Next up from Spring 2022 we have Shijou Saikyou no Daimaou, Murabito A ni Tensei suru (The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody).
Interestingly, the Japanese title doesn’t say “typical nobody” but instead “Villager A” if you were to translate directly, of course referring to the NPC villagers in fantasy games.
And as you can see, the light novel / anime marketing trend of turning the title of your product into a mini-synopsis isn’t going anywhere. And my two cents on this topic are that while I think it’s effective, titles like this will never hit as hard or be as memorable as a well thought out and cool sounding title.
That, and I can’t be bothered to type out that whole title, meaning I’m stuck using references like “this one”, “this anime”, “it”…
Anyways, let’s get into this one.
The greatest demon lord is reborn as a typical nobody… or so he had hoped, but it turns out things have changed in the however many years have passed since he died.
I have to say that the “fantasy academy” trope has to be right up there with the typical “hero defeats demon lord” tropes we get in fantasy anime. It may even be more popular when I think about the number of fantasy academy anime there are.
Anyways, that’s the first point I’d like to make – this is a fantasy academy anime, where our protagonist, who happens to be very knowledgeable due to the fact that he is the demon lord reincarnated, attends a magic academy alongside some female characters.
And if you were to work off that description, you could very easily end up looking at The Misfit of Demon King Academy, another anime featuring a reincarnated demon lord who attends a magic academy. Of course, these anime are not the same and do have several differences. But at the same time… they’re very similar in many ways.
Mysteries of the Past
Similar to the aforementioned similar anime, this one also is centered around the fact that many years have passed since the demon lord has died, and so, there are many things that have changed in the world in his absence. And just like the aforementioned anime, this one makes heavy use of flashbacks at times to show us the demon lord’s previous life in order to fill in gaps in our knowledge regarding how things once were versus how they are now.
But I will say that this anime does take things in a different direction, and the way in which we experience the past is also very different at times. And personally, while I can’t spoil exactly what it is, the way that this anime walks us through the past was done in a way that I didn’t enjoy as much. It’s hard to say much more, but I guess you could say that for me, the way the past was handled here took away from the story at times.
Demon Lord Protagonist
As you may expect, because our protagonist is the demon lord reincarnated, he is extremely powerful. Even if he makes use of certain magic to tone down his power so he can fit in better with regular society, he’s pretty overpowered. Which is something that I happen to enjoy, but I know many others don’t.
I will say that when things get serious, the action and fights in this anime are very well done and entertaining. I’ve seen countless fantasy anime that all feature their own variations of magic and will say that some of the magic and action we see in this one still managed to be very cool and enjoyable to watch.
I’m going to give The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn as a Typical Nobody a 7 / 10.
It’s a decent enough anime to watch if you enjoy fantasy anime, but it really doesn’t excel at anything. For the most part I feel like there isn’t much creativity, but it does manage to impress every once in a while throughout the twelve episodes of this season.
But if I had to choose between this and The Misfit of Demon King Academy, I would choose The Misfit of Demon King Academy every time. It manages to do a much better job with this whole premise, and had a much more polished feel to it.
And that’s it for this anime.
More reviews to come!
Thanks for reading.