It seems very strange that I would still find this entertaining when absolutely nothing is going on. I mean, we have the nearly requisite boy walks in on harem of girls preparing for bath scene as an opening, followed by some random bike building and riding contest, before Touya rescues some random pickpocket who he ends up hiring as a new maid and that’s all before the halfway point this episode.
Yet none of this is actually purposeful action. It’s just stuff happening. For all that this is an isekai story, it is definitely becoming just a slice of life that happens to be set in another world with a character who just happens to have a weird device that he combines with magic to make stuff happen. And rather than being bored I’m finding the whole thing oddly relaxing. I never have to worry about the main character because there has literally been nothing that can come close to stopping him and he gains more powers every episode, the girls are all perfectly fine in their own way so the harem set up isn’t actually annoying even though it isn’t going anywhere, and there’s enough small events occurring each episode that it feels like things are going on even when we don’t seem to be getting anywhere.
There was a slightly more serious note toward the end of the episode but I somehow doubt anything major will come of it. I could be wrong but I guess we’ll find out next week.
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7 thoughts on “In Another World With My Smartphone Episode 8: Bicycles, Dates, and a New Spell”
What does “harem” mean, if you don’t mind me asking?
A colloquial term denoting a single male surrounded by multiple females. Be it out of love interest or just friendship.
So when Karandi says ‘walked into a HAREM of girls’, you know exactly that all of the girls have something to do with him. Otherwise it’ll just be ‘A bunch of girls’.
That said, the term was roughly derived from polygamy, where males have a lot of wives lol
It wasn’t until anime became popular, with the power of fiction there came the opposite where a female could also be surrounded by multiple males!
It’s simply called reverse harem.
Oh…kind of a bothersome notion to me, if you don’t mind me saying…
Though that raises the question of why a guy in these shows never does just walk into a random bunch of girls and they are always a group of girls who like/respect/or are seriously stalking him.
Harem (ハーレムもの hāremumono; “from harem”) in anime and manga is an emphasis on polygamous or love triangle relationships characterized by a protagonist surrounded amorously by three or more members of either the same and/or opposing gender, sex, and/or love interests.
Harem (genre) – Wikipedia
Ah, okay! Thank you!