Kyo Kara Maoh!

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Kyo Kara Maoh!
Kyo Kara Maoh.jpg
Cover of Kyo Kara Maoh! anime series (Clockwise from top: Gwendal, Conrad, Yuri, Günter, and Wolfram)
今日から㋮王!
(Kyō Kara Maō!)
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Shounen-ai
Light novel
Written by Tomo Takabayashi
Illustrated by Temari Matsumoto
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Original run December 2000 – ongoing
Volumes 22 (17 main story, 5 extra story) (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Tomo Takabayashi
Illustrated by Temari Matsumoto
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher United States Tokyopop
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Asuka
Original run June 2005 – ongoing
Volumes 16 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Junji Nishimura
Produced by NHK
Studio Studio Deen
Licensed by Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Canada United States Geneon
Network Animax, NHK
English network United States Imaginasian
Original run April 2004February 2009
Episodes 117 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Kyo Kara Maoh R
Directed by Junji Nishimura
Produced by NHK
Studio Studio Deen
Released October 2007March 2008
Runtime 30
Episodes 5 (List of episodes)
Game
Kyo Kara Maoh - Hajimari no Tabi
Platform PlayStation 2
Released 2006
Audio drama
Shin Makoku Radio
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Kyo Kara Maoh! (今日から㋮王! Kyō Kara Maō!?, lit. "Demon King from Today [onward]!"), is a series of Japanese light novels written by Tomo Takabayashi and illustrated by Temari Matsumoto. The story follows the adventures of Yuri Shibuya, an average 15-year old Japanese high school student, who is suddenly transported to another world where he is told that he is now the king of demons.

Yuri becomes the king of a nation where all of the citizens are demons, but they appear indistinguishable from humans. Their only distinguishing traits are their long lives and the ability to use magic. The people of the Demon Tribe are able to make a pact with an element after which they can then use magic of that element. Covenant Castle is in the capital of the Demon Kingdom. It is the residence of the demon king. The culture of The Great Demon Kingdom is very different from the Japanese culture Yuri is accustomed to, and the differences make for amusing mishaps with long ranging consequences, such as an accidental proposal of marriage.

The series was adapted into an anime in 2004 by NHK and a manga in 2005 serialized in Asuka magazine. The manga and the anime were both licensed for English release but their licenses have now expired and there are no plans to re-license the series.

Plot[edit]

While on his way home from school, Yuri Shibuya sees his classmate, Ken Murata, being harassed by bullies. When Yuri intervenes, Murata runs away, and Yuri becomes their new target. They force him into the girls' bathroom and shove his face into a toilet, where a portal suddenly appears. Yuri is sucked in and is rendered unconscious. He wakes up to discover himself in a strange world where no one speaks Japanese. Yuri comes to find out that he is of demon (魔族 Mazoku?) lineage and is the king (魔王 Maoh?, Mazoku King) of this world, The Great Demon Kingdom (眞魔国 Shin Makoku?, True Mazoku Land).

He is taken to the capital by Günter and Conrad. When he arrives at the castle, he meets Wolfram and Gwendal, who find it hard to believe that Yuri is their new king. At dinner the next day, Yuri slaps Wolfram after the latter insults Yuri's mother for being human. Unknown to Yuri, among the nobles in the Demon Kingdom, a slap on the cheek is considered a marriage proposal. Wolfram is insulted and immediately challenges him to a duel by throwing his knife on the floor. Yuri, again being unfamiliar with the kingdom's customs, picks up the knife, unknowingly accepting the duel. After Yuri wins by using magical powers he was unaware he possessed, he is accepted as the true demon king.

