Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Weekly Update – Episode 9

Well that escalated quickly.

So uhh. Honestly speaking, I’m not quite sure what just happened. Let’s lay down the foundations. We know that the Crimson Scholar was accused of heresy by the church. Of course, Maou isn’t actually around since she’s busy renewing her Demon Lord “license”, so the Older Sister is taking her place. Then Yuusha proposes the Winter King hands the Crimson Scholar over to the church, only for Yuusha to ambush them en route and save the Older Sister. Or at least, that was the plan. Instead of going along with this, however, the Older Sister decides to lecture the people witnessing the spectacle on the power of freedom that they all have, regardless of social status. Touching, but it felt like this came out of no where. I understand that we’re supposed to sympathize with the Older Sister’s belief that she is unable to do anything (compared to the more capable Maou). But having her go through all this pain and suffering just to “redeem” her and essentially give her self-confidence is a bit much.

I suppose the point of it all was to make us realize how courageous the Older Sister is. After all, I would imagine it takes balls of steel to lecture the crowd as you’re being “arrested” by what is essentially the most influential organization in the continent. Actually, the merchants might technically have more power than the church, but at the end of the day the church has the heresy “trump card”. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, if you’ve even done anything. As long as the church says you’re a heretic, you’re automatically out. But I digress. I admit what the Older Sister did was very courageous, especially as she was being physically abused by the oh-so-righteous “children of the Light Spirit”. But the events were so obviously meant to somehow boost our opinion of her that it came off as a bit contrived and random. I didn’t exactly think too much of the Older Sister, but was there really a need to elevate her like this? Unless she has some more important role to play in the future, I feel like this whole incident was essentially pointless.

Of course, that could be exactly the thing. It’s possible that Maou really is never coming back from her trip to the Demon world. I always had this sinking feeling in the corner of my mind that this might be the case. And if it’s so, I suppose this would mean that the Older Sister is now permanently the Crimson Scholar that so many look up to and rely on. Taking this into account, I will admit that perhaps this whole heresy business might have some merit. But that doesn’t change the fact that it feels like a bit of a stretch when you initially watch the episode. It’s like the church came in out of nowhere, waved their big stick around in a threatening manner, and then were exposed to be all bark and no bite. Well, the latter part remains to be seen. I’m sure this isn’t the last of the church’s schemes. Or at least, this isn’t the last we’ll see of whoever is manipulating the church. And if it turns out that no one is actually manipulating the church, then I guess that means Maoyuu is taking the easy way out by portraying the church as some stereotypical power-abusing organization of pompous ass-hats. Which, in reality, isn’t all that way.

Why might Maoyuu actually do this? Well, just look at the number of episodes left. There are only 3. And we’ve suddenly been introduced to two completely new characters as the episode draws to a close. There’s this random blue demon guy who claims he is the one who shall rule all the world. Yeah, that’s probably not happening. But you can bet he’ll give the Crimson Scholar (whoever is actually playing the role at the time) trouble about it. And then there’s the more curious after-credits sequence. I’m going to go ahead and make some pretty ballsy guesses here. The one giving the monologue must be the Light Spirit. Or at least, some personification (just so the church folks don’t get offended) of the Light Spirit. How did I come to that? The whole sequence had this star/light theme relating to life and death. Oh, and the mystery character is literally a body of fire that looks down upon the world from the skies. If that doesn’t scream “LIGHT SPIRIT”, I don’t know what does. But then there’s the bit when the supposed Light Spirit starts talking about Yuusha. Or rather, it started talking about “Yuusha” in some sort of reincarnation sense. It makes this reference to how it tore the world asunder (for an unexplained reason), and then worked to put it back together with “Yuusha”.

I also couldn’t help but notice that as the sequence went through each iteration of “Yuusha”, his/her gender changed several times (not to mention his/her appearance). Is this suggesting that there might be some sort of divine/celestial nature to Yuusha? This certainly would explain why the current Yuusha is said to be so ridiculously overpowered. Is he some sort of god who gave up his divinity to descend upon Earth to save it? I do get the impression that the Light Spirit is unable to interfere with events directly, so maybe retaining divinity means only being able to watch from afar. Whatever the case, the connection between the Light Spirit and Maou is made very obvious as the sequence goes on. So perhaps the Light Spirit is using some sort of loophole to get around whatever is preventing it from directly interfering by using Maou as some sort of avatar. This hypothesis would certainly explain why Maou anticipated Yuusha’s arrival, and in fact seemed to be all too familiar with someone she’s supposedly never met until then. If the Light Spirit is as intimate with “Yuusha” as it says it is, this familiarity isn’t surprising at all. Maou being the Light Spirit’s avatar would also explain why she is so ridiculously knowledgeable about everything.

So, are things really going to go the way I think? I don’t know. But I can say that if what I’m guessing is true, this is going to be a slap across the face for the church. To think that their beloved Light Spirit is appearing in the form of the Demon Lord? What irony.

The bad is the church again. The messenger was a total asshole, and he deserved every single rock that hit his miserable existence. Really, Maoyuu did a great job making us hate him (and perhaps the church in extension).

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2 thoughts on “Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Weekly Update – Episode 9

  1. I thought it was a bit more straightforward depiction of an out and out power struggle, between 1) the church and the Crimson Scholar but also 2) the church and the general population.

    Churches (not necessarily faiths) gain their power from members and belief. The members must believe in the church enough to be loyal to the church. The plainest thing in this plotline was that the Crimson Scholar poses a threat to the church because she is making people less reliant on the church. We don’t really know how to what extent it is, but if the previous method of farming was “Plant stuff and pray for a good harvest” and Maou is changing that to “Plant this, this, and this, in this manner, and it will work” and that does prove to work, then that is a loss of belief for the church, and it doesn’t matter that it’s actually right or scientific or anything. That’s the first part of the church’s persecution of Maou. The second is mainly just that she’s getting popular and taking focus from the church.

    But the full circle part is the speech that Older Sister Maid made. What she’s learned from Maou and Head Maid is that being the person in charge of your own life isn’t a thing, it’s the *only* thing. And if you give up that charge, it’s gone. For whatever reason you thought was worth it at the time. If you believe you’re a serf, then you’re going to be a serf. And on a more complete level, Older Sister Maid is showing the power of education: Propogation. The true power of education isn’t the teacher telling the students, or the students learning. It’s the students becoming teachers, again and again. It’s that exponential spread of knowledge. I think it’s nicely symbolic that in the same episode we had Older Sister Maid making the speech to the masses we also had the other student of Maou moving into another position of power, quietly, without the shock and storm, but just as important.

    • What you say about the crops is some nice insight that I’ve honestly not thought about. But in the end it all comes down to the church feeling that its influence is threatened. I didn’t want to believe it was just that, but I guess the church will play the role of the villain here.

      As for the events with the Older Sister, I get all that she was saying during her lecture as the Crimson Scholar. But it still feels like a rather contrived development. Looking back, I guess the show has been sort of foreshadowing this moment with the number of times it’s focused on the Older Sister interacting with the other serfs. It just didn’t come across as symbolic or significant to me since I would say it’s common sense that you have the freedom to do what you want. But perhaps this is a sociocultural disconnect resulting from the prevalence of freedom (or whatever illusion of it we have) in our modern world.

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