No Damsels In Distress Here
Isekai Cheat Magician Episode 4
The resolution of the farmer’s problem seemed pretty straight forward in the end but then the suspicious guy from last week turned out actually be suspicious leading to the first decent bit of tension Isekai Cheat Magician has thrown our way since it began. Largely that is because clearly the guy is looking specifically for Taichi and Rin which kind of gives me hope that eventually we’ll find out who was summoning them and why in the first place given they clearly didn’t end up where they were supposed to.
Now, Isekai Cheat Magician is not a visually impressive anime so compared to the fight sequences you might find in Demon Slayer, this one might be a bit lacking. In fact it kind of once again reminds me of Kenja no Mago from last season where they give you a sense of how cool it should look but it doesn’t really look cool.
Anyway, Rin and Myura take on the cloak wearing mage from last week and it turns out she’s battle crazy. We know she is crazy because she does that incredibly cliché anime crazy person thing and after she’s wounded takes a slurp of her own blood. I’ll never understand that trope but whatever. This anime does get points for a fake out though. The guy fighting Taichi threatens to use Rin and Myura as hostages as for a moment it looks like they are going to lose their fight and end up being the damsels in distress (DID). However, then we get a shakeup in our clichés.
Taichi is the one overwhelmed in his fight while the girls pull theirs off. But, seeing Taichi about to get crushed into the ground they are forced to surrender anyway. Fortunately, they aren’t turning Taichi into the designated DID either and he does the typical shounen thing of a plot convenient power up in the middle of a battle.
In their defense, it does look pretty cool.
Basically, this episode did a great job of setting up future plot developments, expanding on Taichi’s power, and it certainly kicked the action up a notch. Other than the very average visuals I have little to complain about from this week.
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Images from: Isekai Cheat Magician. Dir. T Daisuke. Encourage Films. 2019.