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.
We're fast entering the era of Isekai. There's no denying it. We've been hit with a constant deluge of it ever since Sword Art Online entered the picture, and it's not going away any time soon. Some hate it, some love it, but no matter what you think of it, you've gotta love a good parody.
The first great Isekai parody was indisputably Konosuba, but now a contender has arrived; following in its footsteps and even giving it a few distinct nods, the ponderously named "Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!" looks like it could become a comedy of similar
"Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!" (Which I am shortening to "The Average Isekai") is a simple, straightforward story that has shown itself more than able to deliver an abundance of hilarity and hijinks. It follows Miles, or "Adele Von Ascham", a girl who was hit by "that infamous runaway Isekai truck" in her normal life and wound up reincarnated in a fantasy world where her wish before being reborn was "make my stats average - I want to live a normal carefree life." Her request is granted - at least in half. Her stats are the average of the weakest creature in the world... and the most powerful, leaving her ridiculously more powerful than even the most exceptional humans in her world.
The show tracks her questionably successful attempts to conceal her over-poweredness and live a normal, happy young adulthood, along with the friends she makes along the way. The hilarious 4th-wall breaking comedy with which Miles, and the show as a whole, takes on the inevitable tropes that come from being in an Isekai left me laughing continuously throughout each episode. If I were to voice any criticism of, or fears about, this show it would only be that it could get pretty predictable further in, but given that its a comedy I don't see this becoming much of a problem at all. I have little doubt that "The Average Isekai" will continue to deliver in the episodes to come and heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys laughing and can stomach some fun being poked at the Isekai genre.
This show is comedic genius and I've enjoyed every moment of it so far.
Abilities Average is one of my favourite light novel series. So, when I heard it was getting an anime adaptation, needless to say, I was extremely happy. However, I quickly realised that as with many of my favourite light novel adaptations this year *cough cough Arifureta, the studio was going to butcher the source material, skip entire arcs and change the story around completely.
Now, that's a big deal for me as someone who is a LN reader, but if you go into this as an anime only, you may have a totally different experience and opinion. However, for me this was a huge let
down. As for the story we do get in the anime, it is still pretty entertaining, we get a unique take on the most popular anime genre. Unlike other generic isekai protags, Adele wants to be average in every sense of the word. She does not wish to stand out or be famous, and the whole point of the series revolves around this inner struggle and conflict that she has within herself.
The comedy is on point in the show, definitely have got some chuckles out, the sound design is great, the OP is great and in my playlist and the art is gorgeous. Overall, it is a truly solid series. Because of the changes they made it is not a great series. It's still worth watching for a relaxing cool down period after a long day at work or if you're in need of a laugh, but don't expect anything revolutionary here, and definitely consider checking out the source material. Overall, 8 out of 10 from me.
I'm looking into the discussion on Reddit every week and the watchers are completely obvious to it all.
This director not only skips an Arc, changes a few important moments that creates plot holes --- no, he even leaves out content.
He tries to make this a show full for lolicon adventure fanatics, when the original story itself (which is almost completely different compared to the Anime) is about adventuring with a 4 member girl only squad with a mix of adventuring + fantasy and a slice of life.
The anime includes references never made and even unrealistic, because
the original character would've never read or watched those shows that got referenced.
Complete backstories or epic moments that define a part of a character got changed so much, if you read the source you would think it is a complete different character.
I'm trying to compare this to other Anime I've watched (about 220)
Now the Art is vast and colourful, I admit tha, a solid 8.
The story is just full of holes, even from the view of an Anime only watcher at several spots.
The Sound isn't bad but not good either. I've heard much better OSTs. But I can't give the sound director any bad credit, he did it actually good for what sorry, wasted potential the anime director made out of this.
If I could, I would've made an enjoyment of 0. I really hated it, which is the reason I'm writing this. You guys should check out the original source, heck, even the manga apparently is better than this.
