「俺の子ども！？」 (Ore no kodomo! ?)
Gentlemen, we’ve done it, we have reached the final stage of isekai. Move over harems, say goodbye fan service, it’s time for indulging in all those choice body shots by engaging in baby making. Literally. But Pancakes, why you ask? Because it’s 2018 of course! The modern age calls for a new kind of alternate world strategy, and Conception is clearly eager to lead the way.
For anyone who’s familiar with either Conception’s game origins or the always trusty (if sometimes late) RC Preview, there will be no surprises here. We start things off with our
plain and completely replaceable main protagonist Yuge Itsuki (Ono Yuuki) who’s called out by childhood friend Konatsuki Mahiru (Katou Emiri) because she’s pregnant and Itsuki is the daddy. Except not, which of course must be the reason for the random magic circle and both being transported to another world, because lying is bad and childhood friends never—ever—get that far on the path of love. Then comes the usual isekai shenanigans: we get our magical world, the usual system of government (monarchies always win when it comes to bling), and the ubiquitous means of returning home via some save the world mechanism. Except the mechanism involves impregnating 12 girls while watching a lascivious red panda mascot thing helpfully lead the way. Yeah, this one is going places. Do I even need to mention how Itsuki is down for this mission with hardly a hint a hesitation? Didn’t think so.
Given Conception has largely given the game away in its first episode the interesting question becomes just how the show will make the most of its obvious intentions. Take the girls—err, Star Maidens—for example, given we know all 12 already, will the focus be on encouraging them into the sack, or on simply trying to find them or access them (i.e. by defeating a monster first)? Fighting doesn’t seem to be in the cards too much considering the kids produced from this harem are meant to get their hands dirty in place of daddy-kins (not to mention the show’s wonderful showcase of AAA animation), and drama is seemingly minimized with all the girls apparently eager to take on their tasks of breeding magical terminators. So far we don’t really have a source of conflict (read: drama) to look forward to, and while watching Itsuki practice his pickup artistry on an eclectic array of female specimens might be fun for a while, eventually something more than simple T&A will be required. Guess that’s where all the funky symbolism comes in though, because if there’s one thing spread eagle doctor exams and random pairs of handcuffs tell me it’s that I’m not thinking hard enough. Yeah, definitely not hard enough.
While certainly too soon to say whether Conception will be this season’s most glorious train wreck (Tokyo Ghoul is currently eyeing up first place right now), there’s no denying this one is going to be incredibly fascinating to watch for more than one reason. This is one isekai boys and girls that is definitely going places.
OP: 「Star light, Star bright」 by nano