My Isekai Life Review

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Tensei Kenja no Isekai Life: Dai-2 no Shokugyou wo Ete, Sekai Saikyou ni Narimashita
My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the World
Tensei Kenjya no Isekai Life
転生賢者の異世界ライフ ~第二の職業を得て、世界最強になりました~
My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the World

Synopsis

My Isekai Life begin after working himself to death in a hostile corporate environment, Yuuji Sano gets a second chance when he transmigrates to a game-like fantasy world. Although he wishes to lead an unassuming life, Yuuji learns that he has the title of a Monster Tamer, the weakest rank of adventurer. With his newfound skills, he tames a number of slimes around him and, with their help, acquires magical powers to become a Sage—a second profession that capitalizes on such potential.

Even after gaining overwhelming strength, the scars from the life Yuuji left behind keep him from going all out. However, he might not be able to hide his abilities for much longer, as unforeseen dangers threaten to destroy the world that is now his only home.

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Review

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Guy Who Controls Slimes.

Are you looking for another bland, cookie-cutter, paint by numbers, barely passable *sigh* light novel isekai anime to shovel down your weeb throat with all the other trash isekai you watch? Well, if you’ve finished chewing through bottom of the barrel classics such as “The Fruit of Evolution: Before I Knew It, My Life Had It Made”, “The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter”, “She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man”, “Sword Art Online” (all of them), “Spirit Chronicles”, “The Rising of the Shield Hero” Season 2 (and arguably season 1), etc, etc, etc, then you may have some room left in your fat, piggy stomaches to swallow “My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the World”.

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With a reincarnated light novel protagonist so comically overpowered that he immediately sucks out all of the tension in any action scene he’s in, “My Isekai Life” is a throw-away disappointment. From chopping down trees for fire wood to protecting a town from a horde of monsters to slaying powerful dragons, if theres an issue that needs solving Yuuji and his gang of mascot slimes plus one cowardly wolf can solve it with little to no effort whilst generic onlookers gawk in amazement and generically praise the ground he walks on.

Yuuji himself has exactly two character traits that I can think of. He likes to eat food and he doesn’t like to be taken advantage of. That last one is important because in his previous life he was a victim of overworking thanks to his company taking advantage of his skills and enthusiasm. He has legitimate trauma from being an office worker for what Japan calls a ‘black company’ and it gives him a personal reason to hid his overpowered level from adventures and guild organisations in this new world as he doesn’t want people to rely on him. This is actually a pretty metal backstory compared to your usual *sigh* light novel isekai protagonist to have, and the way the anime uses stylist, water coloured animation to capture these flashbacks is beautiful to boot.

Unfortunately, the problem with an isekai protagonist avoiding being around a supporting cast of interesting personalities to bounce off him and break him out of his bland, self-insert personality is that the show gets really fucking boring, really fast. Sure he has his slimes, but they’re mainly there to say one-liners and be cute which gets old very quickly, and the wolf isn’t much of a substitute either. There is a Dryad who pops up occasionally to interact with Yuuji, but maybe once every three episodes.

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Any other side characters he meets along the way are soon forgotten by him and by you, yes you *points finger at camera* the viewer. And even though he’s trying to keep a low profile and not show off his powers so he doesn’t get used, he does anything anyone asks of him anyway and in front of multiple people which completely contrary to what the show has told us about him.

It doesn’t help that “Black Summer” is airing along side “My Isekai Life” this season which is basically the same show, but superior and more entertaining where it counts. With it’s mediocre to bad animation (apart from the one sakuga shot the show uses over and over again plus the flashbacks), bland backing soundtrack, uninteresting world, story, characters and no compelling narrative stakes, “My Isekai life: etc” is a huge disappointment.

The best part of the show is the ED where the slimes sing and do a Bohemian Rhapsody bit which is fun. But then you realise you’ve not only sat through 10 episodes of this show (which is way more than anyone should sit through) just for an ED you could look up on Youtube, but also “Kaguya-sama: Love is War Ultra Romantic” literally did a better Bohemian Rhapsody bit last season in the rap episode, and you start to wonder what you’re doing with your isekai life.

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