Handyman Saitou has never felt special in his life. When he’s dropped into a medieval fantasy world, he gathers a party of unique beings to survive. Surrounded by a heavy warrior, a spell-forgetting wizard, and even a divine fairy princess, he yearns to be helpful. But after Saitou saves everyone during a raid, it’s clear that having a handyman on an adventure isn’t just useful, it’s essential!
***No Spoilers*** Show starts by dropping you in the middle of the story never explaining anything, which can be fine at times. The problem is it starts jumping to new side characters before you get your footing and learn anything about the MC's or story. Then it continues to jump back and forth, making the pacing feel fractured and disjointed. It never really gives you anything to grab onto until like half way through and by that time you don't really have the connection to characters or story you should. The pacing and the structure of the story just suffer so much, i can't stand it. It starts to get a bit better near the end, but its still not enough. It also didn't have any other redeeming qualities that could distract me or make me look past these problems. 5/10 - Its just on the line of watchable, but barely. Its not for me.
I'm shocked to see this anime getting anything less than stellar reviews. My best guess is that it's on account of the nonlinear, multi-perspective narrative structure. In short, this is one of the best written, storyboarded, and animated fantasy shows I've seen, and I've seen pretty much every fantasy show (with magic) released since 2014. The characters are solid, and have unusual, compelling individual motivations. The setting is a pleasant riff on Isekai tropes, that doesn't distract from the story. And the story is an A++ for me. It loves to set up seemingly-unrelated plot threads, only to tie them together in satisfying, original ways. The framing and lighting are also some of the best I've seen. Seriously, if you like fantasy, magic, or Isekai, watch this show. It's great.
A.D.D. on steroids. This is not a good anime. There is a couple of times that there was some good parts, that were actually written well. But not many. It's not the worst I've ever seen. I made it through the whole season. But I was hoping it would actually get better. I just couldn't bring myself to even give it 3/5 stars. It's jumping around from story to story was frustrating. There was no point in how scattered it is. The characters are ok. But there is nothing really memorable about this one, except how scatterbrained the story progressed. Definitely not the poster child for Isekai (or anime's for that matter). I was really hoping for something better than this.
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