I Guess We Had To Have Seen That Coming
Isekai Cheat Magician Episode 12
Well Isekai Cheat Magician is at least living up to its name and Taichi does the ultimate protagonist cheat move of suddenly getting an unlocked power mid-final battle which naturally saves the day. Where this might have some dramatic tension in other stories despite the cliche here it just feels flat and lazy because it comes on the back of a narrative that never really moved beyond being flat and lazy and they’ve given us little reason to care about Taichi at this point. Not to mention his mental struggle with taking that last step lasted all of two lines of dialogue. It wasn’t exactly compelling.
Rin is also thoroughly side-lined here. She starts out by recruiting the mercenary to her side and regrouping with Taichi but then does nothing but get a hug. It makes little sense to have her run to his side for no reason. Also, Rin getting to do nothing in the final battle just makes me wonder why they bothered with her character at all. She started out fairly interesting and then was utterly underutilised at every point where it might have mattered. To the point where it might have worked just as well for Rin to not have been in the story, and given she’s been the best thing about most episodes, that’s kind of sad.
To say that this final episode is disappointing would be a lie. After 11 episodes, there was nothing else to expect from this. The battle is wrapped up, the ‘bad guys’ defeated, and the mystery lade in the shadows is still a mystery waiting to be uncovered in a sequel that I sincerely hope is not forthcoming. There are plenty of other shows that need a season two first.
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Images from: Isekai Cheat Magician. Dir. T Daisuke. Encourage Films. 2019.