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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 42671 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Apr 5, 2013
While the point of the story is that world can by changed without brute power, I cannot understand what stopped Yuusha from ending the war single-handed (not to mention that he had a party) before before the series started. He certainly could from what we see.
And to add insult to the injury, there's no real conclusion to the story. The last episode opens up more story arcs than it closes. 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
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.
Apr 2, 2013
Overall, it was a good anime although it did not really stand out much... And that is what was bad about this anime!! It was an anime with a very good story and setting which could have made it a masterpiece. However, even with that, this anime ended up being an average series with nothing special really leaving your mind behind just because the story was not told well.
I should not have expected anything grand from a company that mainly did hentai and ecchi anime. But this just shows how bad a story teller the director was. Even if you consider the higher-ups not having a care about this series and just giving limited budget to it (so it was just given 12 episodes) as if it was just a filler for a season, the director should not have pushed through on compressing the story into 12 episodes! Unlike some other novels/games/manga, Maoyuu is a series that has many dialogues and could have been good for one episode per chapter (or at least do not try compressing two whole chapters in one episode!).
I felt like the director was conveying the story like "This happend. That happened. This also happened. Then that happened... Okay, we go to the romantic scene!:D And now this happened next. Then that happened..." Honestly, I was okay with them focusing on the romance between Hero and Demon Lord and it was good. But why discard (or rather, just spoonfeed) all the other good parts? Why not express them properly so the audience could appreciate them? Every series has its own pace and they should have followed that. This is one of the best examples of a series going bad because of fast pacing. People often complain about slow pacing but this is just as bad!
As it stands as an anime itself, while the fast pacing is obvious, it is still a good series to watch. The art and music wasn't bad. It was just really the pacing that downgraded it from being a great anime it was supposed to be.
As an adaptation, it fails miserably. While almost all adaptations are not as good as their original, this particular anime really took away its best parts. If anyone here only watched the anime, please spare some time to try out the novel or the manga. You will definitely appreciate it. read more
Feb 16, 2013
"After a long and treacherous journey, our Hero finally arrives at the Demon Queen's castle only to find himself being asked for help. Queen explains to the Hero that actual war between Demons and Humans is beneficial for both factions, since it boosted economy, banded humanity together against common foe, improved society overall ... furthermore, ending the war is not a option as at their current situation it would cause more damage and suffering than actual war ever caused. So Hero accepts Queens proposal to assist with her grand plans how to prepare world for it's better future..."
This show is often compared to Spice and Wolf (Ookami to Koushinryou), both share same director (not authors as I wrote previously) and both have stories revolving around medieval based economy, but in my opinion they are not the same.
Spice and Wolf offered a deep story and unparalleled character development, but in the same time it tried to bore me to tears with it's slow pace and too much focus on traveling merchant's job micromanagement. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is doing (or at least trying to do) everything a bit better.
I think they tried to make show more attractive to general audience: Bouncing boobs fanservice in first episode is maybe cheap, but it is not doing harm to story yet to come. Comedy factor of this show is well mixed with otherwise serious plot, making the show enjoyable as the story progresses and story itself is not as lighthearted as you would except from comedy - it deals with somewhat serious problems of the given world in somewhat global scale, while being put in the way easy to understand, without being actually boring.
To do that, story is operating with strange timescale - already a year passed between first and sixth episode, however that is understandable and doesn't make story to feel rushed. Any global changes won't happen overnight. Kinda reminds me of turn-based strategy games I once played, where turn equals a season, year or similarly long time period.
Such time scale makes it difficult to deal with relationship between characters, some things from the past are explained in occasional flashbacks, some probably left to viewers imagination, some hinted and some left over entirely, but it's not hurting the show too much. You may say "it's a year and still nothing happened between them" but you know, you shouldn't compare it to real life.
Unique things worth mentioning is that characters have Given names which equals their role (e.g. Demon King, Hero, Knight etc), which makes them easy to remember and even easier to establish them in the story. Considering the "strange timescale" I wrote about above, it's also a good choice.
In general, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha are series worth to watch, having the plot not recycled from other animes, unique and even with almost realistic medieval world mixed with supernatural elements. And if you share my viewpoint on Spice and Wolf (e.g. brilliant but boring) you should enjoy this one.
