Kyo Kara Maoh!

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Kyo Kara Maoh!
Kyo Kara Maoh light novel vol 1.png
Cover of the first light novel
(Kyō Kara Maō!)
GenreComedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Light novel
Written byTomo Takabayashi
Illustrated byTemari Matsumoto
Published byKadokawa Shoten
Original runDecember 2000 – present
Volumes22 (17 main story, 5 extra story) (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byJunji Nishimura
Produced byNHK
StudioStudio Deen
Licensed by
Original networkAnimax, NHK
English network
Original run April 3, 2004 February 19, 2009
Episodes117 + 5 OVA (List of episodes)
Written byTomo Takabayashi
Illustrated byTemari Matsumoto
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Tokyopop (expired)
Viz Media (kindle edition)
Original runJune 2005 – present
Volumes21 (List of volumes)
Kyo Kara Maoh - Hajimari no Tabi
PlatformPlayStation 2
Audio drama
Shin Makoku Radio
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Kyo Kara Maoh! (今日から㋮王!, Kyō Kara Maō!, lit. Demon King from Today!) 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 was updated for release by VIZ Media and launched in North America on September 30, 2014.[1]


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.

The story follows Yuri on his adventures trying to learn the ways of the Great Demon Kingdom while battling discrimination and fear. He does not know much of the world but applies his moral judgment onto every situation in order to find a peaceful outcome. His ultimate goal is to bring peace to both demons and humans, hoping to one day live together while avoiding war at all costs. Even though he has a choice to leave his responsibilities to his advisers, he continues to involve himself in most affairs in the belief that to be a great king he must be willing to know his subjects and risk everything to protect the kingdom.

Yuri also battles with the notion of belonging to one world. While he misses his home in Japan on Earth, he develops a family and home in the Great Demon Kingdom, which leads to some very hard choices.

Although romance is not a main focus of the story, the anime has been noted for its shōnen-ai undertones. For example, Yuri and Wolfram are engaged, and a number of jokes in the series revolve around misunderstandings that arise from this arrangement.


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.[2] 17 are main story novels and the other 5 are extras and side stories which provide background and other information to the story.


Drawn by Temari Matsumoto, the Kyo Kara Maoh! manga series (Titled Kyō Kara MA no Tsuku Jiyūgyō! (今日からマのつく自由業!) in Japanese) debuted in June 2005 and is serialized monthly in Asuka magazine.[3] The first volume of the manga was released on December 26, 2005 and so far 19 volumes have been released.[4][5]

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. After 3 years, VIZ Media licensed a release in North America, premiering in September 30, 2014.[6]


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.[7] The series consists of 117 episodes and 5 OVA episodes.[8][9] 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.[10] In February 22, 2019, Discotek Media announced its license of the first season for an April 30, 2019 Blu-ray release.[11]


In April 2013 the series was adapted into a musical titled Kyo Kara Maoh! Birth of the Maou.[12] It showed for 11 days during golden week at the Hakuhinkan theater. It was produced by Sōgō Vision.


"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.[13]

"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.[14]

"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.[15]


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  11. ^ "April 30th 2019. Kyo Kara Maoh the complete first season on high definition Blu Ray! English dub, Japanese language with English subtitles. Region A." Facebook. February 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "Archived copy" 魔劇『今日からマ王!-魔王再降臨-』公式サイト (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2017-10-20. Retrieved 2017-11-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Santos, Carlo (2005-04-18). "Kyo Kara Maoh! DVD 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  14. ^ Beveridge, Chris (2005-05-22). "Kyo Kara Maoh! Vol. #1". Mania. Demand Media. Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  15. ^ Davidson, Danica. "Kyo Kara Maoh, Vol. 1-4". Graphic Novel Reporter.

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