The end of the battle between the prince and Leon is here in Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 5, and it is now time to see what the cat dragged in. Was Leon able to come out on top? Let’s find out in this review!
Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 5 Overview
Trapped In A Dating Sim, or Otome Game Sekai wa Mob ni Kibishii Sekai desu is a fantasy, romance and isekai anime based on a light novel written by Yomu Mishima and Monda. The anime is being directed by Kazuya Miura, known for previously directing anime such as Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai, and Shinichi Fukumoto, who served as the assistant director of Tantei Wa Mou Shindeiru.
The series is being animated by Studio ENGI, which was also behind director Miura’s previous directorial work, Uzaki-chan. The series is being published by Kadokawa, which is the entity behind several other anime giants like Your Name, Mushoku Tensei, and the Fate series. This episode is also known as Mobuseka Episode 5, or The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs Episode 5. You can find our review of the previous episode of the show here.
– Otome Game Sekai wa Mob ni Kibishii Sekai Desu Episode 5 Review does not contain spoilers –
Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 5 Review- A Little Less Awesome
It is a testament to the quality of the opening music of this show that ever since it was first unveiled in episode 2 as a part of the full package, I have been eagerly awaiting the release of the full version. Well, it was finally made available a little while after the fourth episode was released, and it was just as good in long-form as it is in short. Good opening music does a lot to get you pumped up and excited for a show, and this show understands that better than most shows going right now.
Since we started with the music anyways, let’s talk about the animation a little bit at the start as well. It seems to have taken a while for me to figure out why some people were so against this show’s animation. While I will stick to my guns in saying that the first four episodes were perfectly adequate, the fifth one left a lot to be desired on that front. It looked clunky and was far from smooth. The lips were desynchronised when the characters were talking, and the walking animation looked anything but realistic. Granted, most shows do take it a little easy after the initial burst of episodes, but a decline this sharp is cause for worry.
Let’s talk about this episode’s plot and how overall weird it was. Leon faced off against the Prince’s cohorts and friends in the previous episode and kicked their asses one after the another in what was an extremely entertaining spectacle. His fight with the Prince was kept for last, and after watching it happen in real-time, it is hard to imagine why the show did that, except to leave the viewers wanting more. Well, people did want more, and what they got wasn’t exactly what they thought they were going to get.
What we got was a hilariously predictable outcome, preceded and succeeded by hilarious dialogue that may or may not have been intentional. It presented a look at the lives of game NPCs that we don’t normally think that much about, and the amount of impact altering their stories could have on their psyche. There were also some consequences to the actions performed by all parties, all of which the show handled gracefully and justly. We also made our way back to where we started, looking to start a whole new journey with Leon.
Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 5 has a bizarre and wacky concept, an equally bizarre protagonist, and faces an uphill battle to become a respected anime despite all of its flaws. While this certainly wasn’t the best episode of the show, it did enough to reassure me that the direction it is headed towards is an entertaining one. Angelica and Olivia joining Leon’s party were always inevitable, but it is a good decision nonetheless. Let’s hope the future brings along even more wackiness our way.
Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 5 was a fun if a little weird episode of a show that doesn’t know the definition of the word “normal”. It was a middling conclusion to a good arc but featured a great start to a newer one as well.
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