Aug 16, 2013
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha.
Reading the words education really scared me off at first sight. I'm ashamed for saying so, but it was also why i left it to rest before even considering it a anime valuable to watch.
Although the first episode is extremely.... Cheesy, it rolls into a story that's amazing to follow. Why? Well, simply because they make the story very, very believable due stable and realistic ''regulations''.
What i'm trying to say? What i'm trying to say is that almost every action anime is based on one or more protagonists which are not envolved with the politics and the situation globally over the country.
In Maoyuu maou Yuusha these problems are shown as it's in reality likewise to happen. not enough food for the people, beliefs which put down free will, differences in people and language, and ofcourse Merchandising.
I didn't know a anime could be as much fun to watch as it's educational, with the swordplay added. Well done, Arms. It's unique due the fact that all characters do not own a specific name, but have their roles as their calling names.
'"Hero, Demonking, Knight, Mage, Mercanery, merchant'', and so on. The plot is very well written en thought out, And doesn't contain any scene that's not necessary to the story.
In our nature, we always think we are the ones who are right. who are the ''good'' ones. but in war, no one is good or bad. it's just what side you're on.
and in this anime, it's shown so formidable how wrong you can be. not only, it shows how a war really is helt. how the politics work in consideration of merchandise and the roles
of the people with belief in god. It contains life lessions, and it contains the lighthearted comedy and romance that makes most smile.
It's good anime. it doesn't stand out in a theme, but more in it's more realistic explaination on matters. it doesn't skip the reasons or the work in the background.
it's not standing out in action, in romance, comedy or drama, but in it's output on reality, even though the world is completely fiction.
For some this might not be the anime as it will attract a smaller group of people, but just because of this dare it succeeded in it's goal.
The art, frankly, fits the theme just right. it's not oversketched but misses it's details just where they can be left out.
Besides, it's alot better then their previous work, Elfenlied. It's a bit dissapointing though since they did perform really well in Hagure no yuusha estetica (especially with the female scenes).
The backgrounds though, are amazing. they are true artforms in my opinion. besides those, the effects and lightplay are sparkling from the screen, which really makes me forget about the sometimes
The Story is so well constructed and told, i'm really amazed about it. It switches well between it's lighthearted themes and knows the moments to get serious. What is so special about this, is that the protagonists really search for a bond with the other characters as they are needed for reaching that world peace. Unlike the random anime where they practically fall out of the air in the protagonist's life.
There aren't any lame interruptions in the scenes and the story knows some pretty intense emotional-buildups. It's unique setting and relation to the real time world just gives the story an extra impact on the watcher,
what makes the anime just so much more entertaining to watch.
let's start with the opening: One of the best energetic opening theme's i've heard in a long time.
The music themes trough the anime just smoothly fit the story, with the themes slowly pulling you deeper into the plot.
What i adore is the voice acting. it's very well performed, but what else would you expect from the voice actors of Code Geass and Jiraiya himself?
The music effects are perfectly synched and do not lack or fall behind, what is really rewarding for the watcher.
What i really, really like, is the fact that every character in the anime has a very important role in the plot AND change in personality quite a bit.
To make such thing happen you need alot of background script and rewriting to actually get this done. There's been alot of effort in making this anime a good story
, making a huge impact on the watcher who follows the whole story and understands the interactions and reasons of their acts.
you do not get any background story at all, but that's good; if you get a background story, there would be personal grudges and the goal of the anime would fail. it's about a war which has to be stopped, not personal grudges that only causes a winner in the war.
Hard to admit; i really enjoyed this anime, especially because i've learnt from a anime that was supposed to be a way to relax; and i did relax, while learning. It's got everything, really. Romance, education, comedy, little bit of ecchi, action, politics, drama and supernatural. Pick your favorite!
But to keep it decent and short (so many **** complaints that they are too loooooooong -_-) if you have 4 hours of time, just watch this anime.
it's worth it time and you'll learn something from it, too.
