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Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - "Kono Watashi no Mono Tonare, Yuusha yo" "Kotowaru!"  
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After a long and treacherous journey, our Hero finally arrives at the Overlord’s castle only to find himself being asked for help. The Hero explains how the war that the demons have brought upon the humans have killed thousands and put more in misery. The Overlord however argues that this war has made the human society band together as one and showed empirical evidence how it has increased population, increased production, boosted economy and improved society overall. Furthermore, she explains to the Hero that ending this war will result in a civil war that will produce more bloodshed than there ever was. The Hero, convinced that the only way to bring peace, relatively speaking, is to join forces with the Overlord, agrees to help with her plans!


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まおゆう魔王勇者 (カドカワコミックス・エース)
Maoyu - "Be Mine, Hero!" "I Refuse!"
Maoyu: Archenemy and Hero
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - "Be Mine, Hero!" "I Refuse!"

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Comic Walker
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c.47 by Sense-Scans 5 months ago
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v.14 c.45 by MTO over 2 years ago
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18 Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Chap 23

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (620 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.78 / 10.0
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Comic Walker (Kadokawa Shoten)
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Kadokawa BookWalker (16 Volumes - Ongoing - Digital Only)
Yen Press (2018; Digital)

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by zeidrich
January 4th, 2016, 1:29am
Great manga adaptation. Beautifully drawn and thoughtfully paced. The battle scenes could be clearer, but is not really a problem because the resolution is less than a few pages. It's nice to see that the battles don't last multiple chapters.

Female lead is mysteriously brilliant. I hope they go into more detail about how she is able to invent all these "new" products. Male lead needs to be fleshed out more, but works so far because the reader can immerse themselves into his role. Decent premise.

The story needs villains more capable. Right now everything is going quite smoothly, though I'm only at chapter 12. Update to follow.
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2 choices, choose this   
Rating: N/A
by GreedyLocust
December 14th, 2014, 2:14am
I prefer this interpretation over the previous one, however, the art in this one is more toonish

they both have the same author, but different artists so I dont know whats going on

but if u are deciding between both and dont want to do both, choose this one
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Economic Simulation   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by JetGT
December 13th, 2014, 7:07pm
This is pretty much what this manga (and novel) is about: Economic Simulation. There are no names given to any of the characters because when you read a report, it's all about numbers and statistics - nameless. And this is how the story are unfolded.

The premises is great, but the deus ex machina of the whole problem solving makes the story appear like a joke. Numerous inventions were brought up by a single person called Female Scholar (Demon Queen). They are pretty much a carbon copy of stuff from our world. Hell, even the vegetables are from our world. I mean it's relate-able since we know it so well, but calling it one of the staple food is of demonic origin is incredibly offensive. This is what potatoes are in the story. Wheat and Rice came later. -_-"

I mean the Author could have make something more unique and in the fantasy setting the story portrayed. The morality about religion versus advancement is heavily implied. I could go on for ages about how wrong this is, but I'm not religious so I tend to enjoy the story for what they are.

Cuteness overwhelming between the Hero and the Demon Queen. I mean it so fluffy at times that I couldn't help but grin at the situation. He's bad ass in skill that never explained fully, which made it a few "what?" moment. The two factions are there to create fictions between the characters and pretty much did nothing more. They pretty much detailed in their own background and individual goal, but in the end, they pretty much fillers. There is one overall plot, but it gets stale very quickly and I just want to see if their relationship gets any further developed than they are.

Also, harem route is played with but ultimately abandoned. It simply doesn't work in the setting where everyone is nameless. The females cast aren't shallow, which is great relief to know. There are many real life theme that this manga touched on, but like real life, never really solved, which makes it somewhat realistic. There are bad and down just like any stories, but overall, it's deserve the score it got. People who gave it low score because it's not stereotype "fantasy" is incredibly biased. Fantasy doesn't necessary mean sword and sorcery and its mechanics, it simply mean the setting is in a fantasy world where magic existed.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sakura2012
August 15th, 2014, 4:14am
Did not think it would be this goooood!
My thoughts at first: (nah probably just a shonen manga with 'fan service' like any other manga...)
Despite my distaste agains this type of manga, I liked and very much enjoyed Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - "Kono Watashi no Mono Tonare, Yuusha yo" "Kotowaru!".

Maybe its because it has 'logic'. unlike...some stories out there.
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Quite worth the read   
Rating: N/A
by Mizura
August 28th, 2013, 2:38am
In the past, I've often thought how silly it was that so many manga "ponder" on the inevitability of war, only to take the easy way out with the defeat of the bad guy of the day (Naruto being a prime example).

After all, we've figured out the path to peace a long time ago, and we're living it right now: economic interdependence (coupled with social progress). As long as it's more profitable to trade with other countries than fighting against them, countries will avoid fighting. China won't ever attack the U.S., for example, because it'd be economic suicide to mess with its largest client (if you think otherwise, you're crazy). And yet, just about no manga bothers to address this economic aspect. Certainly, building a stable economy and society is MUCH harder than killing some bad guys, especially when the different parties hate each other to begin with.

