Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu Episode 6 – To Be Honest I Tuned Out

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu Episode 6 Review

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu has a serious problem. Largely that Wein isn’t likeable enough for me to enjoy his antics and the story doesn’t have enough meat to really make me invested in seeing how it all plays out. The end result is as Wein is forced into another awkward political situation after visiting another nation I honestly found myself tuning out and not caring who the latest rivals were or even how Wein would ultimately deal with the situation.

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Then again, this episode of Tensai Ouji set the audience up to not want to invest in the people Wein was meeting when it opens with an explanation as to why Ninym had changed her hair colour from white to black. And given Ninym is about the only character that this anime has given us any reason to care about, a nation that wouldn’t welcome her as she is wasn’t exactly going to ingratiate itself.

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Tensai Ouji really doesn’t want to give Wein any down time.

With the political situation from the previous episodes more or less wrapped up, we are forced to try to recall the events of the first war we watched, the one where Wein somehow ended up owning a gold mine, and we see the last dregs of the military there trying to hold on. The difficulty here is that the enemy Wein faced was also racist toward Ninym as well as brutish and idiotic.



Somehow they hope to counter that view by representing the enemy forces with a cute and somewhat reasonable girl who ends up accompanying Wein and his entourage into Cavarin. Oh the power of kawaii girls in uniform. Of course that leaves Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu with the problem of having only shown this kingdom in a negative light during the entire first encounter but now needing to reposition the audience’s view because they are no longer the ‘bad guys’.

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Which would actually be possible except that Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu does not have the strength of characters or writing to actually pull it off. So instead we’re just kind of told they are making a temporary alliance, Wein does a really over the top speech about trust and communication, and then we’re all happy and riding into enemy territory together.

Once they arrive in Cavarin my focus got a little fuzzy. The group split up and Wein encounter the usual lack of subtlety I’ve come to expect from Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu as one of the generals delivers such a thinly veiled insult in passing that he may as well have just walked up to Wein and called him a hick. Wein was then nominated to join some religious council and even though we knew practically nothing about that religious group it was quite clear that wasn’t a good thing.

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The smart money would be on Wein and company getting out of there and just going home but instead he comes up with a plan and perseveres but it is kind of like out of the pan and into the fire.

All of which could have been a compelling plot line except that Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu doesn’t really make me want to care about this. Or anything else. Even Wein’s original motivation of make money and sell his kingdom seems forgotten as we just seem to move through a series of lame political intrigues that inevitably Wein will succeed at getting the upper hand in because otherwise the story would come to an end and he wouldn’t be the genius prince.

Images from: Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu. Dir. M Tamagawa. Yokohama Animation Lab. 2022


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Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu Episode 5 – If Plan A Fails, You Still Have 25 Letters To Try

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu Episode 5 Review

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu resolves its plot from last week with Wein visiting the neighbouring lord under the guise of returning his son’s corpse after episode 4’s mishap. However, pretty much as soon as Wein lands those at the heart of the conspiracy begin to move and it becomes a game of who has the better plan and contingency plan as Wein works on intimidating the idiot’s father into laying all the blame for the potential rebellion plot on the now-dead son.

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This is aided by the man being a bit of a coward and clearly someone who struggles to make snap decisions under pressure. Still, Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu makes it clear he isn’t the only one calling the shots.

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu decided to let Wein’s plans mostly work this week.

One of the problems episode 5 of Tensai Ouji faces is that we really don’t care about any of the characters Wein is facing off against. The Princess and Ninym only get a few appearances in this episode, mostly in a flashback where Wein outlines part of his plans to them (just to justify the success of his back-up plan) and then the Princess gets to scowl the guy into final submission after he’s already completely lost. Then the two girls have tea and discuss whether the Princess actually likes Wein.


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It seems like a decided step backward for both of these characters and it also means the most of the episode we just have Wein and a whole bunch of extras we don’t really care about facing off against villains we also don’t care about.

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Basically after leaving the father to make preparations for departure (or so he says), Wein and his small number of guards are returning to a hotel (I think) when they are waylaid by spies from the western kingdoms who were clearly the ones pushing for the rebellious plot in the first place. Their appearance was not unexpected and even though Wein and his guards are few in number they manage to overcome this threat though even Wein has to admit he very nearly got skewered, and wouldn’t that have put a dint in the genius’ plans.

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It’s kind of weird. So many anime kind of inspire when main characters come up with good plans, work hard and then succeed but there’s something so insufferably smug about Wein that Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu never really manages to make me feel that way. Actually, I had a lot more fun in episode 4 when everything kind of went wrong for him. It felt kind of satisfying.

