First Impressions: Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren’t they?
Alternate Title: Problem Children, Mondai-Ji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?
Light Novel Adaptation by Diomedea
Simulcast on Crunchyroll
Premise:Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren’t they? They will play games with gods using their special gifts.
Lifesong’s Verdict: Potential to be fun
This show starts off by introducing us to kids with special powers who are bored with life. They are summoned to another world where they are then hammered by exposition until one of the kids decides to go off on his own, pick a fight with a water god, kick it’s ass and win. I’ve seen worse things turn out for the better but this introduction itself was kind of disappointing.
The protagonist seems to be all powerful and instead of being forced to struggle in these upcoming games my assumption is that he will dominate them entirely. I might be okay with that if this anime gives this world something else about it to give his domination meaning but so far this world of gods feels like a mix and match of generic Japanese fantasy settings with little that it can call it’s own.
Despite my above criticism I can still see some room for this anime to be fun. Playing games with gods and super powers has all sorts of potential. Throwing spoiled rotten children into a world that should be well over their heads could give them room for some genuine development, even if they remain overpowered. I don’t have much good to say about this anime but I don’t want to write it off just yet either. For now, that is best I can say for it.
Jel’s Verdict: Light Novel Syndrome
As Life points out, this first episode severely hampers it’s colorful setting and cool super powers with a massive info dump or what I always call “Light Novel Syndrome”. I imagine that will not be much of an issue past the first episode, but it does not inspire confidence in the writing staff’s ability to adapt the material. Aside from that, the concept could be interesting enough but having an overpowered main character is fine tight rope to walk. If this just ends up with our team wandering about and thrashing monsters with no sense of danger, that could get boring pretty fast. At best I could see this being a heavily shonen influenced adult story a la A Certain Magical Index, but it will take a lot more than this episode to convince me it will be any good.