After one of the more entertaining episodes of the series turning out to be Isekai Cheat Magician “Defense of Azpire”, I was very interested to see what came next with each wave of monsters getting more formidable than the last. With Taichi now involved you would expect that the bar is raised significantly, though at the same time you wonder how this could get any easier when most of the heroes forces have already been worn down at such an early stage.
From start to end things kept getting crazier in this war with the inclusion of Taichi. It was fun for a bit to see how he could change the course of the war as a one man army. However, that of course could only last for so long when these characters really fight as though every spellpoint counts. It wasn’t that long ago that he had swept away the underground red goblins and made his way to the battlefield. As I said last week, it was anyone’s guess as to how far they can dig down for whatever comes next. For the most part they blew through the next wave with a combination of Taichi, Rin, Myura, and Lemia. They defeated monsters one after another while showing the color of fatigue, as expected. All the way to that one monster that would finally shake things up for the party. This monster was cool at first, but at the same time it didn’t do a lot given the clear advantage over everyone on the battlefield.
I also did say before that it seemed safe enough to say that this battle is setting up for an explosive climax. Considering that this episode is titled ‘Summoner’, this had to mean that the story was steering towards Taichi finally understanding the nature of his powers. About time, right? While I wasn’t impressed with the way that he was pushed to unlock this knowledge and capability, I appreciated the bit of time that they were able to give to explain how exactly someone performs a summon correctly. The specifications that he had to meet to some extent made sense of why he couldn’t figure things out on his own earlier.
Now at this point, it does go without saying that there is some problems with the progression of this story. For one thing, there should have been a period somewhere for these characters to actually improve their abilities. For even how much time Taichi had after waking up, it should have been a priority to at least find a spirit that he could summon without too much of a challenge like Aerial. For even all the praise that Lemia receives, she didn’t have nearly as much to offer that was memorable. Instead you had a character like Rin who has less magic than her who did a lot more to manage the balance of power.
Isekai Cheat Magician “Summoner” is a pretty quick episode. There wasn’t too much to it this week aside from action and revelations. Truthfully, I was actually expecting a bit more from this series at this point. I was not prepared for this episode to actually conclude the battle for Azpire. They hyped this up as something bigger than what it turned out to be. It’s kind of letting me down because other series similar to this are doing more with the concept. This one has chosen core rules to its world that has turned out to be more limiting. I’m hoping that I’m wrong and that things get a bit more exciting down the road.