A Speech Is All it Takes-Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Episode 9

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - 09 Big Sister Maid

[Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Episode 8]

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.

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - 09 Big Sister Maid in Tears

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.

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - 09 In Shackles

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.

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - 09 I Am Human

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?”

5 thoughts on “A Speech Is All it Takes-Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Episode 9

  1. megaroad1

    This episode was a real gamechanger. At first I thought that the speech was a bit out of place, but the more she spoke, the more it dawned on me how this was meant to be the start of a societal change in which the serfs will begin to develop a political vision, in which they as individuals, matter and are to be taken into account. Powerful stuff. My only issue with this is that now I have hard time seeing how they can develop this and at the same time finish out the series in 4 episodes.

    Of course the Hero was on the roof scratching his buttocks while all this took place. I wonder if he was planning to stop that sword from striking before the Winter King intervened.

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    1. JoeAnimated Post author

      This speech is this universes’ protestant revolution. And of course, when religions split, it just leads to more love and affection. But doing this with 4 episodes left? bad timing. And as for Hero, they make him out to be a sort of bumbling fool. My recollection from the manga was nothing like that, and maybe I need to check it out again to see if that was really the case.

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      1. gundammerc

        Actually the Hero isn’t the bumbling fool you think he is in this episode. The whole purpose of their plan involves him not interfering when they arrest the “Crimson Scholar”. If he just came in and saved the day, what good would that do in the long term? Go back and watch the lead-in to the arrest and speech, you’ll see what I mean.

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  2. Sebz Dima

    A peculiar point is Big Sister Maid’s claim as “human” in the midst of humans. It’s seems unnecessary, unless the show was subverting the nature of humanity, especially in a world that actively distinguishes non-humans as enemies.

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    1. JoeAnimated Post author

      It all has to do with when the Head Maid called her an “insect”. Head Maid would not accept anyone that she considered an insect. Her declaration of being a Human was a direct response to that scene, where she basically says she’s abandoned the lifestyle without hope in favor of bettering herself.

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