「王都への旅立ち」 (Outo e no Tabidachi)
“Setting Out for the Capital”
Barely three episodes in and oh boy am I a happy camper choosing to stick with Eiyuuou. Never imagined one of the more generic looking winter isekais would wind up becoming one of my most anticipated weekly watches (Eminence in Shadow also says hello), yet here we with cuties galore, fights aplenty, and the promise of even more to come. Oh Eiyuuou, where have you been all this time?
Although Eiyuuou is most certainly rocking a proper story underneath its lackadaisical shenanigans, it’s not one I expect we’ll get to soon – nor for that matter one I hope does happen soon. For all lighthearted comedic fantasy is the bread and butter of most isekai these days (just look at the other genre examples this season), Eiyuuou really has an appreciation for it and what’s needed to make it work. Inglis of course is the main example: she’s all about fighting, every action she engages in revolves around fighting, and both friends and aware allies and enemies quickly wind up in on the joke. No harem craziness, no weird developments, just a girl who knows what she wants and takes it when it presents itself. Tag on Leon being a good-natured sport the entire time, Eris playing the straight man to Inglis’ comedic desires, and Rani making for a hilarious (and adorable) sidekick, and darling you’ve got a fun thirty minutes on your hands. I swear the smile never left my face.
As mentioned however, the comedy on tap is only the first helping in Eiyuuou’s adventures. Besides Eris teasing an important reveal involving Inglis (and likely some world history) down the line, there’s also Leon, the so-called anti-Highlander Bloodchain Brigade, and hints all over that both Highlander and Lowlander (heh) are gearing up for their own variation of solidifying power. For all the current larking is Inglis enjoying herself at the expense of monsters (and Rani doing the same at Inglis’ expense) we are slowly gearing up to a more formalized conflict, one which is bound to give some better direction to where Inglis goes and what she gets up to.
Or in other words, just who Inglis winds up fighting and how difficult the inevitable victory will be. Personally I cannot wait to find out.
Not quite as pleased with this episode compared to the previous one, was the directing not so sharp? At least it was fully animated, unlike another series I could mention which turned into a slideshow part way through, so let’s hope this one doesn’t catch Covid too.
This past week I’ve read the first 7 volumes of the LN so I know there are plenty more aether-powered high jinks coming up, not to mention plenty more gratuitous boob groping, so I’m definitely going to find time in my busy watching schedule (currently at around 20 shows) for it.
Might be more a case of usual adaptation exigencies with fast pacing and condensing story. This episode was brisk, but IMO it didn’t trip or fall on its face like some other adaptations happen to do. Although even if it did there’s still too many entertaining Inglis shenanigans to really notice that much lol.
Anime is going the way of TSF Monogatari.
With out ;it: of course.
This series is so much fun… is like Anos from Maou Gakuin mixed with bits of Goku from Dragon Ball. Overpowered characters are fun when they are written like this.
Exactly, it’s the one thing so many of these series miss when they’re conceived. You can have an invincible character, but the moment you try and make them serious is when you lose the plot and start getting the usual wish fulfillment issues. This setup always works best when kept lighthearted.