The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest Episode 6 – Nothing Left To Learn?

The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest Episode 6 Review

The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest reaches the halfway mark and decides the wrapping up the whole demons and monsters attack the capital arc is a good idea. So in quick succession the girls defeat a diversionary team of demons, the students of second academy delay the first demons who arrive at the capital, Mathias proves once again he’s potentially the most violent and bloodthirsty character in the show, the barrier goes up, and the monster horde is defeated. All before Mathias decides to pack up and leave to explore the dragon veins.

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The thing is, I am wondering why he ever went to the academy. I don’t recall him learning anything in particular there, other than the demons had infiltrated human society, which wasn’t exactly on the curriculum. In terms of plot, he met the girls on his way to the academy so could have just as easily met them on his own journey.

And the headmaster saying Mathias had nothing left to learn just more or less reinforced that he’d learned basically nothing while he was there. He taught quite a bit but that never seemed to be his main goal. That he chooses to leave now more seems like the writer realised the school setting was not exactly exciting and wanted to move on, so why start there at all?

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The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest neatly wraps up its first arc.

If I’m being a little less petty, it was kind of nice to see Lurie and Alma facing off against the initial demons alone. The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest has done a pretty decent job of building these two up incrementally. Admittedly, like everything else in this anime, it seems to have happened way too fast, but the girls have gone from learning new techniques, to facing off against lower class enemies, to fighting demons while supervised by Mathias, to now standing alone against at least weaker demons.



Their genuine happiness after they successfully took out those first few demons was actually pretty fun to watch and honestly Lurie and Alma may be the best things about The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest. Except as soon as Mathias comes back onto the scene the two become decidedly more damsel in distress like, often hiding behind him.

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So let’s turn our attention back to Mathias, given he is the title character, the actual Strongest Sage.

Mathias is not a nice person. He’s proved this again and again. Basically he’s obsessed with power and getting stronger and that was the catalyst for his reincarnation in the first place. Though as he uses a range of painful and nasty tricks to dispatch his enemies, you have to wonder if he wasn’t the ‘hero’ of the story what your impression would be of him. For demons, Mathias doesn’t just kill them, at times he can be quite awful in trying out new techniques against them.

Even this week, as Mathias makes his dramatic appearance as the students of second academy were about to be overwhelmed. The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest essentially gave the demons two choices and both were to die at his hand. I’ve said it before but it is hard to get behind a main character who is quite this arrogant and cruel at times.

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Though at last the barrier is complete and the demons stop coming though that still leaves the horde of monsters. I kind of though The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest had set it up so the monsters would arrive first, distract the city, before they attacked, but in this instance the demon attack came first. It doesn’t make a lot of sense from the point of view of the demons but apparently we shouldn’t worry about that.

I will say the barrier was kind of pretty, though we didn’t actually get to see something trying to get through it so I’m not sure if it physically stops things or not given the students clearly pass in and out of it.

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Anyway, halfway along and The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest has been consistently ordinary. It isn’t bad by any means and there’s nothing here to really point to and say it is broken in terms of characters or plot. It just isn’t very exciting and the main character isn’t very likeable.

Images from: The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest. Dir. N Akitaya. J.C.Staff. 2022


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The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest Episode 5 – Removal of a Fool and Dragon Slaying

The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest Episode 5 Review

One of my issues with The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest so far has been that its advanced through huge chunks of potential story and character development without actually developing any of it. It has been moving forward through events so fast it is hard to care about any of them. So why then do we have an episode that seems like a re-run of resolved issues and then filler as the characters end up ‘training’ together?

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The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest seems to have settled on being just kind of ‘meh’.

Though, credit where it is due, the principal of first academy was your standard idiotic villain getting in the way for the sake of it and they at least dealt with this issue this episode rather than letting it drag on. He refused to help second academy even though it was ordered by the king and by not helping them he was leaving the city vulnerable to demon attack. There was no logic behind it and given his cackling laugh we weren’t really supposed to believe he had a valid point (or even consider him an actual character given how absurd he was).

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He could have hung around in The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest like a bad smell for most of the rest of the season just continuing to one-up his own idiocy yet they cut it off here. Why they let it happen this episode I’m still a little on the fence about but at least it is now resolved. After he refuses to accept the results of the tournament (because that matters when you learn you have demons hiding in your own school), he demands a rematch (again, because that matters when demons are coming to destroy your city).



Preparations for the impending demon invasion more or less go on hold for two days and then first academy students face off against second academy. Only the first academy brought half their student body by the looks and they are still using incantations and not wordless casting as was ordered by the king. In true The Strongest Sage fashion, the five students from second academy wipe them out in short order.

