Average Can Be Fun
Having very recently read the first four light novels for this series I was a little concerned about watching an anime adaptation so soon. Particularly after Arifureta turned out to be such a poor adaptation in nearly ever sense of the word last season. However, while Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life chooses an interesting place to start this first episode is actually a pretty decent introduction and in honesty might be a pretty good choice as to where the story gets really interesting. Whether or not they can fill in the missing pieces in a satisfying manner remains to be seen but as an episode to introduce what this story mostly delivers, there’s little to complain about here.
Despite being yet another isekai title this season, this first episode managed to be pretty engaging and the humour for the most part works even if it is a little on the obvious side. However, what really sold this episode, and the books as well when I was reading them, is Mile. She’s such a fun protagonist to spend time with and her self-declared life-goal of being average is so far away from her reach and yet she seems so oblivious to it.
Anyway, this first episode sets up Mile enrolling in the hunter prep school, has her meeting the girls who will become her roommates by the end of the first episode, and a self-contained mission to save ‘Lenny’, the girl who works at the inn Mile has been staying at. Turns out Lenny didn’t need saving but a whole bunch of kids did and watching four girls bumble into the situation, get in over their heads, and then see Mile lose her temper was all kinds of fun.
There’s not a lot more to this though. Visually it is fine. The character designs are lovely but otherwise it is pretty unremarkable. The sound so far has been fine. There’s not a lot of story and more just following Mile about and a few revelations about who she is, so largely set up. All and all, it was pretty average, yet in this case delivered in a fun way. You never get the feeling the show is taking itself seriously or asking you to really buy into it either. It also doesn’t have that smug tone that a lot of self-aware anime seem to adopt.
Basically much as I found the books just pure fun pop-corn reading, this anime seems to be adopting much the same tone even if it has reorganised the story somewhat. This is definitely one I’m going to keep watching this season, how about you?
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Images from: Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! Dir. M Oota. Project No. 9. 2019