Problem Children, Anime Recommendation of the week!

Article at a glance:

  • “Problem Children” hooks viewers with its intriguing world and well-executed plot, despite some predictable twists.
  • The main cast, especially Izayoi with his chaotic energy, are well-developed and their interactions are captivating.
  • For 2013, the animation, art style, and soundtrack are impressive and enhance the overall viewing experience.

Many people would call this anime a No Game No Life rip-off. But well, that’s not true because Problem Children actually came out a year or so before NGNL. And it’s not like this particular sub-genre of isekai didn’t exist before. It’s just that NGNL made it really big and set the gold standard for it. Yes, I do admit that this anime isn’t as good as NGNL but it has its own merits and I do think it is still worth taking a look at.

So welcome back to another edition of our anime recommendation series and today we are talking about “Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?” For the sake of my own sanity, I will not be using the full name, please understand. So let’s get started.

Introduction

Problem Children is based on the LN of the same name by Tatsunoko Tarou and illustrated by Amane Yuu. It was serialized from April 2011 to April 2015. And the LN is 12 volumes long. Of course, the anime doesn’t cover all the LN so you may read it if you want to. As for the anime, it was made by Diomedea and aired in the winter 2013 season for 10 episodes. It also has a sequel OVA.

Plot

Izayoi, Asuka and You are three teenagers who somehow have powers and are fed up with their daily lives. They receive a mysterious invitation to a place called Little Garden to participate in high-stakes games using their abilities. But to participate, they must be part of a community. Kurousagi, who had been acting as their guide so far, also had a community but they lost their name and official status after being defeated by a Demon Lord. So the trio decides to help Kurousagi’s community reclaim its lost status.

Despite sounding a little cliche, there are a lot of things this anime does well. First of all, it understands how to hook viewers in. This is why episode 1 is one of the best episodes of the series. The world has enough mystery and intrigue to keep you going. This is also helped by the brilliant pacing of the plot. Certain plot twists are predictable but that’s a minor issue. The execution of the plot overall is quite good.

Characters

This is another reason why this anime is more gripping than it has any right to be. You and Asuka are good characters, but Izayoi is different. You can’t tell what he will do next, he embodies the chaotic good or chaotic neutral energy and this makes him a very interesting MC to follow. Kurousagi is also a great character, after hearing her story, you can’t help but sympathize with her. All the 4 members of the main cast are pretty good and their interactions are also well-written.

Animations and Soundtracks

The production is fine. Especially for 2013 standards, the animations were pretty good. The opening theme was nice as well. I really like the art style of this anime. Everything from the character designs to the location design fit the tone and the setting very well.

Summing Up

Here’s why you should watch Problem Children:

  • Interesting plot
  • Well-paced
  • Good characters
  • Awesome MC

With that said, I will take my leave here. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. See ya!

Also, check out my thoughts on Sound Euphonium’s amazing characters here!

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