Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekakechuu

Title:Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekakechuu
Skeleton Knight in Another World
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Notables: Animation - Studio KAI
MAENO Tomoaki
The protagonist fell asleep while playing a video game. He awakens to find that he has somehow become his avatar, 'Arc', a skeleton knight. He becomes convinced that this incredibly realistic situation is neither a game nor a dream, but reality.

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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4468#628]
(Three episodes watched):

This episode opens with a pretty graphic scene of two women about to be raped by bandits--and the rest of the episode has a sort of silly tone to it as Arc familiarizes himself with his new situation. That was kind of discordant or even bizarre. I thought that the way Arc dealt with the bandits was sort of cool--some effort had clearly been put into this fight scene. As is usually the case, Arc finds that he is quite powerful and deadly. He has all sorts of fancy gear, like the 'Holy Armor of Belenus' and 'Holy Thunder Sword, Caladborg'. We get a brief but thorough introduction to all the skills he possesses, like 'Dimension Move'. Arc's decision to keep his skeleton nature secret by essentially hiding within the suit of armor that covers his entire body reminded me of the similar situation in Overlord. As I watched, and Arc went from fooling around to test his abilities to a serious fight with the bandits, the thought occurred to me that maybe striking the right balance between humor and drama in an anime is actually extremely difficult, which was why so many shows seemed to fumble it. I wondered if I would be able to do it myself. The two women were quickly back to normal after their close call, which doesn't exactly seem realistic. At one point Arc notices how little remorse he feels after killing several people, much like Ains in Overlord once did; this may portend something or it may have just been tacked on without giving it much thought. As usual, Arc doesn't worry about whether he will ever return to his life as a Japanese video gamer. In general, this show seemed sort of amusing. But it will need to stretch the envelope (not just have another 'joke premise') in order to be worth watching in its entirety. One last thought: if Arc is a skeleton, why does he get hungry and his stomach(?) growl? Surely it won't be easy to keep the fact that he is actually a skeleton secret.

Episode two didn't have anything ecchi, but it was kind of boring. Arc takes on a minor task of escorting a little girl who wants to collect medicinal herbs in a dangerous forest, because you always start video games with minor tasks, apparently. He fights a bizarre monster--a basilisk--but whatever the overarching plot of the series (assuming there will be one) is, it doesn't advance in this episode. It kind of seemed like a waste of time. Apparently Arc will encounter the first of the two fighting girls shown above in episode three. When I stop and think about it, I fear that Arc isn't really 'growing' an interesting or likable pesonality. I think of him as a skeleton, not as a video gamer who has become trapped in a game. That is probably because he seems perfectly OK with that; he doesn't worry about whether he'll ever see his parents again or anything like that. He just wants to 'win' this game which has suddenly become extremely realistic. As such, he might as well be an NPC.

In episode three Arc helps a fearsome Elf warrior woman break up a slavery ring. It got slightly kinky but the one thing that stood out to me was how wooden, how shallow, how unambitious it felt. The villains are 100% evil and devoid of interesting personality, so naturally the main characters just kill them all (there are a dozen or so). And this Elf woman doesn't seem to have much of a personality either. It felt as if the plot was written by an elementary school student because a teacher had told him/her to do so. This was one of that special group of shows about which I feel I could have easily written a better story myself. As a result, I think I am just wasting my time by watching this show and might as well quit. Little or no effort is made to explore what a person might feel if entrapped within a video game (even if that person was having a great time), instead we just watch how a typical play of the game might go. For instance, would a skeleton feel any pain if he were struck?

Last updated Thursday, May 05 2022. Created Monday, April 11 2022.

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