Oh good. Another isekai anime.
Whereas most isekai anime sends a boy to another world, Isekai Cheat Magician sends both a boy and a girl! I would say that’s sadly the most original spin on the genre I’ve seen in a while but the next isekai(ish) anime on the list kind of does the same thing so maybe it’s not so unique. The Rising of the Shield Hero and Arifureta technically isekai’d a whole group of people too. At this point, trying to tell isekai anime apart is almost a lost cause…
Does the slight shake up still, you know, shake things up? A little bit, actually. You’re not told a whole lot about the relationship between Taichi (Kouhei Amasaki) and Rin (Rie Takahashi) apart from the fact that they’re childhood friends. It’d be really riveting if there was some history between them and their isekai predicament forces them to confront that history in some way. I doubt it’ll happen though because that would require making them dynamic characters and Lord knows we can’t have that in our isekai anime.
Still, having two characters instead of one react to the usual scenario is a little refreshing. The usual moment where the protagonist is initially shocked about being in another world is now a conversation between two characters. Taichi still compares the fantasy world to an RPG (and of course it is) but Rin at least grounds it more by initially finding it preposterous and reminding her friend that the world they’re in is still very much real. When the two get ambushed by a monster, Taichi throws himself in as bait to keep Rin safe. This would normally be the big moment where the hero saves the girl for the first time but here, Rin is more upset than thankful. Had Taichi died there, he would’ve left her alone in a world they’re unfamiliar with. There’s two people on this journey, not one. Neither character can really afford to be reckless and that’s a more personal stake in the plot than I usually see in an isekai anime.
Not that such a stake would last for very long though. Big surprise, the pair finds out they’re maybe part of some prophecy and are maybe really powerful if they train a lot. Chances are, mortality won’t mean jack in a few episodes. They also get a sexy teacher because of course they do. Fan service has to come from somewhere. I can see something compelling going on with the inevitable harem element. Maybe Rin will get jealous with all the fantastical girls falling for Taichi and that could create point of tension between him and her. That or it’s just a harem element that goes nowhere.
That’s the weird thing about Isekai Cheat Magician. I actually think this show has some potential to do something interesting with the isekai template. Whether or not it will is a whole other matter and frankly, I don’t want to get my hopes up. Still, it looks alright and at this point, “alright” is a godsend for isekai anime.
OP: “Pantha Rhei” by MYTH & ROID
ED: “Chiisana Omoi” BY Rin Azuma (CV: Rie Takahashi)
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