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    An isekai about a man dying in the real work and reborn in another as the grandson of a sage who is talented with magic, but not so much with social skills as he never experienced society until now.

    Airs: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

    Studio: Silver Link

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    A young man who had surely died in an accident, was reborn in another world as a baby! After that, he was picked up by the patriot hero "Sage" Merlin Wolford and was given the name Shin. He was raised as a grandson by Merlin and soaked up Merlin's teachings, earning him some shocking powers; however, when he became 15, his grandfather Merlin said, "I forgot to teach him common sense!"

    An "abnormal" boy's unconventional other world fantasy life starts here!


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  • #2
    Episode 1

    Somebody teach him some common sense.

    So it begins with Shin isekaied after being run over by a truck in Japan, and he nearly died again when he was reborn and his family was slaughtered by demons. But Merlin was there to save him and raise him as his grandson. Too bad Shin was raised around only adults as Merlin forgot to teach him common sense, and that's why he's off to school as while he's a talented mage, his social skills need a lot of work. All beginning with telling those thugs to hit on monsters and not girls. Pretty much, it's the standard isekai fare and it's decent enough that those who like these kinds of shows will enjoy it, but those who are just troped out by the overabundance of isekais probably won't.

    As usual, trial period rules are in effect, so its fate will be decided after a few more episodes.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
      Episode 1

      Somebody teach him some common sense.

      So it begins with Shin isekaied after being run over by a truck in Japan, and he nearly died again when he was reborn and his family was slaughtered by demons. But Merlin was there to save him and raise him as his grandson. Too bad Shin was raised around only adults as Merlin forgot to teach him common sense, and that's why he's off to school as while he's a talented mage, his social skills need a lot of work. All beginning with telling those thugs to hit on monsters and not girls. Pretty much, it's the standard isekai fare and it's decent enough that those who like these kinds of shows will enjoy it, but those who are just troped out by the overabundance of isekais probably won't.

      As usual, trial period rules are in effect, so its fate will be decided after a few more episodes.
      Re: Episode 1

      All aboard!

      Well, I am. And while not every isekai show does it for me, a great many do. Plus, I've been enjoying the manga, so there.

      I think that Buckeye has it right: If you've been tropped to death by these shows, this is probably not for you. If you're still loving isekai (almost) anything, then this is for you. I will say that eventually Shin gets what every OP character needs: OP opponents, though where it goes from there....?

      The plus side for this looks to also be a fairly large cast, which can be fun. There's also potential where a character has no idea how OP he/she is: Tenchi Muyo: War on Gemminar showed how it could be done. World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman is another example of correctly handling an OP MC.

      A salaryman with no life works late, and sleepy and distracted, walks into a crosswalk and gets runover by a speeding truck. He closes his eyes as he's dying on the streets of Tokyo, and opens them again as an infant, as an old man uses a magic spell on him. We next witness our MC as he grows from 8-15 in the care of his grandfather, Merlin Wolford, a powerful mage who lives out in the country by himself, save for a handyman who visits and does combat training for Shin Wolford, the name of our MC, and they're also regularly visited by Melinda Bowen, who Shin calls grandma.

      Shin is OPed at an early age, and as he turns 15, reaching adulthood, we see that he has no idea that his regular visitor, "Uncle" Dis, is actually a king, or that Grandpa and Grandma are well known heroes (or that they used to be married, for that matter). For that matter, grandad's been teaching him magic, his "Uncle" Michel (former commander of the knights) has been training him in combat...but nothing about social skills or even basic knowledge of society or how the world works. Plus all he's been doing is hanging out in the forest with a few adults, no one of his own age. THen he shows off some super powerful explosive magic (Megumin would be soooo jelly).

