A demon king saves the world with middle school economics.
There are a lot of anime that bore me. Usually that’s why I give out F ratings. But rarely do I find an anime that I actively despise. Maoyuu Yuusha is that anime.
I explained why in detail in an earlier post: read that for the full story. The short version is, it attempts to tell a story about human history and economics, and how people can better the world using modern ideas. The problem is, despite claiming that the world would be a better place if humans respected each other, through an end to racism, an end to economic exploitation, an end to war, etc., the show itself holds no respect for humanity. It treats humans like dumb sheep.
Why isn’t the world a perfect place? Two main reasons: first, ignorance. The people of the past didn’t know about crop rotation, didn’t know any demons (that’s why they hate them), and didn’t know that serfdom was bad. If someone just told them serfdom was bad, of course they’d immediately drop it! The second reason the world isn’t perfect is bad leaders: for example, the leader of the church just wants to amass power. That stuff about worshiping the light spirit? Oh, he actually hires the demons to give him someone to lead a crusade against. Oh yeah and he has a bounty out for the light spirit’s corpse, by the way. No one in the church actually believes the teachings of the church. No one practicing feudalism actually believes serfdom is right. No one who is racist against demons is actually racist against demons.
If only a wise, enlightened leader would show them the right direction, all the world’s problems would be solved. In short, Maoyuu Yuusha is colonialist, neo-liberal tripe. It has no respect for the people of this world, and thinks that with a few ideas from the future (from people who, of course, know better than these backwards peasants) the world can suddenly become a much better place.
This paternalism towards people who don’t share a modern, Western system of values is best shown in the Head Maid’s conversation with the runaway serf. She tells the serf that if she continues to be a serf and doesn’t run her own life, she’s not a human. Just an insect. This becomes a running theme throughout the series, leading to an “inspiring” speech by the runaway girl where she calls all the other serfs insects after being lectured by the Demon King for a while on modern ideas. This causes a revolution and brings about the Protestant reformation. (Oh, except the protestants don’t really believe in the light spirit either, this was all just about economics.) Do I even need to explain why a philosophical system that doesn’t consider serfs humans is so despicable?
Finally, Maoyuu Yuusha tries to tell us about history. But to Maoyuu Yuusha, history isn’t about humans. It’s all explained by middle school economics and neo-liberalism. The characters in Maoyuu Yuusha don’t have names because they don’t need them. History isn’t about people. Do I have to explain why this is retarded? You can learn more about history from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer than from Maoyuu Yuusha.
Oh, and the whole love triangle thing is shit.
- Storytelling – F – Made me want to throw things at the screen.
- Voice – F – Most distinctive part is not being about humans.
- Characters – F – There are no characters.
- Attention Grab – B – Made me pay close enough attention to rage, I guess.
- Production – B – Not bad.
- Overall – F
Recommendations – Spice and Wolf is a similar setup on the romance side and with economics, but is actually about… you know… people.