Yet here, Wein manipulates the lord and even though he doesn’t do what Wein wanted as a first course of action, his follow up was more or less as predicted and Wein was ready for it. He also overcomes the spies both in preventing them from killing him and in preventing them from destroying the evidence of the plot. And through it all he also managed to keep his childhood promise to the Princess to maybe help her out if she dragged him into trouble. It all seems like I should feel happy for the guy.

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I’m definitely going to attribute my lack of cheering at Wein’s victory to the fact that Tensai Ouji still really hasn’t given us any other characters that really seem interesting or worth overcoming. We know practically nothing about the ones Wein faces off against, and what we do know paints them as very one-dimensional and usually quite dull-witted. It makes his victories seem a little on the hollow side.

That said, this episode of Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu was easy to watch and the various plots flowed along nicely to a resolution so it isn’t all doom and gloom. I’m just not that invested in the characters and as we’re now practically half-way through the season I’m guessing this is about as good as it is going to get.

Images from: Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu. Dir. M Tamagawa. Yokohama Animation Lab. 2022


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Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu Episode 4 – The Not So Brilliant Execution Of A Not So Perfect Plan

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu Episode 4 Review

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu actually made me laugh this week and not just at its attempts to make me believe that Prince Wein is actually a super-genius. Largely that was because this episode actually poked fun at the idea that someone who is brilliant can perfectly surmise how others will react in any given situation.

You see it quite regularly in spy movies or capers that involve double crosses and the like. Someone sits down and outlines a scheme so convoluted there’s no way that everyone involved would actually take exactly the right action at the right time to ensure the plan’s success and yet it then goes off without a hitch and the character sits back with a smug look on their face.

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Tensai Ouji instead has both Wein and Lowa making individual plans, perfectly suited for playing against the other, and yet a third party manages to waltz right in to the midst of it and make a complete mess of both of their plans.

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu delivers an interesting failure of a plan this week.

Admittedly, there’s some good chemistry between Lowa and Wein, though that was probably noted last week. I mean, they should never hook up because they would spend their entire life in a perpetual state of high alert waiting for the other-one to launch a plot that would bring them down, but they are very much in-sync and if their goals aligned they’d be pretty unstoppable. Unfortunately for both of them, this week Tensai Ouji has them pitted against each other with their goals clearly at odds.


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So the basic gist is that Lowa is trying to thwart a potential rebellion and show the empire that she has Natra’s backing largely by manipulating the situation so that the one behind the rebellion ends up attacking Natra forcing Wein’s hand into supporting her. In order to prevent Lowa getting her way, Wein sent a letter to the leader of the rebellion explaining that Lowa would eventually head into his territory anyway in an attempt to prevent an invasion.

Which would have worked except that the one leading the rebellion has an idiot son who decided the best course of action would be to barge into a neighbouring kingdom and start making demands.

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Not to worry, Tensai Ouji ensures all these genius characters have back-up plans. None of which factor in said idiot son getting drunk, challenging Wein to a mock fight and then… well, let’s just so anyone predicting that outcome must be psychic because it is so incredibly dumb that you have to see it to believe it. And yet that makes the whole situation somewhat more believable because sometimes people do incredibly stupid things and accidents happen.

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Of course, all of this leaves both Wein and Lowa in a bad position because even though things haven’t gone according to plan, they are both right in the thick of it. And anyone looking in from the outside who wasn’t privy to all the mental hurdles the two were jumping, would draw a very different conclusion from the outcome of the game.

And both characters are ‘smart’ enough to know it.

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Tensai Ouji hasn’t gotten much better over these four episodes, but I did have a bit of fun this week. It really did feel like a comedy of errors and unlike earlier episodes where even things failing to go according to plan for Wein ended up working in his favour, here the hole these two characters are in just kept getting deeper.

I suspect the conclusion to this whole situation will probably not be particularly satisfying but when an anime episode leaves you with a smile on your face you can hardly be too critical of it as it served its purpose of entertaining at least.

Images from: Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu. Dir. M Tamagawa. Yokohama Animation Lab. 2022


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Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu Episode 3 – A Princess With More Than Proposal On Her Mind

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu Episode 3 Review

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu continues its trend of being watchable enough not to get scrubbed from my watch list as episode 3 meanders its way through forced back-story to set up a plot about a Princess of the Empire who has come to propose to Prince Wein only that isn’t what she’s actually after. As the plot progresses we find out that she’s definitely got plans and Wein really has no one to blame but himself for the situation she’s probably going to dump him in.

