Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Episode 1 – First Impressions
You know, it’s been a while since I last saw a medieval fantasy style anime, and even longer since I’ve seen one that was actually good, so I guess I was kind of looking forward to this show. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty generic as far as the fantasy aspects go, but I’ll take what I can get. Although it was kind of a shaky start and confused the hell out of me at the very end, I think it has potential to be okay. Maybe.
Well, this show is about about an unnamed Hero of a war between demons and humans. After fighting his way through assloads of demons, the Hero makes it to the lair of the Demon King, who, as it turns out, is a king only in title. Instead, it turns out shes some love-struck girl with tits that would probably suffocate her in her sleep is she turned the wrong way. Even though Mr. Generic Hero is set on ending the war, she informs him that in actuality the war is helping both humans and demons alike, and that ending it would do more harm than good. She goes into a long explanation about the economical and social advantages the war brings to both there people; poorer areas are receiving war funds that they can use to keep their people from starving, large exports of goods are bought and sold to supply the soldiers and both humans and demons are completely united in fighting the war. So yeah, you can probably expect a lot of people comparing this show to Spice and Wolf, which is kind of justified I guess. Both have very similar themes and settings, though this world has a little more fantasy in it than that of Spice and Wolf.
Although the Hero still wants to end the war, he now knows that it wouldn’t really help anything, and even if he did, both sides would find an excuse to keep the war going because of the advantages it brings to them. Instead, the Demon King offers him a alternative; the only problem is, I don’t really understand exactly what the hell it is.
She wants to marry him… or something, and have him take her… somewhere… I don’t know, surly I wasn’t the only one who was confused by exactly why she wants to do, or just exactly how she plans to help stop the war without disturbing the prosperity of both parties. Maybe it was just the sub I watched, but I had a really hard time following her plan, that is if she actually gave it. And then they start saying how they’re going to have to do stuff that will be horrible and, wait, what? I don’t get it, what the hell are they going to do?
Well, beyond not really understanding exactly what the hell is supposed to be going on, it was fairly decent. The concept that a war is actually necessary to a people is fairly interesting and unique, though it does seem kind of rediculous to ignore the fact that you can’t just keep throwing soldiers at the other side as fodder to help the normal citizens of your Kingdom/Country to live easier. For one thing, it’s pretty shitty, and second, it’s not as if you have an infinte supply of able bodied people to go off and die, so you’re going to run out eventually. Some of the comedy is kind of weird too, because a lot of it seems like it wants to be somewhat serious. After all you’re handling the financial and social effects a war has on people. But there’s a scene where the Demon Queen is essentially humping an improvised body pillow of the Hero, and… yeah, that was kind of out of place.The animation and artwork were fine, though the main character is so bland looking and has such a boring personality that I’ll be lucky to remember he exists by this time next week. I’ll probably watch the next few episodes so I can see exactly what this whole journey of theirs is supposed to be about, and to see if they can make economics even as remotely entertaining as Spice and Wolf did.