‘She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man‘ is an isekai anime based on a light novel series written by Hirotsugu Ryusen and illustrated by Fuzichoco. The show is produced by the Japanese animation company Studio A-Cat.
Sakimori Kagami (Mick Wingert) is an expert gamer for the VR world of Arch Earth Online as the summoning wizard Dunbalf. As a joke, he turns Dunbalf into a female avatar and falls asleep. To his shock, he awakens as the female avatar Mira (Felecia Angelle) in the video game. She contacts her friends Solomon (Brandon McInnis) and Luminaria (Michelle Rojas) who are also stuck in the game with no answers. Mira now travels the virtual world looking for clues and telling people that she is Dunbalf’s pupil, which is why she has similar powers. Along the way, she meets other players who are stuck and encounters NPCs who now seem like regular people. What is odd is that the game world is also becoming more realistic with each new adventure.
Isekai adventures have become all of the rage in a post-pandemic globe. Who does not want to see someone being whisked away to another world, such as their favorite video game, to live a whole new life? Shows like Sword Art Online and The Rising of the Shield Hero have definitely proven that.
When it comes to She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man, I felt like it lacked a lot of good qualities that isekais have. For instance, a common isekai trope sees the protagonist being introduced with overpowered qualities and this is certainly true of Mira. However, unlike other shows that introduce challenges to confound them this one does not. Other than the mystery of why players are stuck in the game, Mira faces virtually no challenges. She is a Mary Sue on every level with characters, Solomon being the exception, only existing to tell her how great she is.
It is a shame because I liked Mira as a character and the new avatar created some pretty awkwardly funny moments and it well-written. Not to mention, the show avoids falling into any politically correct traps and I applaud them for that. Granted, I have not read the source material, but I think the anime adaption should have made the battles a bit harder for Mira to endure because frankly, it just got boring after a while.
It is unknown if the series will be renewed for a second season, but if it is, I may take a pass on it to explore other fantasy or gamer-themed anime that give the protagonist greater challenges.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Minor Foul language, Inappropriate humor, Brief nudity
This review is based on the dub.
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