(Nine episodes watched):|
Well, right from the start I had mixed feelings about this show. On the one hand, it has an amusing premise: the demon lord these girls will someday defeat is now their teacher at adventurer school, and will scheme to sabotage their careers. On the other hand, this show just wasn't all that funny. It has a nice concept, but didn't make me laugh enough. I was reluctant to drop it, but even early on I feared it wasn't quite meeting my minimum standards for a show worth watching to the end. Episode two was OK. The jokes are sometimes reasonably funny and the odd premise gives the show a sort of (limited) sophistication that most comedy anime lack. Perhaps the personalities of the four main characters and the interplay between them is the show's strongest part (though even these could be better), while the shortage of truly laugh worthy jokes is it's greatest weakness. The subplot about the fishmen that the girls rescue in episode four was at best adequate and definitely not brilliant; it sort of seemed like one modest joke that dragged on for too long. There is some carryover between episodes; that is, the show is not completely episodic--that's better than nothing. Actually, episode six tells us a lot about how Mao has been faring since going back in time (and even about her life before her tumultuous battle with the girls in episode one). It was sort of touching, in a way; definitely better than the usual episode. I remember only one major laugh but the story it was telling was interesting--most episodes don't have that. But I still couldn't be confident that the plot would ever get serious about things like the repercussions of altering the course of history or using forbidden magic, and with the jokes as modest as they are, it really needed to. Princess Rona, who is a fervent admirer of heroes like Yusha (though she had thought Yusha would be a man), seemed like a pretty shallow character and I sort of wondered why she had been included in the story at all. Episode nine, in which the girls get to attend a mysterious and exclusive Cartado festival, kind of fell flat. The closest thing to a laugh I got was what happened when the girls tried to don their festival costumes. In fact, I can't remember a single serious laugh from the episode. Maybe that's because I considered Mao to be the most colorful and interesting character in this show, and she did not appear in this episode. This was pretty much the last nail is this show's coffin and convinced me to quit watching. While this show had a colorful cast of likeable characters, nothing could change the fact that it just wasn't all that funny and the ongoing plot never really intrigued me. That part about how Mao would try to sabotage the girls' careers in order to change history was apparently just a thought that was never actually acted upon, at least not before the point at which I quit watching. If only this show had been a little better.
Last updated Wednesday, April 03 2019. Created Friday, January 25 2019.