29-year-old programmer Suzuki Ichirou finds himself transported into a fantasy RPG. Within the game, he's a 15-year-old named Satou. At first he thinks he's dreaming, but his experiences seem very real. Due to a powerful ability he possesses with limited use, he ends up wiping out an army of lizard men and becomes a high leveled adventurer. Satou decides to hide his level, and plans to live peacefully and meet new people. However, developments in the game's story, such as the return of a demon king, may cause a nuisance to Satou's plans.
Man, I don't even know where to begin. I always watch a few seasonal anime and try to follow through, regardless of whether they are good or bad. But this show is maybe the first show to actively really bother me, and it bothers me more and more every week. I'm basically watching it to get angry now. And part of my frustration for the show may be misplaced because I've seen several youtubers tear apart SAO for misogyny, and yet give this show a pass, where this show is one of the most misogynistic pieces of trash I've ever seen.
firstly, on the surface, the show looks alright. It is another Isekai show. It also has a surprisingly great first episode before immediately descending into everything that follows. It is the most ridiculous example of a power fantasy that I've ever seen. And I am not a person that typically has a problem with power fantasies, harems, or wish-fulfillment in shows. I get that it is fiction, and there are reasons people seek out shows like that, and I think there is a place for them. But this show does something different and way worse.
From here on out, I will address specifics of the show, so SPOILER WARNING (although there has really been no plot up to the 5th episode when I'm writing the review). A videogame designer gets sucked into a fantasy world that is reminiscent of a couple of the MMO worlds he has worked on. And for whatever reason, he basically instantly has access to debug skills and can immediately max all of his skills, yet for some reason only ever maxes them right before he needs them. Like, he'll have a conversation and be like 'Oh Crap, I should max diplomacy now so I can convince them', even though he may as well just make himself Superman right away. The show gets weirdly hung up on things like turning into momentary food porn or getting oddly fixated buying new clothes and dressing up the harem girls. It is really not focused at all and keeps bouncing back and forth between seemingly random things, yet the vibe is really all to service the idea that these harem girls are essentially pets. From what I've seen the show's general tone is 'look how awesome and kind he is, now lets dress up these girls and feed them and let everyone know how indebted to him they are'. But the weirdest thing is, his harem is made up of pretty much all slaves. So, their owners are defeated (or he buys some of them), and then he doesn't free them, but he keeps them as slaves, yet the show presents this as a good/kind thing to do. They've essentially stated that the girls couldn't handle being free, so the kind thing to do is keep them as slaves, but be nice to them and give them lots of treats. So he orders them around and raises their skills, and buys them presents, or gives them money to buy presents, and then lets them sleep in a stable. It is so fundamentally bizarre that all his actions keep getting presented as the noble thing. But then things get especially weird in Episode 5 when he gets 2 more slaves who are super young, one of which is 11 and I think the other is 14. Then they go to a hotel room and strip to have sex with him, because they clearly used to be sex slaves. He's like 'You don't need to do that anymore' and the show once again presents him as being a hero, meanwhile he's like 29 and chose not to sleep with an 11 year old. Then in his sleep, the 11 year old casts a charm spell on him and gets on him naked because she 'apparently' got horny and wanted to service him, and the show shows him 'heroically' overpower the mind control and not have sex with a kid, and then they sleep in bed together, her naked.
I seriously don't know what to say about this show. It's pretty incredibly disgusting. I'm pretty much only watching it to get angry now. This is honestly one of the worst, most shallow, vapid shows I've ever seen in my life.
If you see the first episode of this anime, maybe you will ask yourself:
"Why are they wasting so much time before letting the MC enter the fanatsy world? It is irrelevant anyways!"
After watching the other episodes, you will realise why that is: Suzuki Ichirou, the 29-year-old hard-working programmer is on his "Death March" and after another hard days and nights he is going to sleep and starts to dream.
This just perfektely fits the rest of the story. If I wanted to describe the whole series with few words and without any spoilers I would say: The story is like a good dream:
all the way long
- generic but well-made beautiful setting
- the dreamer is a hero, doing hero-things
- meets nice people and gathers them around him
To be honest: This is a really simple story-concept - do not expect anything deep or outstanding. It is just a nice dream. But if you are interested in Ichirou's dream, you will get rewarded.
The art is great, always fits the atmosphere and the series in all. What I especially liked is the GUI which Ichirou frequently interacts with. They really made everything fit the fanatsy-RPG style.
The Soundtracks suit the setting very well too. I also liked the OP and ED. Don't know much more to say here though.
The charakters beside the MC are mainly girls admiring him - exactly like woud want them to be in your dream. Nothing deep to find here too.
Enjoyment: This is what the whole anime is about. You are getting invited to Ichirou's dream and as your host he really wants to make this show comfortable and enjoyable for you. He is a really good host.
A very well-made happy-go-lucky fantasy RPG anime with a plain story and plain characters. Offers no deepness but may be the perfekt show for you if you just want to relax and dream a bit.
This is it, the first time I ever rate something so far from the mean... I must have transcended existence itself...
I honestly don't understand why this anime is poorly rated, I came in trying to thrash it but I ended up enjoying it. I'm a big sucker for magic/fantasy/isekai anime and this one really hits the spot.
I'm generally put off by the characters in the isekai genre because they form retarded harems and just waste time on poorly executed romance arcs. Heck, I loved SAO for the environment and setting but the moment I saw Asuna getting naked I gave up on life.
far it seems that we have an MC that's just playing a game with hacks. Do people not enjoy let's plays? There's no sign of any romantic feelings from the character (he seems to be mature at this point) and no loli bullshit. Yes, there are young characters but the MC even mentions he's not some lolicon.
I've been wrong before (too many times -.-) but if this anime keeps everything like this, it will be enjoyable. Don't trust all the "1/10" reviews and if you (like me) enjoy magic fantasies, watch this show (or wait for it to finish airing, its binge watch potential is through the roof).
This is unlike most MMO isekai anime I have watched. There are no quests or no giant monster in need of slaying. It feels more like a slice-of-life isekai anime more than anything else. The OP MC trope that a lot of people don't like can be explained more reasonably. Most of the time the MC is either just some pro gamer or some random nobody who just so happened to have really good stuff. But Satou in this story is a game dev, which seems to make more sense.
How the story starts off seems more fitting for the average human, since most of the
time I would imagine a game dev as a hardworking individual that puts a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into developing something they work so hard at. People who don't like how the anime starts off usually don't understand who and what the MC does. The MC is not some random human being, he is a developer of a game.