A mecha otaku is reincarnated into another world as Ernesti Echevarria, also known as Eru. In this world, huge humanoid weapons known as Silhouette Knights exist. Dreaming of piloting those robots, Eru and his friends, Archid Olter and Adeltrud Olter, aim to become Knight Runners.
What is Knight's & Magic about, you ask? Knight's & Magic is a light novel adaptation in the isekai genre--and yes, that's basically all you need to know. But please allow me to humor you with this review anyway.
The story itself is horribly rushed, jumping from the real world to the fantasy setting to Eru's early childhood to him meeting his friends to present day, all within the first half of the first episode. From there, I can say that it at least gets a little better with the pacing, seeing as it slows down so that we can get acquainted with Eru and
his generic shallow friends--hurray.
Art and Animation: 6/10
It's passable at most. Even without taking away points for the awkward CG robots, or Knights or whatever you want to call them, the visuals are still pretty unimpressive. Eru at least has a character design, but his two friends look as bland as they come. That other dwarf kid with the red-ish hair has a nice character design, but based on the fact that I can't even remember his name should be enough to clue you in on the very little presence he has in the story--basically, a bit of an introduction in that fast-paced first episode, and that's that. As for the animation--yes, the pictures do indeed move. I know right, it's amazing. Though it does have the clean, polished look I've come to expect from recent anime, so I'll give it that at least.
I like the opening. However, that alone won't be enough to drag this show up to a higher score, especially seeing as the OP means nothing to me aside from pretty music. Having a good show attached to it can do wonders for an average song--for an example from this season, there's Koi to Uso. I didn't like the OP much at first, but since I'm enjoying the show so much, I listened to it about 10 times and now I love it. Okay, moving past the opening, I'd have to say there's really nothing in the voice acting. Ernesti's seiyuu is Rie Takahashi, who also voiced, among other roles, the masterpiece that is Megumin (KonoSuba), and Emilia (Re:Zero). As for her role as Eru--well, all I can say is "meh."
Meet the trap main character, Ernesti, aka Eru, or, if you watch the Crunchyroll translation, Ernie (what the heck, CR?). Even after being reincarnated into a fantasy world (with no explanation), he still retains his memories (once again, no explanation). He's overpowered, a genius, and likes robots. Also, he's really the only character who matters, so if you're not invested in him, I guess the whole show'll flop.
It's a pain to have to force myself to watch this every week. It's neither my least favorite show currently airing (shout out to The Reflection) nor my favorite (BnHA), it's just kind of a drag. I'm fond of traps in general, but for some reason I just can't get behind Eru. He's bland. The show is bland. The animation is bland. Thank you for your time, though if you want to waste some more of it, I'd appreciate you checking out my review of Koi to Uso. Bye now.
Like the others that have reviewed this Anime I'll preface my review by saying its too soon to see where this anime is going.
If you really like stories with weight and intrigue you're in the wrong place.
The story is very upbeat the entire time and there is nothing wrong with that, not every story needs to have a suckerpunch grim dark twist to be enjoyable. I think one of my favorite things about this 'light novel-esque' anime is it doesn't fall into the trap of trying to be as edgy as possible for appeal (looking at you sword art).
One plot point specifically so far is
when a pilot flees from a fight for fear of death. It seems like he is going to be demonized for it, however when the protagonist praises him and points out that he was useful for other reasons he finds renewed vigor.
It's great because before the incident the guy seemed cocky, then turned out a coward, but now is a pretty great character who I love to see on screen. Suddenly he is determined and working hard. GOOD DEVELOPMENT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE DARK OR GRITTY TO BE GOOD DEVELOPMENT.
However, what this show really excels at is being a passionate R&D mecha anime. Maybe I missed the predecesor but in my experience this is the first mech anime that has shown so much of the inner working of the machines in its world.
I was really on the fence since the characters are bleh and not much happens in the first episode. Then the second episode captivates you with its CG mecha sequences.
One of the things the show does so well is keeping the mecha CG. It keeps it from giving the gross switch to CG from hand drawn that has always upset me in so many other anime. The detail put into the models, and I'll use this word again, the passion you can see that goes into the CG animation is outstanding!
I was still however on the fence, since as others have mentioned the characters are cliched and forced tropes. Outside of the Dwarves who are just developing cool gadgets and mantaining the mecha, everyone is meh. Speaking of lets talk about episode 3.
In Episode 3 the protag is challenged in proving his worth so that he can continue on his path of building a custom mecha. So he begins suggesting upgrades to the current mecha in assembly. Well the entire episode is just the development of this new style of mecha and its such a joy to watch!
Anyway, the show might not be the next big thing that breaks from the mold. It is however worthy in my eyes to stand with the other giants of mecha (Excluding evangalion from the list because their bots are monsters), Gundam [Iron Blooded Orphans], Gurren Lagann, Code geass.
This is just a short early review, but I'm enjoying this series alot, it's another isekai, but I enjoy these because of all the different takes they have on it, it's interesting to me to watch the fish out of water. In this case, it's a guy that loves mechs, and is reborn in a fantasy world where magickal mechs are used, and he uses his love of mech's to grow there.
Story: It's simple but I find it compelling, it's a bit predictable and cliche, but in ways that don't really bother me too much.
Art: Art isn't too bad, about
what you would expect.
Characters: Some things feel a bit rushed as not everyone gets as much detail and development as the main char, but I find him interesting enough that he doesn't effect it too badly.
Enjoyment and overall: Hard to say how this one will be by the end, will it get a bit redundant and boring? Not sure, but I'm compelled and excited by it for now so I'm invested.
since it doesn't say how many episodes this has i'm gonna review it now.
this is yet another show whose plot is about a guy (otaku) being sent to another world because we will never have too many of these. our main character was a programmer in his world and on top of that the show shoves down our throat that he is a genius at it. if you watched enough anime you know that means our character is going to be a little overpowered by the climax, which he is. in this world magic is no different from programming so he gets it quickly and
is really good at it and since he has retained the knowledge of our world he basically belittles everyone as he just simply knows more. also, he looks like a girl now because traps are awesome and it allows for gags.
the art is nothing special. it's your basic generic modern anime art and animation if you have seen it you know it and if you like it you like it. but the designs they give us are well done and inventive for a mecha. it's not like you're looking at Gundam and Gurren Laggan mechs. you might be looking at broken sword mechs though but what do you expect, there is only so much you can do with robots.
the music is fine, once again its what you expect and if you like it you like it same with the voice actors. if you don't have a lot of experience with anime if you like this there are a hundred others shows like it so get used to it.
the side characters lack significance to me. he has his friends and senpais for important reoccurring characters but they aren't much worth mentioning in a review and I've already talked about our main character. overall the characters are meh and not all that special for this genre you are not really going to get attached to them is the important part.
overall, it another generic boy meets another world story. I'm not tired of them and I love them but you may be. ill give it a 7 because i like it but for critics review a 5 because its really not special