OP: 「ギャンブル」 (Gyambaru) by syudou
「勇者…失格」 (Yuusha… Shikkaku)
Summer isekai may be headed by the might which is Tensura (and potentially Hamefura X if being generous), but there’s always more to a season than meets the eye and Tsukimichi is here to helpfully reinforce the point. It’s bog standard, it’s derivative, and – oh yes – far too indulgent in self-reflecting campy humour, but if you think this one will prove boring best think things over again.
As delved into in the RC Preview, Tsukimichi is pretty much an alternate flavoured Tensura. A lot of the same concepts and themes permeate this series, everything from the wickedly overpowered MC in Makoto (Hanae Natsuki) to the simplistic and very open-ended premise of surviving and finding a role in isekai life to the little things like fantasy race design and certain contractual obligations. Indeed Tsukimichi could be considered a loose copycat of Tensura, except for the fact its source material actually predates Tensura’s by nearly a year. There’s plenty of similarities shared between these series to make them worthy comparisons to each other – and plenty more which Tsukimichi uses to differentiate itself.
Case in point of this is the isekai origins here. Instead of featuring oft-misunderstood Truck-kun or his merry companions Train and Overworking (or Murder when Overworking is feeling frisky), Tsukimichi just goes full self-actualization and has Makoto be the son of isekai transplants. That’s right, reverse-isekai is now officially a thing. Kind of surprising such an idea hasn’t popped up in isekai anime before, but it does give a nice foundation to conveniently explain Makoto’s sudden transfer to fantasy central, especially when accounting for his ludicrous abilities supplied in part by the god Tsukuyomi (Maeno Tomoaki).
Where things get fun, however, is in the details. Besides the sly hilarity of initially flipping the hero script with Makoto banished to the end of the world because the world’s ruling goddess (Ueda Reina) hates his looks, we also have the entertainment which comes from the kid himself leaning fully into the comedy routine. Want to make the stereotypical go places? Just accept the material and embrace the chaos. Fully. While most of this is undeniably down to Hanae Natsuki doing what he does best, a good deal also comes down to the likes of
puppy dog dragon Shen (Sakura Ayane) and orc Emma (Hayami Saori) giving some tasty foils for Makoto to bounce his actions off of. Both girls already showed the potential of such after all, and once things get going you can bet such scenes will be just the tip of the iceberg.
While Tsukimichi will certainly need a few episodes to get a decent grasp of, given the material at hand and the developments likely to come down the pipeline (just imagine who the Goddess recruited for new heroes in place of Makoto) I think this one will prove to be anything but boring.
ED: 「ビューティフル・ドリーマー」 (Biyuuteifuru Doriimaa) by Ezoshika Gourmet Club