Happy Fourth of July! I may not be an American, but I’m celebrating like all Americans most assuredly do – watching bad anime and telling people all about it. …That is how people celebrate around here, right?
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t totally sold on Yurei Deco at first even though I dug its bold art style and direction, just because I didn’t think it’d be my cup of tea personally. The more I continued to watch though, the more impressed I felt, in large part because of the setting. Don’t get me wrong, having to be constantly uploading photos and whatnot for likes (sorry, “loves”) and using those loves as currency for, it seems, everything, is quite literally my worst nightmare. However, the fact this that is basically an extension of how a lot of people already live today, just taken further in terms of the commercially-available tech, is really damn cool and makes complete sense. It’s the logical next step for the future as I see it, and as horrific as that sounds (at least to yours truly), it’s also kinda awesome to see play out in anime format.
I’m still attempting to warm up to the characters, particularly Hack, primarily because her speech mannerisms tick me off – I’m sure there’s some reason for it but I usually just can’t stomach too much “little kid”-like talk. That aside though, I’m looking forward to seeing what more Yurei Deco has to offer, especially if it keeps up this saccharine-colored dystopia the series has got going on. (Whether or not the show counts or is even intended as dystopian doesn’t really matter – it still speaks to me.)
My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the World!
I normally wouldn’t have bothered with this one – as I’m sure plenty of my readers are, I am done with this isekai shit. What intrigued me enough to try a first episode anyway was the premise. A guy who’s transported to a classic sword-and-sorcery isekai world but is actually longing to get back to all his mounting paperwork? Color me intrigued! I imagined following around this salaryman-turned-annoyed-magician who just follows his party around whining about how killing monsters suuuucks, can he please just get back to his overflowing inbox?
The gaping problem here is that My Isekai Life is apparently not a comedy at all. Nope, it missed its chance completely and plays everything generically, 100% straight (yet with a marked lack of enthusiasm or energy, so it’s not even funny in an intentionally over-the-top kind of way). The best I can say for it is that the main character is not an asshole, but he’s still ridiculously OP like almost every other male isekai hero out there. He also has all the emotional range of a teaspoon. Yippee. Pass.
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