The Fun Begins To Falter
Isekai Cheat Magician Episode 5
Previously the generic nature of Isekai Cheat Magician hasn’t been a problem for me. The anime has been fun enough despite the predictable nature. That was until episode 5 where it suddenly felt like they really were just going through a check list of standard developments with no sense of fun or energy.
I think where this episode went really wrong was in its explanation of Taichi’s sudden power-up last week. In addition to being a talking heads fest as his teacher explained what happened in the slowest possible way, just as we got to the critical reveal we cut to another set of talking heads, the villains setting up their next ambiguous but sure to be evil plot. It was such a poorly handled transition and instead of any kind of suspense just made me want to roll my eyes.
A scene like that, so early in the episode, really kind of killed the mood and all the flaws of this anime then had nowhere to hide. And seriously, taking Myura hostage just one episode after Myura and Rin were nearly made hostages?
Not to mention, they’ve yet to give any kind of sense to the villains. They are just over the top bad people being bad. We’ve even got a set of young twin girls for some reason, who contribute nothing to the episode but appear in it regardless for a blink and you’ll miss it pointless line of dialogue.
There’s still hope this show will be generic but fun, however episode 5 of Isekai Cheat Magician mostly reinforced all the complaints I’ve been reading from people about this one feeling phoned in. While I have been enjoying it, there’s very little in this episode that would allow me to defend it as this was not a particularly good or entertaining performance. Which of course begs the question of how you make the set-up to a town destroying event seem dull?
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Images from: Isekai Cheat Magician. Dir. T Daisuke. Encourage Films. 2019.