Truck-Kun did a great job with this one…
How do you write a review on an anime that has so much controversy behind it? Simple. Like it harder.
If I were to explain the differences between a good isekai and a generic isekai, I would use the word controversy. The codependent relationship this anime has on that word could potentially create a mass hysteria within the anime community. Tensei built its popularity not only with the hate behind it but believe it or not because it is good.
….If I were to express the love of isekai I have had over the years, it would be positively
mediocre. Mushoku Tensei can cross the mediocre boundary and overused formula of isekai that we have seen many times over.
The anime itself uses a generic truck-Kun hit formula to the next world. The way this anime leaps a boundary within the isekai genre is the Neet aspect. Before you tell me, this also has been used many times too, let me explain. This anime builds on this, our main character’s name about the other world, Rudueas Greyrat, can’t escape the past of his reality allowing us to perceive more of an inner conflict that is brought into the next world. His past self haunting him even in the next world drives him to better himself in this one.
Bringing back the word controversy, this anime manages to implement fan service, and still creates an atmosphere of a great anime. This new world the protagonist enters portrays women not caring much towards many sexual indulgences. While I do understand the “pedophilia” moments that have been somewhat scattered throughout the anime, we see a controlled systematic limit to these, not creating a bad atmosphere that creates the need to turn off the anime. Tensei can implement this and at times heavy fan service, without the need to cringe and can mediate this in a good manner.
Characters are a dynamic crew in this dynamic anime. While many claim this anime to uneven characters within the show, I believe it pursues this “uneven” flow, not due to lack of sense but to create an aesthetic and longing for each character. Characters such as Sylphiette, who is a stepping stone at the beginning of the anime who allows our MC to break a layer of his old self originating from bullying. The lack of development and screen time from Slyphiette administers a sense of longing that we can appreciate as the anime adheres to the undeniable next season. Another character we can see that many wanted more of was Roxy, her screen time and potential are very strong and very similar to Slyphiette’s case, but there is one factor that separated these two. Roxy’s lack of screen time is unnecessary compared to Slyphiette, and that is where Tensei hits a little off base. Backing away from the type of characters that are conversed about, let’s begin on the greatest family in an isekai.
Born in the world to two parents who love each other a little too proudly and maid we see Ruderat(Rudeus Greyrat) claim his new life as an observer and mage rebuilding his internal pieces one by one. Here lies more controversy, I am not a fan of Netorare. We could go as far as to say it is the scum of the universe and I will personally move to Japan to attain a job in the Hentai/anime industry and single-handedly cancel all NTR production for the rest of the time. His “father”, Paul, can be viewed as an absolute chad that also impregnated the maid and kept her child with his wife or as a disgusting human being, you may decide for yourself, but I on the other hand think the story which drove on this is undeniably hilarious.
The story derives from the idea of increasing Ruderat’s ability to expand his magical knowledge and travel to the capital kingdom where he connects with Paul’s family and takes a tsundere under his wing. The cretin, Eris Boreas, can turn off thousands of monitors simultaneously, but thankfully her tsundere can cool down and become funny at times paired up with Ghislaine who is literally in the anime for more fans service and teaching some swordplay, I guess. With efforts of teaching her all kinds of education of language and such, we see Eris slowly develop feelings for Ruderat. This leads to yet another controversial scene where they were close to doing the deed but Boreas chickened out, she wants them to wait until the legal age in the world they live in, problem solved, or so I hoped but the anime community finds something to nitpick and relate it the fact he is a middle-aged man in reality. I don’t care enough to worry about the fan service in the anime or the “pedo” essence that is scattered, but I do care about the substance of the anime.
I believe the reason why this anime brings so much attention and praise is the depth it reaches, not simply in terms of plot, but the human psyche of the MC. Bringing back the fact he is a Neet, let me expand, there have been attempts to use the fact of being a Neet as a reason one wants to be reincarnated. In most cases, after the MC gets hit by truck-Kun that has traversed multiple verses to kill the said MC, he will leave the fact that his past life was traumatizing and randomly build a harem. This anime can break that generic shell used many times before and give us an anime with development towards his person, his previous self. I believe he started as a child and a new person completely because it is to give him a second chance at putting himself together allowing him to redeem himself as a person he can see in the mirror, the definition of an isekai, a “second shot at life”.
Stepping away from the anime and story base of the anime, let’s talk about the production essence. Tensei is a hit and for good reasons. The production of Tensei blew my mind, it implements a sort of raw art with fluid animations that can enhance magic when used or explosive fights where swords are used. The animation is sharp and compliments these battles, they are addicting scenes where serotonin is simply gathered to your eyes, yes it is that good. The art is unique and in a good way. The art compliments the general aspects of the anime, the fighting scenes and the service moments are continuously able to enrich Tensei as a whole. The art can capture the new world and create a vast body of imagination and fluid moments throughout the show. The production of this anime solely can capture your attention and take it to a positive mindset.
The sounds placed in this anime can perfectly harmonize with each mood and settings placed. Starting with both OP and ED, the harmonization of both can complement each other as well as the anime as a whole. The soundtrack itself is a little different than usual, able to implement smooth ear-pleasing integers. If I were to sum the music as a whole, I would express it as an evolving piece that expresses itself and continuously evolves as the anime moves forward.
Coming back to the plot, towards the end or what I believe the climax to be the best arc of the anime. If I’m being honest I didn’t particularly see a drive to the story until the end where the so-called hero of the real gave an “Oh that ain’t no hero” type of feel sent a scout from his castle in the sky to observe any entities lurking a suddenly appearing mana concentration. Ruderat, Eris, and Ghislaine who happen to be there fighting with the scout are transferred to different places from the explosion. Eris and Ruderat are transported to the continent where the “bad guys” live, hint: they aren’t. Amidst this transportation, a man-god, Hitogami taps into Ruderat’s consciousness and gives him hints throughout the end of the show. Why do you ask? I don’t know, but hey, the plot needs to move. They meet Ruijerd, who is feared by all due to his race’s disrespected name and has a random crazy love for children and is willing to help them back home. Towards the end of the show, the main driving force of the show is to help Ruijerd’s tarnished tribe’s name back to a respectable one. The anime at this point has opened a new realm of possibilities to the evolution of political standards within the world and growth for Ruderat and Eris as a whole. My thoughts of the anime revolve around the plot, a broad and potential one like this is able to make me want more.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t like this anime purely from the hate it gets. I mean other than that, I mean this anime is able to cross a boundary within the anime industry and create a piece that can create bodies of enjoyment. Besides all comical takes and hate, this anime on paper is a different take on isekai implementing a major part of real human physiological problems adjusting to a different society.
Tensei is an anime that you should give a chance to despite any negatives you hear about it. And again I would be lying if I said this anime is for everybody. This anime has a lot more potential if it sees another season, I can see it tying up loose ends in the plot and/or creating another means to how the cast grows individually and as a whole that can complement each other. This anime as a whole is a high-level production isekai with differences that make a name for itself from more than just its plot but its take on human minds. Before you say it’s not that deep, I already know but my perception of the depth they reach of not simply scratching the surface, but extending further, creates a great essence within the anime I come to like greatly.
This anime proves time and time again that it isn't a formulated isekai that we have seen times and times before but one that is a good change for the anime community.
Jan 30, 2021
A great take on Rom-Coms… y'all need to chill on the hate
Romcoms usually take a misstep and follow a formula of cliche tropes and becomes something that becomes hard to watch, this does the exact opposite. As a person who loves romcoms and romance type anime, this anime hits all the points for a great and original romance.
The characters are a major factor in this anime that creates a more entertaining anime. Our two main characters complement each other and create moments of awe that we will never have.
Izumi Miyamura is a different type of MC. He isn’t the braindead MC, but a realistic ... one. He creates moments of awe and possesses a new type of creativity in his looks, from otaku to badass real quick. His lovable character adds depth to Horimiya which I for one enjoy.
Our tsundere waifu, Kyouko Hori, is the definition of the love you are missing. As a person that has read the source material, I can appreciate the adaptation towards the romance they cross with each other. Kyouko herself is a wonder, and although she might be a tsundere she doesn’t feel like that generic tsundere, no she gives off vibes of a real person in love.
The animation and art are a great asset to this anime. CloverWorks adapted the anime nicely and on top of that, the show has amazing animation, always reminding myself of the love I will never have every time I watch an episode. The art is unique, to say the least, it provides us with a special take on the romcom generic art style we are used to seeing. Both animation and art are a different take on a unique romcom.
As we all know this is a romcom so let’s talk about enjoyment. As a person who is biased for romcoms, I can tell you without a doubt this anime is an enjoyable and entertaining anime that will make you see the love that is nonexistent for all of us. If I were to be unbiased I can say without a doubt this anime is an enjoyable and entertaining anime that will make you see the love that is nonexistent for all of us. Watch it and don’t mind the hate that came from who knows
The sound is great, but not too special. It brings sounds that will entrance you into the romance. The OP and ED are a nice addition to the rom-com, bringing unique sounds. The soundtrack follows the same as the usual romance anime of this sort, almost generic, but overall great.
Overall, this anime brings unique assets that the rom-com genre desperately needed.
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Jan 28, 2021
It’s not bad...but it’s not good.
If I’m being honest this anime is a repetitive idea that surrounds the use of my twin otaku, Fumiya Tomozaki’s, ability to be so iconically similar to every other otaku that has social difficulties. Even with all of that this was probably one of the animes this season I really liked for some odd reason
The animation is overall better than average with smooth and clear visuals. It can show all the otaku features that I can relate to, I can see my ugly face through the screen in essentially 4k resolution with amazing visuals.
The characters are a textbook bland cast. ... The main two characters are Aoi Hinami and Fumiya Tomozaki.
Aoi Hinami is a by the book tsundere and is very similar to Chizuru from Rent-a-Girl-Friend. She makes an effort to make our MC into a proper person and become more sociable. This doesn’t mean she is a bad character, she gives all the qualities one would want in a tsundere and makes the show a little bit more enjoyable.
Our struggling reflection of ourselves is Fumiya Tomozaki, who is that classic outcast and otaku MC next to the window to the right of the classroom. He reluctantly listens to Aoi and creates an effort for a better him and slowly over time has major character developments.
These characters if I’m being honest are two textbook characters that complement each other and create a very average cast of characters, much like the rest of the cast in the anime.
The story as you probably interpreted is simply how long will it take Aoi to confess or something like that. In all seriousness, our story revolves around Aoi making Fumiya a better and more sociable person. I’m probably watching this because I am fervently waiting for our boy to be an absolute CHAD. Maybe it is the fact this story has been used so many times with so many takes that I have finally grown fond of it.
The sounds are as you expect of an anime of this sort-average. The OP and ED are alright and have no positive or negative impact on the overall show. The soundtrack uses essentially basic sounds and there is nothing majorly notable.
Ah, the enjoyment. I, for some reason, really looked forward to this show. The anime itself is executed well and created some laughs and cringe moments to enjoy. I might have a bad tendency to over-love shows that aren't special and aren't well known. This anime isn’t bad but it isn’t good, but I believe you will enjoy this show if you watch it, which you should.
Overall: This anime isn’t special, it isn’t great, but it’s fun.
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Oct 24, 2020
I don’t understand the hate, I really don’t…
The all-knowing and savior of this world, Godsuya, is back after many long years with the usual cast and some blonde tsundere. While many people hate it from the overpowered Godsuya to the sister who loves him a little too much(don’t blame her, honestly) to what many perceive to be a flat plotline, I for one appreciate this season more than I did the last.
As usual, the animation and quality of this anime are amazing. The animation really does make the art shine, from battle scenes to lovable sister moments; this anime continues to deliver from this standpoint.
The ... story at this point is quite straightforward, don’t mess with Godsuya. I mean other than that, I guess there is a blonde trying to find the identity of a vampire. Well, as the story develops, the moments I want to include, Godsuya being Godsuya.
Characters are single-handedly the greatest component of this anime. Tatsuya, Shiba(Godsuya), and his sister Miyuki, Shiba are the siblings we long for in an anime. Godsuya the legend among legends, the overpowered MC among overpowered MC, has time and time again that he should have his own religion. In this season, not only did he make an American blonde tsundere(Angelina, Kudou Shields) fall for him literally by looking at her, we see his sister even more attracted to Godsuya than the first season(again don’t blame her). One thing I’d like from this season is some character development especially towards Godsuya, so we can praise him more and establish a religion for him.
The sound and music are quite nice; it approaches us with fluid sounds in a battle scene to alone time with the sister. The OP and ED are good and the soundtrack ties the anime together.
If you want to continue your ride in the “All hail Godsuya” train this anime is right for you!
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Oct 23, 2020
This show is a generic Rom Com...so what?
With what seems to be a great anime adaptation, we can expect great things from this anime moving forward just like a Truck-Kun. With an all-you-can-eat lovefest, I have already fallen in love with an MC that understands that scams don't matter if there is a cute girl involved. Our two happily married lovestruck protagonists are very different than your usual nice guy accidentally tripping face-first into a lewd position with tsundere girlfriend.
I love romance, and I love romance when it's executed right. With a humorous and lovable approach, we see this anime quickly break the barrier of ... a typical rom-com and it’s usual tropes and head over to getting married, why you ask? Because this anime keeps on moving at great speed just like Truck-Kun. Our protagonist, Yuzaki, Nasa, near the verge of death receives a somewhat hilarious meeting with his future wife helping him, avoiding death, when our heroine, Yuzaki, Tsukasa(adopting his last name due to marriage) agreeing to our MC’s ridiculous request of marrying her, meets again to begin this great rom-com. I for one am very grateful to the all-powerful Truck-Kun; for he provides a different approach to the romance genre that I have come to appreciate.
While we have a somewhat generic character lineup, doesn’t mean that my ability to love them will wither away. Since they haven’t made such a change and diversity to the characters it’s easier to relate to, simply because I’m so used to a generic ideology.
Our protagonist Nasa isn’t much different than your usual rom-com protagonist, he simply embodies us, the medium of people who watch others romance prosper through anime. Though this time, he is the lucky victim who us, the viewer, despises. Why do you ask? Simple. He has the love we will never have. Nasa, besides my every fiber of being hating this lucky kid, is a fun character that is not good enough for his wife.
On the other hand, Tsukasa, our beloved wife, helps us realize that the best girl doesn’t have to be obnoxious tsundere. No, it can be Tsukasa the all caring wife, true to her feelings, won’t hit you for a stupid reason and wears an apron(if you know what I mean). Tsukasa has a somewhat mysterious background that is being revealed slowly. This is great, it differentiates from the usual childhood friend ideology. Honestly, I love her, she brings a breath of fresh air and we must all inhale and exhale very...very...very slowly, for we might never see another gem like this for a while.
Though this anime has somewhat of a generic character lineup besides Tsukasa, it doesn’t affect the overall laughs and moments you will experience with this anime.
Animation and Art
I’m not going to lie, I perceive this animation and art average at best. With no differentiation to your typical rom-com, animation and art let me down. At humorous points of this anime, we would automatically without question switch over to chibi characters, and a production cost of animation and art would pummel. Specifically speaking, the art has no entertainment or visual value, it brings nothing new to the table and at times would seem that the only effort put into this would be at heartwarming scenes or scenes where they had to put in some effort. The animation was subpar; nothing terrible occurred in this department but the overall enjoyment through animation. The animation wasn’t fluid and had not given me the breath of fresh air I had longed for, especially when taking a new approach to this genre of anime.
The sound is great, especially the OP. The OP brings a new sound to the average and boring sound that we see now. Other than that, the sounds that bring our couple to life are smooth and natural. There are many great moments when the soundtrack shined, allowing me to appreciate this anime more than I originally had.
This couple had countlessly kept me, without a doubt, smiling throughout each episode. With heartfelt and stupid humorous moments our two happily married couple outshines through all of the muddy and usual generic tropes of a rom-com. I love romcoms, I do, it always reminds me time and time again that I will never reach a tier of greatness this protagonist of this caliber attains. While this anime is essentially a generic rom-com, you will have fun that is not provided in a normal and used plotline of other romcoms.
This anime is a great watch, with a new take on this genre, it outshines many of the usual romance animes we have seen in a while. Give this anime a watch; it portrays a new view of romance that everyone should see. Give this anime a try, why do you ask yet again? This anime will make you question, where is my wife?
Alright, let us all hope and pray this anime turns out to be amazing, so we all can enjoy the love and joy we will never have!
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