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That still isn’t actually enough for the Principal of first academy to accept the loss or understand that everything he’s been doing is just wasting time. Even when asked why he hadn’t switched to teaching wordless casting, as ordered by the king, he defends his actions and declares they must protect their method (even though it has been proven ineffectual and was probably strongly influenced by infiltrating demons).

Enter the King who correctly points out he ordered the switch and fortunately the idiot is dragged away to interfere no more. We don’t actually see any of the students from the first academy after this but are told by the main characters that they have now just gotten on with the job. Those two days lost surely won’t make any difference.

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Which is kind of why it is hard to buy into anything happening in The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest. Despite the potential demonic invasion no one in this story seems to be all that concerned or taking the threat all that seriously. Matty I could understand but the other characters are just so chill about something that previously would have spelled death for literally everyone in the city. And might still do so.

Equally I have to wonder about Iris’ feelings about fighting another dragon to steal its magistone for the barrier. I mean, sure she likes Matty and has joined up with Alma and Lurie to fight with him after flying them about in the previous episodes, but she is a dragon. Is there no concern with slaughtering one of her own kind for resources? Clearly not.

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That the final act of this episode of The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest then just has the main four training and trying out weapons speaks volumes for what this story values. It isn’t looking deeper at any of the aforementioned plot points. It is just going to roll through events at the same speed and somehow hope the cute cast land and maybe some of the comedic moments amuse.

And weirdly the end result is watchable but The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest is very much an anime that will pretty much be instantly forgotten after its airing season because there’s just nothing particularly good or bad about it and nothing that is going to stick.

Images from: The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest. Dir. N Akitaya. J.C.Staff. 2022


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The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest Episode 4 – Demons, Dragons and Explosions

The Strongest Sage Episode 4 Review

The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest continues its trend of moving us through events but not really inspiring any kind of emotional connections to them. Where another story may have chosen to focus on Lurie and Alma’s accomplishments as they work together to bring down a demon this week, here it is just another footnote in an episode where they defeat a demon, Matty defeats a demon, announces that a magic crystal thing is summoning a horde of monsters to attack the city, return to the city and then have Iris transform into a cute anime girl before taking the entrance exam to join them at school.

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Yeah, hard to emotionally invest in anything when it still feels like we’re approaching this story as a speed run.

The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest does like to blow things up though.

Also, we’re still suffering from the same problem that has plagued previous episodes of Matty being more or less an unstoppable force and his attitude being utterly indifferent most of the time to his own actions. Actually, this week he went a little beyond casual to actually cruel as he didn’t just defeat the demons. He was most definitely toying with them and I think most viewers would agree that it was a nasty way to win a fight.

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This probably wouldn’t be such a problem for The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest if it had slowed down its pacing long enough to establish that the demons are in fact nefarious and evil and the end well and truly justify the means. But while Matty seems convinced all demons must die and we’ve been told they’ve interfered with human magic development, none of these demons have so far done anything actually demonic on screen in four episodes. And Matty’s knowledge is antiquated.



In honesty, if you take away the word demon, so far Matty has revealed the true face of someone hiding in a human kingdom (okay not great) and then he slaughtered them without determining their intention. When others came to find out what was going on, he slaughtered them. Then, he tracked back a spy (again, spying bad), coerced a dragon to give him a ride, and mercilessly killed two more again without any kind of discussion or opportunity to work things out.

Now I don’t actually doubt the evil of the demons in The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest. It doesn’t exactly strike me as a deep enough story to really have the demons as anything other than evil. And the limited cackling dialogue the demons we’ve seen have delivered so far doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that they’ll be nuanced villains.

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But I can’t really see Matty as overly heroic. He really is self-centred and driven in the pursuit of power and whatever suits his purpose. The greater good of the kingdom doesn’t appear to be his goal. Even his decision to delay telling the school about the incoming horde of monsters doesn’t exactly speak well of his character.

Anyway, rather than dwell on Matty’s motives or the fact that so far he’s perhaps the most unlikeable protagonist I’ve seen in awhile (though not as obnoxious as some), and let’s instead look at how The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest brings Iris into the fold.

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Yep, after transforming into a human her antics during the exam are clearly just there for laughs and it isn’t that funny. Why Matty didn’t do a practice run or prepare her is anyone’s guess. Why The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest felt it needed a character for more slapstick humour is also anyone’s guess. All and all, I’d have to agree with the Principal’s assessment that she’s just bizarre.

The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest Episode 4

All of this leaves The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest as a very middling viewing experience. There’s still room for growth and opportunities for the story to pull together but only if it actually slows down, gives these characters and the world building a chance, and maybe if Matty actually suffered some kind of set-back forcing him to be a little less cocky. I don’t like the chances.

