Hero: What is this, an evil ritual?
Demon Queen: No. It’s an economic study on the benefits of war as a large consumption market.In a world of fantasy and magic, two opposing realms- the Human World and the Demon World- have been at war with each other for the last fifteen years. With both sides locked in a stalemate, one lone Hero goes on an epic quest into the heart of the Demon World to slay its ruler and bring peace to the world.That was until the Demon Queen, reigning Overlord of the Demon World, confronts him with a surprisingly well-researched and rational truth: that both sides are so deeply entrenched in the war effort that an abrupt end would cause more harm than good. Neither side stands to prosper from a victory (the losers will be enslaved while the winners will likely break out into civil war over the spoils), and extending the war indefinitely would just feed the greed and corruption festering in both nations.And so the Hero and the Demon Queen enter into an elaborate long con, secretly working together to manipulate both sides of the war effort to the point where it can be safely concluded with the least amount of negative repercussions to both sides. Hilarity Ensues.Maoyuu Maou Yuusha ("Evil Overlord and Hero") is a fantasy light novel series written by Touno Mamare. Originally posted as an original story on 2ch, the story had such a positive response that Mamare converted it into a light novel series. Currently, there are five novels (divided in 43 webnovels) and five manga adaptations:
Tropes used in this series include: