In Another World With My Smartphone

Alt title: Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni

TV (12 eps)
3.566 out of 5 from 10,021 votes
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In Another World With My Smartphone

After dying as a result of God's mistake, the main character finds himself in a parallel world, where he begins his second life. His only possessions are the body that God gave back to him and a smartphone that works even in this new world. As he meets all kinds of new people and forges new friendships, he ends up learning the secret to this world. He inherits the legacy of an ancient civilization and works together with the kings of some very laid-back countries on his carefree travels through this new world.

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Episode 1

Awakening, and Another World

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Episode 2

First Journey, and Samurai

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Episode 3

Shougi Board, and Underground Ruins

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Episode 4

Engagement, and an Uninvited Visitor

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Episode 5

Slime Castle, and New Functions

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Episode 6

Moving, and a Dragon

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Episode 7

Nation of Beastmen, and an Observer

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Episode 8

Daily Life, and Onward to Eashen

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Episode 9

Oedo, and the Immortal Gem

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Episode 10

Ocean, and Vacations

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Episode 11

Panties, and an Aerial Garden

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Episode 12

Decisions, and With My Smartphone

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I'll be talking a bit about the original novel first. Smartphone is a bit of a cross between slice of life and adventure, both well established genres when it comes to fantasy stories starting with the "transported/reincarnated to another world" trope. Although there is no shortage of action, and there is an actual plot (mind you, not a good one), the tone of the story is very, very light, with no tension or real danger to the protagonist's party. As is pretty typical with "isekai" novels these days, the MC brings dishes, games and weapons from his previous world, which gets pretty slice-of-lifey at times. The emphasis is on games, though, rather than food, which is actually kind of unusual. If you have any intense dislike for over-powered main characters with too many abilities to count, you probably won't enjoy Smartphone. Going along with the isekai genre clichés, Touya, the main character, gains ridiculous powers with his reincarnation, putting him instantly outside the common sense of this world. For me, personally, the saving grace here is that despite becoming something like a demigod, he never lets it go to his head. I do usually like a masculine and even morally dubious MC, but at the same time, I can appreciate a humble and earnest attitude in an OP character. He could use a bit more backbone when dealing with his harem, and his modern Japanese sensibilities make him seem a bit indecisive at times (he's having a hard time adapting to the fact that polygamy, as well as marrying young, is normal in this world), but the situation is somewhat salvaged by the fact that none of the girls are too overbearing or unreasonable. On the plus side, I enjoy how serious he's about his responsibilities, never hesitating when something needs to be done. Putting it in text like this, he probably sounds very bland, but I'm finding it hard to dislike such a good kid, haha. Oh well. If you go into the show with the right attitude, you can find plenty of amusement in how Touya literally has God on speed dial, solves national crises with a smartphone, and finds himself surrounded by adoring bishoujos within weeks since he appeared into this world. The author of this story brazenly hands him stuff on a silver platter, in a manner that any competent author trying to write a serious story would purposefully avoid. Smartphone is shameless wish-fulfillment fluff and doesn't even pretend to be anything more. In a way, I think this kind of a story is only possible in a world with no shades of grey. There are good people/creatures and there are bad people/creatures. There's nothing in between. (Well, maybe just one character, who's briefly shown in the end.) Touya gets acquainted with a number of very good people, many of them rulers and other influential people. The way they treat him is amazingly friendly and naïve, they make friends without reservations with a man they know could conquer the world without breaking a sweat. Their attempts to control him are limited to making use of his unique powers to make their own life easier - a bit further into the novels, they often simply give him free hands to deal with any problem as he sees fit, then proceed to the game room for some R&R. Then there are the bad people, whose brand of evil is often comically stereotypical, in ways that makes dealing