Thursday, 09 October 2014 19:58

Yuushibu Review (TV, 2014)

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Overview

The Evil Overlord has been defeated, and peace is restored; huzzah! Cupcakes for everyone! Except your whole damn economy is geared towards that fight, and the Mao of Maoyuu was not the big bad to save your ass. Heroes and soldiers are now out of work, and the ones training to be such are, if they're lucky, relegated to flipping burgers. No one will buy the super expensive equipment anymore; what would be the point? So shitloads of epic gear winds up in landfills. Basically, life stinks, but it could have been worse for former aspiring Hero, Raul Chaser, who winds up at a Magic Shop called Leon. At least he has a job, and while it's not what he envisioned, the work is good, the people are good, and the pay is decent. Again not optimal, but manageable...at least until this strange person comes by asking for the manager. A manager who immediately employs this individual and put him in charge of training them. Problem is who this person winds up being and why the manager did what she did, which will cause him a universe full of problems and turn this man's worldview inside and out.

Review

'Yusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shushoku o Ketsui Shimashita' or 'I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job' is a twelve episode (and one OVA) anime series based on a light novel of the same name. It follows the story of Raul Chaser who is a basically a floor clerk of a magical electronics store much like Circuit City or Best Buy in dealing with the hijinks of their Walmart like competitor, Amada, the wacky crew in his store and the local 7-11 equivalent, some fucked up customers, various plans for world domination, and his new charge: a very odd, and exceedingly, insanely, and dangerously attractive young woman by the name of Fino Bloodstone.

Yeah, they're not really all that subtle about who she really is. What's more fun is precisely why she's there, which unfortunately they don't get to in anime, but is also kind of obvious judging by the reactions of certain individuals around her.

I actually kind of went into this story thinking it'd be more of Clerk's type of story where the workers were dissatisfied and complaining about their job and the customers. However, while there was some of that, these people were extremely professional and very glad of their employment, and for damn good reason; even going so far as to take things from certain customers that I'd have long since banned them from the store for. Their entire country was on full blown wartime economy. Their human resources were geared towards soldiering; even going so far as to have an academy for heroes for those with exceptional talent, which is where Raul and another of his acquaintances (and self-proclaimed rival), Airi Ortinet, are refugees from. That war just abrubptly came to an end. While you never really see it in the anime, the entire country is in the middle of a major depression, with people out of work all over the place, probably bread lines, homelessness, and whatnot. Hell, if it weren't for magic and their technological applications of it, it would have gone to a point a whereby their whole country may have straight out collapsed. It's something that Mao of MaoYuu is trying to avoid for both sides of the war in her story, but here, there was no such gifted individual to save them from the victory which would defeat them.

In all, while the characters are wonderful; Fino herself being one helluva trip, I actually found the world around them to be far more interesting as seen through their eyes. Killing the evil overlord up there? Of course the powers that be knew what would happen if that were to occur; it's a major plot point that these characters get caught up in. Amada as Walmart, basically? Yeah, and to be honest, this anime is one of the biggest slaps to the face of the likes of Walmart and other electronics manufacturers, like Apple, concerning their business practices and abuses. Hell, they even get to the shear incompetence of the corporate management of their own store, and how much shit they have to shoulder because of it...which could very well have them go the way of Circuit City or Comp USA. There's the entire magitech aspect as well; if they didn't have someone who had come up with a way of utilizing their inherent magical power for use in complicated tools, they'd have had all the worst case scenarios come down on their country. All through this, you see these characters doing their job with all of this in both the background and foreground. Literally, this is what a Dragon Warrior world would look like after one kills the big bad...mind you they lampshade the living shit out of the DW references.

Concerning the characters, one can instantly tell there's a lot more going on with them that met the eye. If one gets the impression it's a little bit like Steve Rogers, Clark Kent, Rodimus Prime, Gandalf, Captain Picard (heh), and Destro running a store after their various universe shaking battles were done, you'd be right. These were movers and shakers, potentially still movers and shakers, but the world they were supposed to be part of no longer exists in the same way. The angst is certainly there for some and relief for others. All through it, the workers of Leon persevere, even if a little bit dysfunctionally in the case of Fino (though it tends to work for her despite that). If nothing else, the wisdom she gleans from working there is something that many tend not to even think about: trade is vital to a civilization. With it, you can achieve wonders and a living standard that beats living in caves and grass huts. Without it, you're eventually doomed. Something Raul certainly never considered and a realization that becomes part of his journey to true heroism and not the title Hero he was aspiring to...even though he knows his true fate now, and puts up a futile front against it. Poor bastard should just give in; he'd be much happier.

The animation is fantastic work, really and truly it's a joy to watch. Okay, yeah, I'll admit, the fact that there's not one unattractive girl in the series really helps. And yes, the fact they occasionally go starkers tends to help a whole lot. Especially Fino, who is a straight out HB 10...something Raul has full knowledge of, make no mistake. The story and animation direction is very well done with no real gaffs in order, and from what I can tell, no compromises, per se, on story that is the hallmark of so many adaptations. The music is fairly fun, even going so far as to make fun of Star Trek...and yes, when you see it, they're really doing that. Overall, in terms of technical construction, this is how you do adapt a story like this and keep it entertaining; unlike Maoyuu or Highschool DxD before the breakdown of the story in the light novels.

Conclusion

This is one I'd recommend to everyone, as it has all the stuff that make for generally good entertainment for most: good story, good world, good characters, good presentation and technical construction...truly you're not lacking quality here. Give it a whirl, and let's just hope that Patrick Stewart's famed sense of humor finds it as entertaining as the rest of us, heh.

Additional Info

  • Title: Yuushibu
  • Genre: Fantasy / Comedy
  • Director: Kinji Yoshimoto
  • Studio: Asread
  • Licensed: Sentai Filmworks / Madman Entertainment
  • Network: Tokyo MX, AT-X
  • Format: Television
  • Episodes: 12 + OVA
  • Animation: Groovy (+5)
  • Writing: TOASTY! (+4)
  • Pacing: TOASTY! (+4)
  • Voice Acting: TOASTY! (+4)
  • Soundtrack: Very Good (+3)
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