After a long and treacherous journey, our Hero finally arrives at the Dark Lady's castle only to find himself being asked for help. The Hero explains how the war that the demons have brought upon the humans have killed thousands and put more in misery. The queen of demons however argues that this war has made the human society band together as one and showed empirical evidence how it has increased population, increased production, boosted economy and improved society overall. Furthermore, she explains to the Hero that ending this war will result in a civil war that will produce more bloodshed than there ever was. The Hero, convinced that the only way to bring peace, relatively speaking, is to join forces with the Dark Lady, agrees to help with her plans!
Kadokawa Bookwalker digitally published the first 16 volumes in English as MAOYU: Archenemy and Hero "Become mine, Hero" "I refuse!" from December 24, 2014 to March 1, 2016. Yen Press now holds the license for digital release.
English is not my main language so there might be some mistakes ... however :
I have only read 11 chapters so far...
After having read the synopsis , you may think '' yay another shounen adventure with a kind guy and a big breasted girl , who gonna fall in love and safe the world...'' . That's definitely wrong. The story is very complex ... in my opinion (i may be the only one who thinks like that). It's more about economy and the reasons and consequences of war between humans and demons.
You may think now , '' but in the description,it says : action,adventure,... ''
. Well... the autors tried to get action and shounen feeling (with comedy, heroic moments and scenes from the frontline of the battlefield) into the manga.But still...you could say some of the action was replaced with war.I know it sounds strange,but you will understand after you've read it ( well... i hope so ).
The main thing that keeped me reading the story was the fact was the idea behind it. It doesn't really matters if you are demon or human, economy and war are still 2 big factors of living.
(of course the second reason would be : i love romances, and especially good guy x bad girl *grrr*)
But in the end , i can say everything was fair and i could enjoy it.The art was really good. I would recommend this manga to those who want to read something like 'Spice and Wolf' with a bit more action but the same romance ;).
Just a quick warning... this Manga is probably not for everyone. It's very in-depth information-wise, and I even read a review that it was the equivalent of putting a college history/anthropology course into a fantasy story, which is pretty accurate. That being said it's extremely interesting, weaves the story elements with the historical elements very well, and has a lot of great characters that have strong arcs throughout the manga. The romance elements are also very solid, although you do get common tropes of which one to go with and slow romantic development throughout, there is a solid reason why this is
the case with the Protagonist and it's great to see that bit develop.
Warning: if you don't like to read a lot than this might not be the manga for you, although there is a fair bit of action as well and it's handled very well.
Now... for my gripe. If you're a native English speaker than you're out of luck for now. I have only read through Volume 16, and that's because 17/18 have not been translated into English. I've scoured the web looking for this... Both through manga websites and through the book shops. They have up to Volume 16 translated since early last year that they were selling, but 17/18 is not. I read some speculation that this was because of a licensing issue, and that yen publishing has picked up the license and were going to release sometime in February of this year (not sure if all the volumes or just 17/18), but I haven't heard anything official. So be prepared to be as disappointed as I was having read through everything but the end :(
BTW if someone has any info on an English version of 17/18 PM me.
This is not your typical hero and demon or good vs evil manga. The manga tells more about how real world works, like how economy went during peace or war time, technology advancement time, how economy cycling around existing money, what makes a country rich or poor, etc. But it's not all just dialogues, this manga do has some actions.
Story(8) - It's quite unique for its genre, right from the start it's not like what you might expecting although it's not mindblowing.
Art(8) - It's not super detailed, but the drawing is clean and the character drawing is cute.
Character(9) - There are quite a
lot of character developments here and there which kinda makes the story a bit better.
Enjoyment(9) - Eventhough there are quite some dialogues in there, it's great and I really enjoy it.
Overall(9) - Overall it's 9 for me.
It's not super amazing by any means, but the enjoyment that it can provide is quite a lot. The only thing that I dislike is the update for the new chapter can take quite some time.