Thank you for reading my review. i'll see you next time ;)
- Zumorito read more
Feb 11, 2013
That said, there is a clear plot here. And the characters are totally fun. The hero is the stereotypical fighter with a strong belief in justice and a kind heart. But you love him almost instantly because he's not brash, only a little reckless, and willing to learn whatever he doesn't know. The Demon Queen (the other protagonist) is intelligent, calculating, and strangely naive when it comes to men and relationships. She's totally funny, too, because you never know what she's going to say or do next.
If you enjoyed Spice and Wolf, you'll enjoy this. This fantasy makes you think--about agriculture, economy, politics and what motivates people. But it's entertaining as well. I'm five episodes in and it's fast becoming a favorite.
But, like I said, if you're looking for an anime where the hero brashly rushes in to slay the dragon and rescue the damsel in distress...yeah, you're probably not going to like it much. It's not that type of fantasy. read more
Nov 27, 2013
the story of this anime is pretty funny and commercial when it starts off. but everything is slow moving and it has to do more with war and deal and merchants more than romance. sure theres a dash here and there where the demon king so called is all over the hero and the knight as well and many other girls but that's like only for a minute or 3. other than that the story was really slow and would make a great movie if it were put into reality movies for war but overall it still a nice story but its only confusing if you don't listen to the conversations sooner or later youll be like why the fuck is he wanting to fuck her or something like that -_-...... jk
the art style of this anime is also a popular type of drawing that could keep viewers eye level to a satisfaction point to where it keeps the viewer interested. the art is very contrast and modern so its very well done and the backround is pretty standard scenes but it almost as if you were staring at an oilpaniting of a castle or forest so I guess its pretty well done.
the characters here are all pretty complicated but some of them are well shown well only for those who are the main focus of the anime but it has too many characters to introduce in 12 episodes so your probrably wondering who the fuck was that blue guy sitting on the thrown like a gay blue pile of shit surrounded by more blue piles of shit but anyways that's not the main focus here but overall the main characters are the focus here so I guess it okay. to add on the demon kings personality is very somewhat -_-....... vulnerable. I mean she almost gave into the blonde hair guys seductive moves when she totally belonged to the hero which made me want to slap the shit out of her but that my opinion eheh ^_^
Thank you for reading this. if this is your first time reading welcome and I will be posting more reviews throughout my stay here or my time here well of course I have to watch anime and if this is not your first time reading one of my reviews then thank you for following me ^_^ read more
Apr 15, 2013
What I Like:
- The storyline
most people find themselves hard to understand what the story are about (all my friends seem so) but no for me. Maybe because I've played tons of RPG and strategy games that I can easily grasp what this anime tries to convey from the first two episodes.
the soundtracks help me immerse myself into the 'world' for this type of anime. As how the soundtracks for RPG games are very important, as well as this..well you got what I mean.
They looks nice. Quite an eyecandy. That useless meat.. O_O''
What I Dislike:
The main character, Yuusha. What the hell man? You are TOO DAMN STRONG. It is like an online MMORPG character, with all the stats and skills are maxed! Even might gone over 9000! If the character is too strong, the would be less emotional feels when watching the anime.
For example, if you play a game, but the character is too strong that even an enemy would die from a single slash, that would be boring, isn't?
I did like the storyline, but a storyline with a bland ending would ruin the story. There are still more plot holes that need to be filled. Also, the story feels like it was rushed. I did not read the novel but that's how I feel when watching the last 3 or 4 episodes.
Well there are also some other things that should be mentioned, but I think most of the reviewers would already pointed it out. And I'm too lazy to write it.
Overall I feel like it needs second season to fill the plot holes, or if not I would not be satisfied.
The same feeling when I had finished watching Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu. Almost the same type, setting and storylines with this anime. But the fucking cliffhanger ending made me raged for days =_=''. read more
Feb 18, 2013
Story - 8
I find this anime to have two sides of a plot, each catering to it's repetitive audiences. There's the part involved with politics, war, trade, and all that junk, and then there's the parts involving the more inner characters, dealing with their trails and tribulations, getting some light-hearted slice of life which is most enjoyable (in my opinion of course)
It's really double sided. You may enjoy one over the other, but if you're good on both, than you'll get an even mix of flavor to make this watch and enjoyable one.
The best part of the plot I would say is how the protagonist manages to attract his two best female interests in the most adorable way possible. That tingly feeling that you get watching these flirty scenes? You get plenty here.
Art - 8
I've taken a good break, about a year, from anime before I came back into it, starting with this one and a few others. I still remember promising myself not to give too high of a score to the art category, because even though the standard animes now all have some aspect of amazing art I have to raise the bar.
However, even with the bar raised, this managed to clear it magnificently. The art is gorgeous. The wheat fields dance and the grass blows in the wind. Background animations are particularly splendid. The character art goes without saying, making service the absolute bomb.
You gotta draw those demon tits correctly. I'm not a fan of tankers, but it's good are like this that makes it work for me.
Sound - 7
Most of you watching an anime for Jun Fukuyama's voice want to hear the deep sexy one he uses in Code Geass as Lelouch. Well, good for you because you'll get it here, along with the lighter voice that still sounds very much like Lelouch. Along with Kallen's voice actor, who joins him in dialogue. I often stare at still pictures of the two Code Geass characters while this anime is on and laugh myself silly.
We've also got other prominent actors here, but I won't mention them.
Who doesn't want to hear Lelouch stammering in shyness?
Character - 8
My fingers are starting to hurt...
The characters are great, just see for yourself an tell me that I was wrong. The scum feel like scum and the heroes feel like heroes. Good job, people writing this anime.
Enjoyment - 8
It got my twenty minutes and I still have more and a fuck to give. Yes, this anime is very much acceptable for viewing.
Overall - 8
IT'S STILL A DAMN SHAME THAT IT'S ONLY 12 EPISODES
Feb 14, 2013
Another thing is it has great Seiyuus which makes it more interesting.
Mar 31, 2013
I loved Maoyuu Maou Yuusha since the first episode. It's really like Spice and Wolf so that's why I came here at first.
The story is really interesting, and well-developed, like the characters. I would just like to say that sometimes i'ts getting difficult to follow their dialogues, and you feel like you're not intelligent enough to understand anything (might just be me though..)
The art is wonderful, in HD it's just a pleasure to watch.
I'm not really good to express my feelings in words, especially in English, but I feel that this anime is underrated in MAL and that you should check it out.
If you don't like the first 3 episodes, I would allow you to drop it, it's not meant for you. read more
Apr 1, 2013
If I had anything to say about this series it would be that it was good.
Not exceptional, not great, just good.
I give it a score of "something I'd watch while eating/something I would stay up all night watching"
Though there are some good things to say about Maou no Yuusha. It has great animation (BOOOOOOBS) and changes things up a bit by putting a large focus on... economics and learning. If you love Spice and Wolf like I do, you'll find something to like here. OH THE JOYS OF ECONOMIC EXPLOITATION DURING TIMES OF WAR.
As for the cast.... how could I forget such characters such as the Hero, the Demon King, or even female knight... no, I did not forget their names that is really what they go by in the show. No one actually has a "name" in this story. There's romance in here among characters but nowhere near enough to bring a tear to your eye. A "That's a nice moment" at most.
I can't really see much of an improvement in a 2nd season unless the story really diverges from how it flows now. If you're really interested in this series I would suggest reading the light novel instead. Scenes and moments have a little more impact when there isn't a time constraint. Imo I found it to be much better.
Mar 30, 2013
When I first heard about this series, I had mixed reactions. The first thing that caught me off-guard was that this series was being produced by Arms, an animation company profoundly known for their hentai and ecchi series. Although, I guess I shouldn't have considered that a turn-off considering a few of their non-ecchi/hentai series that they produced are Elfen Lied and Genshiken...and those two series turned out alright. The other thing that caught my attention was it was being directed by Takeo Takahashi. Takahashi is mostly known for producing hentai, but one of his most profound direction works is the classic series Spice + Wolf. So I asked myself, would Maoyuu Maou Yuusha follow in the same footsteps as Spice + Wolf? Or would this series be just yet another typical ecchi that goes more the way of Words Worth than Spice + Wolf?
The answer that first question is, yes and no. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha does follow the same structure of Spice + Wolf in regards to its economical and political views. In fact, a great deal of this series focuses heavily on the economics and political affairs of a medieval setting. Maou is similar to Holo in a lot of ways as she uses her wit and wisdom to try and create a more harmonically peaceful world, through means of creating new farming systems and practical inventions. However, where this series varies from a series like Spice + Wolf is it's character focus. Spice + Wolf had a very strong focus on it's two lead characters Holo and Lawrence, so much so that there is very little development with any of the supporting characters. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha on the other hand takes a much different approach. While Maou and Yuusha are the "stars" of the show, all of the supporting characters play an intricate role in the series. To understand this, we need to know what this series is about.
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha takes place in a fictional medieval setting. There is a war going on between the humans and the demons, each of which is from a different realm. The Hero of the humans (Yuusha) goes to the demon realm to slay the Demon King (Maou), but becomes sidetracked when he encounters the Demon King. He discovers that the Demon King is actually a beautiful woman that doesn't want war and even offers to sacrifice her life if Yuusha is so determined to take it. Yuusha hesitates to do so and Maou explains to him what she plans to do in order to end the war between humans and demons, as well as a plan for making the human realm a better place. She asks Yuusha to join her and assist her with her endeavors. The two seem to share an attraction with each other and agree to assist each other in a grand scheme to better humanity through agricultural and economical growth. The series is quite remarkable on how it handles the issues of agriculture, economics, politics, religion, and war; especially with how intricate these factors are when it comes to the plot. I found it to be the strength of the series.
I also found the animation to be quite good as well. This series is extremely similar to Spice + Wolf with its key animation and character design. Judging from the plot of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, I found that to be an excellent decision considering it sets the mood for a medieval plot quite well. The music seemed to fit the theme of the series fairly well, and I'll have to admit I applaud Takeshi Hama's work on it, because he's not a very experienced composer when it comes to anime.
The biggest weaknesses for Maoyuu Maou Yuusha had a few obvious snags. The first being Maou and Yuusha's relationship being somewhat forced. After the first episode, Yuusha's actions don't make a whole lot of sense, especially considering how Maou is forcing herself on him on a whim. The other being that their relationship seems to receive little explanation or development throughout the series. Going back to Spice + Wolf, it isn't like Holo and Lawrence where the two develop a relationship over time through their adventures. This seemed to be an immediate attraction. Another thing that stood out to me was the time skips. This series goes through A TON of time skips as it progresses. However, if you didn't pay much attention to the series, you wouldn't notice that. This series doesn't seem to label or display settings, so you could become a little lost as to where this series is at in its setting if you're not paying close enough attention. My third gripe is the pacing and focus of the plot seems a little confusing throughout the first half. It doesn't make itself very clear as to what sort of series we are going to be in for. With how this series advertises itself, I thought this was going to be like a Spice + Wolf that puts its focus on its two leads' development as well as show the economic aspects of the series. The latter half becomes anything but as the two leads spend a lot of time separated from each other and it becomes more about political and religious corruption, war, and the role economics plays on it. To be honest, it seemed like this series suffered from a bit of an identity crisis.
However, with that being said, I was actually okay with this not being a carbon copy of Spice + Wolf. I actually liked the overall focus being on the plot and the entire cast rather than just the two leads. I found the messages this series was trying to portray to be quite interesting and informative. While the messages behind this series were strong, I found the actual character development to be a bit on the weak side and the relationship development between the leads to be somewhat confusing. I have noticed a few people complain about the pacing, but I'd disagree. The pacing is quite similar to Spice + Wolf, it's slow, but it's methodical and serves a purpose with its pace. To tell you the truth, I think where this series needed to improve was split up its focus. I found the series should've done more to develop the two leads more early on and then get into the intricacies of the world and the supporting staff. Call me crazy, but I found the pacing of the actual plot to be too fast. It needed to put a little more focus on its characters and a little less on its plot. Although, it's hard to fault the series for that though, in my opinion, the plot is outstanding and the strongest part of this series.
All-in-all, I found this to be a pretty good break back into actual series development for Arms. They hadn't produced a "normal" anime since 2004 so I felt this was a pretty decent break back into the anime industry. I was originally going to give this series a 7, but I found the series did a really good job of building its characters up throughout the last 1/3 of the series. It even got me to forgive the lack of development between Maou and Yuusha early on. I know I've been beating the Spice + Wolf comparisons like a dead horse, but I'd highly recommend this series if you liked Spice + Wolf. Don't get me wrong, it's not a carbon copy...but it really has the same feel in a lot of ways. It's romance is weak by comparison, but if you look at the bigger picture of the series, it seems to fair well. I do hope we will see a continuation for this series in the future because it is well set for a second season and there is still a lot it can do with it's plot and character development. read more
Feb 16, 2013
May 18, 2013
Now here goes my basic - no spoiler summary...
