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Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They? – Review

Problem-Children-Cover-Image-01A little Anime titled “The Eccentric Family” taught audiences that what is fun is good but sometimes life just has a way of getting you down. Routine can be boring and boredom can lead to an odd but very real sadness. Doing the same things day in and day out eventually develops into a sort of perpetual monotony that can only be broken and reformed by a massive change of pace.

Some people quit their jobs and get new ones, others do their best to change their overall mentality, some rearrange furniture and others go to lengths even greater than what I’ve just detailed. How is it that we get into these “ruts”? I believe it’s because being comfortable is more of a trap than anything else. Once you get comfortable you begin not to venture out of that zone and eventually become stuck.

For the main trio of “Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They?” it takes the literal changing of worlds for them to reach a place in their life where they can actually enjoy themselves once again. Thankfully for us regular human beings…we don’t have to go that far, but it’s still fun seeing someone do so!

One person’s problem can be another person’s solution.

 

Bored of their world Izayoi, Asuka and Yo accept an opportunity to be sent to Little Garden. An alternate world, Little Garden operates a little differently to Earth whereby the status and power given to groups is determined by what’s known as ‘Gift Games’. Gift Games place individuals from opposing communities against one another in a test of skill.

Having been defeated time and time again in these challenges, the little known community called No Name is waging all their luck on these three young Earthlings to restore their group to its former glory. Will this rag tag group of children be able to defeat their enemies or will they succumb to their ego?

 

Hanabee Entertainment

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“Problem Children” has a story that can be easily defined: It’s as basic as they come but it’s wrapped in a shroud of individuality. We’ve seen stories like it many times in the past. In fact, it tells a tale quite similar to that of the more recent Anime series “No Game No Life”. Any story element from one can easily be related to the other very closely. That doesn’t make it any worse of a series though, especially because it came before “No Game No Life”. My point is that this is nothing new, this is nothing groundbreaking, but it is incredibly fun to watch.

While a great deal of fundamental story information is NOT detailed and episodes can sometimes get convoluted, it never gets boring to watch. Something that remains constant is both the likability of the main cast and the actual situations they’re in. This is what gives “Problem Children” it’s sense of originality. Rather than simple watching the series just to see the high-octane action, of which there is a great deal, I instead continued to watch because of how light-hearted it was. Even in times of great peril, the series still held on tightly to what it does best. It never lost sight of itself and, in this age of Anime, that’s a huge feat.

Going back to what I’ve said above; I would have liked a little more information regarding the characters and the settings in general. What the audience is shown is something I believe needed to be explained. Even just a little bit. Wha’s even worse is that it’s blatantly obvious where information needs to be slotted in. You’ll be following an episode and all of the sudden you’re lost thanks to a lack of explanation. This is somewhat of a deterrent but, once again, thanks to the overall vibe of the series I wasn’t pushed away as much as I though I would’ve been. Thankfully “Problem Children” covers it’s own arse in that way.

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What shocked me perhaps the most about “Problem Children” was just how natural each and every one of the characters interacted. To say the voice cast performed brilliantly is a huge understatement, but to have to detail just why it is they were wonderful would take a century.

It wasn’t the way they portrayed emotion, it wasn’t the way they screamed in battle, it wasn’t because of some perfectly-delivered monologue about life and love. It was because of how natural they all sounded. Looking away from the screen, it’s hard to believe you were even watching an Anime. Yes, the talk of mythical beasts in battle does remind you exactly of what you’re watching but hearing a character say something as real as “I love ya. I mean it” in jest is something you don’t often see in an Anime.

The voice artists didn’t seem like they were acting at all, and I think that’s what made them so great. As I’ve said, their dialogue was natural, and they each had perfect comedic timing. Unfortunately the soundtrack left a great deal to be desired but that’s only because it was fairly basic. Your standard high fantasy tracks were featured alongside a little bit of electronica but it just wasn’t memorable. Thankfully the voice acting made up for what the soundtrack lacked.

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Visually “Problem Children” was also fairly rudimentary. It featured an art style very similar to most other series’ adapted from Light Novels. Most of the characters were designed in an overly “soft” fashion and the ones that weren’t didn’t really get much screen time.

Fantastically, there were a whole bunch of action scenes throughout that helped make me ditch the negative thoughts and instead appreciate the high level of animation I was witnessing. Despite everything I did enjoy, I still couldn’t help but relate “Problem Children” to most other basic Light Novel-adapted Animes that I’ve seen. That’s not to say what was shown was bad, it’s just that I have never been one for this type of visual style.

I know many people out there who do and those people will absolutely love what “Problem Children” have to offer. If what you’re seeing is not action-packed than it’s most likely comedic and, no matter what, it’s mostly “on point” so there’s nothing more for me to really complain about rather than that.

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“Problem Children” surprised me. They say never judge a book by its cover but this time I did and I was proven very much wrong. I didn’t expect what I was delivered and I’m so glad because it taking me by surprise allowed me to enjoy it even more than I would have if I had no thoughts on it at all.

The first episode kicked off a little slow but by the third or forth it had hooked me and I finished the series within a day; something I’m not known to ever do. I was compelled to sit and watch and even though there were a few things I didn’t like, I still enjoyed myself.

I definitely don’t regret watching “Problem Children” and I can honestly say that I don’t expect anyone else would either. At it’s core, “Problem Children Are Coming From This World, Aren’t They?” is fun for the sake of being fun and that’s how you have to look at it. To say the least…it earned a spot on my shelf. Simple as that.

You seem like a bit of a problem child. I think it’s time you explore this other world. Purchase “Problem Children” through Hanabee’s official online store now: Click Here

Grade: B+

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