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Kenja no Mago – 06

「開戦と合同訓練」 (Kaisen to goudou kunren)
“Outbreak of War and a Joint Training Exercise”

We came, we saw, and we…conquered? Apparently, because at least by KnM standards we just got war and aftermath combined in the same episode. Admittedly maybe it was my expectations of a new multi-episode arc starting (not the first time they’ve failed me mind you), but damn did things kind of run all over this week. From empires to demonoids and even one hell of a random Chika-esque ED: we got it all, and if anything it’s only the start of the chaos.

Considering KnM’s focus on the fluffier side of isekai so far it’s not too surprising how the war treatment went this week, but it’s still strange just how quick we got the shift. Barely moments into the episode and we go from invasion to stab in the back and sudden emergence of the real threat—talk about magical whiplash. As promised at the start of this show though such rushing was likely at some point considering KnM’s origins and the usual light novel adaptation strategy. With these series there’s always a targeted point to reach at the end, and come hell or high water that point will be reached. At least to KnM’s credit we arguably got the best situation with the most appropriate material cut out; after all the real threat is the demonoids and whatever they’re specifically after (rather than nameless sacrifice of the moment), and by the looks of things we won’t have long to wait before seeing the fruits of Schtrom’s recent labour.

In preparation for that labour we also got the necessary good guy training with a little cross discipline exercise and bonding. No real deviance here of course—I mean who didn’t see the ubiquitous arrogance to humility and respect development coming from a mile away?—but KnM at least kept the usual above average by having Shin more or less restrained and spicing it with some choice downtime banter. Gary Stu tropes? Oh most definitely, but fun Gary Stu tropes. Don’t deny, you know you love pure combustion with a taste of anger fueled flair too. Plus we got to see the first bit of hilarious jealousy on the part of our one man murder machine, so it can never be all that bad. KnM functions best when it plays to the lighthearted humour baked into its character relationships, and so long as we can keep getting stuff like this (move over Sicily, Maria is now best girl) I have few problems with where this show may be heading. It may never be top shelf isekai, but that’s no reason it cannot keep being a guilty pleasure.

All we have to see is how well cutesy relationship in all but name shenanigans holds up against the likes of evil peeps doing evil things.

 

ED2 Sequence

May 15, 2019 at 10:40 pm
21 comments »
  • May 16, 2019 at 12:45 amPods

    The show gets it’s priorities.

    Who cares about edgy war when we could have silly faces, and zany side characters? The people adapting this show clearly understand how on-the-nose the source material is so they’re just having fun with it.

    • May 16, 2019 at 9:56 pmPancakes

      Certainly a breath of fresh air compared to how the usual isekai adaptations wind up going :P

  • May 16, 2019 at 4:25 amAex

    Random ED is random.

    I assume that’s supposed to be one of the VAs for the girls, but why, why the empire’s throne room, and who let them spend extra money on this? Unimportant questions everywhere…

    • May 17, 2019 at 1:47 amAngelus

      Extra money? It just looks like they gave someone an hour with MMD to make it, so I doubt it cost a lot.

  • May 16, 2019 at 5:33 amNinjaSyao

    This one is worse than ep 2, that one was a bit rushed, as this one was really rushed o.O

    The whole kingdom being conquered bit was quite fast in the manga too, but it had a lot more meat too it, Zest and his crew did way more too… and the whole training with the knights thing is filler.
    Don’t really get why they didn’t just use the rest of the episode to properly do the kingdom part instead of wasting it on those bad characters that probably won’t appear ever again.

    The anime’s still a fun ride though, just hope they can keep the rushing to a minimum. We don’t need another Slime disaster so soon! v.v

    • May 16, 2019 at 5:53 amAex

      Not sure what you mean by filler since the training arc is in the manga, but even that got shortened. Shame, Sicily snapping at the stupid boys when the tiger showed up was the best part.

      This whole show has been a rush job since Ep.1, though. Not an absolutely horrible one, but lots of stuff gets cut.

