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Truck-kun strikes again, sending Misato Kurihara into a fantasy world upon her death. It’s one with magic and adventure, one the Gods have abandoned. However, she has no interests in such things. The one thing she wants above all else is to live a completely average life. As is typical in these stories, her wish is granted… but it isn’t quite what the former Misato pictured.
As the saying goes, you should be careful with wishes because Misato, now Mile, ends up with the statistical average power of every creature in this new world. Meaning, she’s several 1,000’s of times stronger than a normal human. While Mile is anything but average in Average Abiliies, the show itself is.
Don’t think of this as a bad thing though. Quite the opposite, it was a nice show to enjoy each week with just enough going on to keep it engaging. Mile eventually gets together with three other girls: Reina, Mavis, and Pauline to form “The Crimson Vow”, a hunter party (basically an adventuring group), to explore the world and complete various tasks.
The fun of the show is seeing the cast interact. They have excellent chemistry which lends itself well to the (mostly) fast-paced storytelling Average Abilities is going for. The humor is largely referential as Mile is a giant otaku, something that “infects” the other characters, but not something that takes away from the experience like it has in other shows.
When I first wrote about this series in my Fall 2019 impressions, I stated:
For whatever reason, I really like the OP for this show. I don’t know why. Series is dumb, obvious, and nothing special at all. Still, I’m really having a good time.
That’s still how I feel about it when it eventually came to a close. Watching the OP, it puts me into a mood for a good time that isn’t going to be all that serious. It’s just fun, and sometimes that’s enough for media. This certainly isn’t the first time I’ve said that, and it surely won’t be the last.
Still, the show did offer some substance on occasion. Most notably with Reina, who’s backstory (along with everybody else) is explored in an individual episode. Her’s was dark and fairly graphic considering how killing creatures was portrayed up to this point along with the general tone. This flexibility allowed Average Abilities to keep the tone light, while still letting the world live up to its dangerous reputation.
Reina’s story isn’t undercut by the silly tone everything else has. Even when she’s done and the other girls have comical emotional reactions. The versatility, in a way, allowed for the anime to have its cake and eat it too. Nothing about the story here was unique, it’s all parts of some grander whole when it comes to fantasy isekai, but the assembly for this particular instance felt genuine in spite of that.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that Average Abilities looks like it’s something that should be easy to write off as a cynical attempt to ride the isekai boon. However, it has heart which comes across really well. The show itself may be nothing special from a technical level, but the spirit of the folks who worked on it shines through and more than makes up for that.
This is why I can feel good about recommending Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! to you today. It’s a nice show to spend time with between other things, or when you just want to relax a bit. While there are technically stronger shows that came out of this season, you could have easily done a lot worse than this title.
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