The anime this time is an isekai: Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs.
Seems explanatory enough, right?
A man is pressured by his sister to beat an otome game of hers so that she can look at all of the unlocked scenes without having to actually play the game. Unfortunately for him, right after beating the game, he goes to buy some food and falls down the stairs… possibly dying?
He then awakes in the game that he had just beaten as a regular background character. Only thing is, he still has all of his knowledge from when he played and completed the game! What sort of situations will he find himself in?
I’ll just explain this here, as some of you may not know what an otome game is. I’ve never played one myself, but to my knowledge otome games are basically visual novels with a female main character and a focus on romance. So typically they’re marketed towards a female audience, and just like with any romance visual novel, can contain some pretty cheesy “romantic” situations.
In the case of this one, you’ll find out in the first episode what the game is like, as we get to see a little bit of the protagonist playing the game before he ends up in the game’s world. And throughout the season, he’ll drop little explanations of how things were in the game, such as certain characters, or certain scenes.
Story & Comedy
I have to say, while “trapped in a video game” is fairly common at this point, I really enjoyed the idea of someone being trapped in a cheesy romance game like this one is. Surprisingly, this one isn’t listed as a comedy on MyAnimeList, which I feel like is an oversight because I found the anime comedic and entertaining from start to finish.
While there is a story to follow featuring our protagonist, a large portion of the anime is basically just a parody of otome games, and you don’t have to have played an otome game to enjoy it. From the world and it’s inconsistencies to the various characters, there are many funny and ridiculous aspects to be enjoyed here.
And comedy aside, the story itself is also not bad. It’s not the most serious of stories overall, but there are some exciting moments and watching our protagonist navigate through the game world is a lot of fun.
A Dash of Mystery…?
There is one other element to this series that becomes fairly prominent. I’m not sure I’d call it a full blown mystery, but let’s just say that there is another force aside from our protagonist that is causing the world to deviate from what happened in the actual game. It’s a cool element, and leads to some fun interactions throughout the series.
I’m going to give Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs an 8 / 10.
I had a lot of fun with this one. It manages to do a great job of not taking itself seriously, balances the story and comedic elements well, and is just an entertaining break from your typical video game isekai stories. Just be sure to understand that this anime is more a parody of otome games than anything else.
And that’s another long titled anime reviewed.
Will the next review also cover a long titled anime?
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.