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I Couldn’t Become a Hero, so I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job review

Work is hard. I think we can all relate to that, right? And it’s even harder when you’re not in a line of work you’re actually invested in. Days are long, the pay sucks, and the people you interact with on a daily basis make you want to scream.

Now imagine the job you REALLY wanted was to be a sword-and-shield wielding hero, but instead…

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RETAIL, BABY

Such is the basic premise of I Couldn’t Become a Hero, so I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job, a title so unwieldy I’m going to refer to it from here on as Yu-Shibu (the official shortened Japanese title).

Yu-Shibu is set in a fantasy world in which magic exists, but is mostly used for banal, practical purposes like microwaves and televisions. However, with magic comes monsters, and the heroes who fight them.

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On the eve of his graduation from a hero academy, Raul Chaser discovers his dream is over – the Demon Lord has been slain, and the world has no more need for heroes like him. With no other place to go, Raul gets a job at a magic shop – Leon – and spends his days bored out of his mind.

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One day, a young lad applies for a job at Leon. He’s an odd duck and, as it transpires, is actually the son of the Demon Lord! And he’s actually not his son, but actually his daughter! Actually!

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How did they ever tell?

Cue a fish-out-of-water story for the ages, as the Demon Lord’s daughter – Fino Bloodstone – attempts to fit in at Leon despite the fact she has no clue how to interact in human society. If it’s starting to sound like this is another The Devil Is A Part Timer, then that’s kind of appropriate.

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The main difference with Yu-Shibu is in the overall message of the show. TDIAPT is all about Satan attempting to fit into human society by working his way from the ground up to conquer Earth, inevitably becoming more comfortable with the change of pace offered by a middle-management position.

Yu-Shibu, on the other hand, is about a guy who has been forced to abandon his dreams in order to work a menial job, when someone with infectious energy enters his life who gives him a new perspective and makes him appreciate what he has, rather than pining over what could have been.

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And Yu-Shibu does this really well! After all, who wouldn’t want to live surrounded by all the weird and wonderful characters in the series. Fino herself is one of my new favourite heroines, and her relatively new seiyuu did a fantastic job – especially that evil laugh. Fino occasionally lapses into Demon-talk, casually discussing torture and other horrible things, which leads to some very amusing moments.

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The supporting cast is strong too, even if many of them do fall into the old character archetypes we’ve come to know and not exactly love. Regardless, I’m quite the fan of the employees of Lawson, a neighbouring shop to Leon, especially Lam.

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Oh yes, sorry, my apologies.

Raul’s old classmate Airi Ortinet is also an interesting character, taken as a direct parallel to Raul in terms of employment and what she’s doing about her lot in life. Saying any more than that would be a spoiler, but trust me, it’s a nice dynamic.

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Really, of all the characters Raul is easily the weakest – but then I suppose he’s probably supposed to be the audience surrogate. He has a couple of heroic moments and saves the day in the end, but he’s still kind of boring.

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You know, the kind of guy who would take his date to an Asda.

From an art standpoint, the series is very bright and colourful, and characters look quite good. The real star is the world itself, but it often feels as though they could do more with the setting. I don’t know, I see dragons pulling cars and yet all we’re shown tends to be magic TVs and microwaves. Spoilers, they look exactly the same.

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A fantastical world indeed.

The series also seems to have that oddly inconsistent animation that affected The Fruit of Grisaia – some scenes evidently have far more effort put into them than others and flow nicely, but it feels more like a nice surprise when it happens, rather than a disappointment when it doesn’t.

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Oh, and in case you were wondering: yes, there’s fanservice in this series. What, were you expecting a gif or something?

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I would never be that tacky.

While for the most part a comedy series, Yuu-Shibu does become a lot more serious towards the end, and while some may argue that it’s somewhat jarring, I feel that it works surprisingly well. The villains have a decent motivation and reason to be there, and are suitably menacing, but they do come at the expense of some plot threads that are introduced but end up as red herrings.

