Nothing ever goes how it’s planned, or does it? The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Episode 5 comes out at a sensitive moment for our characters. Let’s see how they dealt with it in this review!
The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Episode 5 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 5 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!
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The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Episode 5 Review- A Brilliant Conclusion
A telltale sign of a show with bad pacing is the failure to comprehend much of anything going on inside the plot. One time, an event could be happening that bears no resemblance to anything that happened before or that comes after. It feels like you missed an entire episode between the ones you watched or any other way you find yourself personally responsible for not getting a plot point. The episode might also feel boring and drag on a while.
However, when the pacing is absolutely perfect, there is no better experience. When all the plot points come together perfectly, and there is no wasted motion is when anime shines the brightest. We just saw a shining example of this happening in The Genius Prince’s Guide Episode 5. All the plot points that the show meticulously crafted over the period of three episodes came together as the series concluded its first arc of this season.
Wein hatches a cunning plan to make things fall his way after once again being rebuffed in his tactics due to some bad luck. Thus began a game of chess where he was 12 steps ahead of every one of his opponents. Usually, when characters like this are written, they are placed as the villain of their series. Wein is different, however. He is smarter than almost everyone else he has ever met without ever trying to be the same. Characters like him can be tiring after a while, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for him.
He has been designed with his own set of flaws that bring him down a bit from the height of his abilities, and that helps him be a relatable character alongside being a funny one. However, his biggest anchor seems to be his relationship with Ninym, which the show hasn’t shied away from addressing. Their dynamic is fantastic, and it even commands a presence in episodes such as the latest, where the duo don’t even interact once.
This factor hasn’t been mentioned a lot because this show isn’t an isekai, but it feels refreshing to see a protagonist that isn’t a pervert, is smart in a way that doesn’t feel forced, cares for other people, and has flaws that can be expanded upon and addressed without them becoming the entirety of his existence. Wein is one of the biggest reasons Genius Prince Episode 5 works so well because he can believably play an idiot and a genius so well. The plot came together wonderfully, and you can thank his sheer gall and wits for that.
The music was also in tremendous form in this episode, as several fitting and replayable OSTs played throughout this episode. Enough time has also passed to comment on the opening and ending themes, and they are both great. The show only seems to be getting better and better in every outing and might just end up becoming my favourite anime of the entire season when it ends. Yes, I know Demon Slayer and Attack on Titan are airing. No, I do not care.
The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Episode 5 saw a plan be meticulously executed while remaining highly entertaining and intriguing. What else can you expect from the most underrated anime of the season?
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