MAOYU – The behind the scenes of a war.

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great day. I have had my doubts about this anime but after watching it I can say that I was half correct. The show does have some bad things but it’s an overall Interesting concept so let’s get started. SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 1.

The story is set in a medieval time with a Hero setting out to defeat the Demon King with his party. He however abandons his party and sets out to the castle alone. Seeing the castle empty almost seemingly abandoned, he charges into the Demon King’s chamber ready for his showdown. However, he discovers that the Demon King isn’t an insanely powerful, cruel and vicious being and rather a kind-hearted and smart woman who simply wishes to end the way, not with one side winning but rather with both sides learning to coexist. The Hero though skeptical learns of the Demon King’s dream to see a place beyond the hills with no war, a place where everyone could live peacefully. Agreeing to the strange proposal, the two form a contract, ‘to be each other’s’ and to make the world learn to co exist while they develop their own romance and other players behind the scenes also make their plan difficult.

The show has a surprisingly good concept to keep you occupied and it is fairly easy to remember the characters since they don’t have any actual names, like the Demon King or rather Queen is referred to as Mao, the Hero is referred to as Yusha and the like. The characters as fun and interesting to watch and also emotional at the right times though you never have enough time to get actually attached to any of them. The Female Knight who is shown to have an attachment for the Hero is supposed to be a character we sympathize with as the Hero deserted her and the rest of his crew but I didn’t actually feel anything since we didn’t get to see what sort of bond they shared before the beginning of the show, all we know is that she is attached, same goes for the Female Magician and Old Man of his group who all go on with their lives while the Hero seems to be carefree and not at all worried that he should meet them and rather focuses on his relationship with the Demon Queen.

The point where this anime stands out and makes itself known is the content it actually contains. It doesn’t contain intense battles and powerful magic spells like any normal story of a Hero would contain rather it shows how the Hero and the Demon Queen work together in the war torn world to make plans to bring prosperity to both the Demon and the Human worlds simultaneously since if either side wins the war then that would be disastrous for the other side. The economic, religious and political moves made by the Hero and the Demon Queen, mostly the Demon Queen, is a sight to behold as they both make their presence known under disguises and introduce many new systems to create prosperity and co existence while also falling in love with each other.

The show is basically about the Demon Queen and her dream to see a world without war and that should speak to us right now, as whenever there is a bigger issue at hand we unite as humans and as communities and then break apart. There are always political and economic purposes behind war as shown in the anime and war isn’t fought only by the soldiers but also by the people who suffer because of the war. The theme is acceptance, as the Hero who is trained to be the Demon King’s killer and the Demon Queen who is the enemy of the Hero both accept each other and make their respective races accept each other and co exist. The humans are also shown to be cruel to each other and that is dealt with by showing the people’s pride as however different one may be, everyone is human. To shorten it, ‘War is pointless. Differences are but a part of this very world.’

The anime is great despite it’s flaws with the complex politics of the nations, it’s fun to watch and the comedy is absolutely incredible too. I highly recommend this anime to all, but please watch it alone. This anime is a one time watch, small, comedic with romance to enjoy but that one time is worth it so add this to your lists people.

Rap section:

Turn back the clock set in a medieval world,
A Demon King has the suffering observed,
The war takes a toll on everyone she’s concerned,
But a romance with the Hero she has preferred.

In this world of war and strife eternal,
She has an affection for the people maternal,
Wants to make the lands a little more fertile,
And in both world bring peace universal.

Experienced in the sciences that humans don’t know yet,
For the war of the previous kings she has regret,
She laments the past but she doesn’t forget,
Her promise to free the world of any threat.

Together with the Hero she can find romance,
She wants to be with him every chance,
She gets and with him she wants to advance,
All for them to in a free world share a dance.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Published by Harshit Sagar

I am a 18 year old teen who has a passion for writing and loves anime.

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