"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.