Can an overused plot line from manga about a girl who was obsessed with an otome game getting reincarnated inside of it as the villainess really be entertaining to watch? My Next Life as a Villainess most definitely makes a case that it isn't so much what your story is about as how much chemistry your characters have. Read the full review.
For hard-core anime fans this one is almost a no-brainer. We've seen hundreds of characters get summoned to, killed and reborn in, or just transported to fantasy worlds. We'd know right away if it had happened to us - wouldn't we?
Alright, second title of the season to be taste tested and it is... an isekai. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation. Does this one end up on my watch and review list?
Cautious Hero gives us the usual isekai deal with an overlay of heavy comedy. The main gimmick is that the hero, despite being incredibly powerful, is incredibly cautious (almost paranoid about danger). There's certainly some amusement here but can this one hold its own in the already over-crowded comedic isekai market?
Okay, I had a number of issues with this series when it started and while I still don't like the protagonist a lot of things are working well in this anime. Be sure to read the full review and share your thoughts on the anime in the comments.
Hataage! Kemono Michi is another isekai story about a Japanese person being summoned as a hero into a fantasy world. The gimmick this time is that he's a pro-wrestler who loves animals and upon being summoned he drops the Princess on her head and runs away from the castle. Despite being a summoned hero, Genzo's grand plan includes capturing demon beasts and using them to open a pet shop. It is a silly show that doesn't take itself seriously and by and large was fun enough even if it is lacking in areas.
Ultimate moves and goddesses breaking the rules, this would be an almost epic hero versus demon lord showdown except that with the comedic build up to this point it just doesn't quite feel earned. Not to mention, even mid-crisis the story can't resist throwing in some slap stick. Still, Cautious Hero gives us a pretty solid ending with episode 12.
It's another story of a Japanese teen getting isekai'd to a fantasy world only, at the request of the teen she's going to be perfectly average in every-way... Just a shame she forgot to ask god to be an average human. This one is a charming romp but doesn't have a lot of substance to it. However, if cute girls doing adventurous things in a fantasy land is in any way appealing, this will be worth the look. Read the full review and I'd love to know what you thought of 'Didn't I Say To Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life'.
The season has ended though apparently not really because there's a second cour coming sometime in 2020. That said they did resolve some of the problems Main had in the final three episodes of Ascendance of a Bookworm.
Seiya may have met his match and the stakes actually exist for once. Cautious Hero manages to be both completely ridiculous and fairly tense simultaneously in episode 10 and then hits us with an exposition dump to somehow make us worry about the outcome in the final episode. It isn't great writing but its still kind of working.