The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Episode 4 asks the classic question- War, what is it good for? The answer might not be “absolutely nothing” this time around. Let’s find out what happens in this review!
The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Episode 4 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 4 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. You can check out our review of the previous episode as well!
– Tensai Ouji no Akaji Episode 4 Review does not contain spoilers –
The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Episode 4 Review- A Battle of Wits
Allow me to start this review by discussing a topic we should have talked about a long time ago. Muse Asia is garbage. There, I said it. If you don’t know what Muse Asia is, you are extremely fortunate and should abstain from looking them up. They are an anime youtube channel that licenses a bunch of anime each season to show their Asian audience for free. That would have been the absolute best thing in the world if it was run by competent people, but it is not.
The translations available via Muse Asia are perhaps the worst you’ll ever watch anywhere else. Fansubs released 5 minutes after an episode aired manage to do a better job translating episodes than Muse Asia ever has. There are grammatical mistakes and unsynced subtitles in almost every episode multiple times. You best fold your hands and pray that the episode you want to watch doesn’t have much dialogue in it, or you’re not going to understand any of it.
Needless to say that Muse Asia tried its utmost to ruin my experience of this show that I’ve grown to love, but even it couldn’t accomplish that. The Genius Prince’s Guide Episode 4 was a great outing for the show, one which managed to subvert a lot of tropes of the genre in a very short time, alongside telling a compelling story while doing that. As we saw in certain Star Wars movies recently, that’s a hard thing to do.
It takes on the popular trope of characters attempting to out plan and outsmart each other through predicting each others’ moves. It handled them the show’s now established light-hearted while being conniving manner. The show might try to approach things comically, but it is startlingly clear that the subject matter of kingdoms facing off against each other and a Prince trying to save it without putting in much effort is a dangerous business.
We see elaborate plans come to an end in a highly irregular manner, alongside an extremely complicated political situation that wasn’t helped by Muse Asia’s general incompetence. Genius Prince Episode 4 leaves the show in a very intriguing position, and the future promises a ton of entertaining political repositioning. The character dynamic between Lowa, Wein, and Ninym remains a fun aspect of the show, with much room to explore. Also, I’ve never seen a show go through this many changes in its opening and ending themes this early into it. All good there, Yokohama Animation?
The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Episode 4 was a fun and unpredictable episode filled with intentional comedy surrounded by a general uneasiness about the characters’ future. The future looks bright for this underdog.
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