I wont lie, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha was the show I most anticipated this season. After being forwarded on to the manga adaptation of the light novel by a fellow blogger, I was hooked in a day of reading it. And as with any anime adaption, I watched this first episode with a modest amount of skepticism in the back reaches of my mind. Would this first episode be able to rekindle that same eagerness I had before?
The Demon and Human worlds are at war. And this war has left both sides no option to continue, because the without the war, both worlds could fall into chaos. There are limited options for change, so the war continues on. In this setting enters our two main characters: The Demon King (a traditional title) and the Hero. The Demon King is a highly educated woman, and powerful enough to hold her reign in a tumultuous society. Hero is humanity’s hope in ending the war with the Demons. The meeting of these two does not go as expected, at least for one of them.
This first episodes tries to take a piece of everything that is yet to come, and show us snippets of it. When she gives the overview of the economics of the time, the insertion of the first person accounts adds a layer to her explanation. It also allows us to see the different characters that will play a critical role in the coming story. It adds to the story introduction by giving us something to look forward to.
I also appreciated the art style chosen for this series. The scenery is drawn in a water color style, with a natural marbling effect that gives even the dreariness of the Demon castle and pleasant feel. One can only hope that they can continue to keep the scenery dynamic, presenting the different countries and continents in a beautiful contrast.
But above all, the story involves love. And while once side of this budding relationship doesn’t know it, the relationship has been in the works for some time; as if it was destiny. They’re relationship will set the stage for the change that will occur not only in their minds, but in the world around them. Their “contract of ownership” ties them much in the same way as a marriage; in sickness and health, for better or worse, they will see the plan through to the end. And in the end, both their worlds will be saved.
So what did I think? I think this show started off as well as I could I have hoped. while there is a bit much anatomy focus, the first episode does a great job of setting the stage for a much bigger story. And who knows, maybe you’ll learn a little bit about economics in a not so certain time in our own world.