In a world of adventurers and magic lies Naral Island. Every generation, a Demon Lord rises to plague the land, and every generation, a Hero is born to subdue him. For countless centuries, the cycle has repeated with no end in sight. The latest Hero, Juulia "Yusha" Charldetto, has almost completed her valiant campaign alongside her party members: responsible priest Seiran "Seira" Élénoir, enigmatic mage Meiza "Mei" Endust, and hyper-energetic warrior Fai Fai.
In the final battle against the Demon Lord, Yusha's party attempt a risky spell to cast their enemy into the drifts of time. But the incantation goes awry, sending Yusha and her friends back to a time before the Demon Lord, before Yusha becomes the Hero, and before the party had even graduated as adventurers. With their memories of the future erased, the four girls restart their ambitions to become the Hero's Party, aspiring to defeat the Demon Lord.
However, in a sudden twist of fate, the Demon Lord was also sent back in time with her memories intact. Reduced to the form of a little girl, the Demon Lord takes the name Mao and infiltrates the adventurers' school as a teacher, planning to stop Yusha before she becomes a hero. Thus begins the story of Yusha and her friends, in their quest to defeat the Demon Lord, not knowing that the one they seek is right by their side.
JRPG is a beautiful gaming genre with a rich culture and history tracing back to the days of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Endro feels like a JRPG except here, we have an absurd set of characters united together for defeating the great Demon King. Wait, does this sound familar to anyone?
Now I’m a bit of a sucker for cute girls doing cute things. Yes, it gets repetitive sometimes but everyone needs a dose of that cute and fuzzy feeling sometimes, right? Every season has one in some shape or form. Endro focuses on a more unorthodox way of showing its ‘cute girls doing cute
things’ formula by taking on a high class fantasy theme. It’s not truly an isekai so don’t expect truck-kun to appear in the first episode. Rather, I see Endro as an interactive JRPG style adventure about a group of charming characters.
There’s no official rule but most viewers could probably find one particular character they enjoy watching more than others. The term ‘best girl’ would be used. Taking place known as Naral Island, we are introduced to a small yet colorful cast of adventurers – Yulia Chardiet (Yuusha), Ellenoar Seiran (Seira), Fai Fai (Fai), and Mather Enderstto (Mei). They make up the bulk of the main cast while we are also told about the Demon Lord, a character named Mao who became a small girl after a complicated spell goes wrong. Taking the job as a teacher at school, she makes an immediate impression with her cunning personality. But don’t be alarmed. This really isn’t some fantasy war story that involves bloodshed, revenge, politics, or anything complicated like that. It’s a slice of life with each episode containing a misadventure of its own. Watching Endro reminds me of how simple a fantasy slice of life should be.
From the first episodes, there’s probably going to be a make or break depending on how you approach the style of this series. The comedy is evident with the silliness and naivety of the main cast. Yuusha and the others aren’t aware that their arch nemesis is right in front of them. Meanwhile, Mao continuously plot to get these girls expelled but often somehow end up in failure. The show also takes a good amount of time to show its fictional themes that you would find in any JRPG game. Armor, weapons, spells, character class, dungeons, you name it. Anyone who has ever set foot into a JRPG game should be familiar with these mechanics although Endro makes more of a parody out of it. Still, I have to really have to praise the character cast as they are not only able to carry the show with their personalities but also made the show much more entertaining than it should be.
Starting off, Yuusha is the vibrant girl with a ton of energy and spirit. My first impression of her is that she is capable of being a leader despite being a bit airheaded. She is determined to defeat the Demon Lord and takes it upon herself to be a “hero”. Next, there’s Mei, my favorite character in the show for her unpredictable nature and knowledge of magic cards. You know, a party can’t survive together without her skills. Fai has the role of the warrior class and she isn’t afraid to demonstrate it. Serving as the “muscle” of the party, she’s the one monsters should fear in their adventures. Finally, we’ll come to understand Seira, the knowledgeable elven priest who is perhaps the most cautious of the group. Combining their skills together, this seems like a formidable party. However, it’s obvious the show wants to explore the slice of life content with its social aspects. Outside of their quests, the main girls interact with each other with high quality dosage of appealing character chemistry. I say this with strong confidence because each character in Yuusha’s party stands out on their own. Whether it’s for pure comic relief or with witty dialogues, I never once grew bored just watching these characters be themselves. On the other hand, I also find it quite hysterical to see Mao’s ambitions that sometimes jump way over her head. Nonetheless, there’s no doubt that you’ll find a special character bond between the main characters.
You may asking yourself it this show is so lighthearted or "plot lacking", then what’s really the point of watching? I actually asked myself that originally but then realized it’s for the pure enjoyment. Seriously, don’t overthink yourself when watching Endro. It’s a show that’s built with humor, parodies, JRPG gags, and variety. I emphasize all these as you should watch the anime with an relaxed mind. The criticism can easily be directed to the underdeveloped characters and weak “plot”. But when I watch Endro, I never really focus on that as the show didn't advertise itself so.
Fantasy JRPGs are hard to embrace for some fans and it’s no surprise. In our world, we are too enticed by overly complex storytelling shows or those that made an influence in others. Yet, the more I watched Endro, the more I see how sometimes, a simple collection of ideas is all you need to entertain yourself.
Personally, my AOTS (and an underrated gem) of Winter 2019. The anime that I had no expectations whatsoever going in, and it certainly delivered in all its cuteness and "Girl Power" aesthetics, that left me laughing and crying all at the same time. Regardless of how much the anime worked and/or sucked, without much ado, let the Endro~ (End Roll~) begin!
Every CGDCT anime will always be cited in one of two camps: either it will have a beginning point that is further developed as time goes, or the latter in which the story is given, but is only emphasized at the very last moments. Clearly,
it showcases the former first as means of a backstory, but once the aforementioned story passes, it End Roll~s into the latter, where majority of the slice-of-life elements come in with no drama and depth, just casual times for the main characters to do their daily stuff.
And this is the part where it determines whether you'll love or hate this show. If you're the type looking for drama that's filled with the fantasy-action vibes, then this is most certainly not the show for you. Otherwise, for those who just love the slice-of-life comedic moments that the CGDCT trope is known for and the non-seriousness atmosphere that's worth taking a relaxing sit back to watch, then keep reading.
The story starts with the Yuusha Party, consisting of 4 girls: Yulia "Yuusha" Chardiet, Ellenoar "Seira", Fai Fai (just call her Fai) and Mather "Mei" Enderstto. They start off their journey in the school of adventurers, then proclaim their plan to defeat the Demon Lord. But...with a twist of luck (or unluckiness), their claim to defeat the Demon Lord goes awry when the incomplete magic spell turns back time for both the Yuusha Party and the Demon Lord (plus her golem servant too).
From here on, the episodic timelines to flesh out the main characters plus the adorable Demon Lord Mao-chan, shrunk down to her chibi-form and then disguising as a teacher in their Adventure School to stop Yuusha from her Hero status before the entire situation happens again.
For an original series, this has some good pointers from the get-go. Directed by Kaori (Yuyushiki, Miira no Kaikata) with character designs by the one and only Namori (Yuru Yuri), this anime is certainly wonders at what it does best, and it manages to flesh out its storytelling through the Hero Party's 4 central loli girls, along with their own character-driven episodes:
Yuusha, for one, her dim-wittedness and stupidity makes absolutely no sense, but with that over-zealous cheerfulness of her, she is able to entertain her party of friends and keep the momentum going. Moreover, her hero duties are nothing more than just regular people saving others' lives. No wonder she's the spokesperson.
Seira, she is a very simple-going elven, always having to safeguard Yuusha and others, but the one thing that she does badly is in her cooking! That's too bad since she can be mother-material, oh well. She loves nature as well.
Fai Fai (I'll just call her Fai) is an interesting charcter. Raised in the woods as a warrior, her skills made for the wilderness are certainly no slouch. Not to mention that she is a big glutton, someone who loves eating, but most of her mischievousness in being hungry...is nibbling on Seira's ears like a mouse. How cute.
Mei the obssessive girl with Cartado cards, magic cards in all ranks that holds powers of all kinds. Her obsession sometimes drive her crazy, and even to an extent where in the presence of any Cartado, both rare and common, she becomes a know-it-all.
Along with their mascot Chibi Dragon, I'd swear this dragon always has me laughing at its small-sized prowess at consuming even the gods, it is one voracious living being.
Last but not least, both Princess Rona and the Demon Lord Mao. The ever-so-loving princess that have always wanted to marry a hero, doesn't shy away from even girls like Yuusha, creating that Yuru Yuri vibe. And Mao, even though she is made to be the antagonist, for the most part she serves her purpose well both as a teacher first, then Demon Lord second, often colluding with the Female Knight for off-day drinks.
Along with the VAs that represent these girls, Kaos-chan from Comic Girls is back to voice Yuusha, and the ever graceful-but-cunning Inori Minase back to voice Mei. Great choice and diversity of characters that help make this show more appealing to the masses.
There's always an off-the-hooks thing about Studio Gokumi originals. For one, they have a promising premise right at the start, but as time passes the true light is shed upon of the "expectations vs. reality" expression, that the true substance inside the shell is nothing more than just a series of occasional hits and misses, and Endro~! is no different. However, what they have done here is more than just the tip of the iceberg alone. The art really looks pleasing to the eye, giving it the watercolour-pastel looks that resemble a child's drawing. Animation-wise, for a series without much action, it is decent and still looks good. Not that it's great, mind you, but if that is what the producers wanted, they have efficiently succeeded.
Music and sound-wise, I absolutely love and adore the OP song, so much so that it is one of my top favorite OPs of the season. So much cuteness overlord, so much interaction and overall a blast to enjoy listening to. Inori Minase's ED is no slouch either as we are sent off every episode in a caravan full of wonder. OST has been good and it never has failed once for me.
In the end, this is a show that will divide people based on storytelling and perceptions alone. Like I've already mentioned, avoid this show if you have been burnt by the lesser action and fantasy-drama, and for those who just want the times of refreshing to sit back and enjoy this show, then come on in, because this Iyashikei, SoL magic fantasy series is truly worth the watch.
I highly, highly recommend for fans of the Iyashikei or even SoL genre-themed anime to NOT pass on this! Loved it at the beginning, and still loving it even now.
This was the anime that I didn't expect to be any good at all. Especially the first bit of the first episode, the fight with the demon lord and then the credits. I thought it was going to be terrible. But the more I watched it, this anime felt really refreshing and kind of original. The concepts and everything were great and I haven't stumbled across in the other animes that I've watched.
There are many moments where the incidents are crazy enough to be funny. I'm not the type to just like
a show because "cute girls doing stuff" Non Non Biyori for example I just found to be a bore and then Aho Girl was a bit too psycho.
I really thought that Egao no Daika was going to be dark horse of the season as the anime with the low rating that turned out to be great. It was, until it fell flat on it's face trying to wrap up a larger story in 12 episodes. My dark horse for last season was Akanesasu Shoujo, I have a review for it if anyone wants to know why before dismissing this.
Overall, I think this is above average and deserves an 8. Characters that you can like, incidents that are crazy and enjoyable. The ED is good as well.
Endro is so close to be my enjoyable anime but I cannot deny cliche of CGDCT and middle of this show. Okay, Let's Start
This show will about yuusha's party which go to defeated maou but spell had failed and make them and maou to past. In the first of this show will be about maou who backed to past and tried to make yuusha's party cannot go to defeated maou again. But this concept has forgotten and go to second part. Princess is not be character who annoying to ruin enjoyment, But this show use episode to build this character too much. Personally Idea of
this character can be tell in one episode but this show tell much cause other idea and character. After Princess part until episode 10, This show is random and useless scenario cause me bored . But I glad that this show return original concept and be good in the end. I think if this show have only episode 1-4,6,11-12 , this may be my enjoyable show in this season
I think 4 main characters are kinda of cliche and can see in same genres show. But each characters have role of themselves to make comedy and solving various scenarios. Although dialogues is this show are kinda of cliche but not to much cause you bored or annoying. Princess I think this character is not necessary of this show and make story blend of original in many times and be annoying in sometimes. This character should be have told her character better. Mao is character who I think I like most in this show, She is good development character although her development has told in this story few(because princess and useless episode).
Overall, In term of fantasy this show make well too, especially Episode 1-4. Although have many of unused plot and world building but can be enjoyable.Try watch it, you may enjoy who know.