Maoyuu Maou Yuusha – Kono Watashi no Mono Tonare manga or named The Demon lord and Hero – “Be mine, Hero” “I refuse!” in English was based on light novel with same name. The story of manga is starts out like the end of the everyday rpg where the hero (Yuusha) fight against final boss (Maou) and come out as winner, but then it blindsides reader with talk of economics, politics, sociology, agriculture and the like. Its Kind of like Spice & Wolf series. It was interesting story due its departure from traditional RPG or fantasy style, instead main protagonist and antagonist characters working together for better world.
The original Maoyuu Maou Yuusha light novel consists of 5 volumes in Japanese language only. There no indication of them being translate to English language. Based on summary page above it seems each chapter inside volume is provided with drawing scene that describe important event in the Maoyuu Maou Yuusha’s story in order to help or guide reader to imagine whole scene. Those illustration scenes later become base for manga panel in Maoyuu Maou Yuusha’s manga version.
Back to the story, in beginning of the manga, the demon queen presented summary of documentation of world situation to the hero which contradict to hero’s belief and experiences that demon only evil nation. It was described present war help accelerate human population after starvation and outbreak disease which diminished human population. It also introduces reader for reason war continue going on due some factions benefit from present situation.
Later, it identified sources and destination of supply and assistance of central or middle continent countries to southern nations was due protection from demon invasion reason while its enable south countries to continue buy resources and food from middle continent through trade route. In conclusion, human kingdoms in south waging war in order continue receive assistance from central continent nations.
The Demon Queen concludes to the Hero that war safe both human and demon races from total extinction due better allocation resources and foods supplies, and population check which make both race continue to survive, but without any conclusion. She also describes her reason for looking better ways to end the war. Her proposal and suggestions help the Hero decide for join the Demon Queen and help her to achieve the plan.
As the story progress, the demon queen and the hero meet other important characters which help to accelerate their plan for better world. The head maid is the demon queen personal assistance and protector since time before the demon queen become supreme demon leader. Other character is Female knight who is the hero’s long companion and she is a priest for Lake Shore Order church at the moment. Other characters also introduce or come to light as the Maoyuu Maou Yuusha story develop into progressive and climax stage.
One of invention or new knowledge which the demon queen want to introduce to human world is ‘potato’ corps originate from demon world that can help to increase food production and strengthen south nations economy. Potato can be planted and nurtured in barren or cold south land ideal for replacement of wheat as food diet for people in south nations. However, there some weakness of potato, such as, it’s poisonous sprout, soil degradation nutrition and fertilizer issues. She stated if people can use wise and balance of plant potato in appropriate methods, for instance, potato storage place, rotation corps, animal and fish as fertilizer, then all potential weakness above can be eliminated and people can consume potato safely.
One aspect describes in Maoyuu Maou Yuusha story is strategy and invention in military realm. In the story, military or battle cannot describe as bloodshed or use brute force. The use of clever strategy, deception, coordination and specialized combat units in fewer number can be result quick victory rather than use hundred or thousands ordinary soldier for long prolog battle.
Next, its government model or concept which introduces into the story. The old government politic that popular in middle age or nations is monarchy system, but, there great weakness in the system due its centralized authority, nepotism potential lead for corruption, big and complicate civil servant system in every prefecture. The new government politic which the demon queen want to introduce through her students is democratic or monarchy parliamentary model where decentralized authority, appointment of civil servant from population and small but effective civil servant system in various place in order to accelerate reputation governance body in front of its subjects or citizens.
Lastly, there an anime series based on Maoyuu Maou Yuusha story with same name. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha – Kono Watashi no Mono Tonare anime. According to various sources in internet it will be consist 12 episodes. For me, twelve episodes are cramped for wonderful story like Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. It should deserves to get 24 episodes or two seasons animation in my opinions. The first episode of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha anime is good but there some important part or cue of the story which not mention in detail like in the manga or light novel. The story of demon queen and hero encounter was fast describe without mentioned background detail lead the hero decision to help the demon queen.
In conclusion, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha – Kono Watashi no Mono Tonare story is good entertainment and knowledgeable manga, light novel and anime. It help reader to understand economics, politics, sociology, agriculture, religion, military, wisdom, diplomatic and various knowledge in easy and interactive for children or young people. It is my first recommendation manga and anime series in 2013.