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 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 01 – Yuusha, Maou, Economics and a Dakimakura


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Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is a rather fascinating story that attempts to delve into the economic, social and cultural realities of warfare and the affect that they have on the wider population of numerous kingdoms, or in countries. The only other series that explored the affects of economy on kingdoms and those who rule them so far has to be Ookami to Kyoushinryou (Spice and Wolf), interestingly enough the Maoyuu Maou Yuusha reunites Holo and Lawrence in the form of their voice actors, although Fukuyama Jun is now stuck in my mind as The Dark Flame Master thanks to Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai. What is particularly interesting about Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is its setup, with Yuusha on a quest to destroy the terrible Maou and rid the world of ‘his’ corruption and destruction. Such a story sounds like something out of any classic fantasy, with elements of King Arthur and his noble quest, or even Lord of the Rings and its world where good and evil are apparently easily defined. Read more of this post