What started out as a decent, if repetitive slice of life comedy isekai has been seriously dragged down by out of place poorly written drama that is more infuriating than it is engaging. This is by the same team as Yuru Yuri, Sabagebu, Umaru, Uzamaid and assorted comedies. Why oh why are they doing drama. It failed before in Kotoura-san why are they attempting it again. The comedy was fine prior to episodes 5 and 6, a little repetitive, but serviceable, sometimes even great comedic moments. Now all that's left is a really sour taste in me.
gotten below average so fast it's not even funny.
Normally I would hate these kinds of characters. I don't know why, but they've rubbed me the wrong way in different animes. I guess I'm not a fan of it. But here. It's done and written in a better lighting in my book. Which makes it more enjoyable and better than regular shows that give off that vibe for me. I won't go into full detail, as that would require spoilers. But as you can tell from the plot description alone, I'm not really a big fan of over powered characters.
But like I said here, it's set out great and really meshes with the show
in general. So you should give it a watch! There is not only that, but it's also quite amusing too. So I'd say give it a shot if you're looking for something to watch for this season's anime.
I am kinda surprised that people wrote bad reviews for this show.
To be honest, I am really enjoying this show out of all the ones that are out in this season, even with shows that I follow like Azur Lane, Oresuki etc etc. The reason would be that this show is very very easy to pick up, especially if you're having a bad day or just went through some tough time at work or school, as what an anime should be, a peace of mind and a break from everyday life.
The show is very light hearted and features an isekai element, a form of
escapism that everyone would desire, and with a very happy vibe that resonates throughout the show. We see the OP of the anime where it shows the characters would spend good times with each other and mishaps along the way but would still be in a positive attitude.
Despite being an isekai, whilst the many other isekais already here these past few seasons, this one sets itself apart for having a show that has it's light hearted and comical moments but does not stop itself from implicating seriousness in the events that takes place and how the characters react to such serious situations around them.
It's a light comedy show yes, but it pulls you in it's realism through the seriousness of the situation it's set in.
I understand that most light novel readers said it's a butcher of the souce material, well, of course it is! If you've only got 12episodes of a whole series of books, it would definitely have some cuts here and there. In that stand point, I don't think its fair to judge the anime itself by how much source material was cut from the source material. The novel is the novel, the anime is the anime. It might not be what you'd expect, but at least you got to see it animated and they did their best to satisfy us fans. I'd take it as effort and look at what they did good in their work!
If you're ever looking for an Isekai that will let you run from your own world and into a more vibrant and joyful one, but doesn't dull your palette with repititive and constant mindless jokes, this show would be for you. It's sometimes unsuspecting yet realistic situations would pull you in!
I feel the need to balance out the inflated scores on the reviews here. This is just not a very good show. At best, it's painfully average. I've read the LN, and it's way ahead of this adaptation.
I suppose my biggest gripe with the anime is that it never quite resolves any of the problems our MC faces. Putting aside the fact that the MC is already immensely overpowered, even the character development is choppy. Whenever someone presses her on the source of her immense powers (that she barely bothers to hide) or her history, she just makes an awkward laugh and
the anime moves on. There is no real tension, and the MC comes off as someone who is not genuine. The other members of her cast are far better characters for that reason. And then there's the MC making jokes by parodying anime and manga that clearly don't exist in her world. It's meant for the audience, but it's incredibly cringe worthy. Imagine a guy doing a naruto run in front of people who've never seen Naruto.
The anime is just lazy. The LN did a much better job in building up Mile as a character. This anime tries to be too many things at the same time, and ends up failing them all. It feels like an aimless meandering stream of thought centred around a hollow self-insert isekai character. And because Mile is never truly challenged, or forced to grow in some measure, even the self-insert is for the truly, mindbogglingly boring person. Even Kirito is less of an overpowered jerk compared to Mile, and Saitama still ends up having character development in the course of the series. The aimlessness would be fine if this was a slice of life anime, but it fails even at that.
Seriously, who is this anime even meant for? Only a person who has never seen any other isekai anime would be interested in this. The magic in underwhelming, the swordplay is underwhelming, the characters are cliched, the plot is boring and Mile has all the charisma of moldy bread. The kindest thing to hope for in this anime is that someone will summon a Lelouch-like Japanese guy to become a demon lord and end everything.
