Anime 
TL;DR
Isekai Cheat Magician Season 1 (2019)
異世界チート魔術師 (Isekai Chīto Majutsushi)

Synopsis

Taichi Nishimura and Kanade Azuma are two ordinary high school students who also happen to be childhood friends. On the way to school, a magic circle appears beneath their feet, and Taichi and Kanade both get mysteriously transported to another world called Altia.

While trying to grasp their current situation, they get attacked by a vicious monster. Luckily, a group of adventurers comes to their aid and rescues them. After arriving at a nearby town, they decide to enroll as adventurers themselves. However, while enrolling, they discover that they possess incredibly powerful magic and physical prowess. Thus, their adventure begins as the most powerful ‘cheat magicians’. However, as Taichi is forced to discover, his presence in Altia was willed by a mysterious woman who wishes to use his power to control the fate of this world.
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Demographic

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Premiered

July 10, 2019

Run-time

minutes

Rating

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Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Cons

Fetish
Filler
Some annoying character traits
Uneven-pacing

PROs CONS

Overview

Isekai Cheat Magician began as a web novel series on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website in 2012. An anime television series adaptation by Encourage Films aired July 10 to September 25, 2019.

Alternative titles

– Isekai Cheat Magician
– 異世界チート魔術師[マジシャン]
– Isekai Chīto Majutsushi

TL;DR Review

Isekai Cheat Magician (異世界チート魔術師 Isekai Chīto Majutsushi, “Fantasy World Cheat Magician”) is a Japanese light novel series written by Takeru Uchida and illustrated by Nardack.

I imagine this anime was created by an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) team where they throw all the terms that would get clicks. Isekai? Check. Cheat? Check. Magician? Check. However, they should have named the anime Isekai Overpowered Harem Fantasy Magician instead.

The series is also full of cliche tropes. We have an overpowered main character with a childhood friend and is clueless to women’s emotions and is an instant women magnet. A video game isekai trope. A convenient magic test that shows how overpowered our main characters are. Twin girls trope.

The art and animation are generic where you can see they try many things to cut corners. Most of the scene with the guild master wasn’t even animated. They just put a beard over his mount so they wouldn’t have to animate his lips.

The anime story logic is absurd, to say the least. In one example, it subscribes to the Game of Thrones castle defense strategy of running outside the castle to defend it. Characters conveniently switched allegiance to push the plot a certain way.

The story is uninspiring and uninteresting. It just throws a bunch of fantasy tropes at you without a compelling plot or characters. It’s like someone trying to cook a meal and just know the recipe. They throw it all into a pot and expect a gourmet meal as a final product.

Combat is monotonous and consists of one combatant doing an attack then the other combatant does an attack. Most fights feel contrive, but considering how boring the fight is, what’s the point?

Naive writing style and dialogs. I knew this series was going to be bad and gave it a benefit of a doubt until episode 10. I finally gave up at this point. I didn’t care for any of the characters and couldn’t care less what happens to them, so no point finishing the season.

Decent music from Myth & Roid for the intro. This is probably the only good thing I can say for this anime.

I would not recommend this series unless you have to watch every Isekai anime or you’ll die of some weird curse. Isekai Cheat Magician contains some graphic violence. Intended for young teens.

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Music

Opening Theme

– “Panta Rhei” by Myth & Roid (eps 1-11)

Closing Theme

– “Chiisana Omoi” by Takahashi Rie (eps 1-6, 8-12)

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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