「可能性の始まり」 (Kanousei no Hajimari)
“The Beginning of Possibility”

I love VMMORPGs.

General Impressions

Somehow I ended up covering a bunch of VMMORPGs and I couldn’t be happier. If I were to describe Infinite Dendogram, it feels kind of like a mix of Sword Art Online and the Fate series. Now if that doesn’t make any sense, let me dive a little into it before I knock out from a lack of sleep (side note, if you were at Anime Los Angeles I hope you enjoyed it!).

As a whole, I really enjoyed this first episode of Infinite Dendogram. Because if you haven’t already noticed, I’m a whore for good VMMORPG shows or rather shows that throw the protagonist into some kind of crazy isekai-like situations. That being said, I’ll admit that I personally have grown a little tired with the whole isekai craze since the stakes tend to be high (or at least the story tries to make the stakes feel high) and sometimes you don’t need to have anything as crazy as the demon king threatening to obliterate the world to have a good time. Enter Infinite Dendogram, a show that simply shows us a down-to-earth protagonist who enjoys playing his game and widens the world just enough by using the idea of “infinite possibilities” and the various options they provide in a world not bound by typical logic.

However, if there was one small point that I want to hit on that gives me cause for concern, it might be how this first episode tried to explain its way out of how Ray Starling didn’t get wrecked by an unbelievably powerful monster. Okay so as much as the word embryo makes me shiver a bit because I don’t really appreciate the visual prowess that the idea of every player implanting a part of themselves into a piece of AI brings to mind, the whole idea of someone being able to break the rules in a world where there are certain laws in place kind of concerns me for the show’s overall health. Luckily though, I think this can be easily remedied if we see Ray run into some back luck along the way since all of his luck thus far is based on the possibilities of finding it.

Overall, not too shabby of a first episode that had some great moments here and there while trying to establish the world that all of our characters are living in. Toss in humanizing all the NPCs as well as tying up loose threads and it feels like we have a fun show on our hands. In any case, I’ll definitely be back for episode two since I need to know just how deep Ray’s ability to tap into the roulette of possibilities can go. See you guys later!

 

Preview

4 Comments

  1. If you take out the vrmmo, it’s basically every generic isekai-series ever. A newbie level1 started out and suddenly got an OP Digimon(yup) and rekt a level200(probably) monster. I also don’t like how it really doesn’t feel like a game, and more like the protagonist is SJWing for an NPC. We already got SAO and Log Horizon for that.
    If we were to take a vrmmorpg that’s not so isekai-tropey and just fun to play like you would with any game, I’d go for BOFURI instead. No isekai BS or the SJW crap of saving someone or something, just a girl exploring the world having fun. While it also has some BiS elements, I like that the OP abilities that she acquired can ACTUALLY be harnessed by every other player in the game(if Maple ever discloses the info lol).
    All in all, I would say that if either of these games were to exist IRL, I would definitely buy BOFURI, bcz it just seems a lot more fun to play, with family and friends, IRL or online

    Atsu
  2. A little cheesieness with the protagonist getting all emo on us,
    but other than that, a fun watch. Like Atsu said, it’s basically every
    generic isekai-series ever — nothing remarkable but nothing
    horrible either.

    So, NPCs really aren’t NPCs; they’re not connected to a human,
    but share human empathy. In other words, the NPCs can’t logout.
    Dunno if that hook is enough to make it unique, but I’m willin’
    to give it a chance…

    mac65

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