Isekai Cheat Magician Anime Review

Isekai Cheat Magician (異世界チート魔術師 Isekai Chīto Majutsushi, “Fantasy World Cheat Magician”) is a Japanese light novel series written by Takeru Uchida and illustrated by Nardack. The series began as a web novel series on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website in 2012, where it is still ongoing as of January 2018. The novels were then published in print by Shufunotomo beginning in 2013; eleven volumes have been published as of September 2019. A manga adaptation by Karin Suzuragi began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten’s Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine in December 2016, with six tankōbon volumes released so far. An anime television series adaptation by Encourage Films aired July 10 to September 25, 2019. On October 1, 2019, Crunchyroll started showing the dubbed version.

Plot

Taichi Nishimura and Kanade Azuma are two ordinary high school students who also happen to be childhood friends. On the way to school, a magic circle appears beneath their feet, and Taichi and Kanade both get mysteriously transported to another world called Altia.

While trying to grasp their current situation, they get attacked by a vicious monster. Luckily, a group of adventurers comes to their aid and rescues them. After arriving at a nearby town, they decide to enroll as adventurers themselves. However, while enrolling, they discover that they possess incredibly powerful magic and physical prowess. Thus, their adventure begins as the most powerful ‘cheat magicians’. However, as Taichi is forced to discover, his presence in Altia was willed by a mysterious woman who wishes to use his power to control the fate of this world.

Isekai Cheat Magician Characters:

Rin Azuma

Rin Azuma is the female protagonist of the show who aspires to become a great adventurer like Taichi. But she often fails to match her words with her action and tends to goof up when it comes down to actually doing things. After being summoned into the magical world, she is gifted with several powers that include the four major magical elements—fire, wind, earth and water.

When it comes to her appearance, she has long brown hair with bangs on the sides that hang loose on her cheeks. She has big blue eyes and a cute looking face. She wears brown shorts along with a yellowish shirt and sports a long blue colored Cape. She is Taichi’s childhood friend and always walks to school with him. Her key abilities involve fire magic which allows her to throw fireballs and arrows. The wind magic involves the power of thunder, swords of lightning god, air hammer, dust whirlwind, and many other cool power-moves that she can use during battles. Compared to her other abilities, her Earth magic is not too strong and only involves the stone bullet move.

Taichi Nishimura

Taichi Nishimura is the main protagonist of the anime who gets transported to a fantasy world along with his best friend Rin Azuma. Unlike her, he is an expert adventurer and has a natural instinct that allows him to solve all the problems that come in their way. For his age, he is slightly short and has a lean build. He has jet black hair and dark greyish eyes. Compared to Run, his outfit is pretty simply — he wears a white shirt and black trousers along with a brown sleeveless jacket. He is also gifted with an immense amount of magic after he is summoned and he is also able to use these new abilities more responsibly.

Some of his key powers include Enhancement magic, wind magic and the Osmosis blast. He also possesses a Dagger which later becomes his default weapon. Taichi slowly becomes extremely powerful and overpowers all the others. But he never lets his ego get in the way and always uses his powers for helping others. His magic value is 120,000 and his magic power is 40,000, which is a lot more than most other characters of the anime.

Myura

Myura is an elf who becomes Remia’s apprentice. She is incredibly good looking and because of this, she is usually referred to as “the golden swordsman”. She has long blond hair with deep blue eyes and she wears an outfit that has shades of both green and black. Unlike Remia and Taichi, she is a preeminent magician who has absolutely mastered fire and earth magic. Even her sword fighting skills are really advanced and she has the authority to take on A-rank missions. Her fire magic involves several moves such as fireball, Red Lotus and scorching heat slash. Her magic value is 30,500 and her magic power is 3,800.

Remiya

Remiya is a top tier magician who is commonly referred to as the magician of fallen leaves. She’s known all over the world as one of the best magicians. In the present events of the anime, she lives in the outskirts of the frontier town, Azpire. She’s quite attractive and has a very curvy figure. She wears an entirely black outfit that matches the dark color of her hair and like Rin, she also wears a long black cape.

When it comes to her personality, she is usually quite cheerful but makes sure that she’s always pushing Rin and Taichi so that they reach their full potential. Her main magical abilities include the power of fire, wind and water, and she can easily take on A-ranked missions. Her magical value is 43,000 and her magical power is 6,000.

My Personal Thoughts

This light novel adaptation had the great misfortune to come out in the Summer 2019 season, a time so packed with isekai fantasies that it wasn’t even the only series of its type to air on the same day. (It was most directly up against Demon Lord, Retry!) Even if it had not faced so much competition, I doubt that Isekai Cheat Magician would have garnered much attention or made any long-term impact. That’s because it suffers from two crippling problems: low production values and a plot so generic that it does little to distinguish itself from the plethora of other isekai titles out there.

The one way that the series stands out slightly from competitors is in its basic premise. Rather than being transported solo, Taichi is accompanied by his female childhood friend, and she winds up being more than just baggage. Though Rin’s magic potential is just a fraction of Taichi’s nation-leveling power, it still puts her in the company of the most powerful wizards in Elistain. She also quickly shows an impressive creativity with magic, with the faint suggestion that a familiarity with modern chemistry gives her an edge. Even though Taichi usually takes the lead, Rin can stand well enough on her own in most situations and even gets some of her own action scenes. I hesitate to draw the comparison to Sword Art Online’s Asuna, as Taichi and Rin are clearly friends before anything romantic (at least at this point in the story), but that’s probably the closest comparison to their dynamic. The series also conspicuously features a number of other strong female characters, including the elf adventurer Myura (Muller in Crunchyroll’s subtitles), who trains Rin and accompanies the two at times. There’s also Lemia, the famous Mage of Falling Leaves, General Sumella, the Supreme Commander of the Royal Army, and a female barbarian Rin allies with on the battlefield late in the story.