When I first started reading this manga, I at first dropped it after 2 chapters: despite the excellent concept, the arguments put forth still made the execution feel flimsy. I only picked it up recently again, and I really don't regret it. The series dives into more aspects of the reforms and puts up better arguments later on. It still fails to go into the socio-economic aspects in real depth: spread of new concepts occur way more quickly than realistic, obstacles are easily set aside, social aspects aren't really addressed beyond "and now everybody is prosperous and happy" (though the changes do lead to backlash from existing establishments). It's a bit like how in fantasy stories, everything resolves itself once you kill the bad guy of the day, except here the issues are resolved with the crop, technology or social reform of the day.

Still, it is extremely refreshing to read, because it goes where 99% of adventure stories do not. For that alone, I must give it credit. While the readers may be familiar with most of the concepts described here, it is still quite interesting to see it used within a fantasy setting.

This is also aided by a cast of highly competent characters (sadly, with more basic common sense than many politicians around the world seem to have nowadays). The author doesn't treat any of the side characters as stupid fodder to make other characters look smart and competent. On the contrary, all of them (or at least the not-bad-guys) are highly competent in their own way, and side characters display remarkable growth to later take on more prominent roles in society, which is Really satisfying to read. Action is mixed in in a way that keeps the series lively.

In conclusion, this is a fantasy series that uses economic, social and technology (as well as fighting) to achieve its goals, instead of merely fighting like more series do. Though it addresses these aspects with as much depth as most fantasy address the concept of war (which is to say, not that much), it is still very interesting and refreshing to read, moreso thanks to its cast of competent characters.
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Fan's rebuttal   
Rating: N/A
by rennov
June 18th, 2013, 9:11pm
Hahaha... it's interesting to see how many heavy-minded comments stuck for this manga series. Well, I'm also a fan (big ones) for this series, so allow me to express opinion about the previous comments.
First being first, i guess it's not quite right for you to judge this series based on the details of every attributes in this manga, like the back-ground story, magic process, knowledge source of the Demon Queen, the source of strength of the Hero, etc. If you read it carefully each chapter of this series, you will find that this Manga is entirely talking about PHILOSOPHY, please note that word. (Sorry spoiler) First arc, they talk about the PHILOSOPHY of war, whether it's good or not, based on Keynesian Economic. Next arc, they talk about the PHILOSOPHY of technology of agriculture, international trade, freedom, and so on.
I guess the writer is quite understand that if the writer add the details for each arc, the storiy will too overloaded with information, and the focus will gradually away from the philosophy itself.
About the graphic? Matched very well with the style of the story (a bit ancient-ish) which myself really like.
About the story? (sorry spolier again) It's explained eloquently with implicitly tells about the philosophy of almost all big event in human history, like war, international trade, freedom revolution, and even religion).
Score: definitely 10 (it's very subjective though)

Note: there's a comment that this series just imported invention from future to middle ages (like cars)... Come on read again, it's not stop at that point, this manga also explain how to introduce the car to middle age, how to manage the reaction, and how to maximize the utility from the technology morally.
Ah, don't worry if you dont like philosophy, this manga wrap the main message with a beautiful plot and dialogue, so don't miss it just because i said too much words about philosophy.
Have a nice read...

... Last updated on June 18th, 2013, 9:18pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kronpas
March 4th, 2013, 2:48am
Im not fascinated by the teaching (a good amount of pages is used for teaching essential political, agricultural & economic lessons apparently), merely interested in how the relationship between characters develops and enjoying the RPG elements thrown in here and there so the manga is not that exciting.

The biggest flaw of this series, as some pointed out, is its free use of advanced modern knowledge (vs the ancient/medieveal theme) as a mean to progress the story. Basing the whole plot structure on it seems rather ... flimsy.

Btw, the art is gorgeous, +1 point.

... Last updated on January 14th, 2014, 9:25pm
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Amazing best version of this story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SSJR2
January 5th, 2013, 12:14am
this is a really great manga version of the light novel series and hands down the best version (yes ive read the others). the art is amazing and i little more sketchy but makes this series look even better trust me. the story is really interesting and i find it funny and interesting that the characters names are only there position or what they are, its a good twist on things. anyway the only thing i gotta say about this (personally it doesnt bother me) is that there are chapters with a lot of text and reading so it does take some intellect to apreciate this fully but its still enjoyable either way so enjoy

... Last updated on June 1st, 2013, 9:44am
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Brain needed, but appart from that very good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mulox
September 6th, 2012, 9:52am
How does society adapt itself to the introduction of new technologies?
A fantasy universe, a sad and endless war between humans and demons,
a few powerful characters dead set on changing the game rules and putting the world in motion.
Among them, a genius inventor gambling on the rapid introduction of a few key technogies and ideas in a grand scale.
The plot revolves around the means and effects of this accelerated introduction in terms of simple
geopolitics, political economics and diplomacy.
The characters are cute and convincing. They have nearly unlimited ressources in their own field of expertise: strength, knowledge, money, political power.
They appear like levers by which the society changes.
Do not fear, it's very easy. I know nothing about economics, but with a few interesting concepts it opens the mind to a lot of things you have to think of when you want to change something in society. It's cute, interesting, funny and now I sympathize with resigning ministers.


