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EP. REVIEW: Handyman Saitō in Another World




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Aerdra



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2023 7:55 pm Reply with quote
Humor is hit-or-miss in general. Some skits had me laughing unexpectedly, while others were just meh. Since the show doesn't linger on any one skit for too long, there's several great moments every episode. This show would've worked well as a half-length or a short, but it works fine with full-length episodes too.

The first episode is my favorite among the three so far, having the best of the comedic skits. The next two episodes added more world-building and narrative. The show might try to develop an actual plot underneath all the loosely connected skits.
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Definitely agree that ep 1 was the best one, tellingly its also the one episode that featured almost no fan service. 2-3 were just barely worth watching and I might drop at 4 if it doesn't improve significantly.

The handyman aspect also only sorta work, none of his skill are particularly special, lockpicking is a staple of the genre, any thief/rogue would be far more useful than him in the group. If the show leaned a bit more that way it could be good, but it feel like were genuinely supposed to think he's incredibly useful to the group when he's just not really, which makes the entire thing feel like it's kinda laughing at him and his party member who can't get anyone better. Coincidentally I just meet up with an old friend of mine who became a locksmith and companies are absolutely desperate for hiring more and rolling out the red carpet for them. He's not hurting salary wise and from what I understand most of them end up going independent and making fist full of money to the point where they turn down work. Maybe it's different in japan but I doubt it, so the whole "woe is me" aspect really fail for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2023 2:05 am Reply with quote
It's weird that they don't do anything all that interesting with the handyman aspect. He has some useful skills but nothing all that special or unique.

I get that he's described as an average guy with nothing special about him but this is the first story I've seen actually follow through on that promise.
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smurky turkey



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2023 11:49 am Reply with quote
everydaygamer wrote:
It's weird that they don't do anything all that interesting with the handyman aspect. He has some useful skills but nothing all that special or unique.

I get that he's described as an average guy with nothing special about him but this is the first story I've seen actually follow through on that promise.


Agreed, though some of his skills are mighty handy in a dungeon.
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Minos_Kurumada



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2023 11:05 pm Reply with quote
I must agree with the series doing nothing interesting with Saito.

I mean, even freaking Konosuba had the savviness of using Kasuma's rudimentary knowledