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The economics of war
Posted by: Dval from: Clarksville, TN on
Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Length: 12 episodes
"Names can be deceiving, something the warrior known as Hero quickly discovers when he storms the castle of the dreaded Demon King that mankind has fought for fifteen years. For one thing, the "king" turns out to be a queen! Even more shocking, though, is that she's waiting for him with an unexpected proposal. She points out that it would be bad for BOTH sides if the war was to end immediately, as without a common enemy, the individual factions of the winning side are certain to turn on each other in a new series of civil wars. However, she has a plan to end the war, bring democracy and advanced knowledge to humanity, and ensure lasting prosperity for both sides, no matter who "wins". But to accomplish this, she needs a collaborator on the human side, and she's chosen Hero as the one partner she can trust! Is it a deal with the devil, or mankind's only hope for lasting peace? The traditional rules of Swords and Sorcery are completely rewritten as the "good guy" and the "bad girl" join forces to save the world in Maoyu ~ Archenemy & Hero!"
Maoyu is not your typical anime series by any stretch of the imagination. It's one of those series that you start watching and just can't stop. It's not that it's action-packed and leaves off with a cliff-hanger every episode, but it excels in everything that it does which just leaves you longing for more. And it's not just about Hero and Maoyu; there are a plethora of other characters that are given screen time and show plenty of development. The series also takes on an extremely educational aspect as it focues on the underlying causes of war, who and how it affects, trade, economies, religion, and more. Given that it's directed by the same guy who was over Spice & Wolf, you can consider it the same but on a much larger scale.
I defintely loved watching this, but there are a couple things that I thought could be done just a little better. Maoyu is just a little too bouncy! Always a fan of oppai, but it just felt a little off; especially with the jiggly sounds whenever they shook. It's always disappointing to see that they never actually get to share a kiss as well. It's probably the only unoriginal part of the story where they're always interrupted just when you think that they might get to share a moment. Lastly, it doesn't look like there'll be a second season. It ends very solidly, but it was such a good series that I'd love to see more. One more thing... they don't have actual names! Just Hero and Demon King :/
Last year when the series was wrapping up, I saw a coupld sites post something about the "I am human" speech from this series. Was supposed to be one of the great speeches of anime history. In episode 9, you run across this and it is very inspiring. It's a huge instigator in the story line that speeds up the ending. You can find it on Youtube if you want to check it out. The part just before hte speech is a public lynching which is a little more graphic.
Maoyu is one of the best titles to come out in North America this year, in my opinion. The story is incredibly well thought out. The graphics are still great on Blu-ray even with all 12 episodes being put onto just one disc, and the voicing is fantastic as well. There are no English dubs available which may be disappointing for some. If you haven't checked this one out, now's the time to do it. You won't be disappointed!
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