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Like that time Raul silently vowed to murder Fino in her sleep while she ate a sausage, that was weird.

Overall though, I feel like Yu-Shibu is a fun little series that introduces some interesting ideas, populates itself with an interesting, likeable cast and doesn’t wear out its welcome.

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Charming, easy-going and funny, Yu-Shibu is a perfect anime to watch in between more serious shows. It’s a little disjointed towards the end, but the concepts will strike close to home for anyone who has ever worked a job they didn’t enjoy.

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Too real!

5 Months

Time flies! Two reviews coming soon. I’ve been in some stuff. Here’s the stuff I’ve been in.

Auburn Sunset

Auburn Sunset is third-person visual novel set in the fantasy world of Reflection.

Following the events of Demon Hunt, Cisaya is now on a journey to save herself from the Void Mark. With the legend of an ancient Demon Slayer on her mind, she travels to the Island of Talhe in search of the truth behind the demons’ curses and a cure for her own fading existence. Accompanying her is the crude, foul-mouthed mercenary, Nike Harbring, a mischievous river otter called Whiskers, and a full cast of residents from the island of Talhe.

This is a cool one – I play a posh guard fella named Jasper (who you can see in the trailer at 0:45) and get loads of great lines. The writing on this one is pretty great, and it’s on Steam Greenlight right now! Please drop a “yes” vote if you have a Steam account and are interested – the game will be free on release, so what’s the harm?

Koi & Kirai

16 years ago, the Yin-Yang kingdom was attacked, annihilating the majority of the Takahashi family and many innocent people. One year old Sapphire Takahashi’s life is left in the hands of his last living uncle Ikiri Takhashi and his eight month pregnant wife. Now seventeen, Sapphire is old enough to enter the annual two year ninja try-outs. He expects to try-out with his friends without any surprises, but he doesn’t expect to meet twin girls that awaken his demon side and give him an unusual desire to kill.

In which I play cocky pervert Kioshi Ayachi. Need I say more? The series is currently gearing up for the release of episode 4, so there’s plenty of time to catch up.

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Life for Patrick Copeland has not been easy since he was viciously attacked and left for dead one night. He barely survived, and the damage to his brain has left him with horrifying nightmares of the incident, unsettling hallucinations, and a scattered, unreliable memory. Without his patient wife, Marina, to keep him on track, he is certain he would not be able to go on in his condition. While the attack may have looked like an isolated crime, Patrick knows the truth about why it happened—his attackers were after the information of a humanity-changing genetic sequence that his father, a brilliant geneticist, left him before his death. After discovering the body of the woman that raised him, and the only other person to know about the sequence, Patrick knows his safe, quiet life is over…but he definitely wasn’t as prepared for the unraveling of everything he thought he knew about himself and the people around him…

I’m a baddie, a guy named Connor, in this one. While it’s a small part, it’s an important one. The final episode, episode 10, is coming soon, so catch up while you still can!

The Kingery

http://www.pendantaudio.com/shows/kingery

Welcome to the Kingery Road Resort and Casino, the galaxy’s premiere vacation destination. Stop by the casino, take a stroll down to Shenanigans or visit the famous Saley, Onks and Liddle for a trip you’ll never forget. Just watch your step, because if you cross the boss, the Kingery will chew you up and spit you out, a broken shell of what you once were.

I got the opportunity to work with the renowned Pendant Productions (they even have their own Wikipedia page!) on their long-running series The Kingery. I play Brother William Edders of the Church of Gorlock, and first appear in episode 804.

Monster Hearts

This one comes to us from old friend Shishi Beru, who you might remember as the creator of Candy High, which I was also in. If you saw it, you should know what to expect – bright, crisp art, unique ideas, and some tricky plot twists. I play Loyal, and if you like episode one, just wait till you see episode two!

That’s all for now, but if anything else gets released (these things take time!) I’ll be sure to write another update.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have Titans to slay.