Ohhh boy. I had so much fun ripping Seven Senses of Re’Union to shreds (check out that first impressions post HERE if you haven’t read it already), I decided to keep going with the Isekai LN adaptations, to see if I could tear into anything else. How Not To Summon A Demon Lord has a little advantage over the previous review, however, as i’ve actually read a few volumes of the Light Novel. So, at least, I knew what to expect.
Fanservice. Good heavens, my biggest complaint with the Light Novel series holds very true with the Anime adaptation as well. Nearly every scene, ever frame, uses camera angles and excessive “physics” to put both Rem and Shera in the limelight… and more. It’s excessively shameless, and honestly, painful to watch. And i’m someone who appreciates a bit of fanservice, when done well.
It’s really a shame that the fanservice is so blatant, and so painful, because honestly, that’s the biggest fault the show has. It looks great, the action scenes were very well-animated, along with everything else generally looking very clean and nice. Visually, the show looks great… and the audio does a good job for itself, too. The OP and the ED are both nice, and the general sound design is very good as well.
The story begins in a very cliche way, with a guy playing a video game suddenly appearing in the world of the game. However, as we get deeper into the episode, even through all the cliches and fanservice… there’s a decent story behind it all, and some very human characters. The scene with Diablo and Rem in the bedroom was actually quite touching and heartfelt, and is one of the reasons the series gives me hope for the future.
I really have mixed feelings for this series. It has a lot of potential, but when weighed on top of all the cliches, fanservice, and the general Isekai and LN Adaptation stigma… it seems like a bit of a shaky foundation. Anywho… that’s all i’ve got to say about this show for today, anyways. Let me know what you guys think of the show down in the comments, i’m interested to heard your thoughts. Thanks for reading, and i’ll see you all in the next post!