「超人高校生たちは異世界に来てしまったようです！」 (Choujin koukousei-tachi wa i sekai ni kite shimatta youdesu!)
“Super High School Students Seem to have Come to a Different World!”
You know at some point Japan is going to grow sick of isekai in its various varieties, however that day is not now so here we are enjoying yet another alternate world adaptation. If you’re expecting perfection or the greatest thing since sliced bread in a tsundere’s mouth best turn back now, because Choyoyu is not going to be any of that. This is one will be as conventional as they get, although that doesn’t mean it cannot be fun while doing it. And oh boy is it aiming in that direction.
As mentioned in the ever reliable RC Preview, Choyoyu is pretty much a love child between your bog standard isekai plot and Danganrompa. We’ve got seven kids, all teenage prodigies in various categories, who for some reason find themselves literally flying into an alternate world. How exactly this happened and why? Surprisingly few details given (you’d expect the rationale behind such an act to usually be the first thing of mention these days), but the mention of seven heroes and subtlely hinted saving of the world (well, empire most likely) largely covers what’s missing. At least the story doesn’t seem to be going entirely in the worldly saving direction though, because as soon as you mention potentially aiming to rule the world you know exactly things won’t be entirely as they seem. After all, we’ve got spunky dog girls and elves open to full frontal action.
Where Choyoyu will likely encounter problems however is in the characters playing out its premise. While the likes of Danganrompa and last season’s Nakanohito Genome have mostly solidified suspension of disbelief when it comes to teenage characters with ridiculous knowledge/strength/power, Choyoyu strains this foundation by taking them a little too seriously. This cast isn’t operating under the pretense of subtle humour and pulp action/thriller feel, rather it seems like they’re going to be playing out a “for keeps” style of story (if this episode is anything to go by) most isekai aim towards in various fashions. By itself of course this isn’t an issue, but the intent becomes questionable when we’ve got moeblob super inventors retaining key technology and our supposedly unrivalled politician Tsukasa (Kobayashi Yuusuke) pulling double duty in debating and fighting. And don’t even get me started on what some of the others are supposedly capable of. If Choyoyu intends on making its premise fully work it’s going to have to inject some pulpy, humorous insanity into the mix to help offset the un-believability its cast, because without a bit of structural chaos to help the wish fulfillment go down, it’s going to take some serious effort to keep these kids acceptable and entertaining.
It’s up in the air just how well Choyoyu will manage threading that needle, but with a whole world set to learn about and seven OP children in need of further introductions, I think it won’t be long before we see just what this isekai is made of.
OP: 「はじめてのかくめい！」(Hajimete no Kakumei!) by DIALOGUE＋