Regular high schooler Taichi Nishimura and his childhood friend, Rin Azuma, are on their way to school one ordinary morning. Suddenly, a glowing light envelops them, transporting them to a fantasy world full of magical creatures.
Upon their arrival, Taichi and Rin are threatened by a beast. They are promptly saved by a group of adventurers, who advise the pair that traveling unarmed and inexperienced makes them vulnerable to the recently increasing monster attacks. Taichi and Rin are directed to the Guild, where they can determine their magical aptitude and register as adventurers. However, the test they take reveals an unprecedented result: Taichi and Rin possess extraordinary powers that far surpass the standard mage, instantly transforming them from typical high school students to the ultimate cheat magicians.
Taichi and Rin learn to grasp the full extent of their powers and familiarize themselves with their new world. However, while the duo seeks to uncover the reason behind their transportation and a possible way back to their original world, unexpected trouble lurks in the shadows.
Isekai Cheat Magician is unlucky, extremely unlucky. It had the potential, it really did. It had the potential to be the worst anime of the season, but unfortunately, Arifureta happened to air alongside it. Hence, the honor of being the worst anime of the season is snatched away from a truly deserving winner. In some people’s eyes though, I’m pretty sure this crap may even trump Arifureta. This is another new entry into the tiresome long list of failed isekai anime that air every season. I don’t have a clue what the studios are thinking when they decide to adapt such garbage. Are they trying
their luck just in case one of these becomes the next Sword Art Online? Perhaps. But the thing is, for all the faults of SAO, the first half of the first season was fairly enjoyable, and it had great soundtrack. Most isekai that come out nowadays fry my brain in 2 episodes.
At least Isekai Cheat Magician tried to be different though. Well, a bit. Instead of the usual beginning where it’s the male protagonist that gets transported to another world, he brings his girlfriend who’s not officially his girlfriend with him this time around. And instead of having girls from the new world fawn over his overwhelmingly bland magnificence, we have his original world girl along with the new world girls doing it. Well, that’s where the differences end. And beginning of the imitation of the plot of almost all its isekai predecessors.
We have Taichi and Rin transported into a bright new world where adventurers and magicians are required for everything. From defeating monsters to being bodyguards, the adventurers’ guild serves all. Stuff happens and the both of them end up becoming adventurers. Not only that, but they’re supposedly supremely talented. Oh, and did I mention that Taichi is already the guy with the most potential and untapped power in this stupid world? In this world where magic reigns supreme, Taichi is capable of calling spirits and due to this legendary trait. He’s a summoner: the ultimate magician who calls upon spirits directly instead of using magic power inside of them. His personality is dull and uninteresting and he embodies all the generic characteristics of the dumb, denser and overpowered protagonists that this genre is crowded with.
Now, this world is full of idiots. I do understand that it’s a medieval world but stuff like using wind to intensify fire is something that’s been discovered by humanity since the early ages. Rin is apparently an intelligent teenager in her world but the little science experiments that she did like mixing fire and wind, fire and water, etc is the source of her brilliant abilities as a mage. I laugh out loud every time she pulls a new trick out of her ass and destroys her opponents with it while everyone else is stunned at how smart she. These moments were the only joy I had. And even that was due to the stupidity of this dull anime series.
Isekai Cheat Magician is so stupid yet it thinks it’s clever. There are going to be minor spoilers in the next two paragraphs since I’ll need to reference certain moments to explain how terrible the execution is. There’s this scene in one of the earlier episodes where Taichi is fighting a monster summoned by his enemy. There are two other people with Taichi and he’s going one-on-one against the monster, struggling but still holding on because he’s the great summoner. Even a dimwit would know that they should attack the guy who summoned the monster. But Rin and Taichi are so bright that the thought never crosses their mind. So much for intelligence.
Since Taichi is this all-powerful summoner who pulls victories out of thin air, there’s no tension surrounding his battles. Every fight has the same set of sequences: Taichi will be overpowered against the monsters he’s up against (which no one else can even take on) yet he still continues to fight in order to protect his “friends”. And towards the end when he’s about to be defeated, his cute little spirit girls will strengthen him and turn the tables. That’s all there is to the battles; nothing more, nothing less.
When this show’s not absolutely stupid, it’s boring and predictable. Take this scene for instance: The cast is meeting with the king and the princess stands beside him. They have their conversation with the king and everyone is shown to their rooms to retire for the night. Then, there’s someone knocking on the door of Taichi’s room. Who could it be? Of course, the princess.
