Who Summoned Taichi?
Isekai Cheat Magician Episode 8
Taichi, Rin, Myura and their mentor are summoned to meet the king who entrusts them with winning a potential fight against his own brother who apparently disagrees with his political policies… The whole time this is being explained I just kept wondering why anyone in the room expected Taichi or Rin to care and yet other than one outburst the two of them are just kind of cool with the idea that they are being forced to take up arms in a war that they have no personal stake in.
This happens a lot in isekai stories where for whatever reason the protagonist gets dragged into some kind of conflict. Particularly when the characters themselves want to go home and it isn’t a case of they died and reincarnated. Yet they never seem upset enough by the situation. They just kind of accept that ‘this must be the only way’ or ‘it might be easier to go along with it’ and we move on with the plot.
It really kind of makes it difficult to see Taichi and Rin as anything but plot devices. Even if they do everything they are asked and the Princess does find the impossible solution to sending them back, which is a ridiculous long-shot of a promise in the first place, having been through one fight already and about to go into another war these two should be picking up at least emotional baggage and scars like crazy and yet they are just fine. And while I get the comedic tone of the story doesn’t lend itself to deep exploration about the difficulties of being involved in conflict, they could do something to lend some credibility to these two as actual characters.
Anyway, our next conflict is brother vs brother fighting over something incredibly petty that really should be solved by actually talking things through but instead we’ll go to war over it. I get foreign policy is important but I don’t see how you can protect your country by having people fight each other. What is worse is it looks like the non-King brother is just being manipulated by people who are telling him he’s the only one who can protect the country. So that makes it worse than petty but outright stupid.
At the very least Taichi is having some doubts about fighting people and there’s a semi-decent scene toward the end where he summons and talks with Aerial as he’s worried about actually killing someone because he’s overpowered. He’s also worried about Rin as he wants her to be able to return to her normal high school life (doubtful). This is as close to a real reaction as we’re going to get here so I kind of appreciated it even if it won’t change how the characters act next week in the slightest.
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Images from: Isekai Cheat Magician. Dir. T Daisuke. Encourage Films. 2019.