Characters[edit]

  • Yuri Shibuya - Yuri is a 15-year-old boy who loves baseball. He is transported to another world where he becomes the demon king. He struggles to maintain peace between the demons and humans in the other world.
  • Conrad Weller - Conrad is Yuri's body guard. He is an excellent swordsman. He is also Yuri's godfather. He is Wolfram and Gwendal's brother.
  • Wolfram von Belevielt - Wolfram is Yuri's accidental fiance. He is Conrad and Gwendal's brother.
  • Gwendal von Voltaire - Gwendal is a stern man with a love for cute things. He is Wolfram and Conrad's brother.
  • Günter von Christ - Günter is Yuri's teacher. He obsesses over Yuri's beautiful black hair and eyes and is sad when Yuri leaves the castle.
  • Ken Murata - Murata is Yuri's best friend in Japan. They became good friends after Yuri saved him from bullies before his first sudden transport to the other world.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Written by Tomo Takabayashi with illustrations by Temari Matsumoto. The novels are released under Kadokawa's Beans Collection. The first novel was released in November 2000. There are currently 22 books in the series.[1] 17 are main story novels and the other 5 are extras and side stories which provide background and other information to the story.

Manga[edit]

Drawn by Temari Matsumoto, the Kyo Kara Maoh! manga series (Titled Kyō Kara MA no Tsuku Jiyūgyō! in Japanese) debuted in June 2005 and is serialized monthly in Asuka magazine.[2] The first volume of the manga was released on December 26, 2005 and so far 16 volumes have been released.[3]

An English-language version of the manga was licensed by Tokyopop but when Tokyopop shut down their North American branch in 2011 all of their licenses were cancelled. They released 7 volumes of the manga before they shut down.

Anime[edit]

The anime adaptation of Kyo Kara Maoh was directed by Junji Nishimura, animated by Studio Deen, and produced by NHK. It aired across Japan on NHK and Animax.[4] The series consists of 117 episodes and 5 OVA episodes.[5][6] While much the first season follows the original story from the novels, the plot in the following seasons varies drastically.

The anime was originally licensed for release in North America by Geneon under the title Kyo Kara Maoh! God(?) Save Our King!, but when Geneon ceased production of their titles in late 2007, it left three volumes of the second season unreleased on DVD in North America. On July 3, 2008, Geneon Entertainment and Funimation Entertainment announced an agreement to distribute select titles in North America. While Geneon Entertainment will still retain the license, Funimation Entertainment will assume exclusive rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of select titles. Kyo Kara Maoh! was one of the titles involved in the deal. In August 2011, Funimation announced that the license expired and that they had no plans to renew the license.[7]

Musical[edit]

In April 2013 the series was adapted into a musical titled Kyo Kara Maoh! Birth of the Maou.[8] It showed for 11 days during golden week at the Hakuhinkan theater. It was produced by Sōgō Vision.

Reception[edit]

"With a Demon race that doesn't even look demonic, toilet portals between worlds, and same-sex engagement, Kyo kara Maoh! is definitely an unusual take on the fantasy genre." — Carlo Santos, Anime News Network.[9]

"The mixture of the different types of shows, from the fantasy to the baseball and to the general slice of life material all works really well here and the combination gives it something that we haven't seen before." — Chris Beveridge. Mania.[10]

"This manga is a fun and whimsical read, because once a reader settles in for the zaniness, they’ll be surrounded by interesting characters and get involved with a strong storyline." — Danica Davidson, Graphic Novel Reporter.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "kadokawa Novel" (in Japanese). Kadokawa. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Asuka magazine" (in Japanese). Kadokawa. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  3. ^ "kadokawa manga" (in Japanese). Kadokawa. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  4. ^ "Mao Staff" (in Japanese). NHK. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  5. ^ "Story Until Now" (in Japanese). NHK. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  6. ^ "OVA Release dates" (in Japanese). NHK. Retrieved 2011-09-05. [dead link]
  7. ^ "FUNimation/Geneon licenses expire on Paradise Kiss, When They Cry". animemaki. August 16, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ http://maomyu.com/
  9. ^ Santos, Carlo (April 18, 2005). "Kyo Kara Maoh! DVD 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 9, 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  10. ^ Beveridge, Chris (March 22, 2005). "Kyo Kara Maoh! Vol. #1". Mania. Retrieved February 9, 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  11. ^ Davidson, Danica. "Kyo Kara Maoh, Vol. 1-4". Graphic Novel Reporter. Retrieved February 9, 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix

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