「司は異世界を変える覚悟を決めたようです！」 (Tsukasa wa isekai o kaeru kakugo o kimeta youdesu!)
“It Seems Tsukasa has Resolved to Change the World!”
Surprise, bet you never saw this post coming did ya? I’m not sure what really made me decide to cover Choyoyu all the way through in the preceding week, but between base simplicity, hilarious (and thoroughly exaggerated) villainy, and the always entertaining isekai flair probably had something to do with. I may wind up regretting my decision a few episodes down the line, but hey, I’m enjoying myself right now.
Having recently started rereading David Weber’s Safehold saga, one of things I’ve been looking forward to with Choyoyu is its move into literal world building. Throwing a bunch of modern knowledge equipped characters into a new world and having them reinvent modern technological society is a ubiquitous premise in isekai (if only marginally), but it’s a setup which allows for both a structured plot and reasonably interesting developments. You can either keep the concept relatively constrained and “personal” (e.g. Outbreak Company) or go right for the jugular in overarching change in its totality (a la Drifters), all the while staying true to the main intent of the story. In Choyoyu’s case the latter will be the name of the game, and while unlikely to be too comprehensive or complex (after all, going full fantasy railgun with cutesy mascot AIs and teenage prime ministers isn’t that realistic), this sort of setup tickles my engineering and history nerves in all the right ways. Just have to see how this little state building project goes.
Not everything shown is wish fulfillment sunshine and lollipops with Choyoyu though, and once again we need look no further than the enemies. I honestly don’t know what to make of the antagonists so far—over the top arrogance and simplistic stratified beliefs make sense sure, but stereotypical womanizing with groping and rape—and gold grills? Oh boy we’re going places with this one. It’s really hard thinking of Choyoyu’s latest opponent (if you can call him that) as little more than the usual light novel quirk, an opponent so downright despicable because writing him that way is apparently the only way to get across his wicked evilness and prop up the goodness of our main cast. At least until you realize just how much artistic attention was lavished on those gleaming (gilded?) smiles any 4/5 dentists would be proud of. Seriously, Choyoyu is digging itself a hole here, because now I expect any future enemy to be crazier than the last lest the show lose the sense of momentum building up from these encounters. Every opponent must be better (in a bad way) than the last, since a cast this overwhelmingly powerful (no matter the entertainment) cannot simply coast to victory for too long before the boredom sets in.
Good thing we’re then looking at our seven prodigies turning into heroes before too long wouldn’t you say?