Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Kurihara Misato was a little more capable than other high school girls, and as a result, she was always alone and couldn’t live her life the way she wanted. When she was reincarnated in another world after a tragic accident, she wanted a chance to make normal friends and live a normal life. So she asked God for one thing… “Give me abilities that are average for that world!” But the abilities God gave her were not “average” at all… And now this girl, who’s been reborn in a world where magic is real, struggles to find simple, ordinary happiness! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life or Abilities Average as we’re going to call it to save our sanity while typing, has a premise that could have been amusing. A super powered protagonist who just wants a normal life is a highly lucrative set up for comedy gold, as seen in the absolutely hilarious: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. But Abilities Average is actually the complete opposite. Not only does our heroine, Misato/Mile seem to revel in using her abilities, she even goes out of her way to seek adventure and trouble when she discovers the city has a missing children problem. In fact on a more minor note, despite claiming she wants an ordinary and simple life, she comes off as a bit of an attention seeker going so far as to play a prank on complete strangers while going sightseeing around a new city.
Tom: Abilities Average’s most grating element is its low-tier comedy. Isekai comedies poking fun at the genre’s countless tropes are a dime a dozen now. Some are incredible, like Konosuba, offering not only fun goofs gutting the genre for its most overused ideas, but offering up unique comedic value that makes the series’ something all its own. Then you have this show, where the majority of its humor comes from performing the typical Isekai/Fantasy tropes we’ve all seen, or perhaps a few generic anime tropes too, and then spouting dialogue that does little more than point it out saying, ‘Hey, did you see? We just did that thing! You knoooow? That thing? Yeah? Yeah? The thing every mediocre anime includes? Yeah? Yeah? Sooooo funny!’ It gives Abilities Average this immediate aura of lacking clever enough writing to come up with material that isn’t just doing predictable tropes and then reveling in it. Cautious Hero, another of Fall’s numerous Isekai, has similar humor, but manages to offer up dialogue that doesn’t feel quite so self-congratulatory and pointed.
Linny: There’s also how the show just casually drops in that Abilities Average magic system is actually enabled by nano-machines but no one knows that except for our main character. It feels like such a clashing and rough story element to have both machines and magic existing so intertwined in this world but with zero explanation of exactly how or why that came to be. In fact, the show just vomits exposition all of a sudden and directly through its MC, Mile addressing the audience and launching into this quick flashback of her status as a reincarnated girl. And it does that hamfisted, direct exposition dump AGAIN in the same episode, this time through the magical side kick mascot character RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of a battle. Abilities Average does not seem to care for subtlety, organic build up, explanations or even logic. At one point, the show has dialogue talking about how some complicated matter was beyond Mile’s data processing capabilities making you then wonder is she human or a computer?
Tom: Perhaps the biggest indictment against the show however isn’t those self-congratulatory ‘digs’ at the genre, or it’s bizarre, no-suitable explanation offered, melding of fantasy and nano-machines, but its additional characters: The serious mage, the whimsical healer, and the dutiful knight. All three girls are so bare bones in their dialogue and introductions that outside of their cutesy visual designs we really don’t get a sense they’re unique or interesting. For all that happens in this first episode Misato is the only person we get a real sense for, and honestly her character, the noble hypocrite, saying one thing and doing another, is so easy to understand we didn’t need a full episode just for that. Abilities Average isn’t Fall’s worst Isekai, but it’s probably the most middling offering of the bunch.
Linny: Abilities Average is ridiculously silly. It tosses all logic out for the sake of convenience or ‘comedy’. If you’re someone who enjoys loud, silly gags performed by cute anime girls, you may find that Abilities Average has you in stitches. I’m positive there’s a market for Abilities Average’s brand of comedy because it tosses out jokes similar to ones I’ve seen people adore and praise in other shows. But because Abilities Average does so little to make the jokes its own or give it a shiny new twist, it may ultimately be a tad too predictable and uninspired. At the end of episode one, Abilities Average seems limited to those who like their comedies to be cute, loud and silly and who don’t mind the predictable nature of the humour nor it’s constant failure to explain the more unique or unusual aspects to its story. If you just want a cute comedy and are hooked on Isekai, you probably can happily add this to your watch list. But save your energy and time if you’re seeking anything more than that.
Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.