A good anime overall, the typical story of a main character being transported to another world. A very cute anime that is different and enjoyable. The friendship of the Characters are well put in, however if you don't like the 'usual' anime troupe characters eg. 'Tsundere' , you may not enjoy this very much. However they don't really make any of the characters annoyingly 'typical' of anime. The style is nothing special but entails lots of bright colours which catches they eye!
There is an O.P character so don't be expecting a long series where the character becomes almost unbeatable half way through... Not much
else to say except my criticism is that so far it is very typical of Isekai animes and should try to differentiate itself more.
So I'm not going to drag on with this review. I'm going to keep it short and sweet. As someone who read the source material, although I enjoy the VA choices, the art, and the OP, I am APPALLED by what they have done to this. Characters from the source material have either been edited, replaced, or erased. They have even created characters that did not exist. Events have also been edited, replaced, or erased. Some events have been spliced with others, while there were additions that weren't in the LN. For those who have not read the source material, this might be something you
are into. One of my friends has said that he also did not like the Nano cat, and he didn't read the material like I did. Other than that, he finds enjoyment in the anime. I myself find limited entertainment in the humor of the show, as the anime has less of a story end goal, and the source material didn't have much more than that either. If you aren't a fan of anime doing a Dr. Frankenstein to the source material, I hate to say it, but skip this. It's Arifureta all over again.
Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life was one of my all time favorite light novels, and the manga was just as good as the novel, so naturally I was really excited when I found out that it was getting an anime adaptation. However, this anime just isn't what I was expecting from the series. It seems like they completely ditched the source material when making this adaptation. Considering how good the source material was, it was extremely disappointing. Don't get me wrong, this anime is okay, it just doesn't live up to the light novel or manga. If you're
new to the series this anime would be quite enjoyable with all the comedy and the way it basically makes fun of the isekai genre. But if you've read this series it's just not what you're expecting. You have to enjoy it on it's own.
Overall this anime is okay, I just feel that it's missing the charm that the light novel and manga had. They cut out a lot of the backstories and details that the novels contained, and you get barely any information on Adele's (Mile's) life before she was reincarnated into this fantasy world. A lot of other side character's were just cut out of the picture entirely, like Lenny who you see for like 5 seconds.
So I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a different take on the isekai genre, just not anyone who enjoyed the source material like I did. I can't give this series any lower than a 6. I was really hoping that this anime would live up to the novels, but they just didn't.
There is already a review explaining how they butchered the novel to make this... abomination... so i will skip that part. Everything said here is regarind the anime, the novel would receive a completely different (and way more positive) review.
Doesn't makes sense sometimes, is clearly rushed and doesn't develop properly.
The world feels "empty", there is little to no world building at all. They can't decide if the focus will be the comedy or the drama, and clearly they can't make a good balance either.
Btw they "managed" to fit 2 volumes from the novel in 6 episodes.
The animation is ok, for a (probably) low budget isekai.
Character design is fairly good for the main characters and the ones that comes from the novel. The filler characters are.. questionable at best.
The OP and ED are probably the only good things we will ever see in this adaptation.
"Character development, you say ? This must be some kind of black magic shit, don't talk about it anymore!", is probably what was going on inside their heads while making the anime.
I guess this should receive 2 different scores.
From the perspective of someone who is currently reading the novels, i give this a 1/10. While the anime can certainly be enjoyable to some extent, knowing how much better it could have been just completely kills it for me.
I believe that it could get a 5/10 at least if i didn't read the novel, and just pass as a "regular isekai shit" like many others, needless to explain why.
Not worth your time, that is for sure. The comedy is awful, because the character building and other story related stuff is what makes it funny, but guess what ? THERE IS NONE OF IT. The serious part of the story feels awful in the anime too.
If you like the idea of 4 cute girls working as hunters and improving themselves over time, in a fairly interesting story with a dose of comedy, try reading the light novel, i would say it's worth it.