Tuesday, March 19, 2013

[Ended] Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? : Troublesome Kids

Mondaiji is a very interesting piece of work. I think whether or not you'll find this anime enjoyable has a lot to do with personal taste, because if you ask me, I really couldn't identify exactly what makes me liking it so much.

I want to say that the character is one of the better part of the story, but upon closer examination, there really isn't anything extraordinary in character design. I think my fondness for Black Rabbit (Kurousagi) is the root cause of me having such impression. I mean, I really really liked her character, not exactly sure what it is, I just do. (No, it's not because of the rabbit ears, since when the series started, my thing was still cat ears. But I've been converted to liking rabbit ears now.

One complain I do have against the characters, is that Izayoi seems a bit too....perfect. He's one of those anti-hero hero who doesn't follow any rules or plans, yet his power level is so far above everybody else, even his recklessness couldn't do him any harm. That's just a bit too fairy tale like, which in turn, makes it feel a bit overly childish. But again, there's nothing wrong with being childish, since I think the target audiences are most likely kids to young adults.

Now, the plot, which I think it's the more intriguing element of the story. I say it's intriguing because the plot is simple enough that kids could enjoy it easily, yet it has so many elements, especially the rules involved in certain challenges and the links to fairy tales and historic events that would actually require a little bit more brain twisting to straighten out. However, I have to say they need some better explanation on how the challenge games work as some of them are still pretty confusing, especially the last one, where they could just create a challenge that calls for killing everybody in the stadium?

Final Scoreboard:

Drama: 88 (Some)
Comedy: 84 (Kuro Usagi is clearly the clown)
Action: 88 (Nicely done)
Art/Animation: 89 (Very...colorful)

Sound/Music: 92 (I love the opening theme song)
Character: 88 (Kuro Usagi is just lovely)
Plot: 83 (Little weak, but still interesting)
Ending: 80 (We need a season two!!!)

Re-watch value: 60 - Good for sorting out some confusions

Overall: 89 - Super Powered Kids and...Rabbit Ears

Recommendation: Personally, I really liked the anime. But I think it has more to do with personal tastes, so you may not enjoy it as much as I do. But I think even without the favorable bias, it's still a very descent anime.


Reik said...

Just finished this one too and dam... that ending was a bit too happy compared to what i had in mind... my hopes are that the letter in the end with that "II" carved on it means there will be a second season but overall i was enjoying it, with izayoi being my favorite character ( yeah i dig overpowered ppl >_>)

The Evil Cat said...

the problem with Izayoi is that all the other characters has gone through some development phase where they have to find the power within themselves, but he never did. He just came in and started kicking ass. It's like he's the ultimate safety net for everybody so that you'll never feel any present danger because Izayoi would come fix them all.

Zetro said...

Oh. So that was the last episode.

Well slap me a sign that says 'Oblivious'. Or maybe it's just a statement towards how abrupt the ending is. I rather do hope there's a next season, for roughly the same reason Evil cat mentions, Izayoi never really had a development arc. He just came packaged 'as is' and stayed that way. I was really looking forward to seeing how he developed as the anime progressed since he was the 'powerhouse' right away, no growth or sudden event.

The Evil Cat said...

Yeah, hopefully if a second season comes out, we'll see someone that is more powerful than Izayoi so that he'll have to grow himself to overcome the difficulties.

Xaf said...

It'll be really good. Right now its like barely started at all. He's like a level 30 in a level 10 zone to put it in easy to understand terms. (For me.)