with them simple and free of any pesky moral dilemmas. The only antagonists worth mentioning are an extra-dimensional invader race that doesn't make much of an appearance yet. You won't find much depth to the girls, either, but they make for a pretty lively and fun harem. No one is particularly annoying or bland. Also, I think their character designs are rather nice. Romance elements aren't particularly emphasised (though interestingly, the last episode is almost solely about that), but neither are they too subtle, there are some cute moments to look forward to. BTW, Yumina is the best girl. Not only is she the cutest, she also has a nice personality, and what's best, she's an almost Momo-tier harem builder. (Momo from To Love-ru, in case you're not familiar with it...) Dialogue is probably the best part. It's pretty entertaining usually, not as amateurish as pretty much everything else about this story. Ironically, while I drone on about the show's flaws in multiple paragraphs in this review, I don't really have much more to say about the show's sole forte. The overarching plot is actually somewhat interesting, but 12 eps is too little to even get properly started on it. The best we get is a bit of mystery with the Babylon, the hints about a lost civilisation that possessed incredibly advanced magic, and one fight and some general information about the story's main antagonists. The arcs are typically pretty short, a few dozen chapters at most, the early ones even shorter - in the anime, most arcs are done within 1-2 episodes. Plot-wise, they're as straightforward as they get. Now, finally, about the anime. It looks pretty low-budget, but the animation is passable. The music is quite passable as well, I especially enjoyed the Babylon theme in the last two episodes. The voice actors do a fine enough job, and the dramatisation (particularly the comedic timing with the dialogue) is competent, though nothing to call home about. IMO, the anime does get the atmosphere of the story quite right, as well as the character designs, and I was able to enjoy it without any of the cognitive dissonance that sometimes comes with an adaptation that's too different from your mental impressions based on a text you've read. I was kind of hoping that they would make some attempt to improve upon the original, add some padding and make the storyflow less jumpy... The anime does fiddle around with the pacing and the sequence of events a little, but only very little, only as much as necessary to make it work as an anime. The biggest change is the addition of some ecchi fanservice, which, though restrained, isn't really something that originally belonged to this story (though on dialogue level, for example Francesca's deadpan perverted teasing of the MC, most of it does exist in the original material). These scenes often make Touya seem more perverted than he should be, IMO. Anyway, the most notable of these changes made for the sake of fanservice is the slime castle mini-arc (the first half of the 5th episode), which is completely original. (Edit:Apparently, it's actually one of the bonus chapters in the published light novel version.) Otherwise, there are only some very minor parts omitted (a few scenes are replaced with brief flashbacks at the start of the next scene, or with amusing transition screens) and little of note added. Generally, this is actually a very faithful adaptation, and as such, unexpectedly successful - I had thought that a bit more padding would be needed to make the storyflow work in this medium. Lastly, I'd like to touch on the ending a little bit. Interestingly, as I mentioned before, the last episode is almost entirely about romance. It's an unusual way to end this sort of an anime, and some might consoder it anticlimactic. Considering the fairly regular presence of action in the anime, one might expect some battle from the ending. That said, it's a simple fact that around this part of the story, there is no battle, and I can respect the director's choice to remain true to the original material. A very skilled director could have messed with the sequence of events, or even added some significant original material, and achieved a superior result, but I can't fault someone for taking the safe route. I certainly prefer this to shoddily executed screwing with the plotline. Even the supposed anticlimactic...ness (is that a word?) is debatable, as a fan of harem romance should be pretty pleased with this. The whole story can't be called particularly emotionally moving, but in terms of drama, the last episode isn't inferior to any other episode in the series. I can't in good conscience rate Smartphone higher than 5.5/10. It is, in a word, mediocre. It's nothing but wish-fulfillment fluff, but as such, it's competently executed, particularly the dialogue. Like I said, it's a guilty pleasure for me, I know it's objectively a very weak story, but I also admit to enjoying it despite being twice older that the target age demographic. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for quality anime, but if the genre is up your alley and you're looking for something light to waste some time on, it might be worth your while to give Smartphone a look.

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