ENDRO! – Anime Preview
Synopsis: In the land of Naral Island, a land of magic and swords, humans and monsters live together. Once upon a time, there used to be a terrifying Demon Lord, but long, long ago the first Hero defeated the Demon Lord. The Demon Lord would revive again and again throughout the ages, but every time a Hero would appear to defeat it… Now these young girls attend an Adventurer’s Academy to prepare them to defeat the Demon Lord that will one day rise again. This is the beginning of a laid-back fantasy life with no sign of the Demon Lord for these four who hope to become a party of heroes. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: ENDRO! opens on the end of its story. The Hero confronts the demon king alongside her well honed party. After a flashy battle the Hero employs a bit of forbidden magic and seals the Demon King away, saving the day for good. And the credits roll. It’s then after we return from a fade to black that things get very confusing. The hero isn’t the hero anymore, and there’s no mention she defeated the demon king. In fact all the characters are younger too. Weathered viewers might be able to guess what’s going on, but this opening gag feels more confusing than it needs to be. It almost feels like the start to an exceedingly off the walls comedy, but Endro! plays it more straight, with most of the comedy predicated on how moe and cute all the little girls are.
Linny: ENDRO! comes out swinging with its moe focused content from the get go. Even as the cast of all moe girls expands, with the reintroduction of the evil demon king (now an adorable moe girl) who out moes the other girls in size and cuteness,it only further ups the cute quotient. The designs of the girls do not feel all that original or striking at first glance, coming off as a familiar amalgamation of similar characters from other moe bait shows. They might be fine for moe fans but a more demanding eye will find them forgettable. Even when we move on to other elements, like its fantasy setting and light comedy, it becomes clear that the rest of the show does not have the legs to stand on its own unless bolstered by the appeal of its cute characters.
Tom: Once we’re past the confusion and settled in (The Demon King having accidentally traveled back in time and now seeks to stop the hero from ever becoming the hero) there’s a bit of solid comedy here or there. But that’s nearly 2/3rds of the way through the episode and isn’t nearly enough to hold your attention should the sheer breadth of moe be lost on you. You need to be a moe fan to enjoy Endro! and if not there’s just not enough content beyond the appreciation for the overly adorable girls.
Linny: As Tom mentioned earlier, ENDRO! stumbles with its narration style making the first half of its episode unnecessarily confusing. Even once it straightens things out, it leaves other things unanswered like why the once overpowered demon lord is now a tiny chibi moe demon. It feels like being a fluffy moe show is the main thing ENDRO! is focused on and somewhat good at so let’s label this series as one strictly for the moe fans.