An Archdemon's Dilemma: How to Love Your Elf Bride

Alt title: Maou no Ore ga Dorei Elf wo Yome ni Shitanda ga, Dou Medereba Ii?

Vol: 10+; Ch: 55+
2018 - ?
4.05 out of 5 from 1,196 votes
Rank #2,579
An Archdemon's Dilemma: How to Love Your Elf Bride

Zagan is feared by the masses as an evil sorcerer. Both socially awkward and foulmouthed, he spends his days studying sorcery while beating down any trespassers within his domain. One day he's invited to a dark auction, and what he finds there is an elven slave girl of peerless beauty, Nephy. Having fallen in love at first sight, Zagan uses up his entire fortune to purchase her, but being a poor conversationalist, he has no idea how to properly interact with her. Thus, the awkward cohabitation of a sorcerer who has no idea how to convey his love and his slave who yearns for her master but has no idea how to appeal to him begins.

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The best part of the series is that sweet feeling in heart brought by the romance between Zagan and Nephelia. I’ve re-read the story from the beginning for that reason whenever I’ve returned to the series with new volume after a while. The visuals in that regard are very good, it conveys emotion and overall atmosphere really well, even if the series is not top tier art. It has great moments of melancholic, awkward, sweet and funny interaction between the couple. Both seem to have experienced hardships in their past, which gives them common ground for understanding of each other. The story as it is progressing seems to be with heavy focus on relationships. Through romance the main male character Zagan becomes more social, whereas main female character Nephelia finds strength and meaning. With the change in Zagan his social sphere expands with several side characters [1]. Each of them is enjoyable in different ways. However, it has one rather cliché character [2] you can see coming from miles away. Everything happens in fantasy settings, which isn’t bad either. It has magic users devoted to studying magic and increasing power. They are considered in the world to be the bad guys, because they have generally low regards for lives of others. The best and most powerful among them are titled as daemon lords. Only thirteen are bestowed such title [3]. In opposition to the magic users is the Church with holy knights. Interesting part and key to the main story is secret behind the daemon lords [4] and holy knights [5]. It has bit of mystery side to the story. There is some action as well. I’m going to check LN and maybe read it. Overall, I like the series so far. Japanese difficulty 5/10 (see my profile for details about various difficulty scores) As usual for the series targeted at mature audience it’s mostly without furigana – not recommended for beginners. I would say the difficulty is average. This review is written after reading 8 volumes (all existing at the time).   Spoilers [1] I like the fact even some antagonists or seemingly antagonist characters become friends of Zagan and Nephelia. [2] The child looking evil daemon lord. [3] Zagan is chosen as replacement for one of the thirteen, which deceased at the beginning of the story. [4] Connection to daemon god and daemon race. [5] Connection to gods’ magic.

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