Heya Camp: A short review (And various isekai anime shows in 2019)

Hey everyone, here’s an addendum to the 2019 Anime Season as I’ve finished watching Heya Camp, a bite-size spin-off to Yuru Camp where the Outdoors Club are on a mission to collect stamps by visiting various places across Yamanashi Prefecture. Fortunately, Nadeshiko Kagamihara and her friends have managed to collect all stamps and they all lived happily ever after as Nadeshiko and the rest are treated to a trip at the hot springs.

Anyways, Heya Camp is decent spin-off but I really wanna see another season of Yuru Camp. Of course, I’m not gonna end this post with a short review of Heya Camp because I’m going to talk about various anime series based on isekai light novels, most of them are bad so please bear with me.

01. Maou-sama, Retry!

Let’s start things off with Maou-sama, Retry! where the story is about Akira Oino being sucked into his own MMORPG known as Infinity Game. There, he became a demon lord-like administrator named Hakuto Kunai where instead of treating it as a video game, Hakuto decides to bring some modernity into the fantasy world by helping demihumans on building modern civilization at their village. While he succeeds on turning a village into a modern city, complete with hot springs and a hospital, Hakuto Kunai has a long way to go to change the entire world.

I have to say that while this anime is decent until the 2nd half in which the story didn’t progress significantly. And despite having Kenjiro Tsuda to voice the main character, I think Maou-sama, Retry! will never get a sequel ’cause it couldn’t compete against other popular isekai shows. Also, the only thing that I have to complain is the anime sure wants us to remember the names of every character featured as it shows the name every time he/she appeared, which is quite annoying since they’re making the viewers look dumb.

02. Isekai Cheat Magician

Next up is Isekai Cheat Magician which is the most generic show that I’ve watched where you have childhood friends getting sucked into the fantasy world, learn magic, and save the world from various threats. This anime features both Kouhei Amasaki and Rie Takahashi voicing their respective main characters, Taichi Nishimura and Rin Azuma.

While Isekai Cheat Magician is boring to watch since we all know that the main character will literally cheat their way to gain magic powers, at least there’s some progression when it comes to the plot as Taichi and Rin managed to save a nation from a bloody civil war within the Magic Kingdom of Elistain. However, this is just the beginning of something far greater than saving lives as both characters will have to deal with an entity far evil, but that plot will be explored in the novels as Isekai Cheat Magician won’t have any sequel.

03. Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu!

And now let’s end this post with an anime series by Project No. 9, based on a light novel series by Riku Misora who is best known for Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (or Chivalry of the Failed Knight). Anyways, this series revolves around 7 high school prodigies led by Tsukasa Mikogami where they’re trapped into the fantasy world of Freyjagard, which everyone who don’t show their loyalty to the emperor are treated badly. Naturally, they’ll use their abilities to change the entire world into a modern one.

Anyways, I have to say that Choyoyu has a similar premise to Dr. Stone because you have Yusuke Kobayashi voicing the main character, and not to mention that his character Tsukasa and other prodigies will modernize the fantasy world in a short amount of time so that everyone will be happy, including the demihumans. Aside from their mission to bring modernization, this anime series shows some small tidbits of the character’s backstories like how Tsukasa Mikogami became a politician at the cost of killing his own father, or Ringo Ohoshi’s brilliant mind has torn the family apart. Lastly, I’ve seen some crazy aspects of the main characters like Keine Kanzaki, where she doesn’t mind altering everyone’s brain with her surgery.

In any case, I feel that Choyoyu is the decent isekai anime show that I’ve watched throughout its run, but not the greatest one since it can’t hold a candle to other isekai shows. Sadly, there won’t be another despite the novels are already finished. Speaking of having another season on one of Riku Misora’s novels, when will GA Bunko announced another season of Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry?

Anyways, I’ll end this post with this cool old guy voiced by Akio Otsuka, who turned out to be Rin Shima’s grandfather. I have to say that he’s the reason why Shimarin became a camper and also learned how to ride a motorcycle, even though she’s just riding a scooter for the time being.

With that said, that’s about it for the 2019 Anime Season but given the current situation right now, I might finish my backlog until the quarantine has lifted. Then again, things won’t return to normal so easily.

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