When Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu hit airwaves in Spring 2016, it came off as average and nothing too major for an episode or two. Then things took a dark shift quickly as Subaru was killed over and over again only to wake up hours or days before his death and try to avoid it. Then, we got Rem—best girl—then that pushed Tappei Nagatsuki the author and Shinichirou Ootsuka, to a lesser extent, into the spotlight! While Re:Zero is off air and a second season does not appear to be coming at all, Shinichirou Ootsuka has found new work as the original art artist for a new upcoming isekai anime called Conception: Ore no Kodomo wo Undekure!. Based off the original first conception game from 2012, this upcoming anime may have Yousuke Okuda in charge of character design in the anime, but a mere glance at the art shows Ootuska’s influence.
Juuuuuuuust look at it! Re:Zero is known for its story, but the art also stands out so fans can recognize the art immediately. Ootsuka hasn’t worked on anything beyond Re:Zero, but the series does have that familiar twinge to it. A look at Conception’s key visual shows the visual influence immediately. While the art may not be enough to sway most viewers, some will consider this a major deciding factor.
Fantasy Isekai Harem
If you like games, have played the game, or are an isekai fan, you are going to love Conception. Our main character is Itsuki, who is summoned to another world. This new world is menaced by beings that can only be defeated by new creatures born through special bonds with twelve different girls which each represent a different astrological sign. As a unique take on this action, fantasy, isekai setting, there is sure to be plenty for fans to fall in love with. The best part, too, is that like many an isekai anime before it, Conception is a harem. So expect our dashing main male lead to be surrounded by lovely ladies who fight over him and dote on him whenever possible.
A Few Minuses
You should always go into new shows with eyes wide open and the same is true here. Conception has a reputation for being a bit different, so do expect that. The other thing, too, is that if you are a fan of the minor girl characters, don’t expect to be seeing them in a big role. The main girls confirmed, as they have appeared in the earliest visual, are Mahiru, Arie, Femiruna, Collette and Yuzuha. So if you love anyone else, be prepared that they may not have a big role. This is most likely due to the fact that anime only has so many character archetypes that they can use before it feels overdone. Do you really want to watch a harem with three tsundere or two yangire? Doesn’t sound so fun, does it? Just be prepared is all we are saying.
All in all, Conception is not going to be some groundbreaking anime, however it does promise a bit with it. Naturally, fans of the game are going to flock to watch their game be adapted into an anime and either love or it pick it apart. Then there will be the Re:Zero fans who love the art and want another series that looks like it. Finally, of course, there will be the rabid isekai fans as well. We are going to watch the series and fall in the first grouping of game fans, but what about you? Let us know below if the art is enough to make you watch it, you like the genres and story, or if you are just plain interested. Till next time!