High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Seven high school students 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 do whatever they feel like?! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Fall has opened with an absolute plethora of Isekai anime. Thankfully most of Fall’s Isekai have tried to reinvent the genre in some way, offering new takes on tired elements or jettisoning overused tropes in favor of something new. But High School Prodigies decides to go the opposite direction, asking viewers if Isekai wouldn’t be more interesting if we took the power fantasy nature of the genre, and the all too typical overpowered leads and turned that up to the max. High School Prodigies is at least up front about this, as we’re introduced, rather bluntly, to its seven over powered high school prodigy heroes who have totally sidestepped the standards of society, obtaining jobs that should be altogether impossible for anyone that young to obtain.
Linny: If you’ve watched your fair share of anime then brace yourself as a parade through our lead characters reveal how each is mired in ridiculous stereotypes and tropes. From the precocious sized, and voiced, genius girl inventor to the samurai warrior who can dodge bullets from multiple machine guns simultaneously, and take down several armed men with nothing but her sword, each of our heroes is a mess of anime’s most extreme and overpowered traits. Also, as I have shown in the image above, exactly how does one remain in high school yet also obtain their medical license/degree already? Oh and of course, apparently age limitations, among other things, have been tossed out the window to accommodate our high schooler Prime Minister lead, Tsukasa Mikogami. One could almost accept that the other prodigies such as the genius inventor, magician, fighter, businessman or even journalist can be in high school while also being able to perform and engage in their respective skill set but the more intense and rule bound professions being achieved without even graduating high school seems a mighty big stretch. Now before someone tries to argue that the show simply means these kids are of age to be in high school, the show repeatedly mentions that these kids ARE in high school meaning you have to to be prepared to toss all your logic and sanity out the window if you wish to immerse yourself in this show’s universe.
Tom: Our geniuses are so overpowered and secure in their superiority that High School Prodigies doesn’t even want to pretend they’ll face obstacles. By episodes end, and after we’ve already seen our heroes soundly defeat their first obstacle without even the hint of a sweat, Tsukasa Mikogami, our youthful Prime Minister, declares that they’ll be taking it easy in this world. I don’t have many doubts that that isn’t true, considering the title of the show itself indicates these guys are about to wipe the floor with whatever comes their way. But that lack of conflict is a serious black mark on enticing a wider audience than the Isekai genre’s most devoted lovers.
Linny: High School Prodigies feels extremely gratuitous in a number of ways. Not only are all the women in this new fantasy world ‘top heavy’ but one of them quickly engages in some full on french kissing with our Prime Minister genius boy…no, not to be vulgar, you perv!! She’s merely trying to help him get his food down because he is apparently so weak he can’t even keep food in his mouth on his own. Then there’s the fact that the dialogue and set ups are ridiculously on the nose; with characters either spouting unnatural sentences for the pure sake of exposition or once again, laughing in the face of common sense such as the episode jumping to our heroes having been in this new world for over a month yet still asking the most basic exposition questions about the very people they’ve been living among all this time.
Tom: High School Prodigies is astoundingly bad: From its insistence on amplifying the worst aspects of the genre, to the lazy writing, and even the forced fan service there isn’t much positive to say, besides that art wise it’s not ugly at least. Maybe High School Prodigies would skirt by this season as a ho-hum, middle of the road Isekai if it wasn’t for the fact that near every other Isekai title is trying to bring something new to the genre. High School Prodigies looks like a low effort attempt to snag up Isekai’s most fervent audience that came along just too late, as the genre finally began to evolve and find new ways in which to grow and widen its appeal. Unless you’re a die hard Isekai lover, and enjoy the most tired elements of this fledgling genre, High School Prodigies is a hard pass.
Linny: High School Prodigies is without a doubt a show for those who want to freely and completely engage in extreme teen power fantasy without logic getting in the way. Yes, the title already made it clear that things are always going to be very easy for our teenagers but what’s frustrating is how lazy it is about that. Any problems our teens face are fixed either with fan service or with the wave of a wand, it’s just done. Despite a plane crash that leaves the entire aircraft in shambles, a mini nuclear reactor inside it is completely unharmed. Also, the plane happens to crash exactly next to a mineral deposit for our inventor to use to fix it. Our genius magician is able to perform acts of levitation and decapitation in this new world despite never being shown to have brought the complex staging equipment that would be required for all this on the plane or is the show claiming this boy has actual literal magic powers? There’s nothing clever or deep with these solutions. Everything just happens out of sheer convenience, luck or because these kids’ incredible talents let them do literally whatever they want/need to. If all you want out of your fantasy shows is unbridled power, go ahead and give this show a try. Everyone else, feel free to consider this an easy skip.
High School Prodigies Have it Easy Even in Another World is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.