As regular high school students Taichi and Rin disappeared in a beam of light. When they came to, the two of them were already in a world of swords and magic. Finally getting away after experiencing an attack by monsters, following the suggestion of adventurers they headed on the path towards the guild. In the guild, the two of them found out that they possessed unbelievably powerful magic. Thus the regular high school students transformed into the strongest cheats...
I was kind of excited for this anime – I didn't expect it to be great, but I really liked the idea of introducing a female counterpart transported to another world along with the protagonist, and the story being the journey of both of them, with probable romance later down the line. I find this kind of setup way more attractive than the overdone harem isekai. After four episodes, however, I can tell with 100% certainty that this show is absolute trash.
The introduction is pretty awful, with the main characters being transported to another world, being in danger for literally one scene and then immediately
getting recognized as extremely OP mages that can pretty much bend the whole world to their will if they wanted to. Any source of tension or interesting character development is neutered right away. The main pair also doesn't impress: the protagonist is a bit of a cocky moron and the girl's one personality trait seems to be that she's secretly in love with him. The supporting cast looks similarly one-dimensional – it might change over time, but I'm really not holding my breath. The main intrigue, as little as was revealed so far, looks like isekai cliches on top of isekai cliches.
These, however, are not the main issue with this show. The main issue is the animation, which is not just bad. It's a f***** joke. I haven't seen an anime this bland, stilted and cheaply put together in my whole experience with the medium. Secondary characters and various shots are so low on detail it's barely believable. The animation looks like it has half the frames of a typical anime, even in the OP sequence that should showcase the best a series has to offer. Fighting scenes are always presented with angles that require minimum effort and, more often than not, are extremely short. Dialogues are sometimes accompanied with literal stills, for amounts of time that make it impossible to miss. The occasional tricks used to cut corners (most often the authors don't even bother to hide the crappiness) are so cheap it's painful to watch them. I've seen uglier shows, mostly being like that due to use of crappy CGI which is thankfully absent here, but still none of them felt as cheap and undercooked as Isekai Cheat Magician does.The fourth episode thankfully stepped up the game a little bit, being a lot more action-heavy, but didn't really change the overall impression I've got from this.
In result, I can't recommend for anyone to watch this show, unless you're fascinated by extremely bad anime the way I am. By the fourth episode the dumb power fantasy is not as awful as the opening sequence made me expect, and I'm actually all for that kind of brainless entertainment, but the way it is produced is beyond atrocious. I think it will be remembered as the ultimate stinker of this season and one of the worst isekai shows ever made (and there's a lot of competition for that title, including this season's Maou-sama Retry, which at least know to not take itself seriously). If, unlike me, you have any kind of respect for yourself and your time, avoid it at all cost.
You can tell just how bad this anime is going to be by simply looking at the cover art. But hold up! That doesn't mean that this isekai doesn't have some unique elements!
For one, it isn't just the Legendary Overpowered Super Excellent Revolutionary dude, or LOSER dude for short, who gets isekai'd to a fabulous new word. No, his female friend does as well! How shockingly unexpected! Also, this anime subverts your expectations by making you think that LOSER dude is going to get killed protecting main girl from an oncoming bike, but PLOT TWIST! It completely misses them and they just get sent to
a fantasy world via a magic circle instead. How exciting! Finally, this was the anime that's come closest to making me fall asleep while watching. If it had actually succeeded, then it truly would have been one of a kind!
With great innovative twists like these and (maybe) some others, this anime is surely spectacular, right? Well, it does unfortunately still contain many qualities typical of mediocre isekai...
It still has an overpowered protagonist who can't fail, can do no wrong, and must have accidentally left his personality in the real world considering how bland he is.
It still has cute girls that unfortunately have absolutely nothing going for them except their cuteness and their singular defining trope that lets you differentiate between them.
It still looks bland with uninspired character designs, terrible animation complete with choppy movements, and background and scenic visuals that I feel like I've seen before.
It still sounds like nobody with any talent was involved...wait, hold up. This anime has the likes of Takahashi Rie and Myth&Roid involved? Ok, I take back what I said about the sound department. But nothing else!
It still contains a paper thin plot that nobody, including we the viewers, the characters in the show, and the writer himself actually cares about considering how generic it is.
It still is boring as hell and I won't be watching any more of it. Props to you if you're somehow able to make it all the way through!
But hey, the positives outweigh the negatives so much that this anime obviously still deserves a perfect 10/10 cuz a gurl iz in isekai land.
I wonder why the real name of this franchise isn't listed - Isekai Shit Magician - as that's what you'd expect after seeing this atrocious anime.
The main character is bland, overpowered because "why not", got thrown into an isekai with his future girlfriend, for some random purpose (aka the writer saw Isekais are popular and wanted to make some easy money), and then they randomly go and do missions even though they're supposed to be special.
The animation is nonexistent, the writing is bad, the characters feel pointless and the "twists" are obvious from the get go.
