Twelve Days of Anime 2013 – The brilliance of Maou-san and his bid to take over the world one MgRonalds at a time

Hataraku Maou-sama

Hataraku Maou-sama turned out to be a very good series, despite having a slightly odd setup that jumped from fantasy world filled with magic and demons to everyday life in Tokyo. What I particularly loved about the series is the way Maou-san continually claimed he was biding his time, waiting for the perfect moment to take over the world, all the while working a minimum wage job at MgRonalds, with Ashiya playing the role of housewife. A nice twist on the classic scene of working husband, and faithful housewife, with the rebellious child coming in the form of Urashihara; throw in Chiho, Emi, and Suzuno and we have the perfectly dysfunctional family and friends.


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8 Responses to Twelve Days of Anime 2013 – The brilliance of Maou-san and his bid to take over the world one MgRonalds at a time

  1. animecommentary says:

    It sounds like a great set-up, despite the disconnect between Maou’s world and that of modern-day Tokyo; makes me chuckle how someone as powerful (ostensibly, at least) as Maou must take a job as a fast-food employee. He’s no longer the symbol of demonhood, but a part-time worker.

    • hemicyclium says:

      I found it immensely satisfying to see that Maou is as powerful as his title would suggest, but the only cage around him is the one he makes. He could go out and kill a few hundred people and be able to reclaim his throne after waiting a couple days, but those pesky things called morals keep getting in his way.

      • illogicalzen says:

        Yes, it is interesting watching him acclimatise to daily life in Japan, even living a pretty poor life purely because he is unwilling to cause fear and panic amongst the population in order to gain enough power to rule over humanity. But that is one of the main aspects of Hataraku’s narrative, the idea that Maou might not be quite as evil as people think he is, with the church presenting more of a threat than him and his subordinates, and even using the threat of a demon invasion to gain even more power and control. That he holds himself back also gives those scenes where he does release his power more impact, because he doesn’t usually do that.

    • illogicalzen says:

      I think the disconnect is partly why it such an enjoyable series, it starts off with a fairly dark fantasy setting, then suddenly its a series about Maou’s daily life at a fast-food store. I also think that this disconnect between the two worlds, and two Maou’s also gave the scenes where he unleashes his power much more impact.

  2. hemicyclium says:

    I find it humorous that three Maou-Yuusha series have aired this year: Hataraku (This one), Maouyuu, and Yuushibu. Hataraku has extremely lovable characters, a consistent universe, and obligingly points out the contradictions in society in a natural way. Maoyuu goes full-steam ahead, balls-to-the-walls meta-analytical on the beast, and Yuushibu does both, but on a pillar of boobs instead of books.
    Who knew it could be so entertaining to watch the animation (and manga/LN) industry try to shove a cube through a round hole?

    • illogicalzen says:

      I quite like the idea of a Maou, or demon-lord as someone who isnt much different from ordinary human beings, aside from immense strength and magic power. I also particularly like it as it presents a different view of demon lords from the majority of western literature, one where they arent necessarily the embodiment of pure evil.

  3. Silvachief says:

    I’m actually just watching through this one myself and enjoying it ^_^

    I think Emi is way too forgiving considering what Maou’s done in the past though.

    • illogicalzen says:

      Well, done in the past is all relative, especially considering we don’t actually know precisely what he has done in the past, or even if he had anything to do with various massacres that took place under his command. But I think its more a case of Emi realising that Maou might not be the embodiment of evil she was brought up to believe he was, and instead it was an image the church created and maintained to keep their power, wealth and prestige. But in the end, part of the fun was watching Emi get all angry at Maou, and then embarrassed at her reactions to him.

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