Kenja no Mago [Review]
- Studios: Silver Link.
- Source: Light novel
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy
- Synopsis: “A young man who had surely died in an accident, was reborn in another world as a baby! After that, he was picked up by the patriot hero “Sage” Merlin Wolford and was given the name Shin. He was raised as a grandson by Merlin and soaked up Merlin’s teachings, earning him some shocking powers; however, when he became 15, his grandfather Merlin said, “I forgot to teach him common sense!” An “abnormal” boy’s unconventional other world fantasy life starts here!” -Myanimelist
Kenja no Mago is like any other Isekai show, modern-day Japanese male gets reincarnated in a fantasy world and gifted with a large number of magical abilities. While the overpowered character type is satisfying to watch at first, the same routine gets redundant and we lose that magic that it had in the first place. With that comes the problem of setting which lacks any sort of conflict or setback for Shin and his ultimate magicians. We get a hint of almost defeat at the end and I want more of that for character development later on if the anime continues.
Artwork & Animation:
The art and animation were 50/50. half of the time it’d look fluid and clean and the other half was filled with irregularities in the art. I’m not a big fan of the character designs in the anime but I am a fan of the animation that was used for the fight scenes and anything related to magic. It looks fantastic and exciting!
Throughout the show we get to see a good number of character, a few were lucky to have a good amount of character development. I wish the entirety of the Ultimate Magicians got to have some more development aside from the typical group activities. While Shin and Sicily get most of the character development, it isn’t enough to establish their characters. The character development seems all over the place, get little bits and pieces but never a full set.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
The soundtrack overall is pretty solid, there isn’t anything particularly good or bad about it. It features your typical orchestral and piano pieces which can fit a variety of scenes. The orchestral sound is emphasized as invoke the fantasy feeling that the show is conveying.
As a fan of Isekai anime as well as overpowered characters, Kenja no Mago looked very promising. While overdone, the anime in the Isekai genre usually finds a way to separate itself from the rest of the pack. but Kenja no Mago didn’t cut it for me.
Kenja no Mago started off as a promising show with an interesting cast and plot, ended up being a mediocre due to its lack of character development and inconsistent artwork.
Best Girl: Sicily von Claude
While I do like Sicily, the main reason why is she’s the only female character that enough screen time to be remembered. The other girls also get screen time but it’s usually while in a group where a lot of characters are present. But regardless, Sicily is one of those characters that may seem defenseless but is actually very strong-hearted, the last few episodes featuring Sicily healing the wounded made me like her much more than I did at the beginning.
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