-In my opinion, learning characters names is always a waste of brain power, so having no names for once felt quite good.

-Yes, spice & wolf comes to mind because they both deal with economics at one point. But the theme here is more society in motion where S&W doesn't dwell further than monetary systems (not that it's a competition, there are other interesting aspects developped in S&W)

-Many said this manga feels minimalistic (background drawings, names, character information).
I don't feel there is much more info on other mangas, isn't it just that for once you want to know more? I personally agree with U-Jin, everything fits great.

-I like your idea iggsta3o5, about the story beeing keynsian propaganda. Well, some mangas justifies for us some of our bad thoughts to sell.
It feels so good to have a universe where what we think is right:
One Piece (anarchy is the best), Berserk/Death note (homebrewed justice),
Most Vampires and girls stories (It's okay to like violent guys, they can't help it, it's the beast talking)...
Also, lots of manga explains how you can achieve anything, anything really, has long has your ready to endure enough pain for a normal human to kill himself over, and as long has you discover at one point in your life that one of your relative is a VIP/celebrity/hero/king/god.
But you are right, justifying Keynsian theories is pushing it.

-They could make such a good game out of this . No they must!

-Fun garanteed for Civilisation and simcity players

-minimum system requirments : eyes, brain, IQ 85 &+

... Last updated on September 6th, 2012, 11:56am
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This manga is a teaser for teens for economics   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Meins
August 22nd, 2012, 7:45am
On a very weak level this manga show that behind some decision, if they concerns a lot of people, are complicated reasons. That you have to think over a lot of factors and which are not every time really obvious. It's nice that somebody could take more interest in economics and/or the dynamics in human societies after reading this manga. This is handled on a very low level, so that the reader is not possibly overwhelmed. Besides this education edge and some political maneuvering this manga have not very much story for the characters themselves. The political maneuvering is told in a way like a edutainment documentary, very often whit some background information in the form of charts and pictures. And if you like to make Clausewitz famous quote ("War is merely the continuation of policy by other means.") your own than even the war stories are also only political maneuvering. The characters are only shown if they are needed to transport something for the political story or for educational purposes (to educate, indirect, the reader). So this manga is not about people (and their personal stories and sorrows, etc.) but about politics.
The characters are shallow and almost pure archetypes. Even the two main characters, the Hero and Demon Queen, are quite shallow. The characters are mostly reduced to their function/profession as a character trait. Which is represented also in their names: they have no names. They are called whit their function/profession (i.e. "young merchant" or "head maid"), which is something strange. What also strange is, is the use of some 21-st centuries knowledge in this manga by the characters in this fantasy world (late middle ages like technology/education setting). There is no explanation for this wisdom, only that the Demon Queen is few hundreds years old and coming from a scholar family (which is IMHO a very cheap explanation).

Somebody has written as a comment this manga use Deus ex Machina as plot device. This is untrue. Except for that, that the (human) Hero which wanted to kill the Demon Queen is persuaded in 5 min. by her to help her. But this is the setting of the whole story so it's OK.
Also somebody has written that this is drama and comedy. Per definition it can't be both (drama is when a play is neither comedy or tragedy). Because it's not about humans (or demons=humans) but about politics this hardly a drama but is more edutainment documentary. You could say there is a comedy part, because the Hero is asexual, he has no testosterone at all. He can't understand what his harem (till chapter 16 three women want to marry him) want from him to do or what women basically like to hear from a man. So this had to be funny when the Hero is more dense than lead, when a women try to seduce him.

Last thing the art: the main characters are drawn quite good, better than in an average manga. Side characters are still OK but had no details. All background (whit some few exceptions) and all supernumeraries are drawn bad. Some few(!) panels are so bad drawn that even me, and I can't draw, could easy made it much better. This few panels reminds of drawings of 2-years-old children or worse, really. This few panels give the impression of cheapness.

In conclusion this manga has some good points but I don't really like the whole thing. But it's only me, the education part is nothing new for me and manga looks to me somewhat like pieced together from different puzzles. If you like to learn, in a easy way, some few basics of economy and dynamics in human societies (especially in wartime) than this manga is a good teaser for the real thing. Read it, if you have some time and have never had thoughts about economics and politics. If you have no time than it's no loss if haven't reed it either.
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