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (MMY from here-forth ) is an anime set in a fantasy - Medieval Europe where peole are at war with demons(kind of like humanoid animal mutants). There's some magic and teleportation in the mix.
Over all, biggest regret is how short it is...12 episodes is simply not enough for everything that happened there..they needed at least 26...some character backgrounds, prequels detailing war, action filled episodes... and most of all...this anime feels unfinished...I hope they make a second season...
Still, with all these huge imperfections, why did I give such a high ranking? Because this anime is very unique. It basically talks about humans vs demons fight, and bringing peace and equality to their realm, but not through Tengen Toppa, Guran Laggan, bolstering of badassery (although main protagonist could probably easily do that) but through careful usage of economics, politics, agriculture, medicine, education and negotiation tactics. In other words, here, reality is primary and magic and fantasy is secondary, the behind-the-scenes view of the war was the most important part here, and I felt like magic was completely unnecessary...and main protagonist's friends...just existed to patch sometimes broken storyliine...in other words...this anime had phenomenal potential to be the best thing ever...and if they continued the way it was for the first episode- it very well might have...kind of reminds me of outlaw star's disappointment after the first 2 episodes...meh... read more
Mar 1, 2013
3 reason why you might like this:
1.it has a demon/human related plot line
2. It has great animation, music and sound. (reminds me of the anime: Spice and Wolf)
3. very suspenseful, I feel like I want to watch more after every episode.
It's unfortunate it's skips a lot of the action sequences.
It's mostly told in the perspective of "events" rather than the norm and the story is not laid out (in other words, they don't just tell you this this and this, the characters would talk to each other and you would figure it out)
But this should not stop you from checking this out! If you someone who enjoys magic, fantasy MMORPG games and anime, I am sure you can enjoy this one.
My name is Vincent Law and I approve this review.
Mar 30, 2013
There aren’t names for the characters, per se. Each character is named what they are, like Hero (Yuusha), Demon King (Maou), Female Knight (Onna Kishi), Head Maid (Meido Cho), and so on. From what I understand, this is because the light novels on which the anime is based are written like a play. In any case, I really enjoyed this anime because there’s a lot of politics and economics and for some reason, stuff like that interests me. If you’re not a fan of those types of subjects, you might not like it much.
The opening theme, “向かい風” (Mukaikaze) by YOHKO is pretty good, though her voice is a little high pitched for me, personally. My favorite characters are Hero, Demon King, Female Knight, Head Maid, and Big Sister Maid.
I really hope there’s a second season. read more
Jun 16, 2014
Beyond the plot and world building, characterization is a bit of a mixed bag in Maoyu. Unlike the chemistry between Holo and Lawrence, there isn't as much prominent focus on building up Hero and Demon Lord's relationship as the plot gets more of the focus here thus the chemistry isn't anywhere as dynamic or interesting. The anime even tosses in a half-assed attempt at making humor off a love triangle with our leads and Female Knight at points within the show which is just as underwhelming as the show's efforts to convince you in buying Demon King and Hero's bond. Because the show spins their bond as being "destined" and we get no fleshing out of Female Knight's bond with Hero, the romantic implications aren't too convincing here. On the plus side, some of the supporting characters in the series get their fleshing out to show how the current society affected them and what eventually drives them to oppose their faction's way of doing things.
Visually, the series is a high quality one with vivid scenery, detailed character designs and having nicely animated sequences with battles and showing off supernatural elements like magic and spirits. The music does its part to complement key scenes mixing light and tense tracks, but nothing in particular stuck out with it.
Overall, Maoyu offers up an engaging plot and solid world-building in exploring the challenges Hero and Demon King face in trying to accomplish their goal to unify their sides. The so-so characterization and lack of a proper ending are minor bumps in what is otherwise a decent fantasy/ education/ action title.