In chaos theory, the butterfly effect to describe how small changes to a seemingly unrelated thing or condition can affect large, complex systems. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, comes from the example of a hurricane’s formation being dependent on whether or not a butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks before. In essence, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is a project in-motion with the purpose to cause a butterfly effect. But instead of butterflies, we have two unlikely partners, that with every move, are setting forth a chain of events that are rippling across the Demon and Human worlds. While their actions are not as minute as the flap of butterfly’s wings, they are small changes that are accelerated from the actions of two people. But can their actions lead to a better world, or one in total ruin?
We find our world in a precarious spot. In Gateway City in the Demon World, we find the occupying forces to be less than “holy”, as the Holy Key Knights have left the local’s living in fear of their wraith. While in the human world, a new army forms to take back the island stronghold held by the demon army. The focal point for both sides of the conflict is starting to reach a boiling point. As Hero looks for a way to resolve the conflict in the Demon world, he realizes that his role is to make a path, so that those with the right fortitude can find their way to resolving the conflict. While in the Human world, the realization that blindly running into conflict will lead to nowhere has left the newly crowned Winter King looking for a better way to achieve their goals.
And while our two protagonists make headway in their endeavors, they can never be true to themselves when around each other. While their romance is silly, and awkward to watch, I still find it enjoyable. While most anime romances are built around a ridiculous harem, and plenty of panty shots. The slowly growing love between the two of them makes for a welcome break from the ever changing world.
The collision between the efforts of the Demon King and Hero are about to see their fruition. While this episode quickly moves through a number of scenes, what is made clear is that the biggest change yet is coming. Their influence is spreading like an infection, with the people they interact with opening their eyes to a different way of doing things. And as this series begins to reach it’s climax, can it really answer the question: Can two people really change the world?