NINGEN FUSHIN: ADVENTURERS WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN HUMANITY WILL SAVE THE WORLD — FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Hello, and welcome to my very first impression of a series from the Winter 2023 lineup. Today we’ll be looking at Ningen Fushin: Adventurers Who Don’t Believe in Humanity Will Save the World

This series, I’m guessing to no one’s surprise because of the title, is originally a light novel written by Shinta Fuji, and is released in English by Yen Press. Then, per course, there’s a manga adaptation that uses light novel illustrations as the base for the character designs. The artists who worked on them are Kawakami Masaki and Susumu Kuroi respectively and manga is available in English as well. GEEKTOYS is a studio that I haven’t heard of before, which isn’t a surprise because I haven’t seen any of the series they have put out before.

Now that the credits are out of the way, let’s take a look at what I thought after giving the first episode a go!

Did I know this series beforehand? Had no idea what it was about and went into it blindly, without reading the summary. I suspected it might turn out to be an isekai, but the title gave me the impression that there would at least be an attempt at being funny. I never say no to comedy.

What is it about? It really does pour when it starts to rain. Nick has lost a lot of things he thought were important for him in a flash: the party he was a member of, whose captain he always looked up to, suddenly says that Nick doesn’t fit into the group he envisioned and he should find some other group. Then, it’s his girlfriend’s time to rub salt on these fresh wounds. With no girlfriend and no party, he goes down the path anyone in his shoes would go. He becomes an idol otaku.

But any otaku would know that it’s darn expensive being one! All those merch and concerts; it’s not easy to support your favorite idol. Having no luck at his first attempt at finding a new group, he hits a tavern to drown his sorrows but the odd group he has to share his table with, a mage, a cleric, and a dragonian, turns out to be more eccentric than Nick expects, but equally fed up with how life, and other humans, have treated them.

What to look out for? When everyone in the group talks about their backstories, we find out that the cleric among the group is falsely accused of sexual assault by a child he was helping and thus he’s excommunicated. 

What do I think? To be honest… it wasn’t so bad? I’m fed up with the fantasy/isekai release rate being 20875408753 series/season. And going into it, what I was feeling wasn’t more than a “mehh…” so maybe the bar being veeery low played a role in me wanting to watch at least a couple of more episodes. The animation looks smooth enough, although seems like there aren’t any risks taken when designing characters or places, they look more or less like any other fantasy anime adventure party. 

However, the premise is interesting and while our eccentric cast has trust issues when it comes to others caused by one event or the other, they aren’t perfect themselves either. For example, the mage Tiana is a talented and hard-working young woman but her now ex-fianceé feels threatened by her achievements and now she’s left behind for someone else. Pick any series with “Villanesse” of “Otome Game” in the title and you’ll see a similar backstory used. However, while Tiana is self-reflecting and trying to stand on her two feet by job hunting, she winds up betting in a race track and wins. This instant gratification doesn’t do her good and she develops gamble addiction.

Although Zem’s (the cleric who was falsely accused) story had me raise an eyebrow, it’s not big enough of a deal breaker for me to drop the series. 

Will I continue watching? I’ll definitely give a couple of more episodes a watch because I feel like there’s potential. I’m curious whether this series will end up being stale and generic, or if they’ll be able to bring these jaded individuals together in a compelling way and manage to create at least a somewhat interesting journey that I’ll want to stick with till the end. I feel like people who already enjoy fantasy will definitely be happy with this premise!

As always, interested to hear your thoughts! Have you seen Ningen Fushin: Adventurers Who Don’t Believe in Humanity Will Save the World? Would you be interested in giving it a shot? Let me know in the comments or over on Twitter

The next morning, however…
Now this is a problem I can relate to!

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4 Replies to “NINGEN FUSHIN: ADVENTURERS WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN HUMANITY WILL SAVE THE WORLD — FIRST IMPRESSIONS”

  1. i haven’t watched this and idk if i will but it looks really nice and there’s something about all these elements that don’t usually go together that are making me curious about how things will pan out xD

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    1. Tbh it’s not something I’d go out of my way to watch or wait excitedly for the release xD But interestingly, it made me want to at least stick with it a couple of episodes more and see how it’ll develop. That’s one thing the series did a good job of, I think!

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