I didn’t really want to cover this one. I did two light novel adaptations in a row, and read one to review on Friday, so I’m a bit light novel-ed out. But none of my siblings did it so I guess I’m stuck with it.
Ah, well. At least this one isn’t 50 minutes long.
Now, I’m not saying this premier is bad. It’s competently directed, animated, and acted. I am saying I don’t like it.
Part of it is that I’m just sick to death of this tired old setup being trotted out for every other anime, but even aside from that, I found my viewing experience thoroughly unpleasant.
The biggest problem is the overabundance of needlessly antagonistic side characters that seem to exist for no reason other than to make Hario suffer and therefore make the waifu brigade seem like more paragons of virtue for having some basic human decency. It’s really annoying and frustrating when your protagonist is trying to answer questions honestly but keeps getting cut off by the exact people asking the questions, and then ends up being tortured for no particular reason other than to make the audience feel bad for him. It’d be one thing if he had literally any incentive or motivation to lie, but he really doesn’t. If he really had been in league with the people who kidnapped her, holding her for ransom would be both less risky and more lucrative than pretending to “rescue” her for a reward. That’s why kidnappers demand ransoms in the first place.
If you genuinely enjoy and can’t get enough of this sort of isekai, this is at least an above-average example of the genre (granted, the deluge of crap does drag that average way down so that’s not saying much), so you might get more out of it than I did, but I’m not interested in watching any more of it.