Demon King Daimao, or Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maō in Japaneses or literal translation The Great Demon King in the Back Row, is a light novel series by Shotaro Mizuki, and illustrated by Souichi Itō. The series consists of 13 volumes and for six years from 2008 to 2014. It spawned a manga, two drama CDs, and an anime series.

I really like the plot of this story, good/nice guy is going to be come a big Daimaou_v02_003bad or this case the Demon King. Even though Akuto just wants to be a useful member of society, he of course is going to become the Demon King. He tries so hard to do the right thing but it always back fires and makes him look like the villain. Or some one sets it up that way to make him look like the villain. He is extremely powerful, he just doesn’t quite know how to use his powers yet. I really like that he just wants to fix every thing.

Akuto trying to fix every thing, though has made it so him becoming the Demon King is a self fulling prophecy. The more he fights against it the closer he becomes to fulling it. I think it works for this story because, he’s not a bad guy he just is going to be the Demon King.

Alright, we have to have a discussion about harems. I understand it’s a Daimaou_v02_006fantasy type thing. And, every guys should want one. But, lets be real here for one second. In most harem animes, the guys are super nice and or don’t even want to be with any or all of the girls. It also just seems like a lot of work and trouble to have person after, person after, person trowing them selves at you. In most harem shows the guys never get time to breath. I just feel bad for them in the end and through most of the shows. Also, if you’re going to make a harem series then make a harem series. Make the guy be with all the girls, or girl with all the guys. Don’t make them pussy foot around that shit. It would make everything much easier and entertaining.

ADaimaou_v02_047nother thing that needs to be talked about is how light novels are written now. If you look back at Vampire Hunter D or All You Need is Kill, they are different then other ones. Why? Because each volume is a story. Vampire Hunter D, every volume has a beginning, middle, and end. All You Need is Kill is one story and it doesn’t need sequels. This light novel like so many others are written to have multiple volumes. I’ve said this before were I though Durarara need to keep going, I felt like it ending in the middle of the story. What really sucks is this story is entertaining enough that I want to keep reading it, then I see that it’s 13 volumes.

Like I said I really liked this story and I want to know what happens, but I don’t know if I liked it 13 volumes enough. I want to know what happens, but why so many. Maybe I’ll just watch the anime, that of course only had 12 episodes, not the full story. Ugh, dam you good writing. I recommend it check out this series. If you have time read all 13.


Photo Credit: Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maō, Shotaro Mizuki, Souichi Itō, HobbyJAPAN CO