Every now and then, a slumbering demon awakens, and six heroes are chosen by a goddess to defeat him. There, I just saved you five minutes of straight exposition. Now you can you can go watch the actually entertaining part of the episode.
We meet Adlet Mayer, our intrepid hero, as he swaggers onto the stage to interrupt a ceremonial duel and declares himself the strongest man in the world (Get used to this, as he’ll be repeating that over and over again). He challenges both participants at once, beats them, and is promptly thrown in prison for his insolence.
While in prison, he’s visited by a servant girl. He doesn’t realize that she’s the princess (who is also the reigning champion of the tournament) in disguise, but she’s a good sport about him constantly calling himself the strongest. She proceeds to tell him the backstory of the show, which they both already knew, but better safe than sorry.
Adler spends some time in jail, until the goddess starts handing out marks to the six chosen heroes, and of course he and the princess are two of them. She breaks him out of prison, and they ride off into the sunset.
That pretty much sums up what happened in the first episode.
Let’s start with the good things. Adler, despite his arrogance, is an entertaining lead. The combat scene was very well done. The pseudo-Aztec aesthetic of the (initial) setting is a welcome change from the usual generic European fantasy cities. The cutesy rabbit-earned princess is competent and proactive.
But now the bad things. The actual premise of the show is generic. Like, mega generic. The exposition scene started off listing the names of previous heroes and saints, and my eyes started glazing over. It’s based on a light novel, which is kind of a giant red flag in its own right, and the question is how much shit is lurking below the surface, just waiting to spew out and drown you in fantasy cliches.
Either there will have to be some catch behind the simplistic premise, or the characters will have to do a lot of heavy lifting to carry it. It’s hard to tell where it’s going because only two of the six heroes have even been introduced, and there’s no clear next step beyond “eventually beat the demon”.
So where does that leave us? Well, it’s definitely a show that will take a few episodes to accurately judge, and it’s decent enough that I’m willing to give it that much.
First Episode Rating: 7/10
What would it take for me to watch another episode? Briefly forgetting that it’s based on a light novel