The Easy Way To Win A War
Isekai Cheat Magician Episode 9
This series goes from average to less than average as they build up Rin and Taichi’s first experience with war and the conflict over killing humans, to produce a battle that barely has any interaction between the two sides and is won almost entirely by the enemy’s stupidity. Yep, this is Isekai Cheat Magician at its current state and while it might be trying to hold off for a big finish, the problem is that this conflict was almost laughably bad in its presentation.
Actually laughably bad would have been better.
Our ‘villains’ are definitely the one note kind where for whatever reason they sit around planning stuff and disagree about how to do it before one of them is sent to ‘take care of things’ with an idiotic plan of action while the rest sit about and… okay, one of them sent out an utterly useless assassin so I guess he wasn’t sitting on his butt doing nothing.
I still don’t buy this conflict at all given there’s been no talk of ending it any way except civil war. We don’t really know why the other group decided they had to break off other than a disagreement over foreign policy and to be honest; they aren’t impressing as a reasonable political force that has an actual chance of leading. Then we see that even within the group no one trusts anyone else and they are all out for their own gain and the entire threat dissolves into silliness.
Taichi and Rin do get a few decent moments because their inner turmoil at going to war is at least genuine. If only it was given a better setting to play out on.
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2 thoughts on “Isekai Cheat Magician Review Episode 9”
You’re dead on about the political situation not feeling real at all. Would have been nice to see some actual tension, through historical events or something. Both leaders have different foreign policy opinions and apparently think its more worthwhile to fight it out and damage their own kingdom than find a middle ground…
And isn’t the disagreement just that the brother wants to keep mages in the kingdom, while the king wants to send some abroad to influence other kingdoms?
If any mages die in the civil war, doesn’t that sort of defeat the purpose for both sides?
It is just a little bit ridiculous really.