The avalanche of isekai anime continues as more and more isekai series debuts each season. This season is no exception. The concept banks on humanity’s desire to escape the hellish reality and start a new life in a world of fantasy. Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu (Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy-) offers a new twist to the tried and tested path of being summoned to a new world. Instead of being a beloved champion of justice, the protagonist is hated by the goddess who summoned him simply because he’s ugly. Not only that, he’s been thrown into the farthest area of the wasteland out of spite.
After watching the first three episodes of the series, here’s what we think.
Great Art and Lit Soundtrack
C2C, the studio behind this anime, has done a great job doing justice to an already popular manga. To start off, the series has a banger of an opening song, which we find funny given the fact that the series literally starts with a betrayal. It’s an interesting way to start a series of crawling around in a new world trying to figure out the laws and the common sense this world follows. Not only that, the amazing art does a good job of further reeling us into the series. There are rarely any weird frames and whatnot and that, for us, is a job well done. After a handful of (mis)adventures, the series’ mellow ED is the perfect cooldown. All in all, the series starts off well in the art department.
Definitely Heading Towards Town Building
Fortunately for our protagonist, he meets a damsel in distress. After saving her, she shows him the ropes regarding magic. He then uses his overpowered magical talent to face off and enslave a dragon and a spider. This, however, isn’t the highlight of it all. We get to see that with his large amount of mana, he makes the alternate space that belongs to the aforementioned dragon much larger than it once was. Given that he is sent to the furthest, most desolate part of the world, Tomoe, the dragon he picks up, decides to invite the Orcs that the MC saved, her own followers, and Mio the spider’s followers to that space. Quite obviously, the series will factor in, if it is not mainly part of the plot, town building in the story. We’re quite excited about how and what kind of city, kingdom, or whatever they will be establishing in that space.
Flashy Action With a Tinge of Comedy
With an overpowered MC, who we believe is still getting stronger as the story progresses, the action scenes are in no way ordinary. Throwing grandiose moves one after another, we are presented with a spectacle right from the get-go. The fact that the series’ art is amazing definitely helps us appreciate these action scenes more. With Makoto’s power, however, we find it difficult to think of a character worthy of matching him in terms of power. This may mean that the action will only mellow down henceforth or Makoto will continue enslaving more powerful creatures. Nonetheless, we’re definitely curious how the story will develop.
Tsukimichi is also a naturally funny series. The comedic aspects don’t feel forced and are often in the minute details. For example, Tomoe’s love for dramas, the fact that the world has a very high aesthetic average, and whatnot. It makes the entire series lighthearted, and we hope to see more of these funny quips.
Tsukimichi starts off great. From art, OST, plot, and even characters, the series has efficiently hooked us in. Given the protagonist’s character, it’s quite hard to predict how the series will unfold. After all, the goddess literally betrays him. On the other hand, he doesn’t seem to be the kind who will go on a vengeful streak for that. Whatever his choice will be, we’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on him.