High School Prodigies is the fourth isekai series to debut this season and easily the most basic and by-the-numbers in structure so far. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a totally generic set-up, as arriving by plane rather than by death or summoning circle is a new twist, but the first episode does not feel like it’s aiming to accomplish anything special. Also, the set-up here has a bevy of holes which strain credibility.
Admittedly, some of those holes might be deliberate ones which are setting up the story for a later reveal. Tsukasa’s observation that their plane looks so wrecked that them surviving at all is improbable seems dead-on to me, and that combined with how the plane ended up in this world in the first place offers up the big early mystery. But what about the fate of whomever was actually flying the plane? Was this a storytelling oversight, or is the lack of mention of it meant to be a significant detail? The vague fairy tale about the Seven Heroes is fully suspicious, suggesting that big and wholly unrevealed schemes are afoot here, so I have no issue with the story being coy about that for now.
However, there are other problems here which cannot be explained away so easily. Why were all of these geniuses from such diverse fields on the same plane together in the first place? Without some explanation, that smacks of thinly-conceived storytelling convenience. Why the (presumed) elf Lyrule is in a village which otherwise seems wholly populated by Byuma also seems like it should be an important detail, but no one brings it up; was this something revealed in the source material but cut in the adaptation, perhaps? And while I understand that some of these individuals being geniuses in their respective fields is something that has to be accepted as a standard anime contrivance, some of them are far less plausible than others. A genius politician? A genius reporter? I could understand a naturally talented leader in the former case, but that doesn’t translate into subverting long-standing rules and mechanics of elections, and the “genius reporter” thing makes even less sense. It also doesn’t help that most of these geniuses are tied to the most generic personality/character design sets imaginable. So yeah, even by isekai standards there are some serious credibility issues here.
At least the technical merits aren’t bad, and I am vaguely curious to see what such talented individuals might introduce to the world beyond just mayonnaise. However, my issues with the set-up’s credibility are outweighing that right now. Though I am giving this one a slightly higher rating than I did Cautious Hero, I actually think this is the weakest of the isekai lot so far. You can also free Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu! anime download and free online watch.
Oh boy, what a hot pile of garbage this one is. Let me just explain how awful of an experience it was.
First the easy and not really importaint part: it looks and sounds average, nothing stands out as particulary ugly or beautiful, it is just there.
And here comes the rock bottom, the root of problems and the bloom of despair: the actual writing of world and story.
First with premise: typical isekai, but we have 7 high-school prodigies that are great in their own field. Cause when we had just one Mary Sue it was not enough, grab a whole set of them. Ok, maybe they are interesting ones and have some infighting going on that leads to some interesting development? Nope, why did you even expect this? A bit more details one the main cast for you:
-Politician. Yes, a high schooler politician, and a prodigy in that. What does it even mean, to be a genius politician? A good liar? Being able to steal from treasury and never get caught? Author thinks that is includes being a good negotiator (ok), a great general (erm, what?), a crackshot with small guns and a good fighter in unarmed combat (really?). A really strange set of skills, but whatever.
-Samurai. The usual isekai protag that can cut bullets, monsters many times bigger than herself, cut anything and everything basically while being in high school, typical time spending for a teen. You can't really be surprised to see this type of character cause we are all too used to it at this point. Oh, and forgot to mention that she is fast enought to outrun a missle and strong enough to bring it to a stop (yes, it looked stupid in anime, even more than it sounds).
-Journalist. Why is she called a journalist if she acts, behaves and is in fact a ninja? Or do journalists nowadays are all able to infiltrate closed objects, kill a few guards with bombs and kunais and exfiltrate without even being seen? I have no idea so I will move on.
-Businessman. The only guy that I have nothing bad to say about. He just makes money for the party by using modern world capitalistic tactis. A pretty solid application of skills, cause I bet that modern rules are much more complicated and inventive in getting money from customers.
-Illusionist. Well, while he is called so he is just a mage that flies, glows and does whatever a magic user would do. How he is from supposedly our modern world - I have no idea. But things get much worse for the last two characters.
-Doctor. Did you know that being a skilled doctor gives you mastery of torture, medicine production and poison dart throwing? I had no clue. Nor did I know that skill can sterilise tools so your surgery patients don't die from infection after field surgery. Also she doesn't need any medicine or tools to perform even the hardest operation. I have no idea how disconnected from world the author is but this is pretty insane.
-And the worst offender of them all: the Inventor. If you watch anime, you could see "Dr. Stone", where a smart guy restarts a civilisation from stone age. If you didn't I'll give you a small summary: he works hard and long to gather resources, to make tools and when he makes somehting - it is really basic, ugly but gets the job done. Pretty reallistic. And here we got another magician: she produces modern world grade technology like trucks and missles from thin air. Mining resources, building tools to get better tools, to be able to finally cast metal, separate crude oil and advance in technology, and finally make a modern plant that produces modern tech - you will not see it here. She needs a truck? Bam, you have it. How was it build? Offscreen. Where did resources come from? From offscreen. Who managed to assemble and produce parts, fuel, electronics and etc? Someone from offscreen. Great explanation. Like being a genius was not a cheat enough, so author gave her an item spawner.
And it is just a main cast. It is already a bad one, but wait a second, there is a secondary cast! Every single non-hostile inhabitat of this world is suffering under opression of authoritarian goverment. A magical world with no rebellions, guerilla warfare and that manages to function even though the ones ruling it do everything to destroy it. And do I need to say that those from the goverment are all corrupt? Rapists - we have them. Tyrants and torturers - here you go. Religious zealots? Have one too! It is like a caricature of a caricature at this point, all those characters have one single defining trait and look like you would expect a zealot/torturer/rapist look, there was no efford put in any of those characters. And even their power level is at a mark where only our main bunch can get rid of them, cause they are HEROES you see. For nonhostiles a role of useful tools is ready, to serve as loyal subjects to someone who just appeared out of nowhere and started doing something unimaginable. Yes, we have a working society with our own culture, but if a bunch of kids says we need to abandon it all - we will do it. And we shurely will accept some "democracy" we never heared about and will go serve in army to die for it, all hail our great isekai overlords!
I really could mention a lot of stupid moments, like stupid actions or events, fanservice out of nowhere pushed into your face for zero reason and emptyness of the world, but at this point I just can't even bother. While you could use the premise to give a complex story, with ingroup problems, backward people being reluctant to accept new things, building trust with locals and slowly moving forward - it was all replaced with generic, boring and dull story. This anime is not just bad, it is horrible, it is an abomination that is not worth watching even as a joke. Don't waste your time.