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Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu gives us talking heads.

There’s not a huge amount to say about this episode or the anime as a whole. The bare bones animation continues with the view regularly panning up the wall while characters continue to speak, saves all that pesky effort of actually animating the characters, and even a historical recount of the Empire claiming half the continent is illustrated on a map with little arrows rather than any actual animation of the sequence of events.


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The end results is there’s nothing going on visually in Tensai Ouji to distract from the fact that little is going on. Sure there’s plenty of potential set-up here but given in three episodes this anime has established everyone who isn’t Wein, Ninym or apparently school friend and Princess of the Empire Lowa is a complete idiot the intrigues and plans here don’t seem like they are going to have much payoff.

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So the basic set-up is the Princess is sick of her three brothers fighting over the Empire and dividing things, not to mention just sick of being overlooked because she’s a woman (yeah, throw some feminine politics in there as well because this story has so far really shown it can really dig into deep social issues – yes, that was sarcastic).

But knowing that asking Wein for help is pretty pointless we’re treated to another flash back where the two were talking about her wanting to accomplish something and Wein pointing out that she should just start a war to achieve it (though pretty sure he was metaphoric – maybe). He also pointed out that if he and the others wouldn’t help, she’d just have to drag them in.

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And so Tensai Ouji ham-fists in a subplot throughout the episode as Wein mentions being aware of some suspicious weapons in his border and then is given a suspicious sword and shield that one of his men has found. Its clumsily done as it is kind of like a murder mystery pausing it its tracks for the detective to paint red circles around everything that you need to pay attention to before the story resumes.

While that plot is surely going to be something the Princess has set up to somehow coerce or gain Wein’s assistance, we also have another subplot with Wein’s sister feeling like everything is changing and she’s super uneasy.

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Given I haven’t actually figured out why this character even exists in Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu her heartfelt sadness really didn’t have much impact. Nor did her joy at being tutored by her brother which was really just an excuse to exposition dump the formation of the Empire on the audience mid-episode.

What is odd though is that despite the low effort in the animation, and the fairly poor scripting, there’s actually some genuine chemistry between Ninym, Wein and Lowa and if they had just been given a better anime to star in they could be really interesting characters. That for now will be enough to keep me watching Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu and the rest isn’t dreadful so much as it just isn’t very good.

Images from: Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu. Dir. M Tamagawa. Yokohama Animation Lab. 2022


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Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu Episode 2 – War Tactics and Wrath

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu Episode 2 Review

Watchable is probably as high as my praise for Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu is going to get this season unless it seriously changes its tone. And yet, at the same time maybe watchable is enough. I can’t deny there was some fun this week and Prince Wein’s genuine anger after his subordinate is insulted plays out very well as does his frustration at once again having his plans weirdly succeed and yet not at the same time.

Episode 2 of Tensai Ouji kicks off exactly where episode 1 ended with Wein, Ninym and his meagre army of 5000 occupying the gold mine that they weirdly managed to take over. However it isn’t all smooth sailing as Wein learns that mine is almost spent so taking it was more or less a waste of time but abandoning it without gaining anything isn’t an option. So instead he opts to hold out while the enemy sends a force of 30000 against him in the hopes that he can force them to offer to buy the useless mine back.

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Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu likes to have Prince Wein’s plans go awry whether in the execution or the result.

Two episodes in and there’s definitely a clear pattern emerging in Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu in that either Prince Wein’s plan will go off without a hitch but the result won’t be what he wanted, or the plan succeeds beyond expectations leading to an unexpected result and forcing yet more work upon the Prince who really does want to just laze about.


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Last week he won the mine despite having no hope of success and this week he finds out it is worthless.

Anyway, the army raised against him, despite thinking they are quite clever and have overwhelming numbers, has clearly never thought through the notion of tactics in their life. The general repeatedly sends his men charging up the narrow terrain where superior numbers are nullified and finds himself repelled. He’s constantly out-manoeuvred and out-thought by Wein who really doesn’t seem to be doing anything all that unconventional.

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I’ve mentioned this previous but Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu reminds me of why writing a seemingly smart anime character is quite challenging. Either you genuinely have to have them do something exception, or everybody else has to be a complete moron. Tensai Ouji is clearly going for the moron approach.

