OP: 「異世界かるてっと」 (Isekai Quartet) by Ainz (Satoshi Hino), Kazuma (Jun Fukushima), Subaru (Yuusuke Kobayashi), Tanya (Aoi Yuuki)
「集結!カルテット」 (Shuuketsu! Karutetto)
With the deluge of isekai we’re getting almost every season now (this one is an outlier—just see what summer has in store) everyone guaranteed has an opinion on this (sub)genre by now. Either you love it and cannot get enough or hate it and wish it all dead; middle ground simply put does not exist. Yet Isekai Quartet might be the first isekai to challenge that collective belief, because regardless of potential opinion I swear this show couldn’t get more fun.
As highlighted in the handy dandy RC Preview, Isekai Quartet is a four franchise crossover short featuring the main characters of Kadokawa’s main isekai series. You’ve got the Konosuba quartet (heh), Overlord’s ruling class, Re:Zero’s party of happiness (read: Rem), and Youjo Senki’s little iconoclast genderbent blondie and friends for added amusement. Together all wind up pressing a big red button in entirely appropriate ways and find themselves transferred to a new world where they’re, well, going back to school. Stupid concept? Yes. Utterly hilarious? Oh yes indeed. I wasn’t sure what to expect for this one when previewing it, but damn if it isn’t an ingenious idea to help keep featuring some of these characters in the anime sphere, especially when the show has done a fantastic job at nailing the various personalities of all involved. Kazuma and crew for example are pretty much the one speed party trainwreck we’ve all come to love, but top it off with Ainz doing the usual and Tanya going maniacal crazy? And Kurt von Rudersdorf acting as the bloody principal? Darling you had me at go and funky doorbell/elevator sounds. While the true test will inevitably be seeing how these interactions, banter, and various mini story arcs play out going forward (I can already see the Emilia makes new friends episode from a mile away), so far at least this is one anime short I’m really looking forward to. It may not be the “best” isekai has to offer—particularly if you haven’t seen one or more of the featured series for reference—but no one said a little lighthearted levity was ever a bad thing.
After all, with chibi designs, ED sequences, and school shenanigans this cute, it would be incredibly difficult to give it up that easy.
ED: 「異世界ガールズ♡トーク」 () by Albedo (Yumi Hara), Aqua (Sora Amamiya), Emilia (Rie Takahashi), Tanya (Aoi Yuuki)