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 07 – Changing the course of history


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The story of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is more of a retelling of western civilisation than anything else, with the characters of Maou and Yuusha acting as the key figures in the creation of many important, and even essential inventions. Maou is the enlightened one with knowledge that no one else possesses, and an ability to look at what humanity needs in order to survive and create a sustainable society and economy. At the same time, her wish to stop the war is highly idealistic, and arguably futile given humanities propensity towards destruction, conflict and greed. Her wish to stop the war isn’t wrong, because as we have already seen throughout the series so far, this particular war, one without end or even beginning has caused hardship and strife throughout the human and demon realms. But her goal is almost too grand to ever be fully achieved, and yet, to even wish for, and strive towards such a goal will bring about the necessary changes to help stop, or at least slow down the circle of violence between demons and humans.

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Maoyuu Maou Yuusha 06 – The Curse of the Strong


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The reasons for war are never really clear, partly because there are numerous reasons for a country or nation to go to war, and these reasons largely depend on the time, place and society. Also, even when war is declared it is important to note that different social and political groups may support or advocate for war for numerous different, and often contradictory reasons. Then of course we have the tricky area between the public perception of war, with state propaganda and the real reasons that a state or nations leaders will choose war over other courses of action. If we look at wars during the Middle Ages and beyond they happened for a number of reasons (at least according to historical documents, that are in many cases highly biased and must be taken with a grain of salt, even if the grain is pretty big) ranging from religious to economic. The crusades for example happened not just because of religious beliefs, but because of economic and social issues in Europe, with the crusades themselves acting as a means with which European rulers deflected attention from their countries problems by focussing on the apparent need to destroy ‘infidels’ in the Holy Land. While the conflict, at least in historical records is framed in terms of the religious significance of Jerusalem and other neighbouring territories, there are also elements of the states involved responding to political and social movements within their own countries, and the church itself. 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 04 – Politics and Loneliness


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Tradition and its many facets continue to play a significant role in the ongoing attempts by Maou and Yuusha to stop the war between the demon and human world. However, this week took a slightly different turn with the Seinen Shounin (Young Merchant) thus starting the next step in Maou’s plan, while also complicating matters. The problem with trying to bring such a plan to fruition is that it goes against society and all of its established ways of governing and methods of dealing with power and commerce. Maou effectively wishes to unite the land through shared prosperity, this would then allow the numerous kingdoms that are dependant on the good will of central kingdom in order to survive and maintain their current economy. As Maou has already explained, it is because of the current war that this unstable, and unequal relationship can continue but without it those kingdoms that are entirely dependant on the goodwill of central kingdom would likely collapse in on themselves. But, this particular way of working and the various networks, trade routes and other connections that have been created in the process of the war have their own strength and power. This relationship, while unfair, is also an established one and those in power, be they the merchants or other members of the ruling class would stand to lose a significant amount due to Maou’s proposed scheme. Read more of this post

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha 03 – Wealth, Status and Power


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While tradition is arguably the biggest obstacle that Maou has to overcome, it is not a simple case of traditional views or attitudes, rather it is a complex collection of ideas, knowledge and status that help to create this notion of the ‘traditional way of things’. As we are quickly finding out, getting a single village to change their growing habits and ways of approaching the job of farming and production may be simple in nature, but it comes with an increasingly complicated set of jobs and ideas that must be dealt with. Maou has already pointed out the true nature of this ongoing war between the human and demon worlds, and has demonstrated that through this war the countries and its peoples can prosper. Furthermore, it is arguably due to this war that the human and demons worlds are currently at peace with no interstate wars and an increasingly prosperous trade network that allows central countries to become rich, while other, poorer countries are provided with essential aid that allows them to survive. 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. 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