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The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest Episode 3 – Defeat More Demons, Go Pick Up A Dragon

The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest Episode 3 Review

I mentioned in my episode 2 review that one of the biggest narrative issues that The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest seemed to face was an absolute lack of tension. Episode three continues that trend with Mathias more or less indifferent during battle and always supremely confident of the outcome of any given action.

At this point I’m not entirely sure if this series will even given me enough to write about each week as everything is perfectly functional and yet somewhat unremarkable. The viewing experience ends up being one that is pleasant enough but almost instantly forgotten because nothing here was given any particular weight. Even the reveal of how human society initially got set-back through a series of explosions was just a kind of by-the-way comment to which Mathias more or less went ‘huh’ and then continued to go about his business.

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The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest has more or less nailed going through the motions.

So the third episode of The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest has Mathias and his girls trying to sell some of their loot from the dungeon. Naturally the receptionist makes a snarky comment about the ‘crest of failure’ and asks if Mathias is the porter to which he agrees and proceeds to dump a serpent carcass into the guild room.



You would have thought after all the kerfuffle at the match between schools at least some rumours would have spread and perhaps people wouldn’t be so quick to call something a failure crest. But then again if they did that Mathias would literally have zero set-backs because literally everything goes his way. The snarky comments are about the only kind of adversity he seems to be dealing with, other than the principal wanting him to teach more to others which seems kind of reasonable under the circumstances.

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On their way back to the school, Mathias suddenly notes two demonic presences heading their way and quickly deploys Alma and Lurie to distract the weaker one while he dispatches the other. There’s never any doubt here in The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest that Matty is going to do exactly that. Nor is there any thought that perhaps the girls won’t succeed at distracting a demon without getting hurt. There’s zero emotional investment as you watch them go through the motions eventually leading to two downed demons.

Perhaps I’d care a bit more if the reason humans and demons were fighting was clearer? Or maybe if there was even an inkling that somehow the plan was going to go wrong? Or even if the demon attacks were potentially hazardous to those in the town below at least ensuring those fighting them had to be cautious of that?

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But there’s really nothing and The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest doesn’t even give these demons basic personality other than indignant that a human is standing up to them and then panicky as they are swiftly defeated. It’s the usual ‘how dare you’ as Mathias literally runs circles around the stronger of the two, even though the demon should probably note he was the one who came to attack and not the other way around.

Of course, the next episode may very swiftly change that. Conveniently a demon was spying on the throne room when Mathias was getting rewarded yet again and from that Mathias has identified the precise location of the demons. Its a bit far so before heading off he has to organise a mode of transport, and the anime needs to introduce the dragon who will clearly become the cute red-haired girl in the OP.

The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest Episode 3

There’s nothing terrible about this episode of The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest however it just doesn’t really manage to be particularly interesting. Weirdly though I’m not inclined to drop this series because it is perfectly watchable, but at the same time it really isn’t something that is going to really stick.

Images from: The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest. Dir. N Akitaya. J.C.Staff. 2022


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The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest Episode 2 – The Demons Are Coming, Into the Dungeon

The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest Episode 2 Review

Someone really ought to have told whoever wrote The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest that part of what makes a story interesting is tension. Now that doesn’t need to be world ending peril at every moment because if you do that you risk your audience becoming desensitised or just not taking the threat seriously any more. But some kind of tension. Is the character struggling to overcome some personal failing or is there someone working against them?

But no, in The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest episode 2, Mathias is rewarded by the king for his part in revealing and defeating the demon, gains access to a range of magical thingies he created in his past life, has access to the dungeon where he can gain more magical thingies, recruits the two girls who he coincidentally ran into on his way to the test to enter the school and enters the dungeon with them to train them and find resources. Not one set-back or single moment where there’s really even the potential threat of something not just going our protagonist’s way.

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The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest continues to be pretty bland viewing.

And why is it that whoever the protagonist meets first in these sorts of stories is going to either be their best friend or worst enemy. They never just encounter random classmate B, have a conversation and go their separate ways. Even Harry Potter went this pathway with Harry first meeting Ron and Hermione on the train before encountering Malfoy before the sorting ceremony.



So yes, Lurie and Alma are going to be Mathias’ best friends and students just because they happened to be in the same shop as him and I’m sure they’ll turn out to be amazing and powerful just because it is narratively convenient. And clearly Lurie is the love interest, as much as these kinds of stories ever seem to have one in that she gets all excited and too close to Mathias, Alma makes a comment along the lines of ‘Lurie’ and then she jumps back and gets all blushy. Mathias’ only acknowledgement is an awkward chuckle.

