Maoyu was one series that had previously seen for 2013. It was definitely one that had incredibly cute animation but with serious tones and even romantic ones. The relationship between Maoyu (The Demon King-should be Queen!) and Hero was one of the most adorable ones within anime had ever seen , so have to really recommend this series for fans of romance and fantasy. The Opening and Ending Theme music in particular was one of the most remarkable. The Ending Theme Song known as Unknown Vision by Akino Arai in particular is simply wonderful.
Last year when it was 2013 there was still no word on if it will ever be picked up for official home video release in North America.
With no North American anime distributing company really picking it up. It seemed like it was looking bleak if it would ever be. FUNimation doesn’t usually pick up titles like Maoyu which carry some somewhat more mature instances. VIZ Media is more of a manga publisher and Aniplex of America usually only licenses very popular titles much like FUNimation but on a smaller scale. Maoyu could have turned into another anime that was so very impressive that would never receive an official home video release. Thanks to Sentai Filmworks that wont be happening!
HOUSTON, February 25, 2014 – Even a guy named Hero will need a little help to save the world in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, Maoyu – Archenemy & Hero. This romantic underworld comedy from the mind of Mamare Touno (LOG HORIZON) is directed by Takeo Takahashi (So I Can’t Play H, Spice and Wolf) with series composition by Naruhisa Arakawa (Outbreak Company, UPOTTE!!), music by Takeshi Hama (Kobato), and animation production by Arms Corporation (SAMURAI GIRLS, Wizard Barristers).
Names can be deceiving, something the warrior known as Hero quickly discovers when he storms the castle of the dreaded Demon King that mankind has fought for 15 years. For one thing, the “King” turns out to be a Queen! Even more shocking, though, is that she’s been waiting for him with a very unexpected proposal. It would be bad for BOTH sides if the war was to end immediately, she points out, as without a common enemy, the individual factions of the winning side are certain to turn on each other in a new series of civil wars. However, she has a plan to end the wars, bring democracy and advanced knowledge to the humans, and ensure lasting prosperity for both sides, no matter who “wins.” But to accomplish this, she needs a collaborator on the human side, and she’s chosen Hero as the one partner she can trust! Is it a deal with the devil, or mankind’s only hope for lasting peace? The traditional rules of Swords and Sorcery are completely rewritten as the “good guy” and the “bad girl” join forces to save the world in MAOYU – ARCHENEMY & HERO!
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Maoyu – Archenemy & Hero will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Super D, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.