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MAOYU #1 - - Special Review

Does this look like a stage play to you, too?

Much as the case was with IS THIS A ZOMBIE?, I feel like I’ve just watched a stage troupe performing a sketch that squeezes most of your stereotypical tropes into a little black box theater for a light-touch revue.

  • A sword and sorcery pastiche without much apparent basis in real medieval history or prior fantasy epics?
  • Long, long monologues that crowbar chapter topics from an Econ 101 textbook into the dialog?
  • An almost-grotesquely busty female lead? And excessive, cheeky, not-so-funny jokes about that lead’s bust?
  • A tailor-made male sexual fantasy that still manages to repulse the easily-embarrassed-yet-still-somehow-dauntlessly-courageous male lead?

I have a hard time believing that the crew didn’t sit down and make a list like this with the express intention of addressing each trope in the scant 22 minutes they had to work with. Again, it inspired an image of high-school/college sketch comedy so vividly in my mind that I actually started shuffling around in my chair due to my muscle memory remembering cramped theater seating.

Hell, even the handful of scenes showing any action away from these would-be human/demon paramours seem like they’re happening on the anime equivalent of a flimsy paper backdrop. I’ve never been the biggest fan of integrating 2D characters into 3D environments; I'm even less of a fan when those backdrops seem like they’re getting pulled by stagehands.

Look, the show actually makes some valid and interesting points about the gears of progress getting oiled with blood (that is, the notion that peace paradoxically needs war), but its attempts at integrating those points into a dramatic narrative are rather outrageously clumsy. I’m not going to play the “slapstick invalidates intellectual intentions” card here, because you can have your cake and eat it, too… as long as you serve it in sensible-sized slices.

To further the analogy, MAOYU feels like it sniffed five different flavors of frosting and just started grabbing fistfuls furiously.

That isn’t necessarily a compliment.Watch this episode, "You will be mine, Hero. — I refuse!" here and decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

MrXDon Jan. 14, 2013 at 7:21 p.m.

It's weird how I got started watching Maoyu. It begins with a image of "PLOT" and "ECONOMICS" that got me thinking about it. Heck, I miss watching anime last year.

BurningLizardon Jan. 14, 2013 at 7:23 p.m.

If nothing else I was bored out of my mind watching this show. And one of the main characters is a busty redhead. I used to think that boredom and that didn't go together. Apparently I was wrong.

Marshal Victoryon Jan. 14, 2013 at 7:49 p.m.

Duno i liked what i saw for a pilot.Good amount of world building .An to spoil a bit 2nd episode is not the same.Oh an the whole world check list thing you may be right in a way.Well sevrial ways actualy....

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-06-27/maoyu-maoyusha-fantasy-novels-inspire-tv-anime

says "The series began on the 2channel forum beforeEnterbrain began publishing the series in 2010." An its been done as a radio drama series.an dfirent managa adaptions as well as a fan anmated version.Some liken it to Spice and Wolf .

The whole war for prosperity thing has been around since oh ever.An its genraly aplied to wars of the past incorectly .In some cases falsely.Tho in this case its a fictional fantasy world so it can actualy work as a backdrop.The Archenemy and Hero thing feels off because he just acepts this partnership.I also think he was disapointed about the horns to.

*eidt* just found http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Maoyuu_Maou_Yuusha

which has at posting 1st 2 chapeters translated.

Darokion Jan. 16, 2013 at 12:57 a.m.

Not the best new thing I've seen this season (that's Kotoura-san), but it was memorable. And agreed with Marshal Victory when he says that some might liken this to Spice and Wolf, except with less nudity and somehow it comes out as dirtier for it.

Killer_of_trollson Jan. 16, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.

grotesquely busty? You don't know what you are talking about, these very small by "oppai" anime standards.

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