Before you ask, no, this is not Realist Hero. The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Episode 1 is a totally new and completely original show that started airing in the Winter 2022 season. Let’s see how it was in this review!
The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Episode 1 Overview
The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt, or Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu in original Japanese, is a comedy and fantasy anime that is a part of the Winter 2022 season of anime. It is based on a Light Novel of the same name written by Tooru Toba and Fal Maro. This episode is also known as Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu Episode 1 in original Japanese.
The anime is being produced by Yokohama Animation Lab, a studio that has been primarily known for creating short-form anime series, such as Miru Tights and Monster Strike, alongside some full length shows like MAGATSU WAHRHEIT. The show is being directed by Makoto Tamagawa, who has been involved with the productions of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou and Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic.
– Tensai Ouji no Akaji Episode 1 Review does not contain spoilers –
The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Episode 1 Review- A Seriously Impressive Start
Getting right into the thick of it from the start, I am really surprised by just how good the first episode of this show was. If your first thought about this series was “I’ve seen How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, Genius Prince is probably just a low rent clone”, I suggest that you clear your mind of your prejudices and give this show an actual college try. Genius Prince reached heights of quality in its first episode that Realist Hero could have never even dreamed of.
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Not being an isekai was a huge part of Genius Prince being the better show, as these days, if you’re not a truly exceptional show, being an isekai hampers your success that much more. The other big difference between the two shows is that they are two completely different genres. While Genius Prince is a pretty successful comedy, Realist Hero was a restaurant garbage can where all genres threw their waste materials for disposal. The biggest difference between the two is that Genius Prince was a genuinely entertaining episode, while Realist Hero couldn’t entertain you if it was the only thing you could ever watch.
I ended my final review of Realist Hero by saying that I would not be tuning in for Season 2. The Genius Prince’s Guide Episode 1 makes one glad of that choice because this is a show that actually makes entertaining use of an interesting concept. Nobody watches anime to be inundated with boring paperwork or horrible animation while having to suffer through pointless romance stories.
Let’s stop dunking on a different show and talk about how good The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Episode 1 was. The show’s premise is great, with a prince trying to get rid of his kingdom and not realising he is too smart to do so, thus resulting in unwanted riches and treasures coming to him. It works very well as a comedy plot, and there is a ton of future potential with different storylines that it can explore.
The sound and animation of the show are also surprisingly good, as I didn’t expect much from a relatively new studio. While it isn’t as good as most high budget shows, it is great for what it is. The opening and ending themes both sound fantastic as well. The show knows its limitations, and thus it used tiny dolls to stand in for actual wars, something that worked well due to the show being a comedy as well as being framed as part of the king’s planning table for the war.
The character design was also great, and I especially loved the modelling of the main character Wein and his closest compatriot Ninym. Their voice actors also did a beautiful job in bringing these characters to life and thus resulted in a truly fantastic and funny pilot episode for a promising series. The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Episode 1 is a series to look out for.
The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Episode 1 had a surprisingly strong and hilarious start, which would take many by surprise. If you’ve been skipping out on this show due to any reason or prior prejudice, I implore you to give this episode a try.
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