The romance… continues?
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Episode 3: “Where Have You Been?!”
4: “If That Happens, I’ll Take a Bite Out of the Hero!”
5: “— You smell good, Demon King. — And I feel safe in your arms, Hero.”
No romance would be as engaging if there were no adversaries. For Yuusha, Onna Kishi (Knight) is the one who has been by his side fighting the demons in order to defeat Maou. Then, Yuusha randomly disappears and finds himself face to face with her again alongside a beautiful redhead. Looking at it this way, he’s quite the player. His relationship with her can be seen as a comrade in arms even if she holds stronger feelings. Nonetheless, while the relationships are intriguing, there are also more serious matters to be dealt with.
Potatoes have quite the influence over our lives even today. With the lack of transportation back then, potatoes are a crucial source of food which are easy to grow. For Maou to “see over the hill,” she must first be able to prevent hunger from being a major problem in the world. Therefore, it’s natural to spread her influence and gain prestige to promote change in the world. Also, pushing around newly invented technology such as the compass will certainly speed up the process. However, along with the fame and progression comes great troubles. One thing to note, I did like Yuusha and Maou’s progression as a couple but now it isn’t developing as smoothly as before. Six months already passed and nothing really happened between the two of them. Really? Is Yuusha a man?
Seinen Shounin, the merchant who possesses a strong interest in Maou, is the type of character you’d watch out for. While he may be outwardly sincere, clearly he is acting as he is as cunning as he is intelligent. Maou’s offer reminds one of the saying “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Nonetheless, if she’s after the bright future and the merchants are after money and power, they both benefit.
With the aggressive attitude that Shounin has towards Maou, I hope Yuusha shapes up and starts acting like they are really under a contract that means something. Still, even though he could visit her, he refuses to do so because he’s… wait what? Why? He’s scared? That’s the excuse? Seriously, the developments between the two has sharply declined and without good reason. I feel that there’s a lot of missed potential and that they could expound their relationship more even if it means reading out the letters.
While Yuusha is off doing his job and making philosophical comments that come as common sense, Maou makes a shocking confession to Onna Kishi about her true identity. Sure enough, she takes it as Yuusha begged her beforehand to trust Maou but her rivalry will not vanish. Although she proclaims that she will not give up on Yuusha, it’s unlikely that anyone would be able to be the barrier between the two.
Finally, the two of them meet with a clash. Jealously being thrown around everywhere, it’s a bit of a relief seeing that at least they still have the chemistry. But really? They didn’t kiss why? Because the music stopped? They haven’t seen each other for a year and they finally got back together and they just stopped? I don’t mind if they have a good reason to stop but they don’t. The dance may be romantic but the kiss would have been the icing on the cake. Even so, they do a decent job with the ending part but I just feel that there’s a lot of wasted potential.
It’s nice to see the anime extend beyond what I read on the manga and all but the relationship between Maou and Yuusha could have been much stronger. However, all the characters are quite interesting to watch as they all differ in motives and have some kind of distinguishing characteristics. While I’m disappointed that some scenes are missed, I am hoping for more fighting and romantic scenes to be covered soon. The political and agricultural side to the anime isn’t so overwhelming and is mentioned nicely throughout the episodes. Overall, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is a decent if not below average series in a lackluster season.