I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.: Episode 1 – “I Couldn’t Be a Hero, so I’m Working the Register”

I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job. (which is known as Yusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shushoku o Ketsui Shimashita) is based on a light novel written by Jun Sakyou and illustrated by Masaki Inuzumi. The anime is produced by Asread, and is directed by Kinji Yoshimoto. As of this writing, the series is being simulcast on Crunchyroll of Fridays.

The main character of the series is Raul Chaser, who was working at passing his Hero Exam. Unfortunately, before he could become a hero, the hero program was suspended; the Demon Lord is gone and the demon empire has collapsed, so it’s decided there’s no longer a need for the program.

Raul ends up getting a job at Leon Magic Shop, which is an electronics store. One day, a person wearing a hood comes in with a resume and demands to talk with the manager. When the person goes back with the manager, the resume is left behind. Raul looks at the resume and discovers that it says the person is the child of the Demon Lord. The person, who is named Fino, ends up being hired over Raul’s objections, and Raul is in charge of them. Since Fino wears a hood, Raul assumes that Fino is male.

Raul has a hard time working with Fino, between Fino not understanding the idea of being polite or being respectful and the fact that Raul was training to defeat the Demon Lord before the hero program was shuttered. However, Raul gets a major shock after accidentally discovering that Fino is actually female.

While this first episode is an establishing episode for the characters and the world they inhabit, there’s actually action going on where it doesn’t feel like a major “info dump.” The story itself seems to have some promise, and there were some amusing elements that appeared in this episode.

However, I felt the series was relying a little too heavily on “fan service” with some of the female characters, especially in several scenes where they could have worked just as well, if not better, without the fan service. There were times when I felt the fan service was a little on the gratuitous side. But then again, being a female, I’m not exactly in the target market for the fan service being provided.

I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job. seems to have some promise when it comes to its story, so I will definitely watch the next episode to see how the story progresses. However, for me personally, the amount of  fan service is a little on the distracting side, so the levels of fan service going forward could potentially make or break this series for me and determine whether or not I stick it out to the end.

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