Don’t even get me started on the staleness of the characters. All of them are one-dimensional and have nothing more to them apart from the trait that they started with. Taichi is a kind guy who wants to protect his friends and especially Rin while Rin wants to protect Taichi and her friends. Lemiya and Myura are nice and powerful adventurers who become best friends with Taichi and Rin. That’s where their character definitions begin and end. The portrayal of human emotion is downright terrible. A feeling of grief after losing someone is forgotten in a few minutes of screentime and maybe a couple of days in the story. So much so that the person who died isn’t even mentioned in the next episode by someone who supposedly tried their damn hardest to save the said person.
Encourage Films is a very small studio so there wasn’t much expectation of getting great animation to begin with. The art was bland and the animation lackluster. Most of the scenes are stills and the action scenes don’t have much rhythm to them. There’s nothing memorable about the soundtrack either. I honestly think that they did a fairly okay job with it though, considering that they had only 7 listed staff members and a deplorable story to deal with.
Isekai Cheat Magician is a copy of the unmemorable and mediocre isekai that are dime a dozen every season. Only that it manages to do all of these things in the worst manner imaginable. It has no redeeming qualities, and I sometimes wonder why I even watched it to the end in the first place. Well, if this review makes some of you turn away from it, I guess that would be some solace in what has been an exasperating experience for the past three months. Please stay away from this atrocity unless of course, you like to pull your hair out, punch your monitor or throw your phone across the room.
Watching Isekai Cheat Magician is equivalent to trying to complete an assignment from your most dreaded class in high school. You’d want to tear your hair out and punch the teacher for being a such a dick. The experience this gimmicky show speaks for itself not just because of its title but by the context of its plot, characters, and absolute lack of creativity. This anime…no, this abomination is more of a cash cow riding on the current popular isekai trend.
Like most isekai anime, we have the characters trapped in a fantasy world after certain circumstances. At this point, any anime fan familiar with this
concept should already know what to expect. But if we take a look back, the main characters themselves had no clue what was happening. Taichi and Rin manages to land themselves into a strange world after being hit by a mysterious light. From there on, we get the usual gimmicky monsters, guilds, magic, swords, and every page out of the book you can think of in an isekai theme show. It’s the type of isekai anime where anyone can pull out of their ass.
Collectively, Isekai Cheat Magician is actually watchable at first glance. Sure, there’s a lack of creativity but it has a colorful open world. This is by no means an expansive world as the show mostly dedicates its time on the main protagonists. Be ready to have Taichi’s character shoved down your throat as the show pushes his character to broken degrees. I’m not a fan of using buzzwords but there’s no other way to describe Taichi other than a “Gary Stu”. The show even addresses his potential from the early episodes and as he begins to gain experience, his fights begins to feel like curb stomp battles. Rin isn’t too far off as she manages to master magical abilities under the tutorage of Reima. (you know, the girl who shows up nearly nude in her first appearance) Rin’s character is the stereotypical childhood friend who has obvious feelings towards Taichi. The anime itself doesn’t focus too much on the romance elements as it’s much more of a high fantasy isekai. That doesn’t mean it spares the time to get them alone though. Plus, you got a character like Myura who I honestly see little point in being in this anime altogether. What a lackluster character roster.
However, I did try to watch Isekai Cheat Magician for its plot. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like the plot has a main purpose. Our characters aren’t there to stop some world ending apocalypse or seeking a way to go home. They seem to adapt with their new life and become part of this new world. Without much of a purpose, the plot itself is extremely loose and constantly adheres to every isekai theme imaginable. It’s like one of those early access RPG games that developers made and try to improve. For this anime, there’s no room for improvement as the show limited itself to just 12 episodes. Every episode follows a similar trend of the characters facing some sort of obstacle but with an overpowered guy like Taichi, it’s easy to guess who comes out as the winner. Furthermore, Taichi himself is a poorly written protagonist who receives little character development. No, his mastery of his powers is definitely not a sign of his character growth. Similarly, the other characters he bonds with falls under many generic pitfalls you’ll discover in an isekai show. Hell, even side characters like Anna can hardly make an impact and ends up being disposed with little development. Like I said before, this story is one that anyone can pull out of their ass and it’s not hard to see why.
But is this abomination truly such a catastrophe? The short answer is yes and the long answer is also yes. There are only some minor parts in the show that makes it above the lowest denominator. First, I do have to say that the overall visual style makes this anime feel consistent. It looks a bit JRPG-ish at times but definitely fits under the category of an isekai-fantasy. Second, some of the magical elements in the show has its standard. What I mean is that they do explain it in a way that relates to isekai and fantasy. However, that’s pretty much the only acceptable parts of Isekai Cheat Magician I’ve realized. Everything else is just underwhelming from the actual combat scenes, character relationships, and overall plot. Even the world fiction wears itself out as the show dedicates more and more time into Taichi.
