Lv2 kara Cheat datta Moto Yuusha Kouho no Mattari Isekai Life

Title:Lv2 kara Cheat datta Moto Yuusha Kouho no Mattari Isekai Life
Chillin' in Another World With Level 2 Super Cheat Powers
Lv2からチートだった元勇者候補のまったり異世界ライフ
Overall:Unevaluated
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Notables: Animation - JC Staff
HINO Satoshi
KUGIMIYA Rie
Banaza was a young merchant who did what he could to advance justice in a land where prejudice against 'demihumans' was rife. Then he was magically teleported to a whole different world, the egalitarian Magical Kingdom of Klyrode, as a potential Hero to fight the menacing Dark Army. A test of his abilities in this videogame-like world found that he lacked what is known as a 'Divine Revelation', and therefore ought to be useless as a Hero. An error by the government prevented him from being returned to his previous world, and as compensation (and to keep the mistake secret) he is given some money and magical skills and sent to live in the remote Forest of Delaveza. But Banaza finds that as a result of some sort of glitch in this world's programming, he is granted a cascade of new skills and levels upwards like a rocket. Among other things, he can change his appearance as a disguise, and uses it to return to the capital and register as an adventurer named Flio. Flio comes across Fenrys, a demihuman who can transform into a terrifying giant wolf--but she finds that Flio's abilities are even more terrifying.

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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4798#628]
(Five episodes watched)

Another 'what if I were granted a full spectrum of awesome powers and abilities within an MMORPG without having to work for them?' anime. It can't be a coincidence that about the only isekai series I can remember in which the protagonists had weak and unremarkable abilities was also the one I consider the best, namely Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. It's much easier to just let the viewer fantasize about how much fun a game would be if they stumbled across a way of cheating. I thought Lv2 was silly and simple but it could be amusing and the plot moved rapidly forward. The lazy carelessness of the King of Klyrode and his staff was fun and their insistence on covering up their error seemed all too realistic. Another Hero candidate has awesome stats and should be perfect for the job, but this blond guy is a braggart and no doubt will be humiliated by Flio someday, which is of course another thing viewers would love to fantasize about. No doubt Fenrys (in her demihuman form above) will wind up as Flio's familiar at some point--dominating a supposedly powerful girl is another thing viewers tend to dream of. Likewise, Flio may attract a harem of adventurer girls to himself. So, this show is basically using tried and tested plot elements rather than trying much that is new. At least it is made clear that Flio is a good guy who stands up to injustice when practically everyone else just lets it slide. Even I wonder what a good guy can accomplish when granted fantastic powers, so I figure I will keep watching for now. One unusual touch is that Banaza is isekai'd from one fictional world to another, rather than from modern-day Japan.

In episode two Flio shows Fenrys who's boss, and out of some sort of lupine code of honor she declares herself his servant for life. No surprises here. At least Flio makes clear that he'd rather not fight and hurt anyone if he doesn't have to. And there's a problem with the supposed hero--no doubt it will become clear that Flio was the real hero all along. Again, no surprises. Even if it is going to go the way of most isekai series, I just wish it wouldn't telegraph its punches and would at least make a pretense of being unpredictable--like, maybe Flio won't win out in the end. It does have a sort of goofy tone to it (the ED sequence, for example), so I guess I can't say it is trying to decieve us. This is a pretty unambitious show and I might drop it or I might continue watching, depending on how many other shows seem worthwhile this season.

By episode three Flio has a hot girl with wolf ears who would gladly have sex with him at a moment's notice if he commanded it, and is supervising a team of four bumbling female adventurers who can't seem to do much of anything right. Yet again, the subconscious fantasies of many modern day Japanese boys. What with the amazing things he has already done he is repeatedly asked to cooperate with the hero, who of course once derided him as useless. He even comes to the attention of the Dark Lord himself. The Dark Lord attempts to recruit Flio just like the King of Klyrode has, but Flio prefers not to take sides. For one thing, it's not clear who are the good and the bad guys in this struggle (which has been underway for something like 500 years). The King begins to suspect that Flio might just accept the Dark Lord's offer, and send the Hero and a small army to pressure him, which forces Flio to take an extraordinary measure to avoid conflict. My thinking at this point was that was that this was a lightweight, pretty average Isekai series but sometimes that was what I was in the mood for. In episode five the capabilities of Klyrode are stretched to the point of breaking as the Dark Lord raids the border (but curiously little actual violence is shown). The King angrily dismisses the hero, who has proven next to useless, and the Hero in turn makes a foolish deal with Hiya, a Djinn (genie?) to get revenge on his opponents. Hiya comes looking for Flio but Fenrys steps in to defend him. I noticed how Hiya didn't mind standing idle for a good while while Flio dealt with the injury Fenrys had sustained, even though he was her primary target. And remember, the only reason Flio is such a magnificent sorceror is because of an accident.

Last updated Wednesday, May 22 2024. Created Friday, April 12 2024.

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