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    A fantasy show about a weakling prince who dreams of becoming the king and will level up along the way with his trusty shadow partner.

    Airs: Thursday, October 14, 2021

    Studio: Wit

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    The web manga centers around Bojji, a deaf, powerless prince who cannot even wield a children's sword. As the firstborn son, he strives hard and dreams of becoming the world's greatest king. However, people mutter about him behind his back as "a good-for-nothing prince" and "no way he can be king."

    Bojji is able to make his first ever friend, "Kage" (shadow)—a literal shadow on the ground who somehow understands Bojji well. (Kage is a survivor of the Kage assassin clan that was all but wiped out. No longer a killer, Kage now makes ends meet by stealing.) The story follows Bojji's coming-of-age as he meets various people in his life, starting with his fateful encounter with Kage.


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  • #2
    Episode 1

    If the clothes fit...

    And so it begins with Bojji going into the kingdom and coming back to his shadow buddy Kage, then taking them off, giving them to Kage, and going back into town in his underwear. Bojji is just totally scatterbrained seeing that he can't even speak. It's hard to believe that he's the first in line to be the king, and while his brother Daida seems to be the preferred choice for the king, he's not exactly a fit, either. And the two brothers have a sparring match and while Bojji appears to be outmatched, he's very good at dodging and takes advantage of Daida's aggression. Pretty interesting way to begin things here as Bojji is quite the enigma there. Not much of a story has been established yet, but with this show being given two cours that I have to think that it will come in due time.

    As usual, the trial period rules are in effect and if this show's ranking is high enough, it will make the cut.
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    • #3
      Episode 2

      When Kage met Bojji.

      And now, an episode that explains Kage's life and what led him to becoming friends with the speechless prince. Kage is a member of the shadow clan that was persecuted and hunted down. Kage managed to survive, but he was starving and ended up resorting to being a thief and eating whatever scraps of food he could find. He ended up befriending a drunk man who worked him hard to stay afloat, but then he was killed and thus Kage was left alone again. But then he had a chance encounter with Bojji watching his duel with Daida, and the two quickly became buddies. Bojji was getting criticized left and right for his defense-only style of fighting, and while Daida won the duel, he was not exactly pleased with the way things played out. Kage sure had it rough, but these two outcasts are a perfect match for each other. This show just continues to deliver going to show how great Wit is, though that could be changing due to the studio's financial problems.
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      • #4
        Episode 3

        Showing some tough love.

        The king has passed away, and while he names Bojji to ascend to the throne, the queen Hiling has serious doubts about it and wants Daida to take the throne instead. So in a meeting with the council, they decide in a 5-2 vote to give the throne to the younger prince Daida instead. Initially, I thought it was because Hiling is so heartless and is giving preferential treatment to her son rather than to her stepson. But as it turns out Hiling does care for Bojji and believes that he would make a better king than Daida. However, as Bojji is right now that it would be a disaster to name him the next king. This is a classic case of tough love as Hiling is all for Bojji, but realizes that he has a lot to learn, and she's hoping that he would come back a better man through this journey. That was great to see that Hiling is not the wicked stepmother that I thought she was, but then comes the ominous ending there as from the look of things, this will be the last time Hiling is going to ever see Bojji as something feels off about all this.

        With that, this show is in for the season as this was easily one of the most anticipated shows for me this season, and so far it has been every bit as great as I was hoping it would.
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        • #5
          Episode 4

          Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the top-ranked king of all?

          And Daida has been established as the big bad of this show, at least at this juncture as that magical mirror is telling him that he must assassinate Bojji even though Daida has been the elected successor. And thus, Bojji begins his journey with his two bodyguards, and he's being led into some traps that by dumb luck the young king managed to survive. First, there's the hidden pit with spikes, but Bojji manages to fall in between the spikes to safely get out. Then there's the meat poisoned by a dagger that would have killed him had a fox not snatched his dinner and eat it instead. And now, there's a fiery pit that his bodyguard threw him into. So how does Bojji escape death this time? That's a question to be resolved next week. Bojji has a target on his back, and while he's unaware that his half-brother is trying to kill him, his great evasion skills are serving him well.
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          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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          • #6
            Episode 5

            Saved by a shadow.

            It's thanks to Kage that Bojji survived those attempts on his life as he provided the cushion when he fell out of the castle tower, threw the daggers to stop him from eating that poisoned piece of meat, and then he shot a crossbow after Domas threw him into the pit. Quite a handy companion to have around there seeing that without him he would be dead. While that's going on, Daida sees the corpse of his father ground up, all while a phoenix is beheaded to get his blood out to create the elixir that would make Daida as powerful as his predecessor, but Daida will not accept anything he hasn't earned. Good to see that while Daida comes across as an arrogant jerk, he has his sense of honor. On the other hand, there's Domas as he's bad news there as he was sent to kill Bojji. It will be interesting to see what comes next, but in any case, it's great to have Kage around realizing just how useful he is at creating objects to use in a pinch like that.
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            Watching: School-Live!, Hanako-kun, Vanguard Link Joker, Kingdom
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            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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            • #7
              Episode 6

              Size does matter.

              Looking to get stronger, Bojji and Kage encounter Desha, the king of the underground and Bosse's immediate son. The two have a sparring match, and as expected Bojji only focuses on defense as he evades his attacks, but doesn't bother to fight back. As it turns out, they sought the wrong person as who they were supposed to have seen is his younger brother Despa, and it's no wonder why Desha wasn't impressed. So it's off to see Despa. While that's going on, the voice behind the mirror reveals herself as the sorceress Miranjo, and she has some history with Apeas as he was sent to kill Daida. And while Daida absolutely refuses to have anything handed to him realizing that he can't become a good king unless he earns it, he's being forcefully fed that elixir that he refused. Quite a lot of shady stuff going on here as last time it was Domas trying to kill Bojji, and now it's Apeas doing the same to Daida, all while Miranjo has some wicked scheme cooked up.
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              Watching: School-Live!, Hanako-kun, Vanguard Link Joker, Kingdom
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              The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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              • #8
                Episode 7

                The road to becoming the king of kings starts here.

                Bojji begins his training under Despa, and as much as he wants to be helpful, he should just leave the cooking and house chores to Kage as he does such an amazing job in doing what a butler is supposed to do, whereas making simple mistakes like cooking carrots whole or not cracking the eggs are things even the worst of cooks don't ever do. Bojji is quite hard at training, and he's showing that he is quite capable of greatness there. While that's going on, Daida is becoming quite a ruthless guy thanks to the elixir as his old self was all about earning everything through hard work. But being brainwashed by that elixir he was forced to drink, he's now eliminating princes left and right. Great stuff once again, and there are two very intriguing stories going on.
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                The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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