Title: Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?, 問題児たちが異世界から来るそうですよ?
Producers: Diomedea, Kadokawa Shoten, Nippon Columbia, flying DOG, Project No Name
Genres: Fantasy, Supernatural
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Izayoi Sakamaki, Asuka Kudou, and You Kasugabe have tremendous psychic powers and are bored with the regular world. An envelope arrives for each person, and when each opens their envelope, they are stunned to see the scenery around them change to a world they had never encountered before. They’ve been summoned by the Black Rabbit to help the community “No Name” to overthrow the Devil King.
Fansubs watched: Commie
Before anything rash happens, this anime henceforth shall be named Mondaiji as it is much easier for everyone. Unlike some of the anime this season, this one I had some attention to with its announcement and news regarding the anime. But any snippets of information about the plot are all absent from my mind. But Mondaiji’s first episode seems rather intriguing, not that the premise is anything mind-blowing but the characters themselves are what is keeping me interested on this anime. That and there’s a bunny girl, and a full city filled with moe anime girls. :3
Starting off with a nice background set, we see a number of delinquents bashing on some random guy because he pissed himself crying. We have the main character, Izayoi, lazing around. He gets up to do something, assuming he is going to help the poor fellow, he instead joins in on the action and starts throwing rocks in the general direction of the bashing. But, Izayoi seems to have super strength, so everyone pisses themselves as burning rocks wiz pass them and explode into the ocean. And so the premise is set with Izayoi expressing his boredom as an envelope, addressed to him is dropped from the sky. Then we meet the other two main characters: a rich, uptight, upper-class girl who can control people’s will- Asuka, and a cute girl who can talk to animals-You. They are summoned to another world where they meet a bunny girl, Kurousagi (black rabbit). Bunny girls, a super strong male lead and a tsundere soon-to-be, what less is there to love about this get up?
The main idea behind this is that these people have been given ‘gifts’ or blessings some various entities. They find themselves bored with the real world and are teleported via envelope to the other world, Little Garden. The bunny girl explains that the world is pretty much a giant gambling casino with bets being taken on games that involve them. These games range from pretty much anything and have rewards of various calibers. Black rabbit seems to have recruited these humans to join her squad, and with a group with these special powers, things are bound to be interesting. All the games have rules to abide by and judges to make sure the rules are followed. After an introduction to the basis of games, You- the character, not you- rabbit and Asuka are taken to one of the cities, while Izayoi explores. Izayoi happens to challenge a god in a game and manages to bet him, while the girls are enjoying their time in a town full of moeness.
While the plot is similar to a game premise, which isn’t too spectacular nowadays, the main device drawing me in so far are the characters. Izayoi is the central main character and he is a badass. Not only possessing super strength, he seems to be intelligent sniffing out information from people. That and he single handedly killed a white Gyarados- a water god in this case- proves that Izayoi is one tough contender along with his stubborn nature. Asuka seems to be the tsundere type because she is rich and has the power to control people. It may seem to be a recipe for a bitch, but she was actually quite well mannered- because she is rich and has the power to control people. You- no you- is a cute innocent (best) girl that seems to be playful, with a cat on her at all times. WITH A CAT WITH HER AT ALL TIMES. Seeming that she is able to talk to animals (dolphins, cats and penguins) it suits her personality. And lastly, bunny is the moe bunny girl for fan service and a guide. She has jiggles and blushes to please men everywhere. In my view, she probably is the weakest character since she is generic moe-yes, as opposed to the other characters- but she does seem to have cute clothes.
The other plot points is that it is a game scenario, but done slightly different. Why? Because it seems to be missing a couple things, such as a penalty. There seems to be no penalty to loosing a game, none at all. If you set up the game, you’ll probably lose the reward but it’s not life threatening or anything of the sort. Well, not yet. It is still just the first episode and there was some sort of cliffhanger towards the end. The premise doesn’t do anything too distinct, they get sucked into a different world to compete with other people with super powers, or gods, demons and other deities.
Also, the city- little garden apparently, it isn’t the whole world unless I’m interpreting things incorrectly- seems to be a haven for otakus. Its prospering and full of moe elements, such as cat girls, bunny girls, girls girls, boy girls, vampires and fox girls. It is pretty much an awesome city. One thing is that the setup reminds me of an RPG, specifically Dragon Quest VIII. Even when the bunny girl was dealing with the card game, it instantly reminds me of DQ VIII. Maybe it’s because there really was a mini game about cards and the dealers are all girls in bunny suits. It was a great game. So the city and the getup reminds me of the cherry and colourful land from DQ VIII.
The animation for this anime is amazing. First thing are the gorgeous backgrounds. They are all detailed and have such vibrant colours. Especially the lush green forests, or the running, sparkly blue waterfall, they are all such a pleasure to look at. The dynamic background of the water running really adds production values and aesthetic to the anime. The running water effects were great touches and increase the effect of my recalling to DQ VIII. The main animations of the characters themselves are great. One of the scenes had the main three characters chase after the bunny, and they did have great smooth animations. When Izayoi devolved Gyarados the impact of his hits were amazing. I guess they make him as badass as possible.
The character designs are quite good and unique. Izayoi has his contrasting blonde hair, purple eyes and black uniform while Asuka has her more eloquent clothes. And You-not you and unfortunately not me either- has her cute innocent style- if you haven’t noticed, I love her design. These designs stand out and reflect their personalities well. Also Black Rabbit dresses for fan service, so that should be noticed. The characters have their typical over reaction facial moments, with bunny girl having the most- remember, fan service.
As for the voices, I find no faults other than bunny. It may get annoying in the future, but it is tolerable for the moment. The background music is not bad either and was a good buildup before Izayoi’s ownage, which once again shows he’s badass. The opening was not present but the ending is. It is quite an upbeat song with good vocals and a nice mix of various instruments- I have no idea what I’m saying, but the point is that the song is good. The animation throughout the song is does reflect the electronic-ness of the song with erraticness of the visuals. Overall the ending is well done, both visually and audibly.
The anime so far seems very interesting due to the characters. The plot and premise so far doesn’t reveal anything majorly distinct and unique but the characters draw me in. The visuals are very vibrant and detailed, and reminds me so much of my favourite game. I could be biased about this anime but I shouldn’t let this affect the outcome… much. The first episode was quite good and I enjoyed it well. Here’s to more!