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Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Episode 7: Political Maneuvering and Manifestations of Loneliness

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A sense of scope really goes a long way toward justifying even the clumsiest of elements. While expecting a story to focus on just one person without periodically taking stock of the big picture is a bit silly, it should at least be done with a good sense of timing, and when the characters aren’t doing anything particularly interesting. This is primarily where the last episode’s battle sequence failed to engage, and where this week continues the proud tradition of ignoring the forest of feudal economic analysis for well-endowed, suspiciously Maou-shaped trees. Also butts.

Rather than focusing for any length of time on the immediate aftereffects of the battle in a way that directly relates to our leads, and the ambiguous morality of both sides of the conflict, it only pays attention to the things that truly matter, like Maou and Female Knight looking to sheathe Hero’s sword in /hilarious/ harem romcom fashion. Oh how far we’ve come from the vulgarity of rotating crops and economic/philosophical debates.

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The actual intent that led up to the scene pictured above is actually decent character growth on its own, if a little too focused on how Maou and Female Knight’s combined intent of making a Hero sandwich—Maou has to return to the demon world for a brief period of time so she can keep moving forward with her mission, and so wants to spend more time with Hero, and Female Knight is insecure over her bond with him, and so follows Maou’s lead. Ordinarily this’d fall under the trite category of everybody falling for the male lead, but it reflects well enough on their personalities and implied histories of loneliness and isolatin that I’m more than happy to excuse it as long as something comes of my assumptions in the future.

However, it’d be nice if it could be resolved through dialogue and meaningful action related to the whole “ending the human and demon war” thing, rather than the two attaching themselves to Hero while he attempts to sleep, the camera angling in ways to lovingly accentuate the T&A that tend to accompany such harem romcom antics. I mean political turmoil and increased trade prospects are plenty erotic enough by themselves, I don’t need this deluge of shit to water it down.

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I get that this isn’t truly aiming to be an exploration of the nature of conflict, contrary to what Maou attempts to get across every time somebody tries to hold a conversation with her, but there’s neglecting interesting details, and then there’s neglecting them in favor of shitty love triangles and shallow, one-dimensional villains intent on ruining any prospect toward enlightenment and peace and shit, in the way only poorly-written villains are wont to do. At the very least if it’s going to go this route, there should be more impetus for boob analysis and medieval beauty standards in the near future.

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11 Comments

  1. Shengar
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    MMY romance is shit, even in the manga. Well, at least compared to what the director have taken similar title that is Spice and Wolf.

    Also
    “I mean political turmoil and increased trade prospects are plenty erotic enough by themselves”
    I think we can have agreement here.

    • Inushinde
      Posted February 26, 2013 at 6:22 am | Permalink

      You and I are going to get along just fine.

  2. Posted February 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    This episode reaffirms my suspicion that this hero really doesn’t have a personality, just like how he is nameless.

    Last time we saw him having a male bonding time with the old fart, about how he has taught him a lot of perverted things, laughing together like lewd fools they are. But what do we have here? Two hot females slept on the same bed with him, totally have the hots from him, yet he didn’t do anything?! He didn’t even take a good look at their lightly dressed bodies.

    • Inushinde
      Posted February 26, 2013 at 6:23 am | Permalink

      At least he still has somehow being more likable than Kirito going for him.

  3. Posted February 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    What annoyed me the most is how the female characters are belittled again and again in favour of this non-existent male Hero. The bed scene is borderline humiliating. What kind of person with a sliver of pride would do that instead of just asking Hero WHO he really wants in his bed, for example? And why didn’t Hero tell one of them (or both of them) to just get out of there? This so called romance is so dumb it hurts.

    • Posted February 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

      The females in this anime are bitches in heat, it can’t be helped. Please don’t forget that the dragon princess also eagerly throw herself at him. Also various monster girls that we only saw in powerpoint slideshows.

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted February 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

        Aaaaand you just reminded me of the Cow Girl. My WTF moment of the season.

      • Posted February 19, 2013 at 1:47 am | Permalink

        If the romance on this show gets any worse, I hope Yusha ends up with cow girl.

      • Inushinde
        Posted February 26, 2013 at 6:23 am | Permalink

        To be fair, Cow Girl was actually kind of funny, if only because she came stampeding out of left field to steal our hearts.

  4. LordOmnit
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    The only compliment I have towards the ridiculously mustache-twirlingly evil villains is that it’s a good point that plenty of people will completely ignore both enlightenment and a second lease on life completely for old grudges (this going back to the whole getting rid of the need/desire for conflict over simply ending it).

    It was still narmy as all hell, though.

    • Inushinde
      Posted February 26, 2013 at 6:24 am | Permalink

      Completely unnecessary too.

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