The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest – Episode 1

By: ThatNerdyBoliviane January 8, 20220 Comments
Matthias telling his newfound friend he can enhance the weapon.

What’s it about? In the age of magic and monsters, Gaius the Sage was known to be very powerful, but decided to reincarnate in order to gain the magical crest for combat.  Unfortunately, he was born during an era where magic was in serious decline, and his standard abilities now look like he’s a prodigy in the making.  

I can tell you right off the bat that this show isn’t interested in reinventing the wheel.  It’s a standard reincarnation story about a boy named Matthias who’s so overpowered that even his teachers at school are taking lessons from him.  He even gets a standard love interest who immediately has a crush on him–she even gets nervous when they hold hands.

What I find to be incredibly sad is that the production team doesn’t have any faith that this series will succeed.  They literally cram in Matthias meeting his friends, taking the entrance exam AND a tournament arc all in one episode.  It’s so obvious they cut out so much material from the light novel in favor of just hitting the story beats without any emotional investment.  Maybe it’s because there are so many anime about overpowered boy protagonists that it’s not even worth it to make it entertaining anymore.  I’m also wondering if it’s because the series composer, Uchida Hiroki is dedicating all their energy to working on Requiem of the Rose King instead of this show.  I wouldn’t blame them, since the premise for that sounds far more interesting than this B-tier fantasy.  

Matthias killing a monster.
I guess his character development is over.

Granted, this wasn’t entirely a bad premiere.  The overall light-hearted atmosphere made it easy to watch and might even qualify as a show you can casually view if you want to turn off your brain.  The only character worth mentioning at all is the gender-nonconforming character named Alma Lepucius.  He is genuinely a lovable character who gets along with everyone and for now no one seems to have a problem with his gender presentation so that’s nice (he even wears a uniform distinctly different from the boys and girls).  

That’s it folks.  I have nothing else to say about another standard power fantasy for boys.  There are too many of them for fuck’s sake.  

I wish Alma was in a more interesting show.

About the Author : ThatNerdyBoliviane

ThatNerdyBoliviane was originally born in New York City and essentially lived there until the age of 17 when they had to move to Toronto for reasons. They are currently struggling to survive in this weird-ass world that does not celebrate awesomeness enough. They self identify as Queer Quechua (Mestize) Bolivian-American and are involved with social justice work of all kinds. Aside from that, they are an avid lover of anime, manga, cartoons, (on rare occasion live-action TV shows if it’s good), and having amazing discussions with other folks about nerdy things. You can visit their blog Home to my Bitter Thoughts or follow them on Twitter @LizzieVisitante.

Read more articles from ThatNerdyBoliviane

We Need Your Help!

We’re dedicated to paying our contributors and staff members fairly for their work—but we can’t do it alone.

You can become a patron for as little as $1 a month, and every single penny goes to the people and services that keep Anime Feminist running. Please help us pay more people to make great content!

Comments are open! Please read our comments policy before joining the conversation and contact us if you have any problems.

%d bloggers like this: