Right up front, this umpteenth take on the Isekai Cheat Magician offer something slightly different: a pair get transported to another world by a summoning spell rather than just the male protagonist. Of course, given that one upcoming series will also be doing that and one other series this season has already brought a whole class across the dimensional gap, it’s not really that much of a variation at this point. Nor, for that matter, is anything else that that first episode does. If you want a poster child for “generic isekai fantasy series” at this point, this one could qualify.
As such series go, this one actually isn’t made badly. It is perhaps a little too methodical in establishing its central characters and how they ended up in the new world being trained to use magic, with perhaps too little story advancement in the first episode, but at least it is getting its particulars laid out first. It also, thankfully, does not use pop-up status screens (one gimmick I could do without ever seeing again) and has yet to show any other equivalent to that, so hopefully that means that this one will not be quite a stats-conscious as other recent entries in the genre have been. I understand why that’s a big thing in the genre, but you cannot even pretend that the setting isn’t a game with such features present.
On the downside, the first episode a little too coy about its reveal about the magical potential of our two leads; it’s not like viewers weren’t shown what these can two in the grand, opening in media res scene which throws out all of the eventual important characters in the midst of a battle, so there is no big mystery here. The one character appearing only in her lingerie at first seems to be that way just for the sake of worming in some fan service; that is not necessarily a negative, but it feels forced here. Technical merits also are bland and ordinary, but given the other titles that studio Encourage Films has done lead production work for, I wasn’t expecting much.
Basically, this start for the series is unlikely to offend anyone or draw any complaints for lack of thoroughness, but it also is not going to get anyone passionate about the series. Quite honestly, it plays things too safe. You can also free Isekai Cheat Magician anime watch online and free download.
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.