I won’t rehash my views on Isekai on this post. There are good isekai, and there are great Isekai. The show we are talking about today works because it takes the characters from the ‘big four’ Isekai (Tanya the Evil, Konosuba, Overlord, and ReZero) and smashes them together for comedic fun. That worked damn well last time, but is the shine still around for the season season? Join me after the cut as we dive into Isekai Quartet 2!
The biggest change this time around for Quartet is the addition of new cast members, namely the three leads from The Rising of the Shield Hero. Now I’ve been vocal on my defense of the series. I found that Shield Hero was a well done series overall, I liked the slow pace, the soundtrack and themes were killer, and it had an interesting story, despite being a little sloppy in some areas. However there was a subset of viewers who really, REALLY did not like the premise of the show and dismissed it whole hand because of that. While I can understand why, I disagreed, and found that the hook of Shield Hero, (while it could have used more time to develop) was a good way to separate it from the myraid of other Isekai. I think Shield Hero has been unfairly lambasted throughout the anime fandom, so I was so glad to see that it was joining the ‘hall of fame’ in Isekai Quartet.
I say all of this, because despite my joy at seeing Shield Hero in this show, I have to wonder if it was the best idea. Throughout the series, Naofumi, Raphtalia and Filo are barely in the show until the last few episodes, and before that they feel rather out of place. I don’t know if that was because of the production schedule, voice actor commitments, or the writers didn’t know what to do with them, they just aren’t really in the show that much. Now this does get better in the last three or so episodes, with some fun scenes. I have to call it like I see it.
Putting that aside though, the rest of Isekai Quartet 2 is more of the same, and thankfully that same is just as fun and funny as it was before. The big draw of the show was putting these characters into a school setting and letting them bounce off each other. With its second season, I was happy to see that Quartet allowed some of the minor characters take center stage. Most notable is Viktoriya from Saga of Tanya the Evil, who really steps into her own with some of these episodes and is a riot. In fact a lot of the cast of Tanya, the weakest of the four, get more time in this season. Albedo from Overlord and the always beloved Yunyun from Konosuba also get great moments. And everyone will remember the final scene with Rem and Ram from ReZero.
Isekai Quartet 2 is more of what made the first season great, so if you liked this show, you will absolutely love its second season. There are so many funny scenes, and its just fun to see all of these different characters together like this. A third season has already been confirmed and I couldn’t be more happy. This is a fun cotton-candy like series that always leaves a smile on your face, even more so if you love the series they come from. If you haven’t seen this series yet and you love Isekai, then you should watch this at once and have yourself a laugh.