“It Seems High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World!”
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):
With her former men turning against their leader Jeanne, it is up to Shinobu to help her friend escape from Uranus Castle, but as they are trying to find a way out they stumble upon an underground passage leading to a cache of hidden riches. While they attempt to investigate further their hunt is interrupted by the traitorous Conrad, accompanied by his new imperial ally Tanganika, who cannot but show off the wealth he has squandered from the Seven-Light Faith – the smashed golden remains of the emperor’s statue. While this silent aide studies these crushed pieces, he begins to state he does not blame this man for his betrayal, but to see the likeness of the Emperor defaced in such a manner, he cannot forgive this callous treatment and takes the greedy count by the throat within a blanket of flame. After his former ally is reduced to ash, the cloak falls away to reveal his true identity – Oslo El Gustave, the man who all thought was dead, now proceeds to take vengeance for the betrayal of his leader and begins to consume the fortress and all within through his now overwhelming power and command over fire.
After Jeanne and Shinobu have escaped back to Dormundt, the people are gathered within the plaza square for an important announcement with God Akatsuki turning over the podium to Angel Tsukasa. With their curiosity now piqued, this prodigy begins to ask the people if they are satisfied with the manner by which they are being ruled, allowing a select few to be in power as they themselves are forced to suffer under their cruelty – to which all assembled reject this question. Fully expecting this response, the former prime minister states with the destruction of their enemy thanks to God’s Thunderbolt within Uranus Castle, the Azure Brigade have agreed to surrender their territory to the Seven-Light Faith. Now with this acquisition, they have control of the empire’s four northern lands of Findolf, Buchwald, Arclide and Gustave, thus allowing them to create a new country where all people will have equal say on how they are governed: the Elm Republic. However as the gathered begin to cheer, a fearful sound erupts behind the front gates and explodes into a torrent of flame … with a familiar voice proclaiming he will not allow such sacrilege to be carried out against the Emperor, which still holds control over this realm.
Although this season ends with an interesting though predictable conclusion, the manner by which High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World! builds up drama and created situations from which only their collective intellects could find a way out, made the narrative as a whole seem unimaginative since they relied too much on advanced technology to solve every situation. While it could have been interesting to seek out some other method to solve problems, the title quickly becomes clichéd since we know an unusual trick will be revealed which will make the inhabitants stare in awe with some new magic showing how these strangers will make their lives better. From mayonnaise, to rifled carbines and now anti-ballistic missiles, you have to wonder what will be shown next and how long it will be until we begin to see skyscrapers popping up along the skyline, all as we try to force out a semi-amused laugh from these quickly tiresome adventures.
Season Grade: B
Streamed By: Crunchyroll