Let the economics begin.
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (FIRST IMPRESSIONS): “You will be mine Hero! I Refuse!”
Fantasy, adventure, romance,
boobs, educational, economics?!?! That’s right, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is a mix of those elements, and maybe comedy as well. This anime actually originated from 2chan in a play format. People decided to make this a LN and it worked out great! There are also plenty of manga adaptations. With Arms at the helm of this, many people are afraid of what it can bring to the table. Nonetheless, the director is no other than Takeo Takahashi who brought us Spice and Wolf. With this first look, let’s see if it has potential or if it falls flat.
Alright, for a better explanation of why wars do not benefit the economy, refer to THIS VIDEO.
Face off + Boobs
It’s time for the hero to make things right. After fifteen years of bloodshed, everything will come to an end as he slays the Demon King. Dashing in with ferocity, he raises his arms and the sword begins to slash across the air. That is, until he’s met by a
busty beautiful, red-headed woman. Are you all still with me? Or did your jaws drop to the floor and your nose bleed shot you across the room? In all seriousness though, those knockers are ginormous. Even the hero is fazed by her presence.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a woman or bouncy. I’m the Hero!
The Misconception about War (My opinion)
Alright, I’m going to straighten this up right now before anyone gets any misconceptions.
War does NOT bring prosperity to the nations involved. Correction, War ITSELF does not bring PROLONGED prosperity to the nations involved. If you want to read further, please refer to this simple post. To simplify things, it’s a broken window fallacy. The one thing that could be true is the uniting of mankind. Against a greater common enemy, it’s likely that humanity will be gathered to face the greater threat. Well, as long as the war is continuing which is probably one of the only pros to this war. Now, I’m not saying that this the author’s mistake. This could be exactly why Maou wants to end this war in the most discreet way possible. Firstly, however, let’s see if what they’re detailing is true about the human world.
Here is where things get even more sketchy. Apparently, the people farther away from the war are living in prosperity while still giving resources to those at war. In other words, they proclaim that the consumption from the war, all of the weaponry and exports to support the war effort, are helping the nations become wealthy. However, this doesn’t actually work out if you think about it.
EDIT: The guy saying that famine and plague are at an all time low in 500 years is not right. Diverting resources to support the war lowers the living conditions of those people giving resources to the war. The lower class will have less rations and resources.
The kingdom shown in this anime is apparently at war and because of it is able to survive. It has received funds from the Central Nations and is the border of safety. Being that it had no fertile land, they depend on this war to fuel their basic needs.
The kingdom receives aid in two possible ways. One, they receive money so that they may buy the materials and weapons from other nations to support the war effort. Two, they receive the necessary equipment directly. Either way, it does not change the fact that the kingdom is inherently poor and that almost all of its resources came from elsewhere, most notably the Central Nations. In other words, the output and the input is not from the nation itself. The Central Nations are the ones that are exporting the resources for the war. The Central Nations are losing resources because of the war. This is not a situation where the defending nation has the wealth to purchase the equipment without the Central Nation’s. If that were the case, then the Central Nations would have an economic boost. Economically speaking, there may be prosperity in a few parts of the Central Nations but overall, the situation is not beneficial.
The other problem lies in Maou’s misconception of consumption and employment. She says that if the war is to be stopped, then people would be out of jobs and the exporters would be in ruin. There is some truth to this; the exporters responsible for making weapons and things related only to war might fall when the war ends. It seems rational at first that if these exporters were to be shut down then the labor would have nowhere to go!
Nonetheless, the labor and the resources used for the war can and will go somewhere else. Inventions during wartime may be developed further into commercial products capable of being manufactured, consumed and therefore, making jobs. Also, because people are not as devoted to war, they are able to focus on other industries. Consumption would continue in other areas of the economy. Anyways, just look at the Post-World War II economic expansion.
EDIT: Forgot to mention. You see how the nobles are partying and being all lavish and everything? Yeah, that’s a very small portion of people. Since Maou is arguing for the economy as a whole, this is seeing only the smaller picture. Economics is the big picture. This depiction of the wealthy here does not mean that the nation is prosperous.
As for food… I don’t understand how the situation is worse off if the war ends. During both World Wars, people had decreased rations to support the war effort. Then again, this war is basically a facade and not a total war. If it is just a facade, however, there is no economic benefit in continuing it. They are merely destroying resources. The few may gain from the plenty but this is not what the anime is portraying.
Beyond the Hill
Personally, Yuusha’s conversion is a bit fast but the humor is there underneath the romance.
Maou: “I will never leave your side, Hero!”
Maou: *gasp* *blush*
Haha, that scene is well done. The soundtrack is sounding pretty good already and the voice actors are just top-notch. And the hugging. Let’s not forget the hugging.
Realistically though, rolling around in those horns don’t really— LOLTHEHORNSCAMEOFF. Probably came as a shock for those of you who didn’t read the manga. Well, I read it and it was still kind of sudden. I will be looking forward to how comedic and economical this gets!
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha First Impressions (Episode 1) Review
Where to start… If you read through my economic analysis, thanks for enduring my almost non-existent economics knowledge. I did read a few Thomas Sowell‘s books and looked up some info. I know that there will be others who disagree and have facts to back it up. I’m just iterating what I read so I could very well be wrong. It’s nice to put the knowledge to use and even if Maoyuu Maou Yuusha makes fallacies, I’ll still enjoy putting myself to the test!
As for the characters, they are still developing so I can’t comment too much about them. Many people are probably annoyed at the gigantic breasts but it’s really just a joke. Whatever, don’t pay too much heed to that because things will almost certainly get interesting. If you think the characters are a little boring, fear not, they will develop more and more in their adventures. I will definitely do more reviews on this series so stay tuned for those! Thank you very much for reading!