The history of Western culture is full of individuals that stand against the flow. And each of these leaders has their defining moments. Lincoln at Gettysburg, King Jr. in Washington DC, and Luther and his Ninety-Five Theses. Sometimes, all it takes is one person to change set people in motion for change, brining about a new world. In this week’s Maoyuu, we have a defining moment not only for one character, but for the story as well.
It seems that, just as Demon King leaves to tackle her own problems, that some in the Human world find a problem with her. The Central Nations, along with the Central Church of the Light Spirit, has found her to be a heretic, spreading false teaching, introducing demon crops (the one accusation that might be true), and failure to include the church in her efforts. The weight of these allegations is left to the Winter King, Hero, and Big Sister Maid.
Now Big Sister Maid is an interesting character. Demon King has chosen her to be her shadow of sorts. She’s looking t impart as much knowledge as possible on the girl. To me, it’s always seemed that, at some point, the responsibility of being a leader and educator is expected to fall on her shoulders. The progression from poor serf to mentee of the greatest mind in both worlds would be a lot for one to handle.
And her situation here put her in the biggest bind yet. Disguised as the Crimson Scholar, she is led away in shackles, and put in front of her peers to be judged without jury. As she’ is shackled, they beat her merciless, splattering her blood across the stage. The disgust of it all impacts the crowd and her friends. And it’s in this dark moment that Big Sister Maid’s character reaches her defining moment.
In a heartfelt, and emotional speech, she bares her soul and story to the crowd. In the form of the Scholar, she relays her story of tragedy and self enlightenment. With the thought of being an insect in Head Maid’s eyes still fresh in her mind, she declares herself human, and refuses to give in to the malice that is brought against her (Crimson Scholar). For me, this moment is one of the best monologues in all of anime. It’s passion, emotion, and strength make for fantastic drama.
This speech will serve as the beginning of major changes in the Human world. The yolk the Central Nations have place on their southern counterparts will begin to unravel. The Central Church will see it’s influence falter. Much as Martin Luther was the catalyst for the Protestant Revolution, this young maiden will change the path of thousands of people. With only three episodes left, there is so much story to tell, and so little time. At what point will be left wondering “What Happens Next?”