3S Review no. 68 (short, simple and salty/sweet/spicy)
So, another show with a beast tamer, seems to be the latest trend, even though in this one same with the others before it, being a beast tamer is not really utilized in fights as it should, at least sporadically the protagonist does use some birds and some insects to his advantage, so that is something i guess.
So, story, it is one of the same, one of the exact same. Our protagonist was kicked from the hero party cause he was useless, never mind the fact that he is completely broken and he is capable of even taming “ultimate species”. In a really unpredictable turn of events, we are 7 episodes in, and he has already met and tamed three (3+1 to be precise, one came with a bonus twin sister) of them, three very rare species supposedly, each one he tames makes him really strong, and he has become busted since the first one he tamed. Now, what are those ultimate species I mentioned, you would think some kind of giant dragon, a gryphon, a chimera, well… cute girls. Yup, cute girls, who could have seen that coming. You see conveniently enough, a cat girl, happens to be a very rare and strong specimen akin to a deity, how convenient. Also, did I mention that all the girls he “tames” have the hots for him? Or that the hero’s party are complete cunts? The originality lights brightly in this one, some never before seen stuff right here. There is one good thing about the show, well, actually it wouldn’t even be worth mentioning, but these are the times we live in, that I have to pinpoint it as a positive thing about the show. This is not an isekai. It has absolutely no reason to be one, but most of the isekais don’t have one either, but they do it anyway, this one, didn’t, and I guess that’s… commendable? Anyway, the story is one of the same unoriginal, boring, uneventful crap, nothing worth mentioning.
Characters are like the majority of the modern shows, nothing but a joke. The cute kind protagonist that wants to help everyone and protect his friends and the cute girls that have the hots for him and want to protect him in return. They are all uninteresting, monotonous and shallow, at the very least they are not annoying, someone might find them likeable or cute.
Animation is mediocre, basic and uninspiring. It is bearable though and there is no excessive use of cgi, so that is something I guess.
Sound is mediocre as well, for better or worse nothing stands out. Voice acting is alright.
So, is it worth a watch? No, it is just one of the same sellable, easily digestible unoriginal crap. Nothing worth noting about it, at the very least it is not annoying or insulting so if you watch stuff on your seconmd monitor while you do other stuff, it will suffice, but there is no way that I can recommend it as an actual good show.
End of season update: Well, we found another ultimate specie, and what do you know, it's another cute girl. In a spectacular turn of events, we also got a house, living the american dream, it also came along with a ghost maid with big boobs, and we also got a completely out of place glimpse of the hero's party being cunts, you know because... well just in case that we forgot that they were cunts. This show is so unintersting that not even the bane of my existence, sunk cost fallacy, can make me watch a second season, if that comes to be, and that means a lot coming from me.
Generic harem of powerful beast girls (spirit kin) in settings of getting kicked out from hero party in fantasy world with RPG elements. It’s the type where protagonist is perceived as useless by other party members, but in practice he does a lot for them and is very skilled at whatever his job is. It was at this moment the other party members realize they f… up. It follows one of the variants typical for the settings. In this case hero party members are douchebags including the hero himself, but the main protagonist is overly nice and doesn’t even want revenge. Thanks to leaving party he becomes even more powerful. It’s the safe harem kind, but it does include mandatory fanservice bath scene. There is no way for main character to have an actual man-woman relationship with the girls. Even if they like him.
On the positive side it generally has a quite relaxing atmosphere. It can be cute and it has some comical and slice-of-life adventure moments. Saying that, it does have assortment of one-dimensional bad guys. It includes some violence such characters tend to do. It was overall surprisingly more pleasurable to watch, than usual for such type of the show. I would consider it to be bit more enjoyable, than similar RPG fantasy adventure series in the previous season. Visually the series looks nice. It has pretty decent animation. Soundtrack and VA is good.
I’ve read bit of manga before so it wasn’t my priority series. Surprisingly it’s like ninety percent word for word same as the manga. I binged it for sake of review initially, but it wasn’t that boring as I expected. I did turn off subtitles to make things more interesting for me. If you are looking for straightforward and easy to digest show, yes, this is pretty much it. If you are veteran anime fan looking for new thrills this is hard pass. If you want to watch only few best series in the season pass this one as well.
It's really good. I was looking for escapism, and some light hearted anime. This is perfect for that. I love these laid back animes where I don't have to pay that much attention to it, and it kind of gives me peace. If any of this alignes with you, then give it a watch. It's just some fun.
The Great Value of Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World and the Seattle's Best of The Irregular at Magic High School
A Spoiler Free Review
Much like a decent store brand canned good, this anime does a decent job of telling the story it wants to tell. Unfortunately, also like most store brands, the story it is telling is uninspired and fails to distinguish itself in any way. The one positive I will state is that it avoids the icky mess the Harem in the Labyrinth dives head first into. While both shows rely heavily on the cuteness of the various monster/fairy girls, Beast Tamer manages to keep their relationships G rated.
This show is in some ways helped by coming out the same season as I've Somehow Gotten Stronger When I Improved My Farm-Related Skills because that show was not only much more boring, but was boring in a way that became offensive. Overall, Beast Tamer ends up being acceptable turn-your-brain-off entertainment, but you won't really get anything out of it in the end.
Generic Isekai Plot, Mk. I and Generic Battle High School Plot.
Generic Isekai Plot, Mk. I: Protagonist suddenly becomes unusually strong after he becomes an "adventurer" and builds up a harem of cute girls he is oblivious to. The only variation for this anime is that it's not actually an isekai, the MC was once an undervalued part of the Hero's Party (more on this below), and that the protagonist is a beast tamer. By the way, Generic Isekai Plot, Mk. II involves a training/magic school, and GIP Mk. III involves a dating sim. There is no GIP Mk. IV because all generic isekai follow one or more of the three previously mentioned plots.
Generic Battle High School Plot: Protagonist whose abilities fall so far out of the norm that his worth is greatly undervalued by the established "Best at X Type of Battle" actually turns out to be the best at X Type of battle. The only variation on this generic plot in this anime is that it isn't set at a high school that doubles as a battle training academy.
Once again acceptable if uninspired. The MC is like most recent isekai/ fantasy MCs; his design is neither good or bad, instead it is as average as can be. The girls he picks up along the way are acceptable but none particularly stand out. The battles are okay but the show relies a little too much on the "pan across a still frame for 15 seconds" trick to pad out the animation. But I won't fault this anime too heavily for it as that process is rampant in all anime these days.
This anime has sounds. They are mostly inoffensive.
Totally generic for this type of show. None stand out as particularly good or bad. They just exist to advance the story.
In conclusion, I've expended much more energy and thought trying to write a unique review for this anime than its creators spent to produce a unique anime. Or more simply stated, MEH
I think this is one of those you watch just to have something that's cute and pleasant. I wouldn't say the story is the most interesting but the character art is cute, and the hero party sucks enough I want the main character to win over them. Also he is such a plesant guy I can't dislike him even if he is kinda boring. There is better plot driven ones out there but I'd still watch this one cause it is cute. I'm interested in seeing the Demons become more prominent in the plot.