Funny situations in Kyo Kara Maoh
A. M. Weaver | 08/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, the "Alice in Wonderland" plot never took such a funny, offbeat twist before "Kyo Kara Maoh!" was made. Making Yuri (the unsuspecting boy protagonist of the story) fall into another dimension [full of shonen-ai and yaoi possible situations (^_~)] and have to figure out how to be the king of a demon race is just precious...especially since Yuri is something that doesn't come up very often in anime: a seriously clueless boy. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Yuri may just be more clueless than Kagome from the "Inu Yasha" series...but that's what makes him loveable. He may be overwhelmed, but his spirit to overcome and do what needs to be done in the end is what will eventually make him a good king...at least, that's what everybody is hoping.
As for this volume in general, episodes 6-10 are full of risque situations, including some fun times with Gwendal, Gunter, and Anissina, in search of a remedy to get a cursed tiara/crown off Gunter's head (don't ask, just watch). This bit of comedy also has my friends and I asking: "Are they going to hook up later?" ...of course, I'm not going to spoil who we think may hook up later, but it's still a valid question.
Also in this volume is a hypocritical Wolfram. If everybody who watched the first volume remembers, Wolfram was accidentally engaged to Yuri during a dinner party turned hostile. I hope everybody remembers Wolfram telling his mother (horray for Lady Celi! ^_^) that he didn't like boys, because in this volume, Wolfram exhibits behavior to the contrary. He's exceedingly jealous of everybody who comes close to Yuri, and for some reason thinks that sleeping in the same bed as Yuri is no big deal, since they're engaged now...even though Wolfram keeps saying he thinks it sucks that he's engaged to Yuri at all. All I can say is this: light pink nightgowns with darker pink bows on them look good on Wolfram (*snicker, giggle*). The fact that I just wrote that makes me laugh even more.
In all seriousness, if you like/love shonen-ai and yaoi comedies, you cannot miss "Kyo Kara Maoh!"...the first volume pulls you in, the second volume keeps you laughing...and I hope that the third volume tells me what the hell happened to Yuri, because episode ten ended in a cliffhanger.
Also, even though the voice acting in the English dub is done rather well, the script didn't carry over. There are some differences between the English dub and the English subtitles. I personally like to watch the episodes in the original Japanese with English subtitles, because I get to hear the original emotion put into the words...and also, the dialog is even better with the subtitles. The titles Anissina gives to her inventions make a lot more sense in the English subs than the dubs, trust me."
Better then 1.
Carolyn | NSW, Australia | 07/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I got this DVD today and I must say I am pleased with the difference from the 1st.
Alot of fimilar characters from the first DVD show up again and glad to say there is more slash in it, as Wolfram becomes more and more jealous of Yuuri being with anyone other then him and now sleeps with him in his bed, he even won't allow Yuuri to cancel the engagement. Günter and Gwendal get high together which is funny and things begin to get serious as a plot against the Demon King comes into ploy.
Now the art is great, the story is great. Though I am disappointed that the Queen showed up once again -I hate her so much- but she disappears tg.
Though I went outta Anime for a long while and got into Manga because of the lack of Slash, Yaoi and Shonen Ai in Anime I am glad to say I will continue to collect this series."
Slashable shojo comedy/action at it's finest!
Elizabeth Johnson | Holland, MI United States | 03/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"the impression I got from hearing about this series online was a comedic shonen-ai series, but when I finally watched it I found a shojo comedy/action that hooked me at the get go! altho there are some boylove elements it's not focused on them enough to make the series a true shonen-ai/boylove series, as they're mostly used for comedic purposes. the action is top notch, and if you love swordfights you'll have enough here to keep you happy. as for the comedy, it's wacky, zany, and all around great! all the characters are pretty well-rounded and have their quirks (gotta love a character with a good quirk).
what really hooked me on this series, however, was the fact that it has a good compelling plot to go with it. you just don't expect to see something with zany comedy AND a plot with a good ammount of deapth to it - especially when they work together without the comedy negatively impacting the plot and vice-versa. even the "filler" eps that pop up in this series have plot value, as they develop the characters more.
I highly reccomend trying out this series!"