When you’re training to become a hero, the worst thing that could happen is the Demon Lord being defeated before you have a chance to take him on. Or is it?
What They Say:
Episode 1: “I Couldn’t Be a Hero, so I’m Working the Register”
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushubu Shuushoku o Ketsui Shimashita, translated as I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job, is the first and last time you will see me type out the complete name to this show. Ignoring long vowel marks and reduplicated vowels (both of which mean the same thing), I’m going to call this show Yushibu whether that’s correct or not (technically, it should be Yūshibu, but that’s the last time you’ll see a macron from me). Based on the light novel series written by Jun Sakyou and illustrated by Masaki Inuzumi, which has already spawned a manga version that started in February, Asread is overseeing the production of this anime adaptation.
We begin with a massive fight between a small squad of fighters taking on a group of monsters of various sorts (skeleton archers, a giant, and other staples of fantasy RPGs). Raul Chaser, the only one who gets named so far (obvious indication that he will be a continuing character), seems to be fairly competent and capable. The fight cuts away suddenly, however, to reveal a notice posted up announcing that the “Hero Program” of the country has been suspended. It would seem that a national program for training heroes has been in operation but now, as it’s been made known that the Demon Lord is gone, the threat is over.
Where does that leave all of the aspiring heroes? For Raul, it means manning the register at the Leon Magic Shop in the United Kingdom of Everett. While the Heros-in-Training were all decked out in classic fantasy pseudo-medieval armor and such, the world they live in is very similar to our world in material culture and technology, though instead of regular energy it appears that magic runs a lot of this world’s machinery. As a shop assistant, Raul doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, as his co-worker Nova (who’s mainly here for the fanservice) tells us. It would seem that all the girls working at this place are similarly designed, as the Manager is also on the top heavy (the camera deliberately pauses at chest level when it pans up to her face for the first time) side. Into this mix comes a new applicant for a part-time job, whom Raul mistakes for a boy. She (for this is a she) turns out to be Fino, the daughter of the former Demon Lord. Unable to assume her father’s position, she’s now in the human world trying to find a part-time job in order to survive. Life is tough even for the former elite when they fall on hard times.
It’s pretty clear, from this first episode, what the main attractions of the show will be. Fanservice is front and center. The comedy is mainly going to come from the complete fish-out-of-water story of…Fino. Raul, even though he’s not perfect, at least knows how to act like a normal person (though to most “normal” people, he can seem a little scary, as his physical abilities are far beyond normal thanks to his hero training). Fino’s disconnect from the real world, however, is on a whole other level. When Fino tries to act the part of a shop assistant, her attempt to copy Raul’s quite normal customer service demeanor goes off in a very Demon Lord-ish direction.
We do get some good one-liners thrown at us, as Raul at one point says (after Fino has wrecked an appliance) “The child of a demon lord is like a mini-boss.” All of this, though, is slathered in fanservice as even Fino, who is originally presented to us as rather formless (she was wearing a tracksuit which covered up her figure, thus leading Raul to believe at first that she was a girl) has quite the appealing figure, accentuated when she is issued her store uniform, which is very flattering on girls with decent bodies.
The music is nothing special, with the ED (which might turn out to be the OP?) being a rather standard bouncy anime pop number while the background music does the basic job. The animation in this first episode is fairly appealing and the opening fight sequence is not too badly done in terms of detail and fluidity of motion. That’s no indication of what will come during the season, however, as most of the action from this point onwards is going to be taking place in the store, which is not a particularly challenging location to animate (it’s your average modern department store), though the backgrounds are fairly well defined. The character designs are the key draw here, especially the female ones, and they are on the attractive side, especially for those who favor the buxom type (with one exception so far).
For those who expected something similar to The Devil is a Part-Timer (Hataraku Maou-sama), Yushibu is nothing at all like that show. This is much more silly fanservice nonsense with less wit and sophistication. That’s not to knock Yushibu entirely, as its intended audience is probably closer to those who enjoy mindless fanservice comedies such as Samurai Girls. For those who like that kind of show, a new favorite has been unveiled for you. If you do not like fanservice-heavy comedy, then you might want to look elsewhere this season.
This is silly. This is full of fanservice. This is utterly lacking in seriousness or gravity.
This is fun. There are times when you just want to turn off your brain and be mindlessly entertained. This show does that. Raul is a pretty likable guy all around. It doesn’t matter that he was trained to one day face off against the Demon Lord; he treats Fino as a new junior employee placed under his mentorship should be treated, he diligently tries to train her to be a good store assistant. Fino for her part is completely out of her element, being largely ignorant of the human world and how it works. Fortunately, she avoids being annoying in any way and is instead rather appealing, especially her naivete and ignorance, which is played up for comical effect. While there’s a danger of this show becoming a one-note property playing the same joke over and over again, for the moment it’s cute, light and fun. I hope it can keep being this way.
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