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  • From Overworked Employee, to The Greatest Witch From Highland

    Have you ever dreamed of becoming the strongest in the world? or have you ever dreamed of entering the Isekai world? Maybe some of you have dreams like that, but in this anime, there is a woman who enters the world of Isekai and becomes the strongest you know!! Wow, how come? Curious? Try watching the Slime Taoshite 300-nen anime

    Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max ni Nattemashita (Suraimu Taoshite Sanbyaku-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Reberu Makkusu ni Nattemashita) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kisetsu Morita and illustrated by Benio. It was serialized online since 2016 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō and, in the following year, it was acquired by SB Creative, who published the first light novel volume in 2017.[e] The light novel has been licensed in North America by Yen Press, who published the first volume in April 2018.[4] It has received a manga adaptation by Yūsuke Shiba in the same year as its debut of the light novel in Square Enix’s Gangan Online website, also licensed by Yen Press. An anime television series adaptation by Revoroot aired from April to June 2021. The series has also spawned various spin-off novels.

    The anime I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level tells the story of Azusa Aizawa (voiced by Aoi Yuuki), an employee who is suddenly dying from overwork and passed away due to severe exhaustion, realizing she is dealing with an angel, which allows her to be reincarnated. to a new world as an immortal wizard, where he spends his days killing slimes for money on eternal vacations. But unexpectedly, the slime’s minimal experience points after hundreds of years made Azusa accidentally reach the maximum level!

    Worried that his powerful abilities would attract those around him and force him back to work excessively, he decided to hide his powers to maintain his peaceful lifestyle. Despite his efforts, the story of the “Maximum-level Witch of the Highlands,” spread across the land. This causes a dragon named Laika (voiced by Kaede Hondo) to appear to test the power of Azusa, the “Highland Witch”. Even after Azusa defeats Laika and then makes her his disciple, problems arise one by one, from dragons, ghosts, elves to demons.

    From the story above, Azusa is given a second chance to start a more peaceful life. Before went to the world of Isekai, Azusa used to be a corporate employee at an overworked company. Therefore, you should work with rest breaks, either by taking vacation breaks, sightseeing, shopping, or playing games like me. I am playing Memories Interactive, an Otome platform game. I often play it in my break time when I’m tired from work. If you are interested in this game, please download it here for Android users and here for iOS users.

  • Isekai Quartet : 4 world in 1 world

    If you are an anime fan, of course, you are familiar with the Isekai genre. This genre began to trend in 2016, where Isekai genre anime began to appear, including KonoSuba, Overlord, Re: Zero Starting Life in Another World, and Saga of Tanya the Evil. But do you know about anime where the main characters from the above Isekai have been trapped in the same Isekai world? The anime is the Isekai Quartet.
    Isekai Quartet (Japanese: 異世界かるてっと, Hepburn: Isekai Karutetto) is a Japanese anime series that serves as a chibi-style crossover between the light novel series KonoSuba, Overlord, Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World, and Saga of Tanya the Evil, all published by Kadokawa Corporation. The series aired its first season from April to June 2019.
    One day, a magic button suddenly appears. The protagonists from KonoSuba, Overlord, Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World, and Saga of Tanya the Evil all press the button occasionally, unintentionally and move to a parallel world — another brand new isekai — where a new story featuring high school life begins. Soon, they are joined by protagonists from The Rising of the Shield Hero and Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious.
    A second season aired from January to March 2020, including additional characters from The Rising of the Shield Hero and Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious. The main staff members returned to reprise their roles. The season includes guest appearances of characters from The Rising of the Shield Hero. Hino, Fukushima, Kobayashi and Yūki perform the second season’s opening theme song “Isekai Showtime” (異世界ショータイム, Isekai Shōtaimu), while Sumire Uesaka, Rie Takahashi, Inori Minase, and Saori Hayami perform the second season’s ending theme song, “Ponkotsu! Isekai Theater” (ポンコツ!異世界シアター, Ponkotsu! Isekai Shiatā). The second season ran for 12 episodes. Crunchyroll is also streaming the second season.
    A sequel to the anime series was announced at the ending of the second season’s final episode. A new anime film titled Isekai Quartet The Movie -Another World- has been announced, with the returning staff and cast. The film will premiere in 2022. A side-scrolling action game, Pixel Game Maker Series Isekai Quartet: Adventure Action Game, has been released for Nintendo Switch and Steam on July 17th, 2021.

    Isekai Quartet is a meeting between 4 different Isekai anime in the same parallel world. There they also live side by side like school children. It’s like the game I’m playing, Memories Interactive, where female characters meet ideal boys in another world. This game is very fun and I spend my free time playing it. If you are interested in Otome-themed games like Memories Interactive, you can download them here for Android and here for iOS.

  • ISEKAI ANIME MUSHOKU TENSEI : JOBLESS REINCARNATION

    If you are a NEET, you must have dreamed of another life in another world. Moreover, you want a second chance in life to improve your current life. That is what is being discussed in the latest isekai anime, Mushoku Tensei.

    Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu, “Jobless Reincarnation: I Will Seriously Try If I Go to Another World”), abbreviated as Mushoku Tensei (無職転生), is a Japanese light novel series written by Rifujin na Magonote with illustrations by Shirotaka. The series originally started as a web-based novel series on November 22, 2012. Uploaded by the author on the website Shosetsuka ni Naro; following its success on the site’s popularity it was acquired by Kadokawa within the following year under their publishing house Media Factory, and officially began its publication as a light novel series on January 23, 2014.

    Mushoku Tensei is about an unnamed 34-year-old Japanese NEET evicted from his home following his parents’ death. Upon some self-introspection, he concludes that his life was ultimately pointless. Walking down a street he intercepts a speeding truck heading towards a group of teenagers, in an attempt to do something meaningful for once in his life he manages to pull one of them out of harm’s way before getting himself in the way of the truck and dying. He was regretting his life and wanted to fix it before he died. And then something happened. He was awakening in a baby’s body, and he realized he has been reincarnated in a world of sword and sorcery.

    Realize he was reincarnated to isekai world, he resolves to become successful in his new life. He discarded his past identity for his new life as Rudeus Greyrat. He has a mother who was a magician adventurer and a Father who was a powerful skilled swordsman adventurer. Born from both of skilled an adventurer makes him become a skilled magician boy who has a unique skill which can use magic without cast any spell. That’s why his parent calls a magician teacher for his training magic skill, her name Roxy Migurdia, a demon magician. After training for 2 years, Rudeus Greyrat started his adventure for the first time. The adventure a NEET magician in Isekai world.

    Rudeus Greyrat implies people nowadays who want a second chance at life. People who want to fix the mistakes in their present life to live a better life. If you are interested in anime stories about the Isekai world, you can visit Memories Interactive. Or maybe you are interested in playing games like me with strong female characters, you can download the game here if you are an iOS user or here if you are an Android user.

  • What is Isekai and Why You Should Know

    Isekai will transform you to “another” world. That is not an over statement. That is literally what isekai mean. It’s translated as “different world” or “ otherworld”. It’s a Japanese genre of manga, anime, video games or novels. What makes isekai different from other genres in Japanese culture is it’s specifically about a person who’s transported to and has to survive in another world. It can be a fantasy world, virtual world, planet, galaxy or even universe.

    The idea of isekai is making the audience learn about the new world at the same pace as the main character. We can find excitement by having an idea of what world the main character has before and where they’re transported. It’s definitely not a new idea. The first story considered an isekai is the story of Urashima Taro. A legend of a Japanese fisherman goes 100 years into the future. This story is written in the 8th century. That is insane isn’t it?

    The classic isekai is usually a protagonist using the concept of “chosen hero”. Which they have done something or to do something as the reason why they’re transported to a different world. A “second chance” or “reincarnation” are common things in the isekai genre.

    The genre of isekai generally can be divided into two types. “Transition into Another World” or “Reincarnation into Another World”. As it said, the main character can be transported to another world. E.g from the modern day to medieval world or as simply reincarnated as their younger self, reincarnated to another creatore etc.

    This is interesting because isekai gives us different perspectives of fantasy. We’re not consuming a fantasy world as it is, we’re enjoying a fantasy world with a context before. With something we can relate at first. The struggle of the main character facing a new world, a whole different world is relatable. Our imagination can be served with something we think can happen to ourselves.

    If you’re getting interested in the isekai genre, I’ve been playing this game Memories Interactive. There’s an isekai novel games as one of their stories. You can download the game here for iOS and here for Android

  • Tracing Isekai

    Isekai has been well known as a popular sub genre in anime. Where the main character is transferred to a different world than his own. It’s always been one of the most popular anime genres. Major titles like Inuyasha, Sword Art Online, even Digimon are few of many. Serving the audience with a struggle of facing the new world, a whole different world than their own.

    I’ve been searching for isekai these days and found an interesting fact that: ISEKAI HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 8TH CENTURY. Thanks to my random googling capability, now my whole perspective of isekai has changed. I thought isekai is kind of a modern anime or manga genre founded at least in the 80s. Together with anime like Ranma ½ , Sailor Moon and others. Turns out, the terms itself is yes, maybe came later. But the idea of isekai premises has been around for centuries.

    It was the story of Urashima Taro. A tale of a fisherman who’s rewarded for rescuing a turtle and carrying it to the dragon palace under the sea. He’s entertained by the queen of the sea Otohime as a reward. He believes he spent only several days in the dragon palace. Turns out, he’s been away for 100 years. The concept of an isekai.

    On the googling I found, Urashima Taro is kind of a folklore in Japan. It’s a children’s story that has been told and retold for a long time. Some sources said it can be found on literature resources from the 8th century such as Fudoki or ancient reports on provincial culture, geography, and oral tradition presented to the reigning monarchs of Japan, also known as local gazetteers. They contain agricultural, geographical, and historical records as well as mythology and folklore.

