Yuri Shibuya is an average baseball-loving high school student. One day, Yuri tries to save his former classmate from a group of hoodlums. Turning on him, they drag Yuri into the bathroom and push his face into the toilet... more ». When they flush the toilet, he is transported to another world! Yuri is then taken to a castle and crowned King of the Demon World! Is he going to end up as the leader of the land, surrounded by his extraordinarily handsome lieges or will he make it back home?« less
Karen J. (Kleekai) from COLORADO SPGS, CO Reviewed on 12/8/2009...
Traveling to another world via a toilet to become king of the demons. Proposing by smacking someone in the face. I enjoyed it!
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Light-hearted anime guaranteed to brighten up your day
A&M Junkie | UK | 01/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love the serious and angsty anime titles, but after a while, just before I also become suicidal, I need to watch something light and breezy. Something funny, full of attractive guys to remind me that anime does have another side - a side without depressed teenagers and giant robots. And that is where Kyo Kara Maoh comes in... This is the kind of anime that makes you feel all warm inside without being cheesy or over-emotional. One of the main attractions of this series is that, unlike others, it does not take itself seriously. Yes, this is another series about a teenager being transported to another world to find himself a leader & hero in another world. However, when was the last time the hero was transported down a flushed toilet? One who cannot ride a horse, control his powers, and, by not knowing the customs of the land, finds himself engaged to another guy (and he is purely into girls!). Also, to make matters worse, the poor guy finds himself not the romantic hero who used to defeat dragons with a heavenly sword in ancient lore - but a demon king whose enemies are humans and are charged is protecting dragons who are now an endangered species! The series does have serious storylines but they are all created with a lightness of touch and are broken up my comic moments. The guys are all good looking, bishonen characters. There are various degrees are shonen-ai, and I personally love the gorgeous love stricken teacher Gunter. However, any boy-boy love issues are only side stories and are played for laughes. I really recommend this series if you want something funny to cheer up your day or are having withdrawl symtoms from the wonderful Full Metal Panic series. Another plus is that the first few discs have 5 episodes on so you really do get your monies worth (not like some other series - yes Inuyasha, I am looking at you!). Recommended."
Fairy Tale Summer Vacation!
Mirage | New York | 07/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own and watch pretty decent amount of anime, so when I ran across this one in Best Buy I was intrigued and the summary on the back cover sounded good, so I decided to give it a try.
One thing I must say, it was definetly not dissapointing. It was funny and charming at the beggining, and got even better after Yuri met up with Wolfram, who is very cute and girly looking prince of the lands. After Wolfram's unfriendly confrontation with Yuri, more craziness follows, and the story takes even bigger unexpected turns.
My main approval also goes to the anime art itself. It is a very well drawn anime with good audio sounds, and bright colors.
I have also watched the second part of Kyo Kara Maoh, which also deserved the same credit as the first part. Overall characters are very funny and creative, each helping Yuri along with his new position as the king.
If you are a fan of great anime, this title deserves your attention!
Just plain fun!
Jennifer Bullard | Phila, PA | 05/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, I have to admit that I have also not seen the US release of this anime...however, I am going to highly recommend it anyway based on the Japanese version of the show.
Yuuri, a normal 15 year old Japanese boy, while trying to defend a friend from bullies gets warped into another world through a toilet...okay, you're probably thinking, "what the....?" I thought so too, but then I watched. Once over in that "other world" there are so many great characters and great stories, you get hooked in right away. Yuuri is actually the "maou" of this world, the king of the demons. He has dormant powers he never knew existed. In this world, the humans are actually ganging up on the demons...hmmm...There are a LOT of boy-boy relationships in this anime...be forewarned if that bothers you at all, for me, I love it. If you loved Gravitation, you will KKM! There are definately enough different types of guys for all of us fangirls out there. Yuuri, the hero, everyone wants him, girls and guys alike, but he is standoffish about his true feelings...we just have to wait and see what happens to him. Conrad, the big brother, cool, calm and collected type, completely dedicated to Yuuri in all aspects. Wolfram is the adorable, young boy, who is so beautiful he could pass as a girl, but he is strong, though a bit childish, through certain circumstances he becomes Yuuri's fiance. Gwendal is stern to the point of having a look of complete disgust on his face at all times, but he has a secret soft spot for cute animals^^ Finally, there is Gunter, who is the brains, very, very dedicated to Yuuri, a bit of a cry baby, but also very strong when times call for it. Yuuri captivates the hearts of all of the above in his own, naive way. Along the way there are many more characters, though these are the most worth discussing. The "other world" is very middle ages feeling, and though the story is ultimately about the "moau" saving this world and bringing peace, it really revolves around the relationships that form between these characters.
All together, this is a great story and a great watch. Though it is long at 39 episodes, that's okay...you won't even realize the time is slipping by while you watch. There have been no boring moments."
Not all yaoi is angst
Emeryl Tekutsu | 05/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've watched quite a bit of this show in Japanese, though I haven't seen the DVD yet. As much as I enjoy yaoi, it was a huge break from the average show.
First off there's Yuuri. He's a happy, go-lucky high school student. He has both his parents (a rare thing in anime, indeed! Usually they vanish into thin air), but his mom seems to say unusual things. Like, "Remember this in case you ever end up on another planet where there are strange creatures". Hnn, nothing suspicious there.
As all the reviews say, Yuuri ends up flushed into another dimension where he's the demon king. How do they know he's the demon king? Well, he has black hair, black eyes, and he's wearing all black (his school uniform). So he must be the demon king, right?
Yuuri meets a lot of fun characters in the new world. There's Conrad, who is practically his babysitter and very happily so. Gunter, who couldn't be more flaming if he was set on fire. Gwendal, who always seems to have a very intense look no matter what's going on. And, of course, Wolfram, who forms an extreme love-hate relationship with Yuuri.
Besides the main characters, there's also females in this show that have strong roles. Many anime females, such as Miaka, leave a lot to be desired. Even though this show may be based around quite a bit of shounen-ai, the supporting female cast lends a generous hand to the action, being funny, strong and witty.
The series was made based off of novels, so much of the show is dialogue driven. The characters all play off each other well. The characters also grow as the series goes on.
The first season is 39 episodes, and the second is said to also be 39 episodes, which would make this about 78 episodes total at the end. That might be good or bad for some people. Many new series (Paranoia Agent, for example) seem to be getting quite short. As long as they keep up the quality of this series throughout it should be no problem getting through 78 episodes."
Funny and refreshing
N. L. Ford | Tempe, AZ USA | 06/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful series from what I have seen thus far. Any shonen ai fangirl will love the cute moments between Gunter and Yuri, Wolfram and Yuri, Conrad and Yuri.. pretty much everyone! Your basic idealistic protagonist tries to make everyone like everyone and not let anyone get hurt story. It's old, I know, but the shonen ai thrown in makes it seem much more origonal. I'm looking forward to the next DVD ^_^"