Maoyu is a story about a war between humans and demons on Earth. One day a hero arrives at a castle, where he plans to vanquish the king of the demons. The king turns out to be a beautiful young woman. She immediately declares her desire to make the hero hers and save humanity from misery and war. The prince, at first, does not want to have any of it. But after she explains that the war is more or less a cheap invention that benefits both humans and demons, the hero agrees to her requests.
First of all I am surprised that anime with an otaku atmosphere (mainly the heroine) will decide to deal with war as a means to gain economic and political power; it is a nice surprise though. I am sure the story will revolve around the young hero and young demon girl (who look like a normal human girl by the way), but I hope the war angle continues to be developed. I give episode 1 of Maoyu a 9 out of 10 because it has potential do do something interesting and memorable.
The Hero and Demon Queen (young demon girl) have settled on a small village. There, the Demon Queen hopes to change people's ways to create a better world. Two strategies used are new farming techniques and education. We also met the Head Maid (the Demon Queen's personal maid). She is strict but ultimately just. The Head Maid initially refused to help a young female runaway serf and her little sister. But after the serfs understood that they needed to work (and not simply beg for money), they were given jobs as maids.
In episode 2 of Maoyu the creators continue to focus on tackling economic, social and political issues. To lighten up the sometimes bleak atmosphere, we have the cute, but apparently very strong, relationship between the Hero and Demon Queen. They seem so right together. I continue to like the premise of this series. This episode gets a 9 out of 10.
In this episode the Demon Queen and the Hero went to a convent to ask for assistance. There they run into the Knight, and old female acquaintance (and perhaps old love) of the Hero, who is now a nun. The Demon Queen showed and had the Knight taste potatoes. The Demon Queen asked the Knight help in establishing new convents and teach people about crops and harvesting; and she accepted. The Demon Queen is also planning something to gain influence with a powerful merchant group, known as the Economic Alliance of Free Merchants and Southern Independent Cities.
Episode 3 of Maoyu had a bit more of otaku tropes and clichés but it continues to have an interesting premise. I do not have much to analyze. I continue to like this show. I like the series for its economic/political/social commentary, but I would like to see if we will be having a love triangle between the Hero, Demon Queen and Knight. The young, former runaway serf (now maid) woman also intrigues me. This episode gets another 9 out of 10.