How the hell does this show exist?
Isekai as a genre has officially gone off the rails. We all know that, at this point, it will never die. It is the anime equivalent of a comic book movie. And now, that comparison is complete. At last, we have our ‘Avengers‘ equivalent.
In chibi comedy form. Huh. I must admit that isn’t what I was expecting.
Plot: Four Isekais Within an Isekai
Yes. There is a plot. It’s not just ‘eh, just throw some Isekai characters into a school and don’t bother explaining it’. There is an actual story to it.
In the separate worlds of ‘Overlord‘, ‘Konosuba‘, ‘Saga of Tanya the Evil‘ and ‘Re:Zero‘, all our heroes from said respective shows find a mysterious red button. Upon hitting it, they find themselves sent to a mysterious school, where they have no choice but to live normal student lives. Here, they have to live out normal student lives, or risk losing their chance to return to their worlds.
Despite being a goddess, a skeleton with the power to wipe out all life in the world, a psychotic ten-year-old and a pair of murderous maids. And a kinky Crusader, obsessive succubus and vampire, and a pair of completely normal morons. One of which can die, then go back in time a bit.
Y’know, it really doesn’t sink in just how bizarre this premise is until you write it out.
Each episode is only about ten minutes, so the story is fairly quickly paced. Yes, I am still saying story. There is a strong continuity from episode to episode, from the jokes to the buildup to the other jokes. Each event (or joke, in this case) leads to another, which leads to another, and so on.
I would talk about the characters, but there really isn’t a whole lot to talk about. Each of them are ripped directly out of the shows they originate from. Their designs are shrunk down to chibi size, yes, but they’re still the same as they were in the world from which they came.
This is far from a problem. In fact, that’s what makes it so damn good! Seeing these characters with their unique personalities either clash or unite (sometimes one, then the other) is the source of most, if not all of, the comedy in this show. From Aqua trying to kill Ainz to Albedo and Rem making friends over their romantic-obsessive natures, each of the cast interact in a highly fun and interesting way.
Kind of an important aspect to get right, considering that it’s the only real reason the show exists. Luckily, they got it very very right.
Art and Animation: Simple and Clean
Yup. It’s a chibi show.
The show is drawn in an incredibly simple style, one that maintains the designs of the original characters from other shows while still making them cute and fun. The animation is highly limited and rigid, and most characters do very little moving most of the time. Rather than relying on visual comedy, they prefer to go with spoken comedy.
Which is fine. The comedy in this show is quite solid. I haven’t watched a single episode yet without having a solid gut laugh. But I would have greatly appreciated it if the show had an animation style smoother than two frames per second.
Out of all the shows this season, ‘Isekai Quartet‘ was the show I was least expecting to enjoy. And this is in a season where ‘Why the hell are you here, Teacher?!” exists. But I’m many things; often right is not one of them.
This is easily one of the best shows this season, and I’d highly recommend giving it a watch. Especially if you’re a fan of any of the shows that these characters come from. It’s just the right amount of stupid to be a ton of fun, and it comes in bit-sized chunks of ten minutes a piece.
But the question is: what are they going to add into the sequel season? ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime‘? Or maybe ‘The Rising of the Shield Hero‘? Or maybe we can go ‘Endgame‘ levels of insanity and add every Isekai character of all time!
Come on. You know you’d watch that too.