laid plan won't go as expected. This is where the show truly shines.
If you are a fan of political intrigue/economics, you should feel right at home watching this. A lot of time is spent on the happenings of the world and how it changes. If you are looking for a good romance in a fantasy setting, you should look elsewhere. It felt a little forced and merely more of a distraction than anything else. You could almost consider it not a romance, but there is just enough of it to be defined as such.
Overall, I really enjoyed watching this. The world felt very real and the characters were enjoyable. The story was interesting and made you think a little bit. The romance was pretty weak, but it doesn't prevent you from enjoying it. read more
Mar 30, 2013
After this you have a nice romance story evolving on the background of a war that is not based on conquest but on survival. All these while adding various comedy scenes to release some of the tension you've built up until then.
It has always been a pleasure for me watching strategy based decision turn the tide of a war which seems to happen often, decisions possible only through the courage of many.
Also seeing many people profit from the little or large schemes they've come up with also provides good amounts of amusement for me only to see them fail miserably or end up unable to enjoy the spoils.
So if you have a thing for medieval warfare this series is a very good example.
At certain points I disliked the artwork but perhaps I was asking too much, still I believe we can overlook some flaws for the sake of a good story.
Jun 1, 2014
Story & Characters: I really loved the story for this show. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, so I won't. xD The story moved along quite well, and I feel that the characters just made this show perfect. I loved their personalities, and I wish there was more to this show (I don't know anything about the manga, so I don't know if there would be enough material for a sequel).
Art & Sound: I watched this anime a couple of months ago, so I don't remember all the music. But, I loved the art for this show. I've never enjoyed watching the old animes because of their art. But, that's another story. xD
Overall, I enjoyed this series a lot! I consider this a masterpiece, but that is my opinion. Some people may have different interests than I do. My proposal is that you watch this anime. You can decide for yourself whether you like it or not.
All I have left to say, is that I hope there is a sequel... The ending leaves me wanting more. I guess that's the only con for me. xD read more
Jun 16, 2013
From the start, the first episode got me hooked and i put a little ending in my mind of how i would like it to turn or or what i expect it to turn out like. Even with this outcome set within my mind i would be happy with someone similar but like that dream which it should be called now was crushed. I'm not saying that the anime was bad but i'm saying that it could of been improved in certain areas.
For starters the romance within Maoyuu was poor when compared to others whether this was deliberate or not had a impact on the overall quality in my eyes. However i'm not saying i wanted something completely perverted or something that had kissing scenes left right and center but something that had a kiss in every few episodes and a strong romantic bond between the two characters. Within the first 4 episodes i found the romance to be good and looked like it would set a path out for the rest on the anime but this was destroyed and lend to the demolition of my little dream. (SPOILERS) When Yuusha travels to the demon realm in order to initially find the mage i was expecting something that would last a episode or two at most but i found my self at the point of breaking something because he was within the demon realm for more that two episodes and when he finally came back he left again.
This felt like it destroyed the relationship that was built up between Yuusha and Maou. I could continue with the point of romance but i'm not but instead focus on the middle section of the anime which is Yuusha searching for the mage but then ends up with him cleaning up a city and in that i mean sorting out all the soldiers that are causing trouble. Since i watched each episode back to back it felt like he became a supporting character for a chunk on the anime. However this lead to a good story build around Maou which i found quite interesting which healed the wound slightly.
Since this bit was me ripping into the story i will finish it off with the ending which i wont spoil but was something that felt like watching an episode of something and it feels like its half way through and then suddenly credits cut in and its finished and your like... What??? Is it... Done??? This put the final nail in the coffin for me. In terms of endings it wasn't bad and I've seen worse and like many endings this left the series open for a sequel.
For the characters i'm going to comment on the main two being Yuusha and Maou. Starting with Yuusha, for me his face and personality didn't go together. For starters he's a hero so for his face i was expecting something a tad more serious which could of been done with a tweak to his eyes but however with his personality it still wouldn't fit so in reality i'm not an expert on character development and creating so i will leave it there.
The next character being Maou i found to be good as everything about her fit for me with the way she looks, her personality and a nice voice to go with it. However like many main female characters she does posses a slight advantage over other females within the breast department (That sounded a lot better in my head) Which in certain anime bother me (Not saying i'm not a fan of big breast) but within Maoyuu they weren't emphasized like in many other anime which completed the character that is Maou.
Now... well... i watch anime for the story and only the story so i don't pay too much attention to the art or sound so i cant give a solid review on them but it i where to put something down about the art it would be that it looked nice as there's many different styles that can be used to portray different things which i'm not going to go into detail with as i will probably confuse my self. Same with the sound i found that a sufficient amount of sound effects and back ground music that where used to good use and the intro song was quite nice unlike the ending sound which i found really annoying.
In terms of the overall score i gave it a 7/10 when taking the story etc into account however i gave it a 9/10 for enjoyment as surprisingly i enjoyed the anime and i'm glad that i got round to watching it.
Finally and truly finally the anime in all, would be better suited if it was 20+ episodes long instead on 12 so they could really express and fit more detail into some of the scenes and parts of the story. To all those who have taken their time to read this don't be put off as you will probably still enjoy it and is a anime that should be watched if your someone like me.