Score: C

Oh my….Well this was a memorable first episode for me. The plot itself isn’t that original, but it isn’t a bad setup. On the other hand Asta is quite the main character. There aren’t that many times when I watch a show that I have to stop and think “that voice is insufferable.” Now I’m not going to throw all this on Gakuto Kajiwara. There is probably some direction involved and he was picked for this role. But wow…Asta’s voice was kind of painful. I’m the kind of person that most times I’d rather watch the anime of something than read the manga. The music, voice work, animation, it all just brings something to a story. But wow Asta is a reminder of the upside for manga. You can just read and imagine whatever voice you want. You don’t have to worry about a voice bothering you.

There’s a good moment for him

Just the way that voice gets weird when he holds a word or a yell is uncomfortable to listen to. It’s like some kind of horrifying bird or creature. It’s no wonder no one likes Asta. Besides how his voice sounds when he yells….he’s always yelling! Has no one ever told this guy to shut up or use an indoor voice? Plus he’s kind of like those annoying people that call you up to ask for donations. I’m sure that is the point, but wow his confession dragged on. There’s being determined and there is being annoying. You can expect the guy is going to mature a bit as time goes along. Though I have no doubt he’ll remain a hot-headed type of person. Just hope I can keep hanging in there long enough to see that happen.

Moving on to other aspects of Asta….he’s pretty standard. He is the hyperactive kind of MC who is kind of an idiot, but is hard working. He puts in a lot of effort to his physical condition which is impressive. Certainly isn’t a bad guy, but is pretty annoying to those around him. His stance of wanting to show that anyone can achieve something great through effort is laudable. He’s pretty wrong on that front, but it’s a commendable stance.

He’s made bad decisions

There isn’t that much to say about the first episode. His rival is a curious existence and one I do want to find out more about. He’s a weird kind of person. Yuno seems to respect Asta, but doesn’t care to ever show it. The scene near the end with him confronted by that former magic knight was interesting. He seemed entirely calm about the whole situation, but utterly failed to defend himself. Plus I don’t get why he decided to try and show up Asta with the wood chopping. He didn’t even stick around to actually chop any more wood. Asta ran off, Yuno went inside, and no one chopped wood for that day! I just don’t really get the guy. He is an interesting kind of gifted rival in that he does actually see the MC as his rival.

It was fairly satisfying to see those nobles get stomped by the villain. They were being pretty stupid about the whole thing. Even if Yuno didn’t steal the show at that ceremony, they weren’t going to stand out. They just got normal looking books and talked themselves up a bit. It was hardly as if Yuno stomped on their moment of glory. And it does make for an interesting situation where people are aiming for the kind of grimoire that Yuno has. That should make his life a bit more complicated as the story moves along.

I get her feelings here

This was just a really normal first episode for a shounen series….minus the main character’s voice. In general the plan isn’t to pick this up to blog full time. I’m going to try to keep things to a comfortable level this season and won’t pick up a ton of shows. Plus I feel like if I did pick up this show that I’d just be complaining about the MC too much. A voice is not the entirety of a character after all. This was a pretty standard first episode. We got a small picture of the world these characters are living in, the importance of magic, the unusual condition of the main character, etc. If nothing else the next episode should be fun in seeing Asta stomp this guy with his anti-magic abilities.

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  • GreyLurker

    Asta is a little bit loud….constantly. Do kind of hope they tone that down a bit. I mean he’s a pretty excitable kid in the manga but this is a bit much.

    Nobles vs. Common folk is something that comes up a lot in the manga, alongside Talent vs. Hard Work. (Wait till you see the Squads they end up in. The distinction between the two groups couldn’t be more clear)

    As the story progresses you see that Asta and Yuno are actually very close. They keep pushing each other to be better the way friendly rivals should. There is none of the hostility you see with say the Saske/Naruto rivalry, They also have a lot in common, particularly stubborness, and if someone is going to be the next Wizard King, they firmly believe it’ll be one of the two of them.

    • FlareKnight

      I’ll be curious to see what kind of teams they get into. No doubt they can do some good things with those standard issues. You always want to see the hard worker types succeed as well as the common guy overtake the noble.

      I’m looking forward to seeing more of these two. Their interactions give the impression that there is a lot of mutual respect, but other times it seems like they are distant. Partly it is probably just an issue of their personalities. Asta is quick to get fired up about things and Yuno is very quiet most of the time. Allows for getting the wrong impression about both of them.

      • GreyLurker

        One of the things Asta keeps pointing out to people about Yuno is that even though he looks calm and cool, it’s just a front and he’s really just as excited as Asta. There have been several indications in the Manga that this might actually be the case.

        • Clinton

          Yuno takes the Rivalry more seriously then Asta does.

    • Killsqu4d

      Dub is better

  • Killsqu4d

    Watched episode one and two yesterday and…..very generic anime. To sum it up:
    Asta=Naruto
    Yuno=Sasuke
    Wizard King=Hokage
    Father=Kakashi/Third Hokage