Wise Man’s Grandchild

Alt title: Kenja no Mago

TV (12 eps)
3.812 out of 5 from 20,534 votes
Rank #2,118

A young man dies in a car accident and is reborn in a magical new world. The old, yet wise Merlin finds the boy, names him Shin, raises him from infancy, and teaches him combat and powerful magic along the way. 15 years later, Shin is ready to travel the globe on his own, but Merlin forgot to teach him something major—common sense!

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A Babe in the Woods Goes to the Capital

Episode 1

A Babe in the Woods Goes to the Capital

The Unconventional New Student

Episode 2

The Unconventional New Student

An Emergency Arises!

Episode 3

An Emergency Arises!

The Name of the Instigator

Episode 4

The Name of the Instigator

A Pioneering New Hero

Episode 5

A Pioneering New Hero

Outbreak of War and a Joint Training Exercise

Episode 6

Outbreak of War and a Joint Training Exercise

Let's Go to Camp!

Episode 7

Let's Go to Camp!

A Starlit Pledge

Episode 8

A Starlit Pledge

The Grandchild, the Magic Gear,  and the Engagement Party

Episode 9

The Grandchild, the Magic Gear, and the Engagement Party

The Fall of the Empire

Episode 10

The Fall of the Empire

The Mightiest Corps of Magicians Ever

Episode 11

The Mightiest Corps of Magicians Ever

And So, Off into the World...

Episode 12

And So, Off into the World...

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Reviews

ShuuKurei
4

If you asked this show, what it is, it would tell you that it doesn't know "Am I an Isekai? Only technically. Am I an SoL? For the most part. Am I a battle-shounen? I try to, but I fail miserably. Am I trying to be Konosuba? Yes, but I don't even get close." I do not mind a show bringing different genres together. Most shows do that, anyway. But the number of genres you can squish into a show without making it a mess is limited. First of all, this show starts off as an Isekai. Random guy gets run over and gets reborn in another world. And that is pretty much where the Isekai part ends. Throughout the show there are 2, maybe 3 instances, where it is hinted, that the MC originally is from Earth. And even in those few cases, explaining those things with the MC being the overpowered genius he is would have sufficed as an explanation. In other words: there is absolutely no reason for this being an isekai and it makes one wonder if that element was just thrown in there due to the current popularity of Isekai-Anime. Second, the background story is all but uniteresting. Nobleman who tried to not treat commoners like trash gets his wife and unborn child killed by said commoners after they fell for a plot of other nobles who didn't like him. In turn he swore revenge. However, instead of sholwing us the details about that, we see bits of it here and there and get the background story explained in the last third of the show. What do we get to see instead? Slice of Life with MC ovvassionally oneshotting extremely dangerous demons. "But there surely are people out there that he will have to fight and will give us interesting battles, no?" Wrong. There are exactly 2 fights in this show that had the potential to become interesting. Both of them ended prematurely with the baddies running away. You get it: the story, the whole reason most of the things in this show happen, is barely touched in the show at all. An just when you think "now it's getting interesting" you'll be let down instantly because the more intriguing parts of this show are either rushed or immediately aborted or both. Thus, story-wise, this is 240 minutes of wasted potential. The only positively outstanding thing about this show is the antagonist. Didn't snap for a bullshit reason or self gloryfication and even intended to stop being a baddie once he reached his goal. Well, until the last episode that is. TL;DR: This show doesn't know what it is and this is noticeable throughout every minute of it. All the interesting parts are rushed. The characters don't develop, they and their relations change in the blink of an eye (not that there are many instances of that to begin with). No buildup, no tension, no nothing. You don't even get the chance to get excited. This could have been an SoL with a serious undertone. The potantial was there. Had it not been as poorly executed as it was. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for a second season. 4/10

shadowofomega
9

Its still early in the series but after 7 episodes, I really like the show thus far. Similar to other issekai shows but has its own take on it that I am enjoying. He was not brought over with max level stats like Overlord or Demon Lord, he was not massively leveled instantly like Deathmarch, nor was he granted special powers like Cell Phone or Slime. He was reincarnated as a toddler and what makes him special is how he views the world and magic. He becomes OP partly because of his ingenuity, and partly because of the 3 top tier people in the country (top mage, top enchanter, and top swordsman) training him for all those years. His power feels more earned than in other shows. But here's the part I appreciate the most, his power, although overwhelming, is still attainable to others in the world through the same training. He is not a god amongst men. Early in the series, he saves two females which felt like, oh here we go, a harem anime (which I am not opposed to), but they sidestepped it abit and he has a budding relationship with one female ws tase them rather than compete for his affection. He does gather a group of men and women to his side as it goes along but they are more of his students than ogglers.  Overall, I enjoy the show so far and I want to see more. The political angle is intriguing to me (in regards to his method of learning magic and the power imbalance it can create), the main story is nothing special but I am still enjoying it because of the characters involved, animation is pretty decent with minimal CGI so far. I recommend.

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