The Neutrality of Education and Money – Maoyuu Mao Yuusha Episode 7 and 8

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - 07 Knight and Demon King Compete [Maoyuu Mao Yuusha Episode 6]

After a rousing victory, and loss, by the humans, things have once again settled down.  And in a time of peach, our characters find themselves in other pursuits. As has always been the Demon King’s goal, she returns to efforts that will bring up the quality of life in the Human world. But in times of peace, there are always those that are looking for ways to cause disruption and discontent.

Education and the printing press

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - 07 Printing Press

The Demon King is a restless soul. Her never-ending quest to force change is the most important single driving force in this entire story. And her latest ‘invention’ will being to revolutionize that world as much as it did ours. The printing press could arguably be the defining invention that helped bring Medieval Europe out the dark ages and into the Renaissance.  The ability to replicate knowledge at unbelievable speeds revolutionize the spread of information. It changed a process done entirely by hand into a factory like automation.  What I find interesting is the introduction of her inventions to this world follow a similar timeline that of real history. It makes me want to go and find more about the development of this story as much as read the story itself.

Money Ignores Borders

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - 08 [720p].mkv-00_08_04-00024 Gateway City Pub

And no one can say that Hero is sitting on his hands. When an unexpected visit from Young Merchant occurs, he uses the opportunity to introduce him to an unheard of concept. His brief visit to Gateway City shows Young Merchant what the future could hold. I enjoyed how Hero plays into the profit and loss mindset of Young Merchant; which forces him to put aside his bias, and realize the untold potential of peaceful coexistence with the Demons. Because honestly, even in our world, money crosses borders and can friends as easily as it makes enemies. And two countries tied together financially will find it harder to start a war with each other later. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - 08 Dragon Princess Attendants

Idle Hands are the Devil’s Playground

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - 07 The Warmonger KingAll this happiness wouldn’t be complete without someone getting jealous. As the story told early on, the Southern Nations were at the mercy of the richer Northern Nations. The funding they received bankrolled the war and kept their countries afloat. But, with the agricultural success of the south, combined with a battle that frees up trade routes, the economic balance has changed. The Southern Nations are gaining strength. Their financial stability is less dependent on the ‘charitable’ funds from the North. They are reaching a point of self sustenance.

And there are those that don’t like it when the ones that were underfoot start making decisions on their own. And when a jealous strikes, those with the most influence and power will start to make things difficult for others. And in these last two episodes, we’ve seen those that want nothing more than the status quo to continue. We have a spiteful King, and angry Church that want nothing more that to crush the Winter Nation and kill the Crimson Scholar. Some of my favorite moments from the story are about to be revealed. And I have high hopes that this will help take this anime from being as average as it’s been, to something better.

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - 08 Jealous Church

5 thoughts on “The Neutrality of Education and Money – Maoyuu Mao Yuusha Episode 7 and 8

  1. megaroad1

    I was worried that perhaps you had dropped this series after not getting your views last week. Like you, the part I enjoy the most is how the ‘introduction’ of new knowledge/techniques brings about change. Unfortunately, what is good for some might not be the same for others which will bring us some interesting chapters in the weeks ahead ( I hope!). the Church will provide some formidable opposition.

    One thing I do not like in this show is how it handles its romantic situations. I specially dislike how it has handled the relationship between Hero and the Knight. A proud and independent woman, a leader of men and an accomplished warrior is reduced to a broken tsundere who’s is content with being the side dish to the Demon Kings main. I almost wish they had removed the romantic undertones from this story all together.

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    1. JoeAnimated Post author

      Nope, I haven’t dropped it. I was on a getaway weekend with the wife, and didn’t have the time to write a post. The next episode brings a moment of conflict and enlightenment with the church that should be good, if it plays out right. As for the love story, you’ve probably hit on the biggest flaw with the story at this point. It brings in so many terrible anime tropes with concern to the love story, that it makes it almost unbearable terrible. For both Knight and Demon King, it turns what should be strong female characters upside down. It would be nice, for the genre as a whole, to start to take a better approach to handling animated romance.

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  3. Matthew Vett

    I really loved the technological advances in this show, but some of the agricultural ones just left me really confused. In a fantasy Europe, where do you get potatoes?

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