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