What makes it even worse is that after repeatedly failing to take the mine the messenger who delivers the most ridiculous terms for peace you’ve ever heard and does so with the arrogance of the truly stupid insults pretty much everybody in Wein’s army and takes a particularly nasty shot at Ninym who is standing at Wein’s side. While most of this anime is pretty superficial in tone, there was a definitely moment of seriousness as Wein stilled and then carefully and calmly confirmed that the messenger was speaking on behalf of his general before wishing the general well.

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There was something very ominous about Prince Wein’s well wishes and honestly I didn’t expect him to directly take the action he did next but it was interesting. If Wein would take a few more things seriously he could actually be quite the interesting character.

As it is we get a brief scene of someone discovering that Wein’s actually a military genius (I guess they needed to explain his easy successes). This is definitely a trap many writers fall into when trying to make their main character a genius. Having other characters tell us they are impressive doesn’t make it so. They actually need to do something impressive.

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Anyway, the episode ends on an unexpected but foreshadowed note. Having committed so many troops to the failed attempt to reclaim the mine, the kingdom actually falls victim to one of their other neighbours. So again, Wein’s plan to hold the mine in order to sell it back to the kingdom has failed even though his military campaign was a resounding success.

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu episode 2 kind of leaves me feeling like this anime will be low-key entertaining for the season provided it doesn’t become too repetitious. If it leans in to some of its stronger elements it might even become kind of good. I’m not expecting much from it but this second episode at least made me feel a little more interested in the cast and where they might end up.

Images from: Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu. Dir. M Tamagawa. Yokohama Animation Lab. 2022


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Is Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu Worth Watching?

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisai Jutsu Episode 1 Review

Having tried and not completed a number of other first episodes prior to starting Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu my mood was pretty low and seeing it was primarily listed as a comedy didn’t exactly set my spirits soaring given how hit and miss I find comedy anime to be. As the episode opened I was more or less just wondering if I’d get to the end of the episode or even bother writing anything about it particularly as the other comedy fantasy anime I started didn’t actually make it ten minutes before I pulled the pin (Fantasy Bishoujo Juniku Ojisan to).

And while this episode took a bit to get moving and at first I wasn’t all that interested in this so called genius prince, and even though most events that occurred felt reminiscent of other anime, I will admit by the end of the episode I was at least engaged and I’m curious enough that I’ll probably give this series at least another episode.

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Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu isn’t brilliant but it was watchable.

The central conceit in Tensai Ouji is that Wein, the Prince of the country who has had to take control after his father fell ill, doesn’t want to rule his small kingdom that is resource poor and surrounded by potentially hostile neighbours. Instead of planning for his kingdom’s future, he’s planning his own retirement with the idea of improving the kingdom just enough to raise its value to sell off.



It makes him a relatively unlikable character out of the gate as he wants to abandon his responsibilities and complains every chance he gets (which is more or less every time he’s alone with his aide, Ninym).

If anything it is kind of like a reverse Realist Hero where instead of having some conscientious person looing at how to improve the lives of those he leads, Wein is just looking for a quick and superficial change in order to achieve his own goal. And like Realist Hero, Wein is stuck with the label of apparently being a genius, and in fairness he is at least a reasonable and realistic thinker but he definitely doesn’t consider all the possible variables which is why his schemes inevitably fail (by somehow succeeding beyond expectations).

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The other anime that I was strongly reminded of while watching this first episode of Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu was weirdly Lord Marksman and Vanadis. When they ride out to do battle and we end up looking at markers on a map as the tactics are explained, while Tensai Ouji takes a far more jovial approach to it, there was something weirdly reminiscent about it. The impression was only furthered when Wein tactically draws the enemy general into the hills and his aide rides down the hills and essentially slaughters them.

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I don’t have particularly high expectations for Tensai Ouji going forward. I suspect that it will either up the comedy in which case I’ll end up finding it outside of my interest or it will become a bit more generic fantasy and end up being indistinguishable from a number of other anime that it feels similar to at this point.

Then again, maybe I’m not giving it enough credit. Maybe Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu is going to really flesh out these characters and the world and give us a solid season (nope, I’m not expecting this outcome).

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Either way, this first episode was very watchable even if it wasn’t particularly remarkable. Character designs are pleasant enough and so far the animation and visuals are fine (unless the battle tactic scenes put you off as I know some viewers didn’t like them in Lord Marksman either). I’ll give this another episode or so and at least see what direction it intends to go.

Images from: Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu. Dir. M Tamagawa. Yokohama Animation Lab. 2022


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