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Kyo Kara Maoh - God (?) Save Our King! ( Vol. 1) (2005)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2005
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00079I0B0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,502 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An off-the-wall mixture of comedy, bishonen (beautiful boys), and fantasy, Kyo Kara Maoh! plays like an episode of Escaflowne staged by the cast of Gravitation. Yuri Shibuya is a nerdy high school student whose only real love is baseball. When a group of thugs shove him into a park toilet, he's transported to a parallel world whose inhabitants hail him as their long awaited Demon King. Life is very different in this alternate reality: Yuri slaps the noble Wolfram for an insult--and wins him as a fiancé. When Yuri protests they're both boys, he's told "that's not unusual here." Although his magical powers are largely untested, Yuri has a strong sense of justice and works to become a good king. Despite his many inadequacies ("I can barely tie my shoes!"), Yuri radiates a good-natured warmth that will appeal to fans of Love, Hina and Dokkoida. (Rated 13 and older: violence, nudity, suggested homosexuality) --Charles Solomon

Product Description

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. 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?

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted anime guaranteed to brighten up your day January 25, 2006
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Tale Summer Vacation! July 16, 2005
By Mirage
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!

Thanks,

mirage.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain fun! May 28, 2005
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not all yaoi is angst May 7, 2005
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
It got here last night, there were a good few smudges on the disc sadly, but no scratches. I'd recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by Mordit
5.0 out of 5 stars Kyo Kara Maoh - God (?) Save Our King! (Vol. 1)
This was a real good movie. I'd seen it once before it was made into a dvd and I loved it even then. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dionne Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It!
There is subtle hints of yaoi throughout the series. If you love a good monarchy, then this series is for you. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Selina Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars All around good
This dvd is really just all around good and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a funny yet serious at times anime.
Published on September 19, 2009 by Redheaded Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Kyo
Another great comedy in anime. The characters are fun and the story line is intriguing. It is a little corny at parts, but that only makes it more endearing. It is just a romp.
Published on December 7, 2008 by G. Zane
5.0 out of 5 stars No matter what anyone says, it's BL.
::contains spoiler about Murata-kun!::

Every Asuka CL DX manga I've ever seen has been Boys Love & the artist for the manga has other BL/yaoi mangas. Read more
Published on November 10, 2007 by Lika Laruku
5.0 out of 5 stars For all those fans who enjoy funny Mangas
I have only watched the first volume so far of Kyo Kara Maoh - God (?) Save Our King! and it was hilarious. For those who enjoyed watching e.g. Read more
Published on March 6, 2006 by Fantasia
5.0 out of 5 stars shojo comedy/action at it's finest!
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! Read more
Published on January 10, 2006 by Elizabeth "the Weazul" Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Culture shock.
In many cultures, it is believed that water is a gateway to other worlds. But even with that in mind, the idea of getting "flushed" down a toilet is traumatic enough without being... Read more
Published on December 12, 2005 by K. Victory
4.0 out of 5 stars what a funny world!
One day Yuri is transported to another world. It is King of the Demon World. He is surpurised at lots of things. And he has a strong sence of justice. Read more
Published on September 25, 2005 by Eucalyn
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