A Visual Guide to the Seven Versions of "Maoyu"

See how the light novel series and five manga stand against the new anime

Originally a story posted on message board 2Ch, Touno Mamare's macroeconomic fantasy Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (Demon Queen and Hero) aka MAOYU found a publishing deal and inspired five manga adaptations before becoming this season's anime that reunites Spice and Wolf director, writer and principal cast. See how all these versions visually compare in a new fan made chart.



Left to right:


Light novels printed by Enterbrain starting in 2010


Maoyuu: Maou Yuusha - "Be mine, Hero" "I refuse!" - illustrated by Akira Ishida. This version from Comic Ace was selected as the official adaptation of the series.

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - Other side of the hill - illustrated by Hiro Touge. serialized in Champion Red


You Asami's adaptation - a shounen version running in Famitsu Comic Clear


Maoyuu 4-Koma: You're Horrible, Maou-sama! - illustrated by Muronchi Nanatsu - running in Magi-cu

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Gaiden - Madoromi no Onna Mahou Tsukai - illustrated by Taiki Kawakami, running in Shounen Sirius 

The anime - with character designs from Hiroaki Karasu and Masashi Kudo



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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