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Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu! – 02

「勝人は本気で金儲けをするようです!」 (Masato wa honki de kanemouke o suru youdesu!)
“Masato is Serious About Making Money!”

Between school overload and too much fall anime (way too much I tell you) I never thought I’d be back with Choyoyu for another week, but I’ll be damned if it’s not starting to scratch an itch I didn’t know I had. Make no mistake, it’s pure simplistic isekai wish fulfillment at its worst (best?), but it’s fun wish fulfillment. Will such a thing hold? No bloody idea, but I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.

As mentioned previously Choyoyu’s biggest hurdle is disbelief. Prodigal teens are an awfully hard sell, especially when paired with a premise taking itself far more seriously than it should. I was fearful Choyoyu would quickly descend down this rabbit hole, but this week largely avoided those prodigious pot holes. Just take our merchant Masato (Majima Junji). Somehow this guy is the best businessman the world has ever seen and done more than any billionaire before the age of eighteen (a very hard thing to wrap your mind around), yet never really came across as such during this little business trip. Shrewd, smart, and level headed sure, but not in the way which can really rub the wrong way. Why? Presentation. Much like Danganrompa’s basic structure, Choyoyu let its character do what they’re best at with minimal highlighting of the base absurdity of Masato’s existence. It wasn’t a tale of the best businessman of all saving the day, it was a story of David overcoming Goliath through smarts and strategy. That simple switch in focus ensures the story can maximize its entertainment without tripping (too hard) on the cracks of rationality. Choyoyu may be no Spice and Wolf once pedal hit the metal, but hey, the results are looking to be just as satisfying.

Part of the fun as well derives from the fun of the side characters making their appearance. While all the aggravating and annoying tropes are just oozing from our new catgirl Roo for example, I must admit she’s a hilarious bundle of moeblob and bottomless greed ensuring any Masato arc downtime will be a blast to watch. Yes, definitely a blast. Personally I’m not expecting any secondary cast in the show to really do anything outside of be present and speak when required (looking at you Elch) considering Choyoyu’s emphasis will be on its prodigal seven, but nothing says this series cannot jump in the direction of broad and deep development. After all we’ve only seen one of the seven in action thus far, and quite a few of the others (particularly our little inventor girl) are going to take more than cutesy kitten sidekicks to go down without a hitch. Not to say Choyoyu cannot do it of course, but we’ll have to see what strategies it has in mind.

Grab a seat and stick around for a bit yet boy and girls, this little isekai is just warming up.


ED Sequence

ED: 「dear my distance」by Akari Kitou

October 12, 2019 at 12:25 am
  • October 12, 2019 at 3:32 amzztop

    A few bits of worldbuilding detail:

    - Elk is Winona’s son. Masato’s a MILF-lover; and Winona suits his tastes in women.

    - The inventor girl, Ringo, was able to build a makeshift cellphone tower using the radio/wifi transmitter from the crashed airplane. This allows the gang to keep in touch with each other. It has a very wide radius due to lack of interference and super-boosted capacity.

    - Rather than stealing the trading licence, Masato bribes the city mayor with his wristwatch. He also slyly convinces the mayor he can help get revenge on the trading company; who’ve effectively ursurped his authority over the town.

  • October 12, 2019 at 3:44 amAngelus

    A bit of worldsmashing detail:

    That big-ass moon is surely well past its Roche limit.

    Apart from that and an opening that left me struggling to remember exactly which show I was watching (well, it’s the names, they’re all too damn long), this one is kind of growing on me. I hope that we’ll have some situation where things don’t go quite so smoothly, though, as I can see it get a bit boring otherwise.

    • October 12, 2019 at 7:01 amAnonymous

      It’ll probably cause trouble in 3 days

  • October 12, 2019 at 9:17 amAtsu

    Am i the only one who cringed on those “ni n nin” and the “buhee” laughs?

  • October 12, 2019 at 9:49 pmGreed

    Normally I think customers are given free samples, but cute.

    Anyway, it is good to earn money, just don’t let the money control you. I don’t know how many anime shows money bringing ruin to people who initially had good morality.

    As for that greedy fat merchant, I imagine he will send some thugs to do some dirty work.

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