Now let's ask ourselves the most important question - why
would anyone want this? I don't know... I honestly have no idea what's the point of this series. There are so many better isekais out there. While Myth and Roid made the opening song, its one of their worst songs, which ironically fits this atrocious anime. Also, while Rie Takahashi voices the female lead, even if you are a fan of hers, there are so many other animes she voices that are vastly better.
Unless you enjoy watching bad adaptations, or have a lot of time to waste and want to waste it on something that isn't even enjoyable, you should probably avoid this series.
I’ll admit, I only decided to watch this anime because MYTH&ROID was doing the opening and much like anime itself, I was underwhelmed by it.
Honestly though, I didn’t expect anything special coming from this show. From the promotional art, to the trailers. Nothing was clicking for me to change my mind from the fact that this was going to be another bog standard Isekai story. Four episodes later, my mindset hasn’t changed for the anime. Nothing was peaking my interest. That being said, the show is not bad. In fact, I could make a case for two other Isekai shows this season that are
worse than this show. But it has also been unremarkable as well.
So the story begins with our main protagonists, Taichi and Rin, suddenly getting transported to another world by a summoner. But due to some interference, they get summoned to this new world in the middle of nowhere. What follows are some of the usual fantasy Isekai plotlines. Meet and make friends with people from this new world, join the adventures guild, realise how overpowered they are and then b**chslap every villain and monster they come across after discovering it. Although not too overpowered as they have met foes that gave them a challenge. But the show’s story has been pacing steadily so far and nothing has felt like it dragged on for too long. But, we still don’t know much really as to what this world is like or why they are summoned (not yet at least) outside of how magic is used. Instead, it starts to establish our main group of characters and how the power fantasy is established in this world. But it is told in a rather boring and uninteresting way by simply explaining it to us, rather than showing the awesomeness of magic. Yet when it does, it is still rather dull because it is not trying to be flashy or cool looking to get you invested when magic is used to give you the reaction of “That was cool.”. Episode four looked like that for the most part but the animation was rather underwhelming with plenty of cutaways and still images with intense shots and fast lines moving across the screen on the sides.
Other than that though. The animation and the soundtrack is also decent and does its job. I will say that it is nice that the show hasn’t resorted to crappy cgi in its fight scenes yet, although some of the flame effects are questionable at times. I like the art style used here, if a bit generic, but it does look good honestly. It’s just when it comes to animating, it’s lacking. The soundtrack can be absent at times but when it does, it is alright and matches the scene most of the time. A couple of times throughout the four episodes though, it felt like that the soundtrack and the scene didn’t match and it felt rather jarring.
Our main two leads are rather stereotypical as duos usually are, with Taichi being the heroic, charge right in to save everyone kind of guy and Rin having common sense and is usually the one that thinks things through. The warrior and the mage essentially. It is also pretty clear that there is going to be some kind of romantic tension building somewhat between these two down the line as they have already to lay the seeds for it. But that would require me to care and I do not in this case. They are really uninteresting, stereotypical, power fantasy characters you get in these kind of shows without any quirks, gimmicks or even have an interesting personality to make me care about them. The supporting cast though is fine if a bit uninteresting so far that merely act as acquaintances or even future companions as shown in the first scene of the show.
Now what about the opening. The reason I decided to watch this show. Well I have to say I am disappointed. Which is a shame. MYTH&ROID have not done a bad opening and all of them that they did the song for have been great. “Paradisus-Paradoxum” from Re:Zero, “JINGO JUNGLE” from Saga of Tanya the Evil and “VORACITY” from Overlord III have been great openings. And after coming off from one of the best openings this year, “Shadowgraph” from Boogiepop and Others, this felt underwhelming because of one main thing, the choreography of the chorus. It was hard just to keep track of what was going on on the screen and there were a lot of flashes of light. It felt like the visuals were trying to keep up with the song, rather than the song come to it to make it choreograph better. The song itself was good, if not a bit out of place with the show due to heavy use of the synthesized vocals. But that’s MYTH&ROID’s style so who am I to complain.
So yeah, this show is a rather unremarkable, bog standard Isekai series to add to the ever growing list of this genre. Yet nothing about this show is rage inducing to get you frustrated with it as it doesn’t invoke that sense of frustration or disgust because it doesn’t try to. It’s going through the motion of a formula that is tried and true that we know works but never tries to branch off to do something interesting. This show really is middle of the road. Doesn’t want to take risks. Is neither good nor bad. If you like this kind of show, then yeah, watch this series. Just don’t expect anything interesting to come out of it. But you can do worse than this, especially coming out of this season.
Paced well but is rather boring and uninspired in its delivery so far.
Interesting seeds planted but our main two leads are rather uninteresting and fall into the usual duo stereotypes.
Like the art style but animation is flat and cuts away too often.
Does its job but is something I will probably not remember moving forward.
My Personal enjoyment: 5/10
This show neither frustrates me or wows me and I am just going through the motion with this show.