I’m pretty convinced Isekai Cheat Magician is made for the purpose of marketing its light novel and other related franchise. This got an anime adaptation as a way to convince us to become fans of its universe. But please, don’t fall for it.
By NO doubt this show should be skipped (without a second thought), but for it's efforts in the adaptation and the original LN source (no hate towards the novelist), I will give it a B for binary code (if you know what I mean, 1 or 0) just to add the (not so nonsensical) pun here. I really wish I could give this series a BIG FAT ZERO.
This Summer season was an absolute stinker for isekai:
- Maou-sama, Retry!: A parody that could've been better (honestly my isekai of the season).
- Arifureta: Hampered by bad production values and poor source adaptation.
- MILFsekai: More than being an
isekai parody with moms being heroes, fanservice kills it much.
AND THEN, there's the absolute (no kidding) garbage that is Isekai Cheat Magician.
By far, everyone should have realized that this series obnoxiously fails in ALL aspects and pointers, and is (dare I say) not afraid to show it in the most disgustful of ways possible: the "Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V" (or "Copy and Paste") notion. Everything is taken from existing isekai stories, from the city settings to the usual tropes and cliches of isekai characters being OP for no reason, other than to exert superiority. What this series DOES DIFFERENT, is to "intentionally" summon some random-ass people to help them resolve crises so evil that only these people are the solution to the problem. How unwittingly obtuse.
Nevertheless, these are my "UN's" to exponentialize the absolute "UN-justice" of a UN-dercooked shitshow:
The story is UN-ridiculous, yet UN-scriptulous at the same time. The whole isekai thing has been done the same way ever, let me script that out for you: the magic and random summoning like KonoSuba's Kazuma, somehow the magic made the characters OP just like Isekai Smartphone's Touya, brought into the overworld that looks UN-canningly like KonoSuba, having a "harem" of girls like every other isekai harem rom-com (again, Isekai Smartphone), fighting together with the Royal Family with "willpower" that is just solely the "blessings" of the gods, with enemies that ACTUALLY have both IQ and EQ (thank God they're smart and stupid too) to acknoweldge strong characters and say: "You're strong. I acknowledge you as my rival!" (Pokemon's Ash-Gary much???) It's such a joke at this point that if Japan doesn't heed the notions of the West (which 100% they don't), this is an overexponential problem and an ass-kicking insult to the anime community outside of Japan.
The characters are just UN-interesting and UN-inspired, meh, not even decent. As far as it goes for the OP MCs Taichi and Rin, I'm not surprised if the central characters are hated from the get-go. Hell, don't get me talking about generic. Those 2 don't even reach generic levels, especially worse in the isekai setting. Taichi is easily Kazuma's level of stench, being bossy just because of his unbeatable powers, while Rin (thankfully not being Aqua) is just the support character that's just ther because her best friend's there. Oh, and she's secretly in love with him (part Rie Takahashi, part in-character expressions). WOW, TALK ABOUT LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP, in a war setting that's a overburden on their atrocious levels of situational awareness.
The support characters are not any good either. Based on how much this strange world is ascertained, the political crisis between families is the norm (which is bog-standard), but this show made me wonder what is going in the original novelist's mind, whether he/she has the knowledge to pan a GOOD setting, or rather: "Let's plan first, and think later!" Not to mention with the usual partners/enemies cliche that has been overdone at this point, I was just wishing for a not-so-predictable loophole to talk about, and the only area I can commend this show for is enemies who REALLY ACT the part of being enemies, in spirit BUT NOT in truth and honesty. Like, come on, don't beat around the bush, get straight to the point!
The art and animation are UN-impressive, simply savage to make a good point on it. I mean, if you have the word "Encourage" in your studio's name, then do a freaking good job about it! But too bad, Encourage Films, your seemingly bad art and non-existent animation causes everyone to "Encourage" spreading the word to stay the hell away from this show, and rightfully so. Don't ever think of taking another show unless it's one the studio can manage decently.
The music is absolutely horrifying and UN-kempt at doing its job to get people into the show. Starting with MYTH & ROID's OP, it is by far the worst song they've ever done (and my ear's still bleeding from it), so much so that the OP lands in a stalemate. Rie Takahashi's ED is no better either, as I'd tell you to watch other shows that stars her in a better light. Other than these things, this show is a fine example of how not to mix music badly, to cover as many layers of badly-done compositions as possible, yikes.
