The World’s Finest Assassin Review: Fantastically Unique, Horribly Paced

One of the most innovative Isekais of our time ended with a bang as The World’s Finest Assassin came to an end this week. It’s time to find out if the show was good alongside being unique in this review!

The World’s Finest Assassin Overview

The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat, or Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei suru is an action fantasy anime based on a light novel written by Rui Tsukiyo. The anime is being directed by Tamura Masafumi, who is known for previously directing anime such as Ange Vierge and Two Car.

The anime is being animated by Studios Palette and Silver Link. Studio Palette is a new studio with barely any prior anime on their belts. In contrast, Silver Link has been in the game for more than a decade and has produced anime such as Kokoro Connect and The Great Jahy Won’t Be Defeated. You can go back and read our review of the last episode right here. This episode is also known as Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha. We covered this series extensively on our website, which is great for rewatches! Check that out right here.

– Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha Review does not contain spoilers –

The World’s Finest Assassin Review- The Plot

Old Lugh The World's Finest Assassin Episode 12

“The world’s greatest assassin had sworn lifelong allegiance to the organization that raised him. However, despite his loyalty, that very same organization takes action to silence him, ultimately leading to his demise. Drowning in frustration and regrets he can no longer suppress, he finds himself in an audience with a goddess attracted by his exceptional skills. The Goddess offers him reincarnation into a magnificent world of swords and magic so he can perform a crucial mission: prevent that world’s destruction by slaying its Hero.”– Courtesy MAL Rewrite.

The anime world has been inundated with unimpressive and similar feeling isekai shows for quite a while now. As a result, most people have become rather wary of any show of this kind that graces the screens during each season. While every show like this gains some attention, only the special few manage to distinguish themselves from the rat pack. You can be sure that if an Isekai has even a little something special about it, it is bound to attract a lot of attention and praise. The World’s Finest Assassin is no different in that regard because the show has a whole lot going in its favour.

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The first is a unique and fresh approach to the Isekai genre, one in which the person who goes to another world chooses to go of their own volition because of a task assigned to them and an offer made that entices them for the same. Not only that, the show has some of the freshest and most logical takes in quite a while as it pertains to power levels and selection, as well as the magic system of the show. Lastly, the thing that sets it apart the most is the twist at the very end of the first episode- that the task of the main character is to kill the Hero of the realm.

Lugh and Mom

Not only that, but the show largely manages to utilize this fantastic concept to perfection during the first half of the show, with Episode 6 acting as the emotional peak of the series, which it is never quite able to reach after that. The show is quite smart in the decisions that it makes and the way it sets up the entire situation to have as few plot holes as possible. It almost makes one forget that the entire thing was written by Tsukiyo Rui, also behind Redo of Healer, one of the worst anime of 2021, as included in our list right here. That’s quite a leap in quality!

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The show is rather brilliant when it focuses on the assassination and magic parts of its storyline, which is most of it, to be fair. However, not everything is petals and roses here, as the plot has many problems. The show focuses too much on the boring slice of life elements. The show involves them in the plot well, but it doesn’t mean they have to be this boring. The pacing is also bad, with too much happening in some episodes and too little in others. Romantic plotlines are fine in anime unless they take up the time from actually interesting stuff that would happen if there wasn’t any romance.

The World’s Finest Assassin Review- The Characters

The World’s Finest Assassin Episode 5

Perhaps the greatest strength of The World’s Finest Assassin lies within its main character- The assassin or Lugh Tuatha De. He signifies the biggest departure the series has from traditional Isekai shows- it has a competent and clever protagonist with reasons for being that competent other than main character magic. We know exactly why Lugh is so smart as we got to see how Lugh was before the rebirth, and he kept everything from his previous life while adding several other abilities to his arsenal.

His being a fantastic character also takes a lot of load out of the show’s bad decisions, as most of them can be explained away by Lugh being careful and/or manipulative to further his assassination skills. Every boring segment can technically be explained away by him being thorough. By the end, everything done in Season 1 was neatly tied up with a bow on top as the series ended in a fun, explosive, yet suggestive manner.

The other supporting characters range from acceptable to great, with all three of Lugh’s female companions bringing something good to the table. While The World’s Finest Assassin relies too much on the harem aspect for my liking, Dia, Tarte, and especially Maha are good enough characters to make up for that. Lugh’s parents and the Goddess are fun characters whenever they show up, making up a great cast of characters that is largely good without any major flaws.

The World’s Finest Assassin Review- Art and Music

DJ Goddess The World’s Finest Assassin Episode 7

If the series has a major flaw, it is this department right here. Silver Link is a mediocre anime studio at best and isn’t able to do a lot of justice to the action-oriented scenes in The World’s Finest Assassin. CG animation is used a few times, and it looks bad every time. That awful horse-drawn carriage haunts me in my dreams to this day. Otherwise, the animation is fine, but nothing special about it to note. Perhaps a different studio would be better for The World’s Finest Assassin Season 2?

The music is more or less the same as the art, nothing much to comment on here as everything is by the numbers and generic. It doesn’t sound bad, but you won’t remember anything from the soundtrack after the show is over. The opening is fine and fun to hear, but it isn’t enough to carry the show’s whole music department up from bang average where it currently resides.

Verdict

The World’s Finest Assassin was a breath of fresh air in the Isekai genre of shows and did a lot to make itself stand out from the rest of the pack. The plot is great, the characters even better, and if the show had better production and pacing, we would have had a classic in our hands.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Plot
Characters
Music
Animation
Enjoyability

SUMMARY

The World's Finest Assassin was a breath of fresh air in the Isekai genre of shows and did a lot to make itself stand out from the rest of the pack. The plot is great, the characters even better, and if the show had better production and pacing, we would have had a classic in our hands.

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The World's Finest Assassin Review: Fantastically Unique, Horribly PacedThe World's Finest Assassin was a breath of fresh air in the Isekai genre of shows and did a lot to make itself stand out from the rest of the pack. The plot is great, the characters even better, and if the show had better production and pacing, we would have had a classic in our hands.