Summery: Akuto wanted to be an ordinary student and hopefully someday help society by doing something great in the world. When it came time for the fantasy school’s aptitude test, his future career came up as ‘Demon Lord’. From that point, his life would never be the same, as he fights to prevents this happening, and many try to take him out to prevent the world from being overtaken by evil.
Why I Picked It Up: Rabbitpoets review of the first episode got me interested in checking out this series.
Why I Finished It: Ichiban is strange. It’s anime that’s nothing special, and instead of trying to pretend it is, the anime goes, ‘Let’s have the most fun we can.’. The result is that Ichiban is indeed incredibly enjoyable, with all these silly outrageous antics that happen within the plot. The story makes use of the fantasy setting to help entertain, using it to help set up the many crazy events that happen. The plot for the most part makes no sense, as not enough time is spent to explain what’s happen, and it’s just easier to go along with what happens. The main weakness with Ichiban is eerily similar to another complaint I had with another Artland show, Earl and Fairy. Earl and Fairy had an interesting story, but they spent too much time on the shoujo elements, and too little time on the actual story. Replace shoujo with fanservice, and there’s the main problem with Ichiban.
I’m not sure what to say about the fanservice in Ichiban. Some of it was really great. There was also a portion of, “Did you really have to go there?”.
The characters, despite their cliché nature, are surprising charming, especially the character of the Kotone, best summarized as a perverted green haired Yuki. Most of the main characters are somewhat fleshed out, although not fully, and a lot of gaps were left. There were too many characters to fit into the 12 episode story.
I think what disappoints me the most is that the ending of Ichiban, while somewhat confusing, is incredibly awesome, especially with the amount of well-done fighting. In the end, especially with the rushed pacing, I wished they’d scaled back on the fanservice a little to add more story. Still, I enjoy what I saw. An anime needs to entertain. Ichiban Ushiro no Daimou does just that.
Who Would I Recommend This: Fans of fantasy (dragons and magic and whatnot) still waiting for a real awesome fantasy anime to come out. This will please you while you sit and wait with me.
My rating: 3/5