Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life continued from start to finish as really just light fluff. Even a fight against three elder dragons, an insight into Mile’s feelings about reincarnating leaving her two previous lives behind (once through death and once through just needing to leave her old life behind) and some challenging questions can’t make this final episode feel like it is taking itself seriously. And that isn’t really a problem because its never tried to be all that serious. This anime has been sliding along on the charm of its cast and an understanding that it isn’t really doing anything new but that it’s fine as it is.
Mile’s fight against the dragons is spectacularly average. If you want finger guns, flashing lights, balls of energy, and some really lack-lustre dialogue in a ‘final’ battle against a non-villain then this fight is for you. Then again, all this fight really represents is the first time Mile has come up against something she can’t one hit defeat and opens up the possibility of future exploration for Mile. It was never really intended to be a ‘final’ battle so while it certainly gives us enough of a climax for a final episode of the season it isn’t exactly concluding the narrative in any meaningful way.
Though I would have to point out, just to be fair, that once the two other dragons join in, visually the fight becomes even more dull. For some reason anime struggles with dragons and making them interesting. They largely end up very stagnant on screen. And given how much grief I gave Arifureta for its half-cooked visuals it would be fairly silly of me not to point out that the dragon fight here at times looked every bit as bad.
Again though, Average in the Next Life has never been an anime that cared much about its visuals, outside of cute character designs, so it isn’t as though the quality suddenly tanked. From start to finish it was consistent both in visuals and characterisation and fortunately it oozed charm.
I will get around to a whole series review soon but realistically if you want an average isekai about a girl who is striving to be average, Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life will probably meet your expectations.
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Images from: Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! Dir. M Oota. Project No. 9. 2019