OP: 「REAL-EYES」by Inori Minase
「虎の威を借るアミドニア」 (Tora no I o Karu Amidonia)
“Amidonia in a Lion’s Skin”
And so it begins, the second half of the grand geopolitical adventure. Or as is otherwise known, the sequel I never thought we’d see. Much as highlighted back at the end of Genjitsu’s first half, this was a series I swore would be a one and done advertising affair, but the anime gods answered and so here we are getting another healthy dose of isekai’d political scheming. Yes, I might be a tad excited.
Given Genjitsu’s second season is a direct continuation of the first I won’t waste a lot of time on synopsis or refresher – if you haven’t seen it yet go do so because spoilers will be plentiful, or give my earlier coverage a perusal for any missing blanks. In short, however, Genjitsu is pretty much what happens when the OP isekai protagonist winds up losing his physical powers in place of mental. Main man Kazuya (Kobayashi Yuusuke), a political science student, gets transplanted into alternate world-ville because reasons, winds up being made king because he sees a way to save his new home Elfrieden, and gets all the girls he could dream of and then some. It’s effectively Maouyuu Maou Yuusha in harem form, so if you love that you’ll be right at home here.
In terms of the actual opener though, not much really on plate right away. Continuing right where we left off last year, Kazuya has finished making the kingdom of Amidonia pay for their attempt to change the local balance of power and is now staring down the barrels of imperial annoyance. It’s pretty much your usual power disparity at work: the Empire (as Kazuya highlights) needs to maintain their stature and thus must have Elfrieden relinquish their gains, but does not want to fight a war which could call into question that stature. Sure, Elfrieden would likely be defeated and Amidonia brought back from the grave, but the cost could potentially see the Empire weakened and its authority later challenged. In effect Kazuya is betting on this to try and finagle a middle ground out of the Empire, one which will see Amidonia held onto as an Elfrieden possession (either in annexation or alliance) but it’s ultimately a game of chicken which relies heavily on how Jeanne (Ishikawa Yui) will act.
Part of the fun of this too stems from all the mention of Amidonia’s populace and what it implies. Kazuya after all doesn’t have much ground for retaining Amidonia under imperial terms – but he would if Amidonia’s people decide that’s what they want. I honestly wouldn’t be shocked if some sort of plebiscite results from this arc, where Kazuya more or less instills democracy and uses the weapons of peace and prosperity to achieve his desired outcome. It’s underhanded, it’s disingenuous, but it’s perfectly in line with how our world works and would give a good taste of where I expect this season to go. The first season after all simply laid the groundwork to boost the isekai kid onto the world stage, now it’s up to him to show what he’s really made of once the big boys (well, girls in this case) come to play.
We’ll just have to see how well he can rise to the challenge.
ED: 「LIGHTS」by Aimi