Kyou Kara Maou (or, Kyo Kara Maoh: God (?!) Save our King! in English)
This particular anime is quite popular in Japan, but wasn’t really marketed that well when it came to the Americas. So it isn’t exactly easy to stumble upon. But surprisingly it was for me.
I came across KKM not by magazine ad, nor commercial on other Geneon DVDs. Not even an online article. I came across it by randomly clicking a link on the late TV-links site. Honest to Odin, I closed my eyes, wiggled my mouse a bit and clicked, and this is what came up. I didn’t expect much out of it, but little did I know that my random act of boredom would bring me to know what now has to be my favourite anime to date.
Yuri Shibuya, the main character is a typical high school student. Loves baseball, doesn’t have many friends. And has an over the top, but loving and supportive mother (who at times, reminds me of my own to the point it’s scary). He one day finds another student, by the name of Murata Ken, being bullied by a few older students. He tries to stick up for him, but ends up being carried to the girls bathroom and magically flushed down a toilet.
My initial thought was “Wtf??” but of course, such a wacky, unexpected start intrigued me and I kept watching. And peeing my pants laughing.
Through the toilet he finds he’s been transported to a new world, where an obsessive adviser, loyal knight, a jealous fiancée, and a whole kingdom of strange followers await his arrival to become the new Maou of the land.
Now the first episode got me hooked, but if that doesn’t do it for you, the second is even more outrageous than the last. Then if you don’t like it still, then I’m sorry D: so sad.
It’s labeled as a Shoujo… but Guys would get just as big of a kick out it as us girls. There isn’t much guy/guy relationships. The one that develops between Wolfram and Yuri is by accidental proposal, and mostly just as a joke. There’s no naked guy on guy, not even a kiss, barely a hug. Yuri’s in denial most of the time, so don’t worry about any of that. To prove it, when I get the DVDs I’m sitting down and making a guy friend watch it with me, and I’ll post his reaction.
So for anyone who wants a good balance of comedy, fantasy, and good plot, and unique blend of characters. Kyou Kara Maou is something worth checking out. I love it because it’s got my sense of humour. It can be those kinds of simple, silly jokes where if it gets to you, you’re laughing for ten minutes. But it also has a mixture of rude jokes that end up being funny without making you feel uncomfortable.
Here’s a little clip to show exactly how ‘gay’ it can get. Not bad, eh?
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