Hi hi minna~ I’m back with the 2nd episode! This week’s title is “Please Make Us Human!” Unfortunately, it’s not about some monster who wishes to be human but it’s still interesting! More on that later.
Maou and Yuusha arrive at this peaceful little village to carry out their plan. Yuusha then asks a very sensible question. “Why not go for a bigger country?” Maou simply replies that a bigger country simply won’t listen to anything they say and it’s easier to conceal their identities (Cause remember, they’re in the human world now and if somebody found out the Maou herself is among them..)
This week, we are introduced to three new characters! The first is of course, the eternal hardworker, Meido Chou(Head Maid)
Ahh yes.Meido Chou. A friend of Maou and also from the same clan, she’s always there when you need her which is natural after she studied the Way of the Maid (In Romaji – Meido-do. You know, like how Kendo is the Way of the Sword) What I like about this part is how Meido Chou happily points out that both Maou and Yuusha are married to which they fiercely deny.
Unable do do anything in the face of supreme logic, they retire at the house that’s already been prepared for them. Meido Chou then informs them that all preparations are done and she has already informed the Village Chief of their arrival. Maou assumes the identity of a daughter of a noble family and scholar of divinity in the Holy Capital.
With that out of the way, both Maou and Yuusha still have a problem. What about their fight? Everyone but them knows that they made a contract. This is of course easily solved by them telling their respective sides that both parties are heavily wounded and Maou is resting in her castle while nobody knows what happened to Yuusha. Pretty brilliant as what’s an epic battle without injuries?
This buys them about one year of time. Yes you read that right. It seems that this plan of Maou’s is actually pretty long term which is quite surprising but not so after finding out why. The first part of her plan is… Agriculture!
There are of course problems with the current situation. Planting wheat in the same field again and again will deplete the soil. How the villagers get around this? They use rotate the crops in their field in a 3-stage cycle – 1 for Summer, 1 for Winter and the last one is left to rest for the year. Knowing this, Maou plans to increase the usage of the fields. “But wait!” you cry. “What about that soil depleting thing?” Here is where Maou shows off her intellect once again.
Using a 4-stage crop rotation each field will have different crops and they will be rotated on a 4-year cycle:
1) A field of barley
2) A field of clover
3) A field of wheat
4) A field of turnips
Cycling them means if the first year follows the above, next year, each field will hold a different crop:
1) A field of clover
2) A field of barley
3) A field of turnips
4) A field of wheat
How does this help? The solution lies in the sheep and pigs! In the summer, these meaty delights can feast on the clover field where their waste will provide nutrients to the soil. During winter, they can be fed turnips. As a result, you can use all the fields at once without the need to let one rest thus increasing food supply incredibly. Furthermore, this also benefit the meat lovers as the more animals you can feed, the more animals you can eat!
This is all preparation to further help the village as once food is settled, people will fight over land and then you have a whole set of problems thus Maou tackled the easiest one first. Also of note is how throughout the episode, this happens.
Every time Maou gives a friendly greeting to a villager, she get’s ignored. I guess they just haven’t warmed up to her yet but man a simple “Hello” would do. Instead of unfriendly, I’m going to assume they’re wary of strangers. Although a small issue, I hope to see a follow up where they do greet her back.
Unfortunately, the Village Elder is also wary of strangers. He dismisses the Great Food Plan by Maou and they can’t convince him otherwise. However, for every problem, Maou has a solution! This time, Education! This stumps Yuusha as he apparently never heard of the term before. This means everybody else in the world probably hasn’t heard of it. But before all that srs biz, we have a sweet scene between Maou and Yuusha! When I say sweet, I meant diabetic (in a good way.. but I realise that’s not possible so you know what I mean) Here are a series of pictures that cements them as one of the cutest couples. Ever.
“KYAAAA!” Okay maybe not but I did go “Guhehe~” a few times (As creepy as that sounds and a cookie for anyone who got the reference!)
Why didn’t I post a picture of them kissing? Because they didn’t! Or couldn’t. Somebody frightened the horses! Which meant Meido Chou’s preparations in securing a home base was really complete seeing as the house even came with a stable. But on to more pressing matters. What could frighten a horse? From my experience (that’s TV shows and gaming experience) anything and everything! This time, it’s the two new characters!
Their names will be revealed later! Who exactly are they? Meido Chou arrives and starts explaining immediately. They are runaway slaves!
