Iska used to be an elite soldier of the Empire in its battle against the witches of the Nebulis Sovereignty, until he was imprisoned for allowing an escape. Released, he has one chance at redemption – to kill the enemy commander known as the Ice Calamity Witch.
What with the rise of isekai as the flavour of the month it’s somewhat rare to see a fantasy anime which doesn’t involve being transported to a fantastical world, but that’s about where Last Crusade‘s originality ends. This is a desperately generic stew of light novel pap, hitting every genre beat with tiresome predictability. Want a lowly but actually super powerful and untouchable protagonist? Haughty big-titty witch who is somehow impossibly captivated by our white-bread hero? An avalanche of Proper Nouns in an attempt to create the illusion of depth? Boy do we have you covered.
The one hope I had for this thing was visual, since director Shin Oonuma and his team at Silver Link have consistently punched above their weight with mediocre material before (such as in Baka & Test). Sadly though, that’s not the case here – though it’s by no means an animation disaster, the battle choreography is uninspired and rote and the character designs flat and boring. Really this is just an dull effort all around, and best avoided.
This feels like something that would be a fake light novel on a poster in a different anime. It features a kingdom with magitek kinda-military people fighting a forever war with the kingdom of big-titty magic witches, and their two strongest respective heroes are star-crossed lovers. The most interesting thing I can think to say about this setup is that it isn’t isekai, and in retrospect that’s the only reason I gave Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World any thought whatsoever after finishing the first episode. Unless there’s a ton of buzz about this a month from now, I am content to never touch it again.