Mondaiji was another one of those series that I felt I was not going to enjoy watching. However, I was once again surprised by the quality of an anime from this season. Mondaiji seems like it will function similarly to Zero no Tsukaima and Dog Days. Three teens from our world that have super powers have been teleported to another world where different races of beings like animal-human hybrids and vampires exist. These people are to use their powers to play in the gift games in order to win prizes for their communities. That was basically what happened in the first episode. Although, I would say that things feel like they could be getting serious in episode two based on the tone in the final two minutes of this one.
Our characters from this episode are basically a four man team. Sakamaki is the only male member of the group that has the ability of super strength. Sakamaki is pretty arrogant and a little rough around the edges, but he is not an idiot and he is surprisingly adept at analyzing situations. Kasukabe is a young lady that has the ability to talk to and use the powers of animals. She is basically Animal Man which makes me laugh. Kasukabe is a very quiet individual and she had very little development in the first episode. Asuka is another young lady that has psychic abilities allowing her to control the minds of both people and animals. Asuka is a spoiled rich girl and I expect to see more psychic powers from her in the future. Black Rabbit is a servant of the game masters and a rabbit girl. Kurousagi can hop with great power and can communicate with the game masters in order to prevent cheating during games. There are other characters mentioned and I am sure that we will be seeing more in the coming episodes.
Current Opinion of the Show:
I am very interested in this series. I enjoyed early Zero no Tsukaima and I feel like Mondaiji has the potential to be better than that and Dog Days. The characters are interesting and the possible serious situations we may be presented in the next episode have me very curious. In all honesty, most of my drive to watch this show moving forward is curiosity based on potential so I would suggest that people who watch the first episode give the series a chance even if you feel the first episode was too uneventful. Also, there is a sweet Code Geass reference in the show. I am looking forward to getting some of my questions answered in the next episode.