Apparently this is true in their world. There are no slaves! Maou then exclaims that they are Serfs. They aren’t the same as slaves in that they are allowed to own properties such as houses and farming tools. Furthermore, they are allowed to live with their families. They are however limited as they can’t choose their work or leave. Usually working as labourers for nobility, they’re forced to work regardless of their choice. Basically, Slaves with Benefits.
From Meido Chou’s words, it seems that there have been a lot of them and she reports them and has them taken back every time. Yuusha protests by stating that it’s too cruel. An opinion that I share as well but..
Both Maou and Meido Chou then agree that they shouldn’t do anything to antagonise themselves in the village any further as running away as a Serf is a crime and thus it is only proper to report them back. Fortunately for the two poor souls, Maou allows them to stay the night even giving them food and new clothes.
The bigger sister then tries to get Maou to let them stay for awhile more so they can make a plan. Meido Chou swiftly appears and tells them off as they don’t really have a plan.
Haha even I felt Meido Chou was being unnecessarily harsh but such is her nature. She then states that what these two are essentially doing is sneaking into someone’s house, taking advantage of Maou’s generosity and threatened the position of those who offered them food and shelter. I got as angry as Yuusha. Meido Chou then repeats her mantra of “One incapable of determining their own fate is just an insect!” and she
dislikes detest insects (Clearly seen from her attitude) She then orders the two to apologise which the older sister quickly does. When asked if there is anything else..
Ahh the title of the episode appears! When she said “human”, it is in reference to Meido Chou describing them as “insects”. She then proceeds to prostrate herself (and makes her younger sister do the same) as she believes that fate has brought them together. Meido Chou, in all her Way of the Maid wisdom, tells her that one shouldn’t cling to the ground when asking someone for something. She instructs her in the proper way to bow.
Meido Chou then asks Maou for permission to hire some maids. Yuusha then lets out what we were all thinking: “You said you hated them” which Meido Chou swiftly counters that she said she hates insects but nobody hates maids (I have to agree! Especially when they’re as cute as these two *ahem*)
And now you can clearly guess their names! If you somehow can’t come up with anything, they’re known as Maid Ane (Big Sis Maid) and Maid Imouto (Little Sis Maid)
On to the next day! Yuusha goes hunting and Maid Imouto goes to bring him bread. She then says that life is good now and they’re (she and her sister) are learning plenty of things. If they kept it up, they’ll make it so that everyone has food and there won’t be any fighting. This causes Yuusha to think about himself. A Hero is essentially a warrior. What can such a person do in this situation?
So when they finally achieve the end result, what can Yuusha do? He’s no scholar and his knowledge of the world is on par with any other folk. Which is interesting to see as I too have no idea what to do if I were Yuusha. When you have peace, what else is there to do? I would sleep but that’s not very hero-like.
Now back to Maou’s plan. Remember the part on Education? She carries it out herself by having three pupils! I’m not sure if they will be named later so I’ll introduce them next time. She gives them a lecture about wars and armies and the conditions required to form a crusade. Note, there were two crusades mounted against the demons but they failed to take over the demon capital (haha) Her class is also filled with people who apparently have not had any difficulties in life! All in all, they can be considered your standard class of 1 noisy guy, 1 proud guy, 1 quiet guy and the awesome Meido Ane.
The Education plan was successful! Just because she taught a noble’s son, she suddenly had enough reputation and prestige for the farmers to listen to her! Talk about politics. I guess this is true in real life too. Imagine how many people would listen to your words if you taught.. let’s say.. one of your Minister’s kid. People would say “Man, if he could teach someone like that, he must know what he’s doing!”
So in the end, the farmers begun experimenting with that 4-cycle rotation which they should have done in the first place.. Apparently they will get results within a year but from Yuusha’s question on how many years it would take, you can clearly see this is a mega long term plan.
With that, this post comes to a close! The post ended up longer than I anticipated. Should I make it shorter?
This episode gives us more doses of good plot! Maou’s plan has finally started and new friends made. If the manga didn’t deviate too much from the novel (I heard that it did though) you’ll be seeing those three students a lot more! They may look like idiots now (actually they’re pretty ignorant) but that’s what education is for! The music used also fits each scene well! I especially loved the one used during the Maou and Yuusha Bonding Session.
Until next time!