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Maou na Ano Ko to Murabito A ~Osananajimi wa Yuusha desu~

September 6, 2011

Another single week reading! I actually thought this took much shorter than a week until I matched the date of my last light novel blog entry to the calendar just now; my past one week was that uneventful.

Maou na Ano Ko to Murabito A (abbr to Murabito A hereon) is a playful parody of the traditional fantasy medieval JRPG (read, Dragon Quest) where the main character is the Hero and the villain is the Maou (argh, that again, I’m not going ‘devil king’ this time, it’s a lot worst of a context this time… another reason why it’s such a sticky translation). In the world of Murabito A, everyone are naturally assigned a ‘class’ at birth; be it ‘magician’, ‘swordsman’, ‘necromancer’, ‘villager’, etc. However, this does not mean they would have the powers associated with these classes but these ‘classes’ will manifest in their personality; for example, necromancers will have an unusual affinity to corpse or dead bodies, heros would have a great sense of justice and also walk right into home of strangers and start going through closets for items and treasures (just like in RPGs lmao), etc. Eventually as they grow older, they will be sent to other fantasy worlds where they will fully practice their ‘jobs’ in those worlds as their respective classes.

The main character, Satou Jirou, is a ‘villager’. His childhood friend, Hikarigaoka Tsubasa, is a ‘hero’. In the first year in high school, Jirou ends up in the same class with Ryuugamine Ouko, a ‘maou’.  One thing leads to another, Jirou ends up having to hang around Ouko a lot. Since ‘hero’ class people and ‘maou’ class people are natural born enemies of each other, Jirou being around Ouko didn’t sit well with Tsubasa, and stuff happens. That’s the premise of the story without going into spoilers. Below onwards may be spoilerish.

As for my impression, I like how the author played with the theme of ‘people and things around you that you don’t usually notice’ in this novel, with how they portray the people with special ‘classes’ do not take particular notice of the ‘villagers’ unless they explicitly have reasons to approach them just like how player characters in RPGs do not put much attention to the town NPCs unless they have reasons to. That, in the necromancer arc involving the dead cat, was quite thought provoking. It also delivers with its comedy, especially with how Ouko tries to destroy humanity using the most ridiculous methods any maou have ever thought of. While I thought this was a one off novel without any sequel books before reading, after I am done now I’m left thinking that it might get a sequel lol. It is both possible to end the series with the ending in this one book alone, or to continue on after this maybe by winding Jirou up with character of other ‘classes’. The ending for this book wasn’t really a cliffhanger but the final page threw out a sudden vague revelation, and then it just ended. If there is any sequels planned, that part may be the signal or something, but idk. Still, pretty fun read. Next up, ‘Uchi no Majo Shirimasen ka?’.

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2 comments

  1. hey.
    i would like to know how did you find the novel translated in english? i been looking every where!


    • I didn’t. I bought the book and read it in Japanese.



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