The MaouxYuusha continues.
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Episode 2: “Please Make Us Human”
“Watashitachi o Ningen ni Shitekudasai”
Their journey to see beyond the hill begins. While the last episode was littered with economics, this one consists more of relationships and characterizations.
Believe it or not, Maou is starting small. Instead of going to a place that is already flourishing, she opts to help a small village. Honestly, this is probably the best course of action seeing as no one, like she said, would listen to her otherwise. While she plans small and begins to experiment, she has to keep watch on the time. Especially since she’s trying to improve agriculture, years could go by with very little progress.
It’s interesting seeing Yuusha and Maou not understand that they are married. After all, “a contract of mutual possession for an unlimited duration” could be considered even more than marriage. Anyways, the head maid will be the one of many side characters who will be vital to Maou’s operations. She’s even commanded armies. I wonder if she still wears the same clothing…
The plan to keep everyone at bay while they’re working everything out should work well. A year is all they’re given for now and in all honesty, that’s not much time. We move on to agriculture and they begin their talk. Unlike economics, I have absolutely no knowledge of it whatsoever but everything seems to be accurate so far. What’s great about this anime is perhaps the amount of diversity it brings. Normally, I never even look at agriculture much less study it. This anime will prove useful in the wide range of activities that will be needed to further the story.
Let’s leave everything else aside for now and talk about the… intimacy, if you will, between Yuusha and Maou. Firstly, the voice actors did a phenomenal job, as usual, with portraying the proper emotions. It makes the scene much more realistic and touching. I mean, they are young lovers and all with no experience so it’s nice to see them developing. That’s why people love romance in stories right? To see the development. From a lap rest to nearly a kiss, the couple sure develops quickly. While I can understand that some people dislike fast developments, I believe that as long as the couple gets the growth that they need later, all is well. What may be love at first sight can develop into a deeper form of love.
One who is incapable of determining their own fate is no better than an insect.
Serfs or slaves, what’s the difference? One has more freedom than the other but they’re all restrained. Even in free countries, we are restrained. But that’s a topic for another time. Firstly, let’s discuss the above quote. Alright, I have a firm dislike towards these sentences. It doesn’t matter who is saying it, because that doesn’t matter. It’s the sentence itself that I have a problem with. Incapable of determining their own fate? They’re born in the lower class. Hundreds of years ago, people could not rise up in society like they do in wealthy nations. Determining what? They can work hard all they want but they can’t get the education, they can only toil the fields because that is what is limited to them. Determine their own fate? What ridiculous nonsense. It’s almost as if she’s trying to inspire the viewers and make them think that people could do anything and that they could change their fate. Maybe today we could but serfs? They already did a marvelous job of surviving and escaping. If they don’t meet anyone who could make them “human” then would you blame them for being unable to find one? Let’s not even get started on talking about fate in detail because it would be longer than this entire post. Quite frankly, the implications of this quote is “utter nonsense.”
What I do agree with, however, is that in their escape, they have troubled other people and taken their kindness for granted. Anyways, what I said above could all just be the Head Maid’s manipulation in making them into better people. In other words, my paragraph above could be completely disregarded if that were the case.
A character that’s looking beyond the foreground? Preposterous! Yuusha is actually contemplating his future and what he’ll be accomplishing even after peace is achieved. We actually witness some proper development instead of him just training away and being a completely linear stereotypical “hero.”
As we near the end of the episode, we see some teaching and some more moments between the couple. The voice actors are excellent. Yes, I just said it again. Even the slight giggles and the nuances in their interaction really does make it more realistic and sweet than some other romance anime out there. It is by no means the best but I’m liking it so far.