The Hero Yoshihiko And The Devil Kings Castle
A Low Budget Action-Adventure Series (low budget not visible in this picture)
"Back off the Buddha!"Yuusha Yoshihiko to Maou no Shiro
is the story of Yoshihiko, who has been given the quest to find the legendary miracle herb that will save his village from a terrible plague, as well as find his father, who has gone before him. He is then tasked by the great Buddha to destroy the Demon King, who has started said plague... and stuff. Or so the story is supposed to go.
It's really a low-budget show, 12 episodes in all, parodying RPGs
, especially Dragon Quest
(it's an officially sanctioned love letter to the game series). The hero Yoshihiko is himself based on Dragon Quest V
's hero. A second season entitled The Hero Yoshihiko and the Key of Evil Spirits
is currently ongoing.
Definitely Needs More Love
and a hefty dose of Wiki Magic
The series provides examples of the following tropes:
- Actor Allusion - In episode 6 of the second season, one of Yoshihiko's challengers on a tournament kept calling him Serizawa, a character Takayuki Yamada played in the movie "Crows Zero".
- A-Cup Angst - Murasaki
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents - A random bandit's parent shows up and embarasses said kid.
- Ambiguously Gay - Despite often flirting with women, Danjo becomes extremely flamboyant once he loses his spirit.
- Anachronism Stew - All over the damn place
- Art Shift - The show switches to a (bad) anime style during some boss fights where costumes won't cut it.
- As Lethal as It Needs to Be - Yoshihiko's sword, the Sword of Beckoning, will render any humans it cuts unconscious without harming them, while still being able to actually harm and slay monsters.
- Back from the Dead - All the main characters (including Yoshihiko's sister) are brought back from the dead when Yoshihiko's descendant refuses to become a hero, despite the villiage elder pleading him to.
- Bag of Spilling - The whole party goes back to level 0 after being brought back from the dead, because the Buddha forgot to save.
- The Big Guy - Danjo.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows - One of Melub's spells gives people a pair of these.It's one of the few spells he remembers after returning to level 0 in the second season.
- Blob Monster - True to form, Slimes are here to serve as cannon fodder for the heroes.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall - Melub and the Buddha are frequent offenders.
- Chivalrous Pervert - Yoshihiko. This nature comes forth once he loses his spirit.
- The Comically Serious - Yoshihiko.
- Deadpan Snarker - Most of the characters, aside from Yoshihiko.
- Disappeared Dad - Yoshihiko's dad who is missing from looking for the miracle herb. Turns out he had another woman; all happening at episode 1.
- Every Japanese Sword is a Katana - Averted, surprisingly. Yoshihiko's sword is a tsurugi.
- Five-Man Band
- Gag Series
- Genre Blind - Yoshihiko.
- Genre Savvy - Melub, who functions as the Meta Guy of the team. Buddha too, sometimes.
- Hey, It's That Voice! - Ryusei Nakao as the Demon King
- Informed Flaw - Oshina is nowhere near as hideous as Yoshihiko or the Mountain God would lead you to believe.
- Hypocritical Humor - Yoshihiko berates his companions for not taking their search for the Demon King seriously after getting to his domain, even though, as pointed out by Murasaki, he himself spent the whole day enjoying his new apartment, and had previously abandoned his quest twice.
- Idiot Hero - Yoshihiko takes his mission really seriously, but is not very bright.
- Irrelevant Sidequest - The party is guilty of this, much to the Buddha's annoyance.
- Killer Rabbit - Actually a koala. Don't let it hug you...
- Knife Nut - Murasaki, to the annoyance of Yoshihiko when he confiscates her knife. It doesn't stop her from trying to stab him with a prop knife.
- Lampshade Hanging - Courtesy of Melub.
- Licking the Blade - Played With beautifully here◊.
- Mood Whiplash: As soon as the heroes get into a conflict with a bandit or a Big Bad Wanna Be, someone they know will interrupt the conflict. Sometimes a group will fight amongst themselves, such as a group a bandits in which are from a union group.
- No Budget - resulting in Special Effect Failure and Fight Scene Failure, although they are mostly a matter of Stylistic Suck.
- Old Save Bonus - The Buddha tried to use this to recover the main characters' former strength from the quest against the Demon King, but the only save point available was midway through the Demon King final battle.
- Once per Episode
- Most episodes will start off by the party encountering a bandit.
- Up to 10, every episode will close with Hisa, Yoshihiko's sister, worrying about him at a distance (and getting involved with increasingly shady crowds).
- In The Key of Evil Spirits, that gag has evolved into Hisa attempting to join Yoshihiko's party after learning a different martial art, only to be knocked out by a bandit and dragged away.
- Punch Clock Villain - The bandits at episode two do this literally, who work from nine to five.
- Rewarding Vandalism
- Running Gag - The protagonist's inability to see the big apparition of Buddha in the sky. Also, every time Melub tells the party he has acquired a new spell.
- Murasaki's attempted assassination of Yoshihiko.
- Serious Business - Yoshihiko, about everything.
- Shout-Out - Plenty.
- Talking the Monster to Death - Danjo tries to do this trope to Yoshihiko, who is having none of it.
- Terrible Artist - Murasaki's photo of the guy who killed her father is drawn badly.
- The Smart Guy - Melub, supposedly, being the party wizard. He's as dumb as the others, though, even if he displays some moments of Genre savviness to comment on whatever's happening around them.
- Set Swords to Stun - The Beckoning Sword.
- Sword of Plot Advancement - Played for Laughs with the Beckoning Sword, indicating that this show is going to be hilarious. The sword just falls off from the stone when Yoshihiko grabs it.
- Too Dumb to Live - Yoshihiko.
- Too Dumb to Fool - In The Key of Evil Spirits, the heroes meet a teacher who brainwashes people by explaining how a kanji is written. Yoshihiko is immune to his ability because he doesn't understand his explanations (something even a Japanese second grader could).
- Welcome to Corneria - As per an RPG parody, the party arrives to towns where the people will only repeat a single line over and over.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway? - Melub's spells range from: changing a person's nose to that of a pig; to giving someone an irresistible urge for sweets; to making a person slightly cold, among other useless spells. Only Yoshihiko is impressed. They do become of some use during the course of their adventure.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer - Riceballs are the only food Yoshihiko knows how to make. It's revealed in a flashback that he would make them for his sister Hisa all the time when they were children, as a treatment for fever or as a birthday gift.
- X Meets Y: Monty Python and the Holy Grail set in Dragon Quest's world.
- You Killed My Father - Murasaki's primary motivation for joining the party. Her suspect is Yoshihiko, though.