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Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Episode 2: Plant Plant Agricultural Revolution

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Quick, what’s the first thing that you think of when somebody says “Agricultural Revolution”? The answer is obviously demon kings, maids, and demon maids serving demon kings in that order, right? That can’t be just me. No matter how well executed the episode is, and it is pulled off with a large measure of success, it tickles me pink that the complex web of social and economic issues surrounding the Agricultural Revolution is being explained by a demon queen with two sizable plots of land, an idealistic everyman hero who serves as her springboard for discussion, and a maid who’s to voluntary servitude as Hank Hill is to propane and propane accessories.

For a series that’s almost exclusively conversation-based lectures on the various issues surrounding medieval macroeconomics, the content goes by remarkably fast. One minute the characters are settling into their comfortable villa and discussing the four-field crop rotation system, as most people are wont to do, and the next the credits are rolling and I feel a profound appreciation for well-used autotune. It’s always a good sign when a show can cram in several agricultural lectures and still feel slick and entertaining, melding it into the plot without pummeling the audience over the head with information in clumsy asides. Suck it, Moyashimon Returns and Upotte.

Taking place in a time roughly analogous to the Late Middle Ages, the pieces are already in place to allow the alternate-universe version of the Agricultural Revolution to sprout and overtake the rest of the human world like a swarm of famine-killing locusts. Cross-continental trade is starting to boom, and the social gap between the aristocracy and peasantry is shrinking with the speed and ferocity of a narcoleptic glacier, paralleling Maou arriving at the village and teaching those around her how to increase their crop yield, supplemented by a very basic education. Coupled with two runaway serf children that are welcomed onto the serving staff, MMY manages to bring into the equation the most important aspect of every human advancement: agency. And I can’t enjoy it enough for that.

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If there’s anywhere that the episode stumbles over itself, it’s with the stilted romance between Yuusha and Maou. In every scene where they’re alone, it’s like a cameraman offscreen holds up a cue card reading “Remember! Token romantic elements!” in big, bold font, leading the two to awkwardly make mooneyes at each other and stammer out lines that show uncomfortability, yet eagerness at progressing their relationship. While there’s definitely no lack of chemistry between the two, their romance isn’t exploited as much as it should be.

All in all though, the second episode of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha irons out most of the wrinkles from the first while delving a bit deeper. Boinging sound effects accompanying boob bouncing are gone, and there’s all of one noticeable jiggle from Maoyuu’s assets, down significantly from last episode’s quantities of “They’re doing it again! The fuck?” So yeah, well worth the watch.

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14 Comments

  1. Fumoffu!!
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I realize that she was dumbing it down, but I was a tad upset that she missed the main reasons as to why you would plant clovers, clovers are good because they fixate nitrogen into the soil, making it more fertile for future crops.

    On the whole I’m finding the show to be enjoyable enough, though I am wary about how far it will go in the future episodes.

    • Shengar
      Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      There is still a lot of Medeival macroeconomics ting to be explained upon later on. Though, as series going on it would not only discussed macroeconomics, but human rights as well.

      Just hope it wouldn’t become infodump though.

    • Caith
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 5:16 am | Permalink

      She was explaining the basic to Hero, not us knowledgeable viewers. And given that the concept of fertilizer is not well known in MMY verse, it’s pointless to try to explain it anyway.

  2. shytende
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Boing Boing are replaced by Moe Moe. Don’t know if it’s a good thing.
    I also liked the fact that the hero remarked that everything he learns will be useless in peace time.

    But yeah, the romance is pretty bad. At least there are no angst, though

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      Angst isn’t bad when it’s used the right way. Quite frankly, this could either use some spicing up or dropping the romance altogether. The two don’t exactly lack chemistry, after all, I just think it’d just be better used in a sort of mentor/assistant fashion if it’s just going to barely acknowledge the superficial romance element.

  3. Stef
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    She’s got huge tracts of land!

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

      That she does, friend.

  4. Erif
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to mention that the Hero is a very static character at the moment, and most of the conversations between him and Maou are pretty one-sided. Although the bit in the forest showed some promising development, so I’ll hope for the best.

    Also, the romance between the two is detestable.

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

      I wouldn’t go that far. It’s just not very substantial. Avoiding Spicy Wolf comparisons is tough, but it does feel like it’s trying to evoke the same feel without succeeding.

  5. Posted January 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I was confused why this post isn’t dripping with vile cynicism, and seeing you actively replying to most comments, until I scroll back to look at the author. My apologies, Inushinde-sama. orz

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      I like feudal politics and feudal economics, I couldn’t possibly be negative toward anything that makes them palatable to a wider audience. :)

      • Posted January 17, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

        No, I meant that I thought this was written by Scamp.

  6. R1CK_D0M
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    In which when you make that analogy of famine-killing locusts, the first thing I thought of was this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M22_Locust

    Oh tanks. Oh GuP.

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      Just two more months!

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