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Isekai Cheat Magician Episode 1
Here are two more perfectly ordinary high school students who are whisked away to a magic fantasy world, in this case via a botched summoning spell. Taichi and Rin are walking either to or from school together when a magic circle suddenly envelopes Taichi. He tries to push Rin out of the way but she jumps back into it and both of them are zapped to yet another pseudo medieval fantasy world with an adventurer’s guild to join and apparently massive magic power.
It isn’t terrible original but unlike the first episode of Demon Lord Retry, this one didn’t seem overly tiresome to watch. Sure it is going through the usual motions for this type of story but it has all so far been pleasant enough.
Admittedly, I have to question the pairs’ logic in signing up to the adventurer’s guild given their own acceptance of their lack of skill. The argument that they need to work is all well and good but surely there is work that doesn’t put you into harm’s way on a daily basis that they could have found in the town. The fact that they didn’t even try and just went straight to adventuring is kind of sad. Expedient for moving the story along but not particularly sensible.
Visually there’s nothing overly wrong with this first episode but it isn’t overly amazing either. The fire magic used on the horse monster thing wasn’t particularly impressive nor was the battle that opened the anime I assume to get us pumped for what was to come.
This one pretty much looks like it will be another run of the mill isekai story which is fine because I tend to enjoy them but the first episode isn’t screaming that this one is umissable.
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Images from: Isekai Cheat Magician. Dir. T Daisuke. Encourage Films. 2019.