Mondaijitachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Soudesuyo?

Title:Mondaijitachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Soudesuyo?
Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they?
問題児たちが異世界から来るそうですよ? (Japanese)
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Notables: ASANUMA Shintaro
R1 License - Sentai Filmworks (ADV)
Three problem children - Sakamaki Izayoi, Kudou Asuka, and Kasukabe You - suddenly receive an invitation to another world known as "Little Garden" from a girl called Black Rabbit. Battles, laughter, sex appeal... anything goes in this new tale of adventure.
(Synopsis coutesy of ANN)

10 episodes

OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Rent 8 7 7 6 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:2681#1552]
Problem Children focused on three superpowered teens from different time periods who get whisked away to a parallel world where they have to assist a struggling land with reclaiming its status by competing in competitions against demon lords. For a 10-episode TV anime, this series does offer enough to engage its audience as the games that our leads have to contend with have a bit of variety to them outside of fighting such as one challenge where one of the leads have to ride a griffin and having to put some effort at thinking things out, as the series usually dabbles into elements of legendary and mythical lore when our leads accept challenges in games. The teens in this series appear to be rather intelligent and competent when it comes to the use of their abilities, and several of the leads get enough fleshing out of their backgrounds and some character growth where you could care for them (including Black Rabbit). There is also a decent level of world building in the series to explore how the competitions in the series effect differing kingdoms and show the amount of risk that they have for the alternate world's residents and status.

The series does have its issues. The title's male lead Izayoi is rather underdeveloped compared to the other leads and doesn't go through the difficulties and developments that the girls underwent, making his character a bit shallow. The series also usually tosses in moments of fan service that are a waste of time, including its bonus OVA episode, and has an open ending as things with the No Names are still unresolved.

Visually, the series sports gorgeous scenic shots of the parallel world in the series and decent-looking character designs with vivid color and a good amount of visual detail, though designs are a bit on the conventional side. Animation is modest with basic movements yet resorts to shortcuts during any action scenes to simulate fluid movement, especially in sequences that involve intense action such as Izayoi's use of his powers in action. The music does its part to complement key scenes with a mix of upbeat and comical insert tracks and use of J-pop songs, though nothing in particular greatly stuck out with the series for me with the music.

Gripes aside though, Problem Children is still a decent time-killer with characters that break the mold for a fantasy-adventure title and having some unique elements to the games that they have to confront. It's worth a look if you want a break from more conventional fare.

Last updated Sunday, July 27 2014. Created Saturday, July 26 2014.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:2681#628]
(One episode watched):

I really couldn't think of much to say about this show as I watched it; nothing seriously offended me, but there didn't seem to be much of interest, either. I guess the problem is that these three earthlings really are problem children--they are rude, cynical and annoying, and give the poor Black Rabbit lots of trouble for no good reason. Their special abilities don't thrill me much, and the jokes were nothing to boast of either. The notion of an alternate reality in which these kids would compete with bizarre opponents wasn't explained very well (why does Black Rabbit need them so desperately?), so I couldn't get into this much. There wasn't really anything unique about Little Garden. And I don't see any sign of interesting character development coming about. Perhaps I should watch a second episode, but this first one left me so unimpressed that I probably won't.

Last updated Sunday, January 20 2013. Created Sunday, January 20 2013.

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