Is ‘Suppose a Kid From the last Dungeon Boonies Moved To A Starter Town’ worth watching?
Watch or Drop? Rules
Rules modified for the Autumn 2021 season.
- The anime must be new (not a sequel or spin-off).
- I’ll watch as much as it takes to make a decisionas to whether the anime will be added to the watch/review list or dropped and forgotten. For good.
On the surface level this ridiculously titled anime is pretty blunt and in your face with over-aggerated reactions standing in for actual comedy and seems to have the fairly stock-standard storyline of kid from country moves to city with big dreams which are quickly shattered before he does something great and blah, blah, blah.
Honestly, three episodes in and there really isn’t anything remarkable here about any of the ingredients and a lot of them seem like a fairly bad idea. What I actually can’t say though is that Suppose A Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town is bad; because there is something about the combination that fundamentally works and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t moderately enjoy these first three episodes even if there are questionable choices in writing and character development and the setting is screaming generic fantasy (though it isn’t an isekai).
Is it good enough to keep watching?
This is kind of hard because while I kind of enjoyed the first three episodes, it is more because of a culmination of factors rather than any one thing. Not one character has really distinguished themselves as they are all pretty tropey in their own way and one or two of them are actually quite obnoxious.
What I will say is that the cast as a whole kind of complement each other and with the number of characters introduced in these first three episodes very few of them out-stay their welcome (though I could probably do with less Alka). They are however all fairly distinct in their design and certainly colourful enough. Even if you are in danger of eye-rolling while watching them they aren’t boring.
I think the other positive I’d like to highlight is the potential here. While the set-up is pretty standard, it will be interesting to see where (if anywhere) they take Lloyd once we get over his initial introduction in the city and through the first crisis that has cropped up by the end of episode 3.
I kind of like the idea that Lloyd’s ancestors were some sort of saviours that were super strong and ultimately decided not to involve themselves in human conflicts but will assist against external threats such as demon lords (and as soon as they dumped that bit of exposition you knew exactly what was going to be threatening the city – at least early on in the story). Part of me really wants to see what they will do with this bit of world building or whether it was just a random background fact that will get forgotten in a haze of Lloyd reacting to different situations.
Nice guy protagonists are a dime-a-dozen and Lloyd, while aggressively inoffensive, is so bland in terms of personality outside of being nice that I’m almost certain that if he were a food he’d be an uncooked grain of rice.
I mean, he is nice. Very nice. He bows to people and introduces himself nicely and he cooks. He likes to be helpful and is incredibly modest (or clueless) about his own strength and abilities in comparison to others. However, ultimately he’s really just there at the centre of the story but there’s nothing else to say about him other than nice guy who is super strong.
The other negative is more just how over-the-top some of the character reactions are. Marie has some incredibly over-blown reactions in these early episodes which makes it hard to take her overly seriously as they move the story to her being the lost princess who has to save her father and the kingdom from war. Selen was cursed and saved, almost incidentally, by Lloyd and has since become feverishly obsessed with him. She could be an interesting and nuanced character but instead she’s just hitting the fan-girl switch in every scene she’s in.
Admittedly, this isn’t a show killer, but it doesn’t really suit my preferences and while there are some moments where these characters are kind of amusing there are more moments where they definitely push too far and ultimately I’m left shaking my head.
This might be a weird verdict but despite the mixed impressions, I did enjoy these three episodes and the anime met my number one criteria for things I will watch through: It made me curious. I’ll sit through all sorts of things if they manage to make me more curious than frustrated and this one certainly did that. Not to mention, while all the individual pieces aren’t much, the combination is actually better than it should be and these first three episodes just kind of slid by in an instant. Maybe I’ll regret adding this to my watch list but I’m still going to go for it.
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Images from: Suppose a Kid From The Last Dungeon Boonnies Moved to a Starter Town. Dir. migmi. LIDENFILMS. 2021.
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