Isekai Cheat Magician tries for a poignant moment this episode and due to the lack of a solid emotional foundation it came off more comical than it probably intended. Still, Taichi vs the two headed dragon was at least a momentary distraction from the mediocrity of this series.
Another round of lets talk to people and then go about using admin privileges to make whatever the demon-lord wants. The lack of real tension is palpable as is the lack of narrative direction. This one doesn't even really cut it as a slice of life because the characters just aren't engaging enough.
The players of the hugely successful MMO Elder tales are still trapped in the virtual world. They now survive as immortal adventurers living out what some would call a dream come true by incarnating their online personas. But playing a game and living it are two very different things. Stakes that were once amusing have very real and grim consequences. And increasingly, it seems what constitutes the "real" world, isn't as clear as it uses to be. The all-powerful adventurers have had a huge impact on the world of Theldesia and its people. Now they have some pretty big responsibilities, and the pressure is building!
While it isn't quite the butchered introduction that the first act was, Shea and the rabbitmen have their story condensed to nearly dot-point form. While there's nothing particularly glaringly bad about it, this is perhaps the least engaging way to convey this narrative.
Welcome to the battle of Taichi underground and the Rin is Awesome show above. The battle for the city is underway and you have to wonder what the adventurers would have done if Taichi and Rin hadn't been there.
Truth be told, Demon-Lord, Retry isn't getting any worse. That said, it set its own bar fairly low so even though this was a step backward from the previous episode is seems about average for the season as a whole. There were however a few quite amusing moments early in the episode before it all just kind of went 'meh'.
Grudgingly I'll admit this episode of Arifureta isn't quite the dumpster fire some of the previous episodes have been. While that doesn't quite get this series to being good, it at least shows that there are some steps in the direction of maybe getting to kind of watchable. It might be too little too late given we're at episode 5, but this episode paves the way for a future journey and has some nice moments.
This week I'm turning my attention to Naofumi from The Rising of the Shield Hero. As a character he's already been criticised and mocked and I'm not jumping on that band wagon. Rather I want to look at what his character was trying to achieve, what he did achieve, and where he was found wanting.
Taichi wakes up after the battle in the last episode to find an entire week has passed. Isekai Cheat Magician rolls up its sleeves and delivers a fairly average to below average episode in almost every respect. It would be difficult to try to refute those who've been calling this anime boring after this episode that literally just painted by numbers.
This week is kind of a step up for Demon-Lord Retry. While it doesn't sort out all the pacing problems and its self-aware and smug humour still grates, as things get rolling this episode there are actually some enjoyable moments and certainly the episode ends on a high note. Saved from getting dropped, here are my thoughts on episode 6 of Maou-Sama Retry.