May 13, 2019
Sometimes when I watch isekai anime, I feel like I’m just watching a dream of the creator’s disturbing fantasies. The author of the Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody light novels, which the anime is based upon, is apparently really into underaged slaves.
But he’s choosing not to sleep with them despite their lust for him!
Uh okay, but why did the writer make these prepubescent kids lust for him in the first place?
The story is about a 28-year-old programmer who finds himself in a game world resembling some that he helped design. He quickly becomes overpowered and builds a seven-person harem with a median age of twelve.
Is the MC, Satou, a worthy male lead? No.
Do the female characters have unique and interesting personalities? No.
Should you watch this anime? Probably not.
Death March isn’t so terrible that you can’t get through it. The worldbuilding is, in fact, better than average, as are the skill and video game mechanics. And aside for one or two god-awful-is-that-the-FBI-knocking-on-my-door? moments, the ecchi scenes aren’t overdone.
But the series boils down to this: Everything comes easily to Satou and everyone thinks he’s the best. The end.
If that’s the escapism you want, go for it. Otherwise, try something else.