Hagure Yuusha no Estetica First Impressions

Hagure Yuusha no Estetica asks an important question: what do heroes do after the final boss is killed?

They get forcefully enrolled into a school for unemployed adventures and champions. Akatsuki Oozawa is fresh off from his victory over the demon king when he finds himself registered as a student of Babel. Is this just another super-powered high school romp or does this show offer more?

I suppose the voice acting is fitting for most of the cast. The seiyuu make a great effort to instill their  characters with as much personality the script makes room for. There isn’t much else that is redeeming about this show other than the inclusion of nudity. Trust me, the first episode needed the breasts to keep it afloat.

Hagure Yuusha no Estetica’s oversaturated palette overpowers the lackluster artwork. The generic character designs are actually passable when compared to the sparse settings. Poor animation doesn’t help matters either. Short and wooden actions sequences drain any excitement there was to be had.

While there might not be anything inherently wrong with the premise, its execution is flawed. One liners and stiff dialogue mar the script. This leads to a poor characterization of the cast, specifically Akatsuki. It’s important for a show to use its first episode to highlight a protagonist’s core beliefs.  The introduction serves as the anchor. First impressions are a gateway to identifying with a character and the first steps of an emotional investment. Sadly as the ending theme winds down, Hagure Yuusha no Estetica’s mark has already faded.

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