「新天地でやり直しって言ったよね！」 (Shintenchi de Yarinaoshitte Ittayone!)
“You Said I’d Get to Start Over in a New World!”
And here I thought I wouldn’t be able to stomach another isekai. Luckily, Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne managed to scratch all the right itches and made me cognizant of some that I never knew about.
I’m not sure if I’m just weird, but I really enjoy it when we have shows where the protagonist is able to exploit some kind of insane mechanic in-order to essentially prove their dominance. In essence, the base idea of an isekai is something that really tickles my pickle. However, what’s important here isn’t the fact that the protagonist has something they can exploit but how they utilize that mechanic. Unlike some shows (I’m looking at you Isekai Cheat Magician even though I watched all of you) where the character comes in guns blazing, I really appreciate it when the protagonist has some kind of logical limit imposed on them. Because outside of providing some sense of internal conflict, there’s something magical knowing that the main character probably has something deep in their back pocket that can help them just in the nick of time.
So, when it comes to a show that can scratch that itch, I was really surprised just how well Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne did it. You have Mile who wants to be an average girl with the most average of abilities but instead ended up being pretty damn monstrous except you can get on-board with things because of her personality. Toss in just how self aware she is about the whole thing and you have this interesting premise that creates a rather interesting expositional loop for the story to use.
At this point you could say all isekais are just a dime a dozen with how many are getting pumped out. And I would almost agree with you except time and time again I’ve found that there are some isekais that change the formula up just enough to make them worth watching through their entirety. So, if you’re looking for a fun show to pick up that has fun characters, pretty well-drawn designs, and an adorable protagonist, I’d definitely recommend this one.
ED: 「ゲンザイ↑バンザイ↑」 (Genzai↑Banzai↑) by マイル（CV: 和氣あず未）