What surprised me the most about Maoyuu Maou Yuusha was the overwhelming negative reaction to it on my Twitter timeline prior to me actually watching the episode. Now I haven’t even been on Twitter for even a year yet, but I don’t recall any show having this bad of a reaction before. Makes me wonder what Twitter was like when Guilty Crown was airing. Plus, this anime was produced by ARMS, which isn’t exactly a company known for making good anime. I guess it was because the source material was promising that people paid attention. And if that’s the case, man did it backfire.
Not that I see the justification for the hatred, as the episode I saw was honestly not that bad. It just wasn’t very interesting.
Well, it had to do with the fact that it was all exposition-dumping, which is good for setting things up, but it’s still boring to sit through. I guess it wasn’t as terrible as Fate/Zero’s first episode, but I was seriously yawning throughout most of the politics discussion between humans and demons, which I didn’t give two shits about. I’m not a fan of the fantasy setting first of all, so when I want discussions to happen in it, I want it to be of the “kill you or kill me” variety. There was a bit of that in the beginning of course, with the Hero (who is not named from what I remember) being sent to kill the Demon King (don’t remember her name either) only to find out that she’s a big-boobed female. I thought it was kind of funny and interesting when that revelation occurred. That good feeling didn’t last obviously, as the show just went on to spout more exposition and…
…yeah, we got a lot of jiggling too.
From what I heard going into MMY, the source material was quite good. I can definitely see the potential in some of the ideas. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m a fan of the magical girl joining male hero on journey due to forging a contract with him of some kind. The problem is that those glimpses take up less percentage of time than the fight scenes in Black Rock Shooter. The rest was just droll talking from two characters who don’t really have much personality beyond their cut-out roles. Oh, and ARMS focusing on that boob-jiggling, because that’s sexy. Once in a while, they throw in a joke to try and spice things up. I heard prior that the jokes were really bad and stupid. Um, I didn’t think they were that bad. That last scene that I heard was atrocious was actually kind of funny in a “I can’t believe you did that joke” kind of way, and the follow-up wasn’t half-bad either. Other than those though, the jokes didn’t do anything to relieve my indifference to the episode.
Oh yeah, I haven’t said what the plot was yet, have I? Um, hero tries to kill demon, demon turns out to be hot girl, hot girl wants hero to take her out, they forge a contract, more boob jiggling, end credits. Yeah, that’s pretty much all I got. I mean I did get that the demons and humans are at war and shit, but everything else just got drowned out in all the blablabla. Before people say I should rewatch the episode, I want to point out that I doubt anything I learn from that speech is going to make me more interested in the next episode. Very rarely do info dumps do that, as I’m more of the kind of guy who likes to see things happen rather than hear things happen (hence why I was never big on the info dump in Shin Sekai Yori Episode 3/4). Maybe if the characters were more interesting, but despite Jun Fukuyama’s best efforts, he can’t mask the fact that our hero is a bore, the demon girl is slightly less so, and their chemistry is average at best.
So there’s not really much to say other than “meh”. I don’t think this episode was as terrible as people have been telling me on Twitter, but it didn’t make me raise my eyebrows either. Hopefully next week will fix that.