The anime I was looking forward to the most this season based purely on the premise was weirdly disappointing. The one I had little enthusiasm for ended up surprising me in a good way.
Isekai Ojisan/Uncle From Another World
I remember watching the trailer for this show a while back and not being particularly impressed. From what I saw, the series seemed very slow-paced and dialogue-driven, which didn’t seem like a recipe for good comedy to me, at least when isekai was shoved into the mix. However, I ended up quite enjoying episode 1 and will certainly be back to see what more Isekai Ojisan has to offer.
Granted, the anime has yet to prove that it can last the distance in terms of its comedic chops, which will largely depend on whether it plays the same joke over and over again about video game consoles or whether it introduces more variety into the mix. However, I think that if the emphasis is placed more on applying the ojisan’s magical skills and items to modern-day Japan to make life more convenient and less on the fantasy video game tropes like tsundere elves, the series will be able to keep delivering the same general level of enjoyment. I like the parody material as a whole, but fish-out-of-water comedy tends to do better long-term (at least for me) than poking fun at stereotypes, which really has to work hard to remain fresh for an entire series.
I will definitely say that if you’re the kind of person who’s burned out by the constant barrage of isekai anime, or else if you never much liked the isekai genre at all, Isekai Ojisan may turn out to be far more enjoyable than you think.
The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting
… Meh. I was ready to be wowed and I just… wasn’t. I mean the anime is fine. It’s not offensive or anything, it just feels kind of disjointed and neither especially funny nor especially poignant. I wouldn’t have minded a dumb but laugh-out-loud comedy like Way of the Househusband, and I also wouldn’t have minded an emotionally hard-hitting found family piece like Usagi Drop. The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting sits somewhere uncomfortably in the middle, not committing to either of these things tonally and as a result failing at both.
Moreover, there’s a pretty odd disconnect with the anime seemingly telling viewers that Kirishima is this swell guy who’s actually good with little kids when that’s not the case. The dude’s flat-out murdering people in a surprisingly violent scene before the opening credits have even played, and then it feels like a very hard transition to the character somehow being redeemed because he’s given the job of looking after the boss’ kid and doesn’t screw it up. Like that’s cool and all but I don’t see how that makes him any less a murdering psycho? He’s not sorry for anything he’s done in the past and he’s not striving to leave the yakuza lifestyle behind – he just got saddled with a job and is now performing it competently, so there’s no comedic or heartwarming twist in there. Sure, there are a couple of mildly funny moments and a couple of mildly touching moments, but nothing that really hits home either way, and the anime as a whole is too slow-paced to offer nothing much in between.
I’ll likely give this one more episode to try and prove itself, but based on what I’ve seen so far, I’m not holding my breath.
Enjoy browsing my site? You can support Otaku Lounge by buying me a coffee!