Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu! [Review]
- Studios: Project No.9
- Source: Light novel
- Genres: Fantasy
- Synposis: “Seven Japanese high school students enjoy international renown for their remarkable talents. One day, these friends survive a plane crash only to find themselves in the medieval fantasy world of Freyjagard, where two human races live side by side in a feudal society: the byuma, who have animal features and formidable strength, and the hyuma, who have a small chance of magical aptitude. After being rescued by the byuma Winona and her adopted elven daughter Lyrule, the group pledges to use their advanced skills and knowledge to pay back the people of Elm Village for their hospitality and find a way to return back home. Tsukasa Mikogami, the prime minister of Japan, acts as the leader of these young geniuses and organizes their efforts to intervene in Freyjagard and gather the information and resources necessary for achieving their goals. Believing that there is a connection between their current situation and an ancient legend about seven heroes from another world who defeated an evil dragon, Tsukasa directs the others to learn about the culture around them and search for any clues leading them back to Earth. But he also gives another instruction: to take it nice and easy, lest they ruin this world by giving it their all.”
If you read the synopsis, you’re probably confused with all of that information and honestly, I don’t blame you! A lot of information is thrown in very early in the game such our main’s casts specialities, an isekai setting, a cute elf, the existents of byumas (the demihumans), and did I mention the cute elf? There’s a lot to take in and the story of itself is farfetched as you can get. There are a lot of things that don’t necessary “click” and sure we can just say it’s “anime logic” but even anime logic has some sort of foundation that it’s built upon. This breaks the immersion of the story and rather than taking the story seriously, as one should, you laugh at the fact that a bonafide samurai can redirect a high-speed missile, with her barehands, towards a flaming magical spear (please reference episode 8 of the series). It’s ridiculous but I can’t deny that it’s also extremely entertaining! The overemphasis of the characters ability and their actions create this sense of satisfaction and intrigue that keep the story fulfilling and somewhat mysterious as it progresses, as long as you don’t take it too seriously.
Artwork & Animation:
One of the weaker points in the show, the artwork and animation has it moments but the rest falls a bit short. The concept, from the character designs to the world of CHOYOYU is, in my opinion, mysterious and intriguing. There is a lot to discover from the character designs and the world. The animation, on the other hand, is rough and lacks the articulation and finesse that would pair well with the conceptual designs of the show.
Our main cast is made up of seven unique characters:
All with their own specialities: Ohoshi Ringo (Inventor), Ichijo Aoi (Samurai), Kanzaki Keine (Doctor), Sanada Masato (Entrepreneur), Prince Akatsuki (Magician), Sarutobi Shinobu (Journalist), and finally Mikogami Tsukasa (Politician). Keep in mind that they are the best at what they do, as Mikogami Tsukasa is also the Prime Minister of Japan! And while they are all interesting only about half will get the love that they deserve while the others lay low in the background. Of course, there are also the people of the fantasy world that they live in which are interesting but only a handful stay relevant enough to be remembered.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
Every aspect about this show is wacky and overemphasized…well except for the soundtrack. The soundtrack is clear cut and hardly needs any explaining. It tries to combine the modern elements that our main cast brings to the table and the fantasy elements of this new world. The fantasy portion is very subtle focusing on a more modern elements and sound with all of its tracks. The soundtrack has very little presence throughout the show and is there simply to fill the silence rather than to invoke certain emotions or support a certain scene.
Despite the outrageous characters and setting, I enjoy this show quite a bit! There are portions of the plot that had me asking a lot of questions but I still found the story interesting all the same.
A show about the seven greatest high schooler to exist and their journey in a fantasy world. An outlandish story with intriguing characters that will have you both confused and intrigued. CHOYOYU is one of those show that you just have to accept its bizarre plot to enjoy its contents.
Best Girl: Kanzaki Keine
There are a lot of cute characters in the show but nothing makes me smile bigger when Keine walks onto the scene with her twintails and tortures the annoying characters into submission! Did I say torture? I meant treated with “loving hands”. While Keine doesn’t get a whole lot of screen time throughout the show, the screen time that she does get is fulfilling and interesting, whether it’s her medical knowledge or cool composure. There’s also a mysterious air about her and I just can’t get enough of!
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