「問題児たちが箱庭にやって来たようですよ？」 (Mondai-Ji-tachi ga Hakoniwa ni Yattekita You Desu yo?)
“The Problem Children Have Arrived at the Little Garden, Haven’t They?”
For some reason I’ve been unable to quantify, I’ve been looking forward to Mondai-Ji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? since early on after its announcement. After watching its first episode, I’m beginning to form a better picture of exactly why. There’s something strangely appealing about the idea of a trio of delinquents with powers being thrown into a parallel world where they can wreak havoc to their hearts’ desires. This isn’t exactly the first anime to do something like this – DOG DAYS comes to mind as another anime with a similar type of feel, where the world essentially exists as a playground. But original ideas are not necessarily always good and vice versa.
To provide a quick summary of the episode’s events, three delinquents, Sakamaki Izayoi (Asanuma Shintaro), Kudou Asuka (Sarah Emi Bridcut), and Kasukabe You (Nakajima Megumi), receive mysterious letters and find themselves transported to the ‘Little Garden’. Here they’re greeted by Kurousagi (Nomizu Iori) and learn about the world in which individuals take part in Gift Games to compete for prizes. While being introduced to Lily (Mikami Shiori) and Jin (Igarashi Hiromi), Sakamaki runs off and beats the crap out of some water god like the good delinquent he is.
As someone who enjoys fantasy worlds, this was a pretty good first episode. There was quite a bit of exposition on how the Gift Games work, but it was nicely broken up with some pretty good action which mostly kept the pace from becoming too plodding. I find quite a bit of appeal in the concept of a world filled with all manner of races and beings with powers which exists solely for the purpose of competitive games. The founder has already been mentioned once in passing and it intrigues me just who or what he or she might be, and what purpose they may have had in creating the games. That this person was mentioned at all suggests to me that the subject may well come up again at a later date. The fact that the games themselves cover a wide range of activities, both dangerous and not, gives the show plenty of room to be creative should it choose to do so down the line.
There’s a certain charm to the characters and their overbearingly cocky attitudes. Izayoi is unbearably proud of how terrible his reputation is, boasting about it frequently and refusing to conform to any of the rules set down before him. Truth be told, how watchable the show turns out to be rests mostly upon him. With his intellect allowing him to outsmart Kurousagi right off the bat and his recklessness and ridiculous strength resulting in the takedown of a water god, he’s proving to be a fairly likeable character so far. Joining him is the ojou-sama Kudou Asuka with what seems to be a fitting ability to imprint commands on others, and the quiet yet capable Kasukabe You with her (that is a her right?) ability to talk to animals. There is potential for some pretty interesting dynamics between the three (or four if you count Kurousagi), I just hope we get to see it!
The entry into the world was handled quite magnificently, Hamaguchi Shiro’s wonderful music accompanying some really nice shots as they made their rapid descent. Even the sudden cut to the plummeting kitty added something in the form of comedic effect. It certainly makes for an interesting promise of what may be to come. Kurousagi is a bit of an enigma too; whether her changing hair colour when getting serious is actually of any real import, and whether her ulterior motive is anything beyond the standard ‘improving the destitute community everyone looks down upon‘ remains to be seen but I imagine that this could well turn out to be her raison d’être. I’ll admit freely that I find that rather uninspired and am hoping to be proven wrong. There is promise, but all we can do is wait and see whether Mondaiji manages to live up to it!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Delinquents, bunny girls, and superpowers! Not bad for a first episode! #Mondaiji
- Don’t deny it, if you met a real bunny girl, your first reaction would be to tug on her ears too!
- I’ve been wondering whether Kurousagi is meant to be an unsubtle reference to Alice in Wonderland (I imagine it partially is), but it’s kind of cool that it also happens to work for her role within the society based so heavily around gambling.
- I love seeing people come up with creative ways to break rules, Izayoi’s is no exception!
- Asuka jokes about there being vampires and there actually are vampires – I like this show already!
- The cat is already the best character!
OP: 「Black † White」 by 野水いおり (Nomizu Iori)