OP: 「TIT FOR TAT」by MYTH & ROID
「この勇者が傲慢すぎる」 (Kono yuusha ga goumansugiru)
“This Hero is too Arrogant”
With lazy summer days now over and fall thoroughly in full swing (did I mention it snowed here? Because it just finished snowing here *sad face*), it’s time for yet another season of anime and oh boy are we starting things in style—alternate world style. In case the RC Preview wasn’t clear enough it’s isekai ahoy for the next little while, and what better way of bringing in yet more wish fulfillment than with the best variety of all. Gentleman, say hello to Shinchou Yuusha.
The first thing to note about Shinchou Yuusha is that’s it’s all comedy with nothing in between. We start off for example with the usual goddess/priestess summoning a hero from another world to help save a different one, with the guy naturally coming from Japan because reasons. Except we’ve got no ordinary goddess, and the hero is, shall we say, less than ordinary. It doesn’t take much after all to realize our main girl Listarte (Toyosaki Aki) is both a) scheming; and b) useless, with a healthy dose of Konosuba Aqua-isms to really ram home the point (and damn does Toyosaki Aki deserve some praise for that voice acting). All she cares about is moving up the heavenly ranks and doesn’t care which hero
slaves away helps her with the task so long as it’s quick and painless. Then we got hero Ryuuguuin Seiya (Umehara Yuuichirou) who takes all the usual male MC tropes—and thoroughly trashes them. OP powers and the fame and fortune of saving the world? Not worth the effort for this guy, because apparently even with all that strength the dangers are many and death barely a stone’s throw away. Or, well, something like that.
Beyond characters and their banter/chemistry however, the key for Shinchou Yuusha (and likely its main selling point) will likely be its overall parodies. This episode alone for example had us hilariously go from self-aware poking at isekai popularity in Japan to outright smirking at the genre’s propensity to featuring only Japanese protagonists (which to be fair is entirely expected for Japanese works). Even Seiya bucks the trend of isekai male protagonists by not only having a rational (if over the top) stoic personality with zero sh*ts given, but featuring one hell of a physical figure and mindset to boot. Don’t expect this guy to be the new Kazuma to Listarte’s Aqua, we’re dealing with a wholly different (anti)hero archetype here. While currently unclear how well the comedy will keep working or how fresh it will remain after a few more episodes (I imagine Seiya and Listarte in both personality and actions could start quickly wearing on some people’s nerves), considering we’re already facing down demon girls capable of physically crushing Seiya (and useless goddesses), I imagine there’s plenty of entertainment yet to come before this one is through.
Shinchou Yuusha may not wind up being the next Konosuba when all is said and done, but you certainly don’t need to look further this season for your next big comedy fix.
ED: 「be perfect, plz!」by Riko Azuna