      So it's decided: Off to the royal capital and the Magic Academy for Shin, where he can have friends his own age and start to get the social skills and knowledge of society and how the world works. No sooner do they hit town then Shin starts to discover how revered his grandparents are, how magnificent their mansion is (given to them by the government for services rendered), complete with servants, and so Shin heads off to explore the city, and in doing so comes on 3 thugs harassing 2 girls. After mopping the floor with the thugs, Shin instantly falls head over heels for the busty blue-haired girl of the pair, which ends our episode, leading to the OP, where we see a whole bunch of cast members we've met and will meet in the future, with the busty, blue-haired girl prominently features as a love interest. Looks like no harem route here.

      So, yeah, plenty of clich?s, plenty of isekai tropes and an OP MC. Still, this has a positive vibe to it, Shin's an interesting character, there are a lot of characters to find out about. I see anything to indicate Konosuba or Re: Zero brilliance, but this could still be a fun ride, though that ride will be more likely fun if you're a fan of isekai shows or are new to the genre.
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      • #4
        Episode 2

        Have some manners.

        Shin's new life begins as he totally blows away the competition in the entrance exam as being trained by a hero, he is so OP that only a fraction of his power packs a lot more punch than what most candidates are capable of at their peak. But dealing with that jerk Kurt is another matter entirely after he tries to hit on Sicily, and it's a good thing August was there since Shin would have thrown the smack down on him knowing no common sense and that would have gotten him in quite a lot of trouble. So it's character introductions here as Shin makes friends with a hotheaded girl in Maria, a quiet one in Sicily, and his "cousin" in August, all while Kurt figures to be somebody who deserves to get smacked down by Shin as he's one of those guys who things that because he's royalty he can get away with anything.
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        • #5
          Episode 3

          How does it feel to take a life?

          Shin has become a celebrity at the academy that everybody wants in on whatever study group he chooses, and he forms his own that specializes in becoming the ultimate mage, like what Shin is on the road to becoming. But just when things are going well, in comes Strom to turn Kurt into a demonoid, and while Shin is powerful, he couldn't save Kurt and he ends up reluctantly killing him in order to save the academy. That was pretty brutal there at the end as while Shin is being hailed as a hero for becoming the first student ever to take down a humanoid, Kurt's life weighs heavily on his mind. And now, Shin is about to go through some emotional turmoil.

          So with that, I'll give it one more episode as while the show has been good out of the gates, it has been lacking in some key areas. But still, it's in a pretty good position despite its isekai cliches and all.
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          • #6
            Episode 4

            Making demonoids out of humans.

            As it turns out, poor Kurt was being experimented on by Mr. Schtrom as he's out to make a demonoid army of his own. Everybody else sees Shin's deed as being heroic seeing that true demonoids are quite tough to defeat, especially for students. But this one was quite weak all while Kurt still retained the ability to speak. So they find out that Schtrom was behind it all, but just as Shin was about to defeat him, the teacher somehow got away. I had a feeling that something shady was going on, and Schtrom just reeked of suspicion from the start with the mask and everything. It will be intriguing to see where this goes.

            So with that, the trial period is over and seeing that this show has been better than expected that I'm quite certain this will make the cut as one of the last shows in.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
              Episode 4

              Making demonoids out of humans.

              As it turns out, poor Kurt was being experimented on by Mr. Schtrom as he's out to make a demonoid army of his own. Everybody else sees Shin's deed as being heroic seeing that true demonoids are quite tough to defeat, especially for students. But this one was quite weak all while Kurt still retained the ability to speak. So they find out that Schtrom was behind it all, but just as Shin was about to defeat him, the teacher somehow got away. I had a feeling that something shady was going on, and Schtrom just reeked of suspicion from the start with the mask and everything. It will be intriguing to see where this goes.

              So with that, the trial period is over and seeing that this show has been better than expected that I'm quite certain this will make the cut as one of the last shows in.
              Re: Episode 4

              This continues to be a fun isekai show, with the OP MC actually making sense here. Magic in this world is about visualization, and Shin comes from a world with greater knowledge about many things and an immense range of visualization possibilities. Here, his big attack is about him visualizing all the different types of light waves and forging them together as an immense beam. Since no one on this world has the knowledge of the different types of light, no one else could do what he did.