As a conclusion, we have (not) isekai-ed, but definitely got cheated our way into this shitshow, and cheating our way out of this show, not with being magicians, but with social influence and the likes of it. If you're here to watch the usual tryst of bad isekai shows, this is the pinnacle (thanks Japan!) of it all. Enter this show at your own safety, and whether if you managed to cheat your way out of this show or not, I applaud you regardless.
Please, for the love of the overbearing Isekai genre, if you have a sense of respect for yourself being an anime-lover, I beg you (with my knees on the floor) to avoid this AT ALL COSTS! Don't second guess, just don't pelt your feet into this show. Just. Don't.
I really hate those wannabe writers, who think that they can just write a rip off, of the rip off, of the rip off, of the rip off, while changing only the names of characters, and try to monetize it. And some of them get away with it, that’s how we’re getting these new shows, that are nothing more then absolute trash, without any soul. Isekai Cheat Magician is that kind of show. You shouldn’t expect anything good from this, but it’s actually not so bad that it deserves nothing more than 1/10, the fact that it’s so unoriginal, makes it insulting to watch,
for this reason the score is so low score. So, without further ado, let’s dissect this cancer.
Part 1: F the Fantasy
JRPGs made my childhood, not only mine, but also millions of other people. I played countless hours in Pokemon, Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and The Legend of Zelda. The time spent by the creators in making these fascinting worlds made me apreciate these titles so much. That’s why I loved imagining myself in them, and wondered what I would do in a place of main character. Turns out that I wasn’t the first person to think that. A whole new genre was created out of these thouhts.
Isekai is fascinating in concept, guy or a girl is transported into another world, or they’re trapped in a game, where they need to start a new life, using the knowledge they aquired in the previous, where it would’ve normally be useles. The problem starts with how repetitive this got. I absolutely don’t understand why they stopped at fantasy setting, there’s so many other interesting genres. Also basically every isekai excluding No Game No Life, is making the same flaw that Tolkien had started, and that is every species needs to do exactly what was established in the earlier story’s. For example the ogres are warriors, elphs live in the peace with nature, and thay’re skilled at handling the magic, and so on and so forth. There’s never an explanetion of why something like this occur, it’s just simple copy, and paste from other fantasy titles. Everyone is just pretending „that’s how it was supposed to be, and every difference is a heresy”. If the author doesn’t care, why you should?
Part 2: Story is laughable
Finally I’m starting to talk about this show, so let’s go with the plot. It begens with two main characters walking down the street, then suddenly the bike is atacking them!!!!
Altough sadly they avoid it and are teleported by some magic ring, that has apeared out of nowhere, to another world. I must say that if they died by being hit by a bike, it would’ve definitelly grab my attention.
The only difference that this anime is proposing is a female counterpart for a protagonist. Although this turns out pathetic later, I'm gonna talk about this in the next part.
The rest of the story feels like it was written… no actually drawn by a todller, and some adult thought that it’s a good idea to write a story based on this drawing. It is full of plot conveniences, deus ex machinas, incostinent characters, broken power ascalation, in the end I still don’t undarstend why it is called „cheat magician”, and the worst thing – it’s boring. If the writer don’t try, then why he even started this in the first place? Of course it’s for the easy money.
Part 3: Formless goo, not characters
Characters are totally riped off from other shows. There’s litterally nobody, who would even seem to be kinda original. They’re remembering me of those creatures from one scene in Inside Out where Happyness and Sadness go to the inside version of Holywood, and there are those beings that take some form if you see them by „dream lense”, and the script from wich they were acting depanded from what happened in the day of Riley.
What I meant by this comparison is that those characters are basically those beings, when you watch this show, the „dream lense” is your monitor, and the script for them are characters from other shows.
Part 4: The visuals are awfull
It doesn’t feel right to give this, and Kenja no Mago the same score, the second one has at least kinda original plot, and the visuals were actually good. What can I even say about Isekai Cheat Magician? Animation is bland and disgusting, nothing that stands out.
Part 5: Soundtrack is passable
To be honest I don’t really remember anything at all from the soundtrack, but maybe it’s better that way, if something did stand out, it would probably be so bad it would’ve made my ears bleed. And these are harsh words to the composer of Dororo soundtrack. But actually there was something that made my ears bleed, it was opening. I’m not a fan of Myth&Roid, in my opinion they made, at best 3 good songs, and one very good. And the ed was painfully avarege.
Why would you even consider watching this. Everything that could be done better was already made. Watching this is a painfull waste of time.
Isekai is probably making it’s dying breath, looking at how many of those shows they’re cramming now, where practically every one of them is avarege at best, which most of the time, is a sign of a bitter farewell. I asked some people some time ago „is there any good isekai left” the answer wasn’t very reassuring, the future does not look too bright for this genre.