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Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They? Episode #07 Anime Review

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Problem Children Are Coming From Another World Aren't They Episode 7
Problem Children Are Coming From Another World Aren’t They Episode 7
As the finals get ready to hit, a new prophecy is revealed.

What They Say:
“Someone Might Get All Kissy with Asuka in the Dark?”

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As the series moves past the halfway mark of the season, I find myself still unsure of just why this show isn’t working. The general concept is one that certainly has enough appeal with characters brought from the real world to a fantasy/gaming type realm where they can be the heroes. The main problem for me is that the characters are still just archetypes with no real personality to them and no background brought in to make them accessible or interesting. While they’re having some fun adventures here, they’re not easy to understand who they are, especially someone like Kasukabe as she doesn’t reveal anything. Even as the stakes start to get raised more, nobody really reacts in any way other than bland, which at least is a known trait for Izayoi.

This episode works along two main tracks that do eventually come together. With Kasukabe having won her latest round, the No Names are ready to advance to the upcoming finals alongside Salamandra and two other communities. What they learn though from the floor master of the east however is that dark times are coming as there is a prophecy that states that the demon lord will rise again and cause a whole lot of trouble. This sets several of them ill at ease, but it’s amusing that we see Izayoi’s reaction to it basically boil down to the fact that he didn’t find out the details of his agreement with Shiroyasha, which stipulated that they’d end up facing such a kind of opponent. On the plus side, Izayoi and Shiroyasha get along really well beyond that, especially when it comes to admiring the female form.

While this is going on, we get to see that Asuka is out on her own a bit and she ends up running into a cute little yellow golden fairy type character that doesn’t say too much but says Rattenfanger a lot, which we learn is one of the upcoming communities that the No-Names will have to face. The two get to explore the festival together a bit, which introduces a suit of armor that you know will figure into things later as we get a bit of the Wil o the Wisp material brought in, but there’s some good action to be had briefly as the two of them are chased by a slew of rats as the little creature is the object of their attention. All of this leads into some of the reveals about the Pied Piper of Hamelin and the connection to the Grim Grimoires, a group that brought in many, many strange demons in years past that were the cause of much trouble, which you get the hint that they’ll figure into things again.

In Summary:
The series continues to move along at a decent pace but after seven episodes I still can’t seem to find a reason to care about anyone. The only reason the show would become interesting at this point I think is if they did actively start killing some of them off and showing that there’s some real danger in this world. But mostly you just know that things will move along smoothly and without any serious problems as the fights roll on and the finals hit in this particular round of matches. There’s some cute fanservice stuff in here, though more of it is just spoken than visual when you get down to it, and we see some of the struggle that Asuka is feeling over her role in the scheme of things. But mostly there’s not a lot that’s really exciting here as it’s generally setup for what’s the come.

Grade: C-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70″ LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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