              He's still extremely OP, but the surrounding cast is nice, and he is a pleasant character himself. Far from the best show of the season, this is still an enjoyable show, helped by a large supporting cast, and a cute love interest.
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              • #8
                Episode 5

                Stand by him.

                This episode pretty much defines Shin's character as he's none too thrilled that everybody is celebrating his "heroic" deeds in taking down a demonoid that's just a small fry. As such, he's now a celebrity at the school and he has to use gate magic in order to avoid the mob. But above all, it's all about his friends looking up to him and doing everything they can to support each other. So after all that, a war is brewing, and that ending there is pretty ominous. Nevertheless, the friends have his back, but they aren't exactly pleased that he's willing to step onto the battlefield unless students are needed, so that's something that could define Shin as a person down the line, and it figures to be how this season ends.
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                • #9
                  Episode 6

                  Get ready for war.

                  Strom has made his move taking out the Blufsia Empire with ease and unleashing his demonoid army. With war on the horizon, the students are training, and boy do they have a long way to go. It doesn't exactly help that they were more focused on the ladies and the hot shot instructors than on becoming better soldiers seeing that they were having trouble with a weaker demon, all while Shin made quick work of hundreds of them that includes a super-strong tiger spirit. Pretty nice way for the kids to come together, but man that CG dancing ending came out of nowhere. I thought that the dancer was Maria at first, until realizing that she doesn't have a cowlick and her eyes aren't the same color. Anyway, these kids are learning, but they need to change their mentalities seeing that Strom is just ruthless.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
                    Episode 6

                    Get ready for war.

                    Strom has made his move taking out the Blufsia Empire with ease and unleashing his demonoid army. With war on the horizon, the students are training, and boy do they have a long way to go. It doesn't exactly help that they were more focused on the ladies and the hot shot instructors than on becoming better soldiers seeing that they were having trouble with a weaker demon, all while Shin made quick work of hundreds of them that includes a super-strong tiger spirit. Pretty nice way for the kids to come together, but man that CG dancing ending came out of nowhere. I thought that the dancer was Maria at first, until realizing that she doesn't have a cowlick and her eyes aren't the same color. Anyway, these kids are learning, but they need to change their mentalities seeing that Strom is just ruthless.
                    Yeah, more fun, but the entire episode is second to...

                    WTF was with that CG dance ending?

                    The ED singer isn't a vocaloid, so it's just a mystery.

                    As to the rest: The episode is a bit scattered, and doesn't flow that well following the preceding episode, as the invasion by the Empire seems to be well underway, only for the Empire to learn that the capital is under attack by demons. The emperor seems to recognize Strom, and gets blown away. The Kingdom forces follow, but retreat upon seeing the demonoids.

                    The rest of the episode deals with the Magic Class having joint training with the Knight class, with the knight students looking down on the magicusers. Comeuppance assured.

                    A nice enough isekai show, but nothing groundbreaking here.
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                    • #11
                      Episode 7

                      Blowing off steam before the war.

                      The training continues, and while it's a pretty serious situation out there, these guys around Shin don't think so seeing that they are all about the girls and having a great time rather than working on their teamwork. And so, it's off to a hot springs resort owned by Sizilien's family to train and have a nice time in the hot springs. Lots of things here that don't exactly go together, but these guys sure are getting stronger and even though they pale in comparison to Shin's power, it's still better than most of the school.
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                      • #12
                        Episode 8

                        Let love be known.

                        The training continues, all while a couple of couples have been formed, first between Elisabet and Aug, and then Shin and Sizilien let their feelings be known, all while everybody else was right there when he said those magical words. And of course, it wouldn't be a summer camp without the beach, and that was some intense volleyball game there. At least it got right to the point that Shin and Sizilien are the OTP, but nevertheless it was a cliched setting for all this to go down.
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                        • #13
                          Episode 9

                          Until death do they part.

                          And just like that, Shin and Sizilien make it official as those two were meant for each other, all while heavy duty training continues where Sizilien took down a strong monster with ease thanks to his tutoring. Sizilien was looking sharp in that wedding dress, and it's a great thing that this romantic drama was settled rather quickly. There were some doubts seeing that Merlin isn't really someone who thinks with his head straight, but nevertheless it was a joyous occasion, especially for Sizilien's parents.
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                          • #14
                            Episode 10

                            Why settle for revenge?

                            And now an episode about Strom's backstory and what motivated him to doing all these nasty deeds. As it turns out, he grew up loathing nobility for the way they have been treating the lower-class citizens all while they indulge. But what pushed him over the edge was the death of his wife after he was framed for human trafficking. While he got his revenge, it went way too far as he should have stopped there, but he wanted a lot more, which is why this war is happening. While Strom's gripe is legitimate, he went way too far and beyond. So with that, the war is on with Shin's team, called the Ultimate Magicians, against Strom and his demonoid gang.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
                              Episode 10

                              Why settle for revenge?

                              And now an episode about Strom's backstory and what motivated him to doing all these nasty deeds. As it turns out, he grew up loathing nobility for the way they have been treating the lower-class citizens all while they indulge. But what pushed him over the edge was the death of his wife after he was framed for human trafficking. While he got his revenge, it went way too far as he should have stopped there, but he wanted a lot more, which is why this war is happening. While Strom's gripe is legitimate, he went way too far and beyond. So with that, the war is on with Shin's team, called the Ultimate Magicians, against Strom and his demonoid gang.
                              Re: Episode 10

                              Strom's got issues.

                              Hating slavery and wanting to help the commoners, Lord Oliviera's plan is working with more and greater prosperity in his domain than anywhere else in the empire. So he gets manipulated to leave his domain, while the commoners he's been helping get duped over a few weeks into believing that the guy who's been helping them for years is only doing it so he can attract more commoners to his duchy so that he can sell girls into slavery. Naturally, the commoners fall for this and burn down his mansion...oh, and of course slaughter Oliviera's heavily pregnant wife.

                              Oliviera flips, realizes all that's happened, swears revenge on the nobles who did this, the empire that allowed it, and the idiot commoners who were stupid enough not to see the frame job for what it was. And with that, he flips out and nukes the whole area, and is a demonoid, Strom.


                              He tells his story after he's conquered the Empire completely, thanks to turning disaffected commoners into demonoids, and then saying, I'm done, do what you want, leaving those commoner/demonoids to go off on their own, with Strom having achieved his publicly stated goals. But spymaster Zest wants to give Strom a new goal, namely Shin, so he instructs one of his subordinates who became a demonoid to get the commoner/demonoids to attack Sweed, a kingdom bordering Earlshield, so as to draw out Shin.

                              Which is what happens, interrupting Aug's investment as crown prince, forcing Shin to come up on the spot with the name of the anti-demonoid squad" "Ultimate Magicians." And then showing everyone that the know how to fly, as they head of to Sweed.

                              I find that the animation got shaky during this episode. Budget running out? I also found that Strom's story was lacking a major point, namely how he became a demonoid, and one that possesses his human nature. Seriously, if getting badly betrayed like that is what it takes, there would've been more like him before this. No explanation.

                              Likewise, Strom's "I'm done, nap time" attitude just doesn't feel right, so it'll be interesting to see if he's actually manipulating Zest, or is Strom also being manipulated.

                              So, this episode exposed some of the flaws with this show. How well it recovers from this remains to be seen.
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                              2) Mikuru-chan is an excellent combo of smoking hot and super sweet cuteness; and
                              3) It makes it easiier for me to find my own posts in threads.

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