OP: 「真っ白」 (Masshiro) by 諸星すみれ
「本のない世界」 (Hon no Nai Sekai)
“A World With No Books”
Honzuki no Gekokujou is an insanely down-to-earth look at what happens when you thrust someone into an isekai without any bonus perks and a lot of disadvantages.
Man, I’m not sure where to even begin with this one. For a first episode, I think the show did a great job at introducing and building the world that Myne (formerly Motosu Urano) now lives in. Similar to our own except a few hundred years behind when it comes to technology, it’s rather interesting getting to see things from the perspective of a common person. Without the comforts that we enjoy in our everyday lives, the whole situation really helps sell just how out of place Myne is.
On that note, let’s talk about Myne for a second. As the protagonist of this isekai, you have to hand it to her for being as spunky as she’s been. Trapped in the body of a young girl who seems to be a bit too frail, it must be frustrating to be unable to the things you want to do. Imagine, having all this knowledge of future technology but being unable to leverage any of it!
Okay, real talk that will be a bit spicy — if you don’t want to read anything that could even be considered a spoiler, go to the next paragraph. So, if you’re like me, this first episode probably piqued your interest especially if you’re an isekai fan. Let me tell you — I couldn’t hold back and went to consume anything and everything related to Honzuki and came out the other end feeling so full of emotions and happiness that I was rather pissed when I caught up to the most recent chapter. Essentially, if you’re wondering whether or not the story will be able to pay off the investment of watching Myne try to figure out how to find her place in this new world, you will definitely not be disappointed.
Overall, a fun first episode that took the time to build out the world we’ll be spending a lot of time in. It may have been a little slow, but sometimes good things just take some time as you slowly get more and more invested. Invested to the point that you’ll forget just how invested you are and will question what happened to the past four hours. Anyways, I hope you give this show a shot and let me know what you thought!
ED: 「髪飾りの天使」 (Kamikazari no Tenshi) by 中島愛