incoming rant, I just realized I wrote a Zoltan post, incoming rant!
see, it’s stuff like this that pisses me off about the Japanese media and animation industry. They take an idea that by itself could be a really good basis for a story if executed correctly and then turn it into this flowery, happy-go-lucky done-to-death isekai token-harem bullshit with slight variations of characters we’ve seen a dozen times over and a dozen times again. The MC is another bright-eyed, naive, witless beta with an invariably dark, untidy mop of hair and whose voice makes him sound like he’s 10. We get a premise pointlessly explaining why MC is there, except that it’s used as a convenient conduit for also explaining that MC is now basically unstoppable. Even his phone, the entire basis of the show, has all the limitations it would have in a post-medieval fantasy setting taken away (he doesn’t have to charge it, he can make calls with it, he can even BROWSE THE FUCKING INTERNET with it), basically rendering the entire show as nothing other than a worthless, plotless “kyaaaaa” harem flic with some tasteless ecchi thrown in on the side.
Seriously, how hard is it to make a good storyline with this kind of setting? I’m not opposed to the concept of isekai series, but all of them turn out the same damn way. We don’t need the God scene explaining why he’s there - Oda Nobuna no Yabou did away with that and it was great. Just drop MC in there. Don’t even give him an opportunity to charge his phone before he gets there. Leave him with 36% and force him to turn the phone off unless he needs the calculator. He can’t use his phone until he has a way to charge it. Hell, make him a former engineering student and force him to pull himself up by his bootstraps. Get him to find copper, learn how to extrude it into wires, coil it and make a dynamo. Make him devote time and effort working for subsistence rather than having some doe-eyed bourgeois or tsundere sugar-fortune princess go all gooey for him and take care of his financial problems, room and board just because he looks foreign and wears strange clothes and “it’s not like I like him or anything, baka”. Get rid of the Adventure Guild with its Easy-Money Bulletin Board of Quests because those were never a thing anyway. Get rid of the convenient Ex Machinas, get rid of the harem, get rid of the Gainaxing, get rid of the overused character archetypes, don’t even give MC a loli! if you must have a loli, you gotta make him earn his loli, dammit!
If you’re a smart 21st century dude thrown into the middle ages, the world is basically your oyster with a little effort. Plagues and disease will pass over you with no effect because you’re already immune to most of them. Being able to do your 1-12x multiplication tables automatically makes you smarter than 99.99% of everyone who ever lived, because of your medical record and personal hygiene you are healthier and cleaner than 100% of people who ever lived. You don’t need proficiency in all magic, you don’t even need the smartphone when it comes down to it. You just need wits, effort and initiative.
This and other things are why I consider any anime that look like this to be a hollow, worthless cash grab feeding on the insecurities of young Japanese NEETs. People need role models, not “universally relatable” characters. It’s not hard, storywriters, I just gave you suggestions off the top of my head about how to make the novels and shows good, and I can’t write stories for shit! I got more! Maybe I should write some of them down instead of blathering about them online!