Having stood out from others most of her life due to her exceptional character, Misato Kurihara has lived without neither the joy of having close friends nor the experience of having a regular life. However, after a sudden death, she was transported to a divine realm to be reincarnated—and granted one wish to top it off. Thinking about the ordinary life that she had always wanted, she wished to be born as a normal person, with abilities that are average for the world she will resurrect in.
Reborn as Adele von Ascham—the daughter of a noble—she possesses magic powers completely exceeding what one would label average. Still desiring to carry out the life she wanted, she leaves her home and enrolls at a hunter school in a faraway kingdom using "Mile" as an alias. However, try as she might to hide her overpowering potential, attaining her goal will be difficult—especially when facing against the crazy situations that ensue!
Is there some kind of epidemic of butchering isekai source material going on? Well, here's another example.
So here's the idea they came up with: let's take the light novel and butcher it into an unrecognizable form. Now, I don't usually endorse the "They Changed It, Now It Sucks" line of thought. I don't demand them to follow the novel to the letter, and change by itself might not be a bad thing if the changes were positive. However, that is not the case. Instead, most of the changes were terrible, with only a few exceptions.
First things first: they skip much of the protagonist's backstory and
the early events. Yes, you read that right. If you recently saw Arifureta, you know what's up: Why bother showing the backstory when you can just move on and not have a clue about past events? They barely get a mention early on, and the audience will have to keep waiting for short flashbacks. I suppose it would be possible to improve the pacing of the early parts of the novel, but this is not the way to do it. I also don't mind non-linear narration, but it doesn't serve a purpose here. Instead, they go straight for the comedy, some of it exclusive to the anime. Here is the thing though: Many of the jokes works better when you spend more time developing the characters. Why? Because they are heavily based on their personalities and backgrounds. With so much of it skipped, we don't really know the people on-screen all that well.
And there are additional problems with the comedy itself. For instance, there is now also an anime-exclusive villain who only exists to be comically evil. And by comically evil, I mean the "I'm evil in a generic way but also wacky, so it's alright" variety, not the actually funny kind. On top of everything else, she is for all intents and purposes a pedophile who kidnaps young girls to set up a harem to surround her (she literally uses the word “harem,” by the way). Related to this, there were even a few awkward jokes about the idea of children being sexually assaulted, one of them depicted with an athletic jump onto a bed. My favorite. This is allegedly funny (the show thinks so). She doesn't openly endorse it, but at that point there is barely any difference. Now, doing evil things can be funny, but there should be some at least remotely relatable motives to them and a more interesting personality to match. I also find it more clichéd than anything. If they want to establish a character as evil in anime, kidnapping young girls with sexual intentions or undertones is the go-to solution.
What else does she have?
An obviously evil smirk? Check.
A bunch of generic evil henchmen? Check.
Pointlessly explaining her evil plans? Check.
There you go. The standard "joke" antagonist for your enjoyment but not actually amusing, of course. This is not funny comedic sociopathy, this is being a clichéd evil villain, no matter how wacky they are. I look forward to more of these new random nobodies.
Speaking of which, the design choices of the bandits and various thugs are pretty bad. I assume they were going for parody by making them look evil in an incredibly generic way (evil smirk, very ugly, etc.), but the end result is almost indistinguishable from what they are trying to parody. It is difficult to parody generic evil villains by making them even more generic evil villains because the original idea (the target of the parody) was already close to the extreme.
The design of the nanomachines has been completely overhauled, and now they look like some kind of cat-like animal spirit with the letter 'N' on his forehead. This is obviously some kind of cheap ratings grab. Not to mention, they act as a single entity, his manner of speaking has been changed, and he is now also providing exposition for some reason. And then there are the other side characters who were cut or replaced with generic evil henchmen. Many of them didn't get sufficient development in the novel, but they were usually better than their replacements. Rest in peace. There was one good addition: that one guy in the graduation match running away without fighting. I give credit where credit is due.
Along with the characters, many events are skipped or browsed through at breakneck speed, along with most of the introspection by the characters. To some extent, it is understandable because of the difference between anime and novel formats and limitations in episode count, but this is relatively rushed even for an adaptation. If you liked the scientific content, most of that has been skipped as well. The parts that remained are narrated more awkwardly. Also have fun with additional out-of-place fanservice. The novel had some boob jokes, yes, but now they are more frequent, in more out-of-place scenes, and more awkward thanks to the visual design.
Furthermore, the jokes are often explained too much. While this also happens in the novel, the problem is greater here, mostly because of visual decisions that result in over-reactions to every joke. I got the punch-line on my own, thank you very much. No need to spell it out. Some of the better jokes are yet to appear, so maybe there is some hope, but they might find a way to ruin them too. Wouldn't surprise me at this point.
Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! or as it's known in English Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! is so far quite a good anime. It's got good characters that are enjoyable to some extent. It's got alright music that is fine to listen to (but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to it). The art style is just about what you would expect from an isekai made by Project No.9, not amazing but not too bad either. The story is the part that I don't really understand.
The story so far is
good. It doesn't follow the generic isekai path and instead shows us the MC as a child going about doing what she wants. But this is where the story takes a turn. Even though the story is going good, The MC doesn't really have a goal like almost every other MC does so I don't understand why she is doing what she is.
I mean it's good but nothing really special. I do like the OP and ED songs though.
The characters are where the anime shines in my opinion. The cast of characters are fun to watch and they are all different from one another. The main team of four girls have all got different personalities that suite the class they are as well as the character design they have. Another thing I like about the cast is that the main team consists of four girls and no boys. I do like this a lot because I feel like it's a change of pace from the countless harem, ecchi, romance isekai with a boring protagonist that literally every human alive can insert themselves into and I feel that because of this I can enjoy the anime for what is is meant to be, an anime and not a medium to escape reality.
Overall like I said I really enjoyed this anime. It is fun to watch and each episode flies by making it feel like 5 minutes instead of 25 and I always find myself waiting for the next episode to come out.
Aside from starting in the middle, which the manga also did to a point, the anime so far skips over massive portions of the LN, throwing away entire characters and skimping on plot development to anticlimactically finish an entire arc in 3 episodes.
The animation and art is pretty good, as well as sound, so I originally had decent hopes from the first episode - I just hope the directing picks itself up from here on out.
For those not familiar with the source material, you may have a hard time connecting to the characters as the story develops so quickly, but hopefully you'll be able to
see enough of their charm to stick around to get to know them, bless their chuuni hearts.
For those who are - I'd certainly recommend watching this, as it's fun to see these girls come to life - like I said, they are animated (and voiced) pretty well, and the anime has a pleasantly vibrant vibe that is very faithful to the original art. Just be prepared to be disappointed when it comes to fight scenes. They're very short, and very one sided (whether are heroines are winning or losing) and all around I felt they were pretty pathetic, including their poor scripting.
Essentially it's a bit rushed, and there are some missing and changed side characters, but overall I'd say it's enjoyable as light watching.
Light first episode spoilers ahead. The anime: Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! is not for people who have not watched much anime. Reason? there are a lot of references to other anime and other things. for example, there was a Doraemon reference in the first episode and an Ultra-man reference in episode four with many others.
Nothing much to say here, if you are looking for a good story, don't waste your time on this anime. This is typical CGDCT and isekai mixed together. There is almost no plot to this anime what so ever. It's just the main
character getting transported to another world and doing whatever she wants.
There is nothing special about the art in this anime either. If anything, the fight scenes actually look kind of poor. sword fights do not have any effects, magic aren't that epic, and the budget does not look too high. to sum it up, it looks generic, there are not any particular animation flaws except for the fighting scenes, and it goes well with the comedy aspect of this anime.
The OP is cute and catchy sounding. is it the best I've seen? No. is it the worst? Also no. It works as an op, fits the comedy aspect of this anime and just works. It basically summarizes the type of anime this is and introduces you to the characters somewhat. while the ending also feels happy go lucky.
the characters just feel great together. Great chemistry and great humor. Especially the MC. She makes lots of references to other works like Dragonball and others. *Light spoiler* She also has a great imagination where she imagines what the bad guys would do to Renny when she gets lost and the female night saying くっ、殺せ (I have no idea how to say this in english but here's the definition, use chrome's built in translate for the definition). https://dic.pixiv.net/a/%E3%81%8F%E3%81%A3%E3%80%81%E6%AE%BA%E3%81%9B%21
BTW: The daughter of a merchant in this show is a lot better than the real merchant in another show this season, meaning her means of doing business with people don't actually insult your IQ.
It is self conscious that it is a isekai and does joke at how she getting killed by a truck and sees god as something special in isekai. along with the references, her imagination and the comments she make about tropes in isekai and other things make up for a great show.
If you are looking for a lighthearted, fun and easy to watch anime, this is the anime for you. Try the first episode, if the humor don't fit your taste, drop it, since there really isn't much about the show plot wise. If you enjoy the type of humor this show offers, then give this show a try, you might just fall in love with it.