"I do not trust humans. They'll betray you without fail." Oulu, the man who had obtained the ability and right to become the Maou at the end of his life of research. Summoning the succubus Lir, he then sets out on creating his own domain, a gigantic labyrinthine dungeon… The misanthropic Maou taking on the world, the curtain rises on a dark harem fantasy!
So far, there have only been 5 chapters of the first volume released. I approached it after having recently read Overlord and Re:Monster, wanting a bit more of telling the story of the other side, in Maou no Hajimekata I found a new refreshing take on the tale.
Where to begin, the start of this jumps right in to forging yon necessary 'make follower x server you' macguffin and the start of setting up his power base. So, spoilers incoming.
Loved the fact that we were treated to some actual xxx rated stuff in some of it's glory, without it going over the top complete
hentai style, but instead actually helping to build up a bit of background for our protanganist. Though after a while you forget that he's actually alot older than he looks, he displays a rather refreshing level of cunning, as some of the rules of the world they live in get explain.
So, while this manga is in it's infancy, what I really like is how as the story develops and he create his harem, the way he goes about doing it. He forces people to give him tribute, in return his magic provides them with more bountiful harvests, he provides medicine, and his minions send off wolves and goblin raiders. A beneficial relationship is formed.
But when the first hero fails her task of killing him and he instead tricks her over to his side by revealing the rather harsh truth of what the villagers were thinking, and exposing the corruption of the human mind as well as how people try to get something for nothing, only to face the consequences. Or when the dark elves come to him because humans have hunted them, and he comments 'so having been killed by humans, you come here to rely on me, a human?', the break down of tropes is brilliant.
And yet, I don't find him hugely evil at all. He wants something, like loyalty or tribute, yet he gives something back as well, a bargain or deal or boon. He is only overly harsh to those that refuse or defy him (sort of like how I imagine life living under Doctor Dooms rule would be).
Characters are developing slowly, and I look forwards to where this is going to go.
(Spoilers) I'm not really good writing a review, but I found this manga so infuriating that I had to right something.
Don't get me wrong, I do like the approach with a character that is your perfectly Hero type, but the MC isn't a Anti-Hero, here is a Villain, it doesn't matter why he is doing what he is, if he does the same thing as Griffith from Berserk, he is in the same level as the worse villains out there in any story, with that being said, he isn't a good MC at all, the idea of the show is great, but a MC has
to be likable or at least identifiable with the rest of us and I don't think anyone would be able to do what he did (Truly rape girls bodies and minds in front of someone who isn't even the Antagonist [or the target of all MC hatred]).
Again, I'm not good writing reviews, but I didn't like this character as much as I hate Griffith from Berserk.
A story told from the villain's side, something not usually done. I didn't know the source material but I had high hopes for this manga since is rare to see a something like this. But as chapters were released my interest plummeted pretty quickly.
The plot is linear, most of the chapters consist of the mc tricking girls into sex to turn them in cumdumpsters, being a sadistic fuck and boasting how powerful he is, rinse and repeat. Using smut should be an additive to a story like this not the other way around.
Characters are not better than the ones from an hentai manga, even the
mc with his antics is boring and predictable, he is just a very cheap Yagami Raito. Once recruited, the girls can dissapear several chapters until the author brings them again like they were some sort of grunts from a jrpg.
I know the story is based on an actual game, but the job of the artist is to build a story around the premise of that game, not just copy the events one by one with the same pace and feeling as the source material.
The only reason to read this is the art, but why reading this when you have hentai manga with explicit scenes and a plethora of authors with good art, since the plot and characters are equally awful?
A disappointment. The premise had tons of potential.
So, this manga has been an interesting read, however not a particularly good one. While the story reveals in its own grimness, it doesn't give me much of a reason to care for it. Just as a warning, let me say this: You will need a level of "sick" curiosity if you want to put up with this manga. As a video gamer who was always intrigued by the possibilities of an evil playthrough, but never had the guts to pull it off, this story peaked my interest.
The biggest problem with the story is its own weightlessness, which is a direct result of the fact
that the story never gives me a reason to care. Throughout the story never once is it explained what the motivation of the main character is, which is the driving force of the plot. He likes to bloat about how the things go according to his plans, but it is never explained what these plans are. And since the story never bothered to tell me what the point of this all is, I simply became disinterested. Let's not even mention the fact that the Mc finds the source of ultimate power in the first chapter. Actually, the story doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, it juggles between being a serious story about the villain conquering the world, and between one where it takes itself less seriously treating all the cruelty as more self-indulgent. Nowhere is the story's duality more apparent than in the art style. When it is not the dark and edgy staff the art usually depicts the characters as cutesy chibis, and the tone shifts to an outright comical one. And these extreme tonal shifts are especially jarring when the manga goes from torturing someone to chibi comedy in the time space of a single page. The story's handling of time is also nonsensical, a single chapter can take up from a couple of days to weeks of time and then between chapters entire months can take place. It just becomes confusing, it honestly gave me the feeling that I am watching a montage of the more interesting moment of this villain's life.
Let's take for example the mini arc from ch.8-12, spoilers ahead (skip this paragraph if you don't want them). This arc is basically all about the torture and breaking of that adventuring party that goes to the Mc's dungeon. Not only is it confusing because it takes place over an indeterminate amount of time, but it also completely undercuts the main plot. In just the previous chapter (ch.7) we saw that the Mc started to conquer the land around him, but now it is just been put on the back burner. 5 entire chapters about Mc torturing this random adventuring party and the only thing you are left with is a question: Why? Why go all the trouble of converting them one by one, if he could have simply killed them? Fun fact: After these chapters, these characters completely disappear from the plot, strengthening the feeling that this was completely irrelevant. The only point was for the manga to reveal in its own dark edginess.
That is the thing, all the cruelty is extremely self-indulgent because whenever the story decides to do this, the plot comes to a crawling halt. And if you want me to put up with all the wicked and frankly somewhat disturbing things the Mc does at least give me a reason. But there is no reason, it's all self-serving. Also, if you want to shock me with rape and the Mc making women into his sex slaves, at least have the decency to do it only once, because after the fifth time I can't stop to just roll my eyes and think: "Here we go again."
Let's not even talk about the characters. The side characters personality wise, are pretty much non-existent. And they are not even parts of the plot, they randomly appear and disappear from the story.
Although I give props where its due, it takes a certain amount of balls to create a story like this. It is also clear, that a lot of thought gone into certain aspects of the plot. Especially to the building a dungeon thing, and it can be pretty creative when depicting all the deplorable things the Mc does.
On a short note, just because you fill your story with lots of gore, sex, and cruelty, isn't going to make it a mature examination of the concept. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this manga, if not for the shock value itself. It took an interesting concept and squandered it, 3/10.