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Monday, December 23, 2013

Yu-Sibu: I Couldn't Become A Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job (Yūsha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shūshoku o Ketsui Shimashita)

And another anime bites the dust. I always think it is rather depressing when I come to the end of an anime I at least like a little bit. I think I liked this one a little bit. If I had to grade it I would probably give it a B-. Or maybe a B+. Not really sure at the moment. I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job is a rather "fanservice-ier" version of a show from summer called The Devil is a Part-Timer! 

However, Yu-Sibu isn't quite the comedy gold that The Devil is a Part-Timer! is. They do tread the same ground, though. That of bizarre otherworldly individuals (the devil, the heroic demon-slayer, the demon lord's daughter, etc.) taking everyday hick jobs (fast food cook, store clerk, etc.) to make ends meet. In fact, I would like to see the two shows crossover at some point even though I don't believe they take place in the same worlds. Still, this is anime, so anything can happen. If Raul Chaser (Yu-Sibu) could travel to Tokyo and meet up with Mao then certainly a lot of fun hijinks would occur. 

Comprised of 12 episodes (and certainly not overstaying its welcome), Yu-Sibu proved to be a wise choice for me to watch during the Fall 2013 season. It had humor, a touch of harem (which I admittedly thought was underused), and enough fanservice at times to make me wonder if I was watching hentai. Indeed, poor Fino Bloodstone (the demon lord's daughter, of course) always seemed to be getting in sticky situations that sometimes involved tentacled creatures. The third episode in particular comes to mind. 

As for the plot, well, don't put too much stock into it. But rather than just saying, "Hey, it's got enough bouncing and jiggling to cure your Queen's Blade hangover so why go ahead and watch it?" I will try to sell you this show based on a more elaborate summary. 

Raul Chaser wanted to be a hero and slay the demon lord. Unfortunately, someone beat him to the punch and now he and a lot of other heroes are out of the job. After peace ensues, Raul becomes (reluctantly) a store clerk at the Magic Shop Leon. There he is forced to smile at customers (one of whom just happens to be a lecherous japanese Captain Picard) while his sword rusts in a closet somewhere. 

He enjoys his job, though. 

Then Fino Bloodstone starts working at Magic Shop Leon and things start getting complicated. It's one thing to have her as a next door neighbor who can't seem to stay dressed, but it's another to teach her how to sell magical goods to customers without her scaring everyone off with her bizarre sales techniques. "This lovely washing machine will wash out even the toughest bloodstain! Hahahahaha!" doesn't exactly do it, right?

The more I think about this show the more I like it. Had I watched it all in one day I could expand on the show a bit more, but I watched it as it was being simulcasted so some of the earlier moments were kind of fuzzy until just now. Weird how that happens. 

One thing I always liked about this show was Fino's laugh. It was just a quirky mischievous laugh that I think will be tough to duplicate by an English dub. (I know a lot of folks find the Japanese female "anime" voice annoying, but I think that is kind of an unfair judgement. There are plenty of annoying English female anime voices, too. Colleen Clinkenbeard who played Gohan in Dragonball Z Kai is an especially egregious offender even though I do think she really is a talented voice actress. I do like many of her roles. That voice of hers just wasn't right for Gohan and I much prefered Stephanie Nadolny's voice. Anyway, I better stop myself. I could go on all day about  "Sub Vs. Dub," but that isn't the point of this post. To keep things short I will say that I like both, but dubs suck more often than subs do.) I do hope this show gets an English dub, but it probably won't. Who really knows, though. Queen's Blade got one. Maybe there's hope for a nice blu-ray release in the States for this one, too. 

In the meantime, there is the anime the way it is intended for the Japanese audience and that one is good enough for me. If for nothing else than Fino's laugh. It's streaming on Crunchyroll right now and you could do worse than to give it a try. 

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