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High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World! Episode #09 Anime Review

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“It Seems Tsukasa Has Seen Through Everything!”

What They Say:

Seven high school prodigies are involved in an airplane crash. When they woke up, they found themselves in a parallel world where magic and beastmen exist. Of course, they panicked at their sudden unexpected predicament … or not? Instead, they create a power plant in a world that doesn’t have electricity, they did a little extra work and managed to take economic control over a metropolis, they managed to repay their gratitude to some oppressed citizens by upending a corrupt government, and basically doing whatever they like?!

Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):

As the disappointment of L’age Soliel’s failure now fully begins to sink in, the overriding fanaticism of Oslo El Gustave burns away what little sanity he had left as his retainers look on in shock as the self inflicted wounds from the weapon’s use continue to spill out upon the floor. Although they may be worried for their liege’s health, fiery talons replace his consumed arms even as his anger erupts in an explosion of unadulterated rage, causing him to make the announcement: Marquis Arclide and Marquis Buckwald will continue their march for Findolf and show the rebels what folly it is to deny the Emperor. However as these same men and their army of three thousand disappointedly grumble for the compelled march through Ruruck Mountains, even the two leaders know what supreme madness it is to attempt an invasion during the dead of winter. But as this group finally see the welcomed checkpoint within reach, what they do not suspect is the forces of the Seven-Light Faith lead by former Silver Knight Zest Do Bernard have their own surprise waiting for them within the formidable barrier.

However as the unseen conflict within Findolf territory begins, the governor of the northern lands addresses his own army of ten thousand troops with his insane temperament attempting to engage his men in looking forward to punishing those who would rebel against his Imperial Majesty. As his impassioned speech reaches a climax, a lone signal arrow screeches toward its target, to which Gustave easily swats away the annoying pest. Angrily searching out the origin, he finally sees the crimson mane of its shooter – Captain Jeanne Do Leblanc who in turn proclaims it is now time to end the tyranny of this traitorous vassal and for the forces of Azure Brigade to rise up and take back the kingdom for the people. Looking on in furious surprise it is only now does he realize the banners of the empire are now being replaced by those of this rebel force, with almost no one standing by for the ideals of this crazed fanatic. With this realization now fully beginning to materialize within his fevered mind, the temper of this deranged madman once again began to smolder behind what little control he had left. As the battle between forces engaged within the courtyard below, and it was readily apparent he would soon be alone, and Gustave immediately knew there was only way to regain control of the situation: defeat the leader of the enemy faction and take back his men by any means necessary. But can a lone soldier be any match for Jeanne and Shinobu even with the power of his flame magic behind him … there was only way to find out.

In Summary:

While this episode has all of the excitement anyone would wish from a battle between forces, once again the studio has taken liberties to change the story to suit the flow of the show – most notably Tsukasa not leading rebel forces in Ruruck Mountains. Although they may have edited the narrative so that he predicts the Marquis’ strategies beforehand, within the manga he does so within the field so that it feels more organic and allows the people following to see their leader will do anything to successfully lead them to success. Though it may have the same end result, resonance would have had more impact if they kept with the original material, but for now this conclusion brings us to what is needed and results in the same, if somewhat weaker resolution.

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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