      • May 16, 2019 at 7:09 amNinjaSyao

        Says something about that training arc that I don’t remember it, even though I only read the manga like a month ago (or that dumb Mangareader website had missing pages again… that is a thing lately with that site having incomplete chapters). Still feels like a waste of time to me though.

        I’ll give it a another episode to see if it improves before dropping it.

      • May 19, 2019 at 7:46 amTegual

        @NinjaSyao The “training arc” is there to demonstrate how OP Shin is, and how his training helps his classmates. I dunno about the manga but it is pretty significant in the novel and while i doubt we will see it happens several times.

    • May 16, 2019 at 6:12 amzztop

      @NinjaSyao I remember the manga and WN also fleshed out Schrom’s tragic past and how the arrogant Blusphere elites caused it. Namely his efforts amounted to revenge against all of Bluesphere.

      • May 16, 2019 at 6:24 amAex

        The manga gets to that a bit later than this.

    • May 16, 2019 at 6:15 ammac65

      I kinda get, even w/reading the manga, that the author sees the main
      feature of the story as a school-life romance adventure, IMHO.

      Seems that even in the manga, more love/attention is applied to the “fun”
      parts of the story, and (I think) the author includes the political drama
      sub-plot as a necessary evil for the cutsey romance story he really wants
      to tell.

      But, it’s good writing and I really like it so far (unlike Tate no Yuusha
      no Nariagari which is watchable for the train-wreck dialog inserted into
      the battles to give the enemy time to recharge and attack again!!!!!)

      • May 16, 2019 at 6:29 amAex

        I agree, and I always felt that they should’ve used a much less “we will destroy your life and eat your heart” sub-plot to avoid the frequent whiplash I got when the mood turned serious.

    • May 16, 2019 at 9:59 pmPancakes

      It was definitely rushed, but IMO it rushed the most appropriate part. The strength of this series is its slice of life side, giving more time towards that helps keep things consistent—i.e. avoiding thematic whiplash from sudden switch to serious—while playing to what works. The real test however will be what happens with the demonoid plot, if that’s rushed as bad as this week there may be problems.

      • May 19, 2019 at 7:42 amTegual

        I dunno if i would call the war rushed. It was done about as well in the LN. It got maybe a chapter and we basically saw or heard exactly what happened from the novel. The villains part is rushed but considering the pace of the story that didn’t surprise me.

  • May 16, 2019 at 8:17 amRenaSayers

    https://randomc.net/image/Kenja%20no%20Mago/Kenja%20no%20Mago%20-%2006%20-%20Large%2020.jpg
    https://randomc.net/image/Kenja%20no%20Mago/Kenja%20no%20Mago%20-%2006%20-%20Large%2025.jpg

    This scene seems kind of cliche where the students who melee think they can handle the demons better than Magician cause people with magic are week.

  • May 16, 2019 at 9:31 amAndre

    Good episode but… WTF was that ED? And why the PS2 graphics full of jaggies?

  • May 16, 2019 at 12:23 pmChris hall

  • May 17, 2019 at 9:36 amboingman

    Uh, that ED was looking pretty bad.
    And who was that even supposed to be? An upcoming character? Didn’t look like Maria.

  • May 18, 2019 at 8:21 pmtheirs

    Really thought the first part was rather long, glad things picked up when the main cast showed up. Found it amusing that only the girls were pissed off from the thought of teaming up with the knight’s school. Thor must be pretty chill.

    https://randomc.net/image/Kenja%20no%20Mago/Kenja%20no%20Mago%20-%2006%20-%2015.jpg
    https://randomc.net/image/Kenja%20no%20Mago/Kenja%20no%20Mago%20-%2006%20-%2016.jpg
    https://randomc.net/image/Kenja%20no%20Mago/Kenja%20no%20Mago%20-%2006%20-%2017.jpg
    Found them in shojou manga style to be rather amusing. I think they’re doing a good job in keeping this show “stress-free”.

    Was really fun seeing someone else getting fan boys. Including the implications. XD

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