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Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maō (いちばんうしろの大魔王, lit. "The Great Demon King in the Very Back Row"), also known as Demon King Daimao, is a light novel series written by Shotaro Mizuki and illustrated by Souichi Itō, published by Hobby Japan under their HJ Bunko imprint. The first volume was published on February 1, 2008, and was completed with a total of 13 volumes available on March 29, 2014. A manga adaptation began monthly serialization in the September 2008 issue of Akita Shoten's magazine Champion Red, and a 12-episode anime adaptation by Artland aired between April and June 2010 on Tokyo MX and other channels.


This story of "love, magic, and battles" revolves around Akuto Sai, a boy who aims to become part of his country's highest order of magicians and contribute to society as one of its clergy. On the day he is admitted into the Constant Magical Academy, his aptitude test predicts the following: "Future Occupation: Demon King." Thus begins his severe school life in which he is resented by his studious female class head, desired by a girl with mysterious powers, and guarded by a beautiful female android.

Power of the Verse

The verse has a large gap between the weak and the strong characters.

The top tiers toward the end, Akuto Sai and Hiroshi Miwa, have powers on the Outerverse level scale, while the Law of Identity, the Void Body and the New Law of Identity sit at High Outerverse level. There are also Extra-universal Gods of varying power, reaching up to Outerverse level.

The rest of the characters have low amounts of power compared to those, with the students of Constant Magic Academy and CIMO8 sitting on between Small Building level and Building level, while the Demon Kings and those comparable to them are far above everyone else at Small Town level. Meanwhile, the Computer Gods stand at Universe level+, while Yoshie is able to reach such level with 3 days of preparation. In addition, the users of the Formless Power are able to achieve Multi-Continent level feats, and are potentially able to reach Universe level+ due to using a power beyond the Computer Gods.

As a whole, however, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimou stands among the most powerful series in known fiction.


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