However, the story is also careful never to stray too far from genre norms. Rin may be strong on her own, but Taichi is still the center of events and the linchpin of the story. Taichi is also eventually surrounded by a suspiciously high concentration of hot women, including the aforementioned strong characters, a gorgeous female assassin who he wins over by defeating in combat, an equally gorgeous princess, and an adorable spirit who eventually grows into a more physically mature form; the general character is especially interested in having Taichi father her children once she sees how strong he is. How much any of these might be romantic competition for Rin is unclear, as she seems uncertain about whether or not she wants to escalate her friendship with Taichi to the next level, and the potential romance aspect is never a focal point anyway.

The plot is also as generic as they come, with the only significant difference being a notably slower build-up; the series actually takes time to show Taichi and Rin being trained and learning how to master their prodigious powers, rather than the powers being available from the start. Both characters also increase their powers significantly as the season progresses. Somewhat surprisingly, Taichi is not infallibly powerful; he’s quite vulnerable on at least one occasion past the first episode and has to work at subduing foes on others. That doesn’t make him much more relatable, because he’s still the generic good soul who’s all about protecting his friends, whether it’s Rin or the assassin girl he travels with for a couple of episodes. Rin also doesn’t stand out much in personality, while Myura mostly just comes across as serious-minded. The setting of the story is also sparse on world-building, beyond some basics about how the magic system works. While Taichi and Rin are on their adventures, larger powers are manipulating select challenges before him for indeterminate reason. A later plot about the two getting caught up in a potential civil war also doesn’t offer anything fresh or interesting beyond a little philosophical debate. Basically, there’s little to the story that couldn’t be found in a number of other isekai titles.

The series also doesn’t have much support on the technical front. Ordinary character animation doesn’t look bad, but the series consistently fails to provide much verve to its action scenes, which results in even the bigger set pieces being humdrum affairs. This weakness especially shows when CG effects are inelegantly applied to masses of soldiers being possessed by bloody frenzies—and then the soldiers are only as aggressive as a shambling pack of zombies. Magical effects and backgrounds aren’t impressive either. Taichi’s design is so lacking in distinction that he might be hard to pick out of a lineup of isekai series leads, while Rin stands out more through her odd combination of shorts with a wizard’s cloak; she looks more like she’s attempting a half-baked cosplay most of the time. Other outfits are fantasy anime standard, with Myura’s more conservative dress starkly contrasting with the more revealing outfits of other female characters. Most of the series’ mild doses of fan service come from various characters wearing cleavage-baring outfits.

The series also doesn’t do much exciting on the musical or voice acting fronts. The soundtrack sounds like Generic Fantasy RPG BGM, with no numbers distinguishing themselves. That also applies to the more boisterous opener and the gentler closer, which exclusively features Rin. Major roles are suitably cast but there are no stand-out perfromances.

Some anime series seem destined to be quickly forgotten, and since its source novels have yet to be licensed or released in English, Isekai Cheat Magician is a prime candidate for this. The franchise is popular enough in Japan to warrant a spinoff manga series, and it isn’t entirely without entertainment value, but it isn’t good or distinctive enough to warrant a recommendation to anyone beyond hardcore isekai junkies.

Isekai Cheat Magician Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Isekai Cheat Magician’ Season 1 premiered on June 10, 2019 and with a total of 12 episodes, came to an end on September 25, 2019. Now if you’ve already seen the show you’re probably wondering if it will have a new season or not. There has been no confirmations from the Studio’s end yet, but based on our own speculations, we do believe that it has a good chance of returning for a season 2. The anime has been adapted from a light novel series that only has 6 volumes to date. Though it should not be challenging for the creators to adapt 6 volumes in a 12-episode season, the 6th volume was just recently published, so for obvious reasons, it will not be a part of season 1. As a result, there remains at least one volume of the light novel which can later be used for its renewal.

The anime has been doing fairly well and is quite popular among viewers. So at the end of the day, it will all come down to the BD/DVD sales of the anime. Till then, it’s hard to determine if the anime will be renewed for a new season or not. Even if the creators do plan on renewing it, we cannot expect anything till July, 2020. And since the Light Novel author only publishes two volumes every year, the creators of the anime will have to wait at least till 2021 to have enough content for a whole new single cour season. So as soon as we get any official confirmation regarding ‘Isekai Cheat Magician’ Season 2, we will update it here in this section. In the meantime, do check out our list of other great Isekai anime.

You can watch this anime both in Japanese and English Dub. Recently First epiosde got uploded in English dub. I will rate this Anime 5/10.

異世界チート魔術師
(Isekai Chīto Majutsushi)
GenreAction, fantasy, isekai
Novel series
Written byTakeru Uchida
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original run2012 – present
Light novel
Written byTakeru Uchida
Illustrated byNardack
Published byShufunotomo
DemographicMale
ImprintHero Bunko
Original run2013 – present
Volumes11
Manga
Illustrated byKarin Suzuragi
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicShōnen
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Ace
Original runDecember 2016 – present
Volumes6
Anime television series
Directed byDaisuke Tsukushi
Written byTakayo Ikami
Music byYoshiaki Fujisawa
StudioEncourage Films
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS, SUN, TVA, BS11
English networkSEA Animax Asia
Original run July 10, 2019 – September 25, 2019
Episodes12 (List of episodes)

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