    Urashima Taro also can be found at Nihon Shoki the oldest, and has proven to be an important tool for historians and archaeologists as it includes the most complete extant historical record of ancient Japan. Showing that isekai genre has been around since dawn of the history of Japan itself.

    If you’re getting interested in the isekai genre, I’ve been playing this game Memories Interactive. There’s an isekai novel games as one of their stories. You can download the game here for iOS and here for Android

  • The Ultimate Debate of Isekai Genre: The Case of Harry Potter

    What is an isekai and what is not? This question is somehow a long-running debate among all fantasy fans. As isekai is a story genre from Japan with “Transform to Another World” as a premise. The community of internet -as usual- starting to evolve isekai to not only limited to Japanese products only but also start to classify western story to isekai. This, again -as usual- triggering an interesting discussion of what can be classified as isekai and what is not. 

    So let’s start with the definition. Isekai is literally translated as “different world”. In best practices, isekai story usually transformed the main character from one world (such as our current modern world, the world main character is already familiar with) to another world (can be medieval, or space world, parallel universe, even time travel to the past, time travel to the future, etc). The basic idea is the main character transformed to another world for a reason and has to survive there. 

    Japan as the parent of isekai terms has a long history for this genre.Titles like No Game No Life, Inuyasha, Overlord & Log Horizon are absolutely few of many isekai examples you can find. But how about if I mention the Harry Potter franchise? Is it considered as an isekai since it’s about a boy in a normal English world who has to transfer to a whole different world and has to survive there? Some might say it is definitely an isekai due to how we as an audience learn about the wizarding world at the same pace with Harry.  But some say it is not. There’s another aspect that needs to be counted in the isekai genre is the main character is stuck in another world. While Harry and the gang can regularly come home. 

    I’m not trying to stamp out whether Harry Potter is an isekai or it is not a franchise. I’m trying to ignite a discussion of a culture product. What is usually in the isekai genre in Japanese culture is that the main character is a “chosen one” . Harry is also a chosen one. The story revolves around him being a chosen one. The idea of isekai is having two different concepts of the world that the main character has to deal with. The boy who lived is of course having that as well. But at the same time, the isekai genre usually involves the hareem aspect while harry is kinda having a story with 2 girls in the movie. The Isekai genre is also known for its accidental travel, while Harry I think was planned well before he was born

    So it is isekai or it is not? I have my own opinion of course but i’d love to hear yours first. Comment in the comment section and lets geek out.

    Speaking of isekai, I’m currently playing Memories Interactive since i’m in love with the isekai genre these days, Memories is an interactive otome genre visual novel platform, your choices will change the game. If you want to play it to you can download it here for iOS and here for Android

  • Isekai Will Fulfil Your Wish

    Isekai can transform you to another world of fantasy. But do you know it also can fulfil your wish? As a genre of many japanese products such as novels, comics, movies, anime, etc. Isekai is known for serving two different worlds. Where they’re transferred from one world to another. The story itself revolves around how the character is surviving and achieving goals they have to do in another world different from them.

    It’s offering us a relatable fantasy. Where usually the character is transferred from a modern normal world like ours to a crazy, insane and -sometimes doesn’t make sense- world. That idea makes isekai one of the most popular anime or manga sub genres of all time. There’re -maybe- thousands of releases of anime & manga for the past 5 years only. Proving that this genre is having a sustained fanbase up until now despite other big names of anime & manga that’s still going on.

    But what if I told you it doesn’t stop there? There’s still one other interesting fact about this genre that’s making it so wildly popular right now. Most of the isekai stories use wish fulfillment. Most isekai stories are about the deepest desire. Let’s put it this way. The main character is mostly an outcast. Somebody who’s doesnt important in the “normal” world they’re living in. To be honest like most of us right? Then they’re transferred to a world where they are the “chosen one”. The main hero. Somebody who’s really important. Someone who’s everybody counting on to save the world.

    Most of it happened because of cheat ability. So these main character when they’re arrive in the “other world” they didnt came with bare hands. Usually they came with an ability. Sometimes an overpower one. Let’s take the Isekai wa Smartphone for example. The main character is not only getting a super magical smartphone to transform from one world to another. He also has an overpowering magical ability more than the people from the other world. Let’s take another, Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai where the main character can super easily improve his ability.

    That kind of wish fulfilment in my opinion is why isekai is a popular genre. I believe some of us look at entertainment as a way to escape reality. A boring daily life where you’re not important at all. A mediocre at it best. So watching a fantasy story more specifically fulfill your wish (at least your imagination) can be really entertaining. Even when some others hate this kind of wish fulfillment premise. I believe it just a matter of taste and how you’re seeing isekai as a source of entertainment.

    Speaking of isekai, I’m currently playing Memories Interactive since i’m in love with the isekai genre these days, Memories is an interactive otome genre visual novel platform, your choices will change the game. If you want to play it to you can download it here for iOS and here for Android

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