Maoyuu Maou Yuusha 08 – The Coming Storm


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As with all things, regardless of how successful you may have been in helping others change their way of life, and even helping in the creation of new trade routes, if this course of action threatens the Hegemony of society then they will inevitably be cast out and labeled as a traitor or a heretic. In the case of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, this was an obvious conclusion to the work that Maou had been doing in creating localized economies and an independence from centralized government. In Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, demons and by extension the Maou are easy scapegoats that humanity uses to blame for all of their problems rather than take responsibility. But in doing so, various rulers and other nobles are able to prosper from the war and reduce the possibility of popular uprisings due to commonly held beliefs about the nature of demons and what they have done to this world. The constant presence of the demon world, and the ever-present threat of invasion (at least according to central nation and the church) helps to maintain a delicate power balance within the human world. Maou and her new methods of farming, along with the new crop and her increasing power within the Economic Alliance of Free Merchants and Southern Independent Cities (at least in terms of trade) is a clear threat to this power balance. Her very existence, coupled with the miraculous work that she has achieved in Winter Kingdom, including the retaking of Bright Island turns her into a figure that central nation and the church fear. Read more of this post

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha 05 – Living in another world


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As Maoyuu Maou Yuusha has progressed it has become increasingly clear that while the war between the demon and human worlds helps to maintain the balance of power, it is also a cause of many hardships and strife. Numerous kingdoms and groups are all attempting to make as much from this war as possible, with the conflict used as justification for their policies and attitudes. We have already seen the naked ambition of Seinen Shounin with regards to the knowledge, and by extension power that Maou possess, however, now we are seeing the ambitions of Economic Alliance of Free Merchants and Southern Independent Cities and their wish to control trade routes on land and at sea. But, to do so they need to retake Bright Island from the demons that hold it, and true to form they are also helping to supply various armies and fleets in order to bring their dream of a fast trade route to fruition. The Alliance aren’t the only ones who benefit from this war however, with other countries and nations maintaining a strong military and political presence due to their role in providing arms and men for the war effort. They are however away from the fighting and arguably exist in another world where they can sit back and see what happens rather than take part in any form of fighting directly. Read more of this post

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha 02 – Idealism and Tradition


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The single biggest issue that Maou has to deal with in her quest to end this war is (arguably) tradition, this coupled with the idealism of those who continue to believe in the righteousness of this war make all of her plans worthless, at least for now. Before she can ever get around to solving basic problems such as crop rotation, food shortages and by extension the wealth and wellbeing of society, she must first educate everyone on the basic principles of war, economy and social responsibility. Yuusha claimed to be a righteous warrior, one bent on the destruction of Maou, thus freeing his country and continent from war and oppression. His claims are not merely his, but a product of commonly held beliefs and ideals surrounding the nature of the demon realm, and how it pertains to the prosperity of their own nation. Ideals are dangerous, especially when they are linked to warfare and the trade that goes on around it. The ideals of Yuusha are particularly dangerous and easily manipulated as we saw in the last episode when Maou pointed out that he was the only one dispatched to kill her, when the best course of action, assuming those in power wanted to end the war would be to send a well equipped and powerful army. Read more of this post