Maoyu [or] Maoyu ~ Archenemy & Hero (Series)

Reviewed by: Jason Stillion
Review Date: September 26th, 2015
Last Updated: Dec 10th, 2016

Animation Studio: Arms
Director: Takeo Takahashi
Japanese Release: January 2013
Length: 12 Episodes

Official Website: Sentai Filmworks
Version Reviewed: Crunchyroll
Language Reviewed: Japanese with English Subtitles
Official Trailer

Plot: An fantasy story between the “hero” sent to defeat the “demon lord” and the tension between the humans, and non-humans on the brink of another war between the two species.

Review: This series is not your typical hero vs demon lord set in a medieval fantasy-magic setting. The relationship between the hero and the demon lord is unique and refreshing. The series also shows how inventions such as crop rotation, printing press, and more impacted and changed society.

I really wanted to give this series a higher grade. The reasons preventing this is the dramatic speedup of the plot towards the end. They also over focused cause and effect of inventions of technology and impact on society at the cost of character development and interaction for the last part of the series.

My Grade: 3 out of 5 = “Entertained”

Watch online @

Anime Network – Japanese w/ English Subtitle
CrunchyRoll  – Japanese w/ English Subtitle
Hulu – Japanese w/ English Subtitle

Can be purchased @

Blu-ray – Amazon.com / half.com / Right Stuf International
Dvd – Amazon.com / half.com / Right Stuf International