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That was one of the reasons that Banished From The Hero’s Party actually made a bit of an impression last season. For all that it was very ordinary in so many ways, the genuine romance between the protagonist and the instant love interest was at least novel for the genre and was so much more satisfying to watch then this awkward and very artificial interaction is supposed to be. Hopefully The Strongest Sage lets these two characters grow a bit and actually feel a bit more like they are real people but I’m not holding my breath.

The other obvious problem with The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest this week was the encounter with the king who essentially just took Mathias’ word for everything. An unknown kid unmasked and defeated a demon and just tells you that the demons will clearly now launch an all out attack and it will probably take them three months to organise and without any corroboration or wondering whether or not Mathias is in anyway in league with said demons the king just accepts it and puts Mathias in charge of the kingdom’s defense.

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I mean, it is at least narratively convenient but Mathias is making a lot of assumptions about demons who he hasn’t faced in thousands of years. Sure he can make some educated guesses but if the demons have changed their behaviour to infiltrate and weaken human society, maybe they are better at organising things these days. Maybe they have some tricks he’s never seen. But he assumes they are the same old demons and again not one person has even asked him how or why he knows so much about them. It really does make it hard to suspend disbelief.

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Basically The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest continues to feel more like it is going through the motions of telling a story rather than actually telling a story. There’s no depth or substance to anything and nothing holds up as soon as you start asking questions. Certainly The Strongest Sage could improve as it goes but so far its been pretty unimpressive.

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Is The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest Worth Watching?

The Strongest Sage With The Weakest Crest Episode 1 Review

So far The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest has proven to be an utterly generic fantasy anime.

The word generic gets thrown a lot particularly with adventure fantasy anime and it is almost always used as a derisive term or at least one of resignation and disappointment. Almost as though novelty must appear in a story for it to have value. I don’t necessarily agree with that generally finding that generic fantasy can work just fine provided it is done in an interesting way so when I say The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest is incredibly generic I’m not necessarily dismissing this title (at least not yet).

Naturally there are plenty of isekai anime out there that seem to just rehash an old formula with minimal care or effort and the end results are pretty dull and trite. Now The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest isn’t actually an isekai but it may as well be in terms of the tropes its employing and the main character has been reborn, just in the same world he was from and generations in the future.

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The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest hasn’t left much impression yet.

So is The Strongest Sage actually putting in any effort?

Hard to say. This anime by from J.C. Staff has so far not left much of an impression and kind of blends in with a lot of other fantasy titles by the same studio. Though I do have a soft spot for the studio given they are responsible for DanMachi which I love.

The first episode of The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest rushes through introducing some super power warrior defeating a monster in a near nuclear display of magical power before he laments that he can’t get any stronger with the crest he was born with in that life. So he promptly casts a really flashy spell and then we jump to 12 year old Mathias heading to the capital to enrol in an academy.

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On the way he defeats a crazy strong monster, enchants a sword and during the tests he defeats the captain of the guard in swordsmanship and practically blows up the magical testing grounds.

So yeah, pretty much your usual I’ve been reborn and have massively over-developed skills and yet I’ll still be fairly sweet and humble and by the way the cute girls I helped by enchanting that sword are also really sweet and nice and we’ll all instantly be best friends with a love interest thrown in for good measure.



Other than the crests themselves, there’s nothing going on here to distinguish The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest from dozens of other fantasy anime and even the idea of crests on the hands to show someone’s power has been used in more than one other story. Coupled with the most generic of generic protagonists and pretty much I can understand why some viewers would be wondering why they are bothering to watch something they’ve seen before.

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More than that, this first episode doesn’t just stop at the entry into school. In twenty minutes it continues to hold the entrance ceremony, outline why magic has become weak, recruits Mathias to assist in teaching the other students chantless magic and we go to a tournament between schools where Mathias destroys the competition and reveals one of the students to be a demon before cutting it down.

Like wow.

Potentially The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest was aware its premise and set-up was pretty ordinary and we’ve seen similar stories before so it is trying to cut through that so it can move on with the story to something we maybe haven’t seen, but it is still a really rushed introduction and one that leaves me pretty indifferent to Mathias Hildesheimr.

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Weirdly though it wasn’t actually bad, just not particularly good. So the question of whether The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest is worth watching more becomes one of ‘are you in the mood for something generic that might become something better?’. For me, whether I continue to watch this particular fantasy anime becomes a question of what other fantasy anime will already be on my line up.

That said, so far The Strongest Sage is giving me Kenja no Mago vibes or something similar to that and I actually found that kind of relaxing to watch. But that isn’t to say it won’t end up feeling more like Isekai Cheat Magician which mostly left me wondering why I’d wasted my time.

Images from: The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest. Dir. N Akitaya. J.C.Staff. 2022


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