Apparently, High School Prodigies have it easy in another world, but what if they didn’t? What if it was hard and brutal and they really had to earn the change they desired? Wouldn’t that be much more satisfying?
What’s going on?
It’s that time again where I take a look at a series I’ve seen and see what I can do to expand, improve, or just completely change it. This time I’m looking at the Winter 2019 series – High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World! It was a series that I started out really enjoying and was quite surprised by some of the ideas it put forward, but then things kind of went off the rails. It probably didn’t help that this was going head to head with Dr. Stone for a while there, but that just made me realise where this series went wrong and how I might have done things a little differently.
What’s the pitch?
Seven high school friends and massive overachievers woke suddenly to find themselves in a strange new world. There were elves, dragons, and other fantasy creatures. Luckily, some villagers found them when a strange metal bird fell out of the sky and brought them back to their village. Unfortunately, not everything was as fantastic as it seemed. One of the group had been badly injured in the accident that brought them to this world and lost several limbs… or at least that’s what they were told. The villagers turned out to be eating them slowly, piece by piece.
The group managed to escape, but one sacrificed himself to give them the chance, taking down most of the village with a homemade explosive device. With only their experiences from their old world and the newfound fear of this new world, they set about preparing themselves for whatever they may find. Their ideas and technological understanding may be the only thing that will keep them safe in this unforgiving world. They found a suitable location to build their base and began to gather information on the surrounding territories and make plans to take the fight to them.
Where did the inspiration come from?
There was plenty of things that I enjoyed in this series, but it pretty quickly fell to pieces. The characters seemed to go against everything they’d said only an episode ago on several occasions and I felt like they would be better off trying to create a world without the mistakes of our past, but they just seemed to want to repeat them. They also had a small and portable nuclear reactor that just made everything way too easy. When I compare it to Dr. Stone it makes it feel like they didn’t even have to try. So, to rectify that, I’ve dropped them into a nightmarish scenario and will make them fight to survive.
Other posts in the series
- Rin and Myura (Isekai Cheat Magician)
- Valkyrie (Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious)
- Susamaru (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
- Hinawa and Maki (Fire Force)
- The Exercise Video (How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?)
- Cain Madhouse (To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts)
- Shizuku (Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest)
- Kohaku Lost? (Dr. Stone)
- Chio’s Daily Commute (Chio’s School Road)
- The Noob! (Overlord)
- Shizu (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
- Noir (Fruits Basket)
- Sniper of the Dead (Highschool of the Dead)
- Liu Xuelan (Darwin’s Game)
- Two Minds, One Body (The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?)
- Plundered (Plunderer)
- Japanese Mochi! (Fruits Basket)
- Pokemon NO! (Pokemon)
- Every Action! (Infinite Dendrogram)
- Hunted to the Ends! (Somali and the Forest Spirit)
- Is It Wrong to Use Sex to Try to Beat a Dungeon? (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)
- Two Blades (Jormungand)
- Regeneration (The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor)
- Samurai School for Girls (Project A-ko)