Since I figured out my issue with Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, I’ve wondered if I could still enjoy it. The short answer is yes bordering on maybe.
It’s because the story doesn’t go deep enough that I’m stuck only casually enjoying the series. The economics and politics of it are just not that interesting to someone like me who studies the subject on a daily basis. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha only touches on each point, it doesn’t develop them enough to bring out a more thought-provoking episode.
On that subject, this episode again simply touches on the economic/political on the subject of education. The topic was brought up in earlier episodes, and it’s barely talked about here. All we really know is that the Demon King has plans involving a printing press; one of the most important of all time. Just the historical significance of the machine introduced alongside the Martin Luther story of education could have made this into a much deeper episode. All the pieces were there and there could have been some more though and intellect in the episode, but it stopped right there.
It seems as though Maoyuu Maou Yuusha fell into “the” light novel trap – when in doubt, go harem. A sad fact that most of the episode consisted of Yuusha’s romantic comedy scenarios with both Maou and Onna Kishi. I get that the romance is a big part of the series , but it’s a shame if that is the reason we’re not going deeper into the story.
For all my moaning, there is something about Maoyuu Maou Yuusha that I like. At times the simplicity isn’t all bad, given the number of deeper series
running carrying over to this season (PSYCHO-PASS, Shin Sekai Yori, Zetsuen no Tempest). It also maintains a charm to it when it comes to the romance/romantic comedy, making it hard to hate.
Credit should also be given to how easily the story comes together. With each episode, we’re reminded that the plots are all interconnected and serve to create a full picture of a strategic war. We’re slowly seeing things move along and anticipating everything falling into place at once. This is probably one of the stronger points of the series, as any disconnect would be I just wish there was a little more depth to give the series a much-needed rounding out.