Note: This review is part of an event called "The Nine Hells". This is Day V (The Circle of Anger) and contains mild spoilers. While this doesn't give everything away, your discretion is still advised.
"Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They?" is a 10-episode action-fantasy anime about a trio of gifted people who are thrown into a world separate from theirs during a boring day. The end up meeting a strange rabbit girl that introduces them to the "gift game" gambling system that her world runs on and from there, the group participates in these games to hopefully make a name for themselves and the refugees that were run out by the demon lords of their new world.
It had a promising startup at first thanks to a nice introduction to the story, but as it went on, it becomes a slog of a journey with each passing episode with the terrible breakneck pacing to match even for the amount of episodes allotted. This anime has the lack of the ability to explain anything; It never fully explains how the gift games and their system works at all and the same especially goes for the worlds that each of the three outsiders, Izayoi, You (Seriously, that's her name. Please bear with me here.) and Asuka come from, the world that they all get thrown into and especially, their mostly overpowered abilities that they harbor at the very start. Whenever it does world build, it only affects at least two major locations weakly. There's also a lack of focus within the storytelling, even within all of the "gift games" that are about as well and their almost nonexistent rules. All it does is basically have the characters show off some "cool tricks" (and lack thereof for some) whenever the gals aren't showing their backsides (and front-sides) throughout the show without any regard for the writing and that especially shows at the final two episodes with the seriously frustrating tail-pulls (Like giving the worst girl the biggest day-saving tail-pull weapon in the entire show, which was the gravest sin that I have ever witnessed since the latter half of Magical Girl Raising Project.) and the easily predictable and horribly underwhelming open ending to match it.
This is honestly the second-worst department of the entire show. Literally 90% of the whole cast is in Evil Town and ranges from being easily forgettable and virtually useless like Jin and the remaining characters that aren't worth mentioning to being in need of their spinal cords ripped out alongside all of their innards like most of the listed bad characters. Let's get to the 10% first. At first, I was very skeptical of Izayoi, but as the show progressed and putting the Gary Stu traits aside, he ends up doing his job well as the "lovable jerk" of the group and turned out to be not only the best character of the show, but part of the only bit of fun that the show ever had alongside Shiroyasha, whom is good friends with Izayoi and shares his level of lechery outside of not being too much of anything. The remainder of the good characters are Sandora, Leticia and Jack O'Lantern. Aside of being part of the vast amount of one-dimensional and forgettable characters, the former two are in the good side just for their overall personalities and actions while defending their friends while the latter is in for actually being a good sport and teaching one of the other characters a lesson in helping their friends when they're in danger. Outside of their cool-looking designs, that's sadly it for the remaining three.
As for the bad characters, let's start off with the most disappointing character, You. At first glance, she was the most promising of the main characters with her ability to befriend nearly every animal species, but along the story's way, gets reduced into nothing but a useless tag-along to the crew after all of her credibility from fighting alongside said crew gets thrown under the bus after she threw a tournament match for being ill-prepared. Kuro Usagi / Black Rabbit, whom is far better known as "Rabbit Stew" for the rest of this review was the welcome wagon to the three outsiders as well as the pure fanservice character and the straight woman to Izayoi's antics. As far as development goes, though, there's not that much to Rabbit Stew at all except for being rather dull for a fanservice character and coming off as some brat that gets angry when she doesn't get her way in between times. However, Rabbit Stew is far from being the worst girl, and that title belongs to Asuka. While she does grow to care for her friends alongside a pixie that she meets, she turns out to be the snobbish and most prideful of the bunch to the point of being completely intolerable and stays that way throughout. The only time that she was ever good was when she got petrified in the middle of the show, which is very unfortunate in a lot of ways.
Pros and Cons
While the art style looks good on the locations, most of character designs look bland and generic aside of the vibrant colors being used throughout the show. The animation is often still, but when it does, it happens to be well done, especially in the fighting and most of the "gift game" scenes. I do admit that the show did have a good concept and used it at least decently, which was the high-stakes gambling from the "gift games" despite the lack of expanding or explanations as stated earlier. The one theme that happens to be very nice was the jazz-like theme within the background music.
The bad totally outweighs the good here, and to continue off, the rest of the music from this show sounds mediocre, even the main opening theme, despite it being catchy. The main ending theme on the other hand, sounds completely banal and annoying every time it shows up. Normally the fanservice mentions are on the neutral stance, but it is a con instead despite said fanservice consisting of tasteful nudity at the most. This is also one of the cases where it seriously gets in the way of the main plot (or lack thereof) and ends up overshadowing said plot and it goes double when the characters are as likable as a moldy turd sandwich. There were some good moments in terms of comedic value, but it doesn't fare well in that department either since it comes off as un-original and stale, even for veteran anime viewers.
English Dub and Sub Comparison/Evaluation
Unfortunately, this has an English dub as well, and to be honest, it has enough fitting voices to the point having the same amount of quality as the Japanese dub since most of their voices sound fitting to the respective characters. Some localized parts in the dub also end up adding a bit of comedic merit to the show to make up for falling flat in areas that the subtitled version did well in the same terms and speaking of the latter, the translation tuns out to be smooth on the official subtitle version's part.
This is a prime example of a nice concept gone horribly wrong with a mostly unbearable cast of characters, save for a very small amount of legitimately good ones and a storyline that basically runs out of the door after episode one like it saw the cops during a drug bust. This slab of hogwash earns the Absolute Terror rating and gets no sort of recommendation from me. There's literally far better "thrown into another world" anime than this infuriating mess. The Circle of Anger has subsided and next up, we go to where a world has all of it's blessings coveted.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
Taka: I have yet to review No Game, No Life as of now. You must've had me confused with Vapovile and I don't think he had as bad a time as I with this. That show was in a tie for tomorrow's circle (Heresy) after the poll ended a while back, but I decided to go for the least fun-looking one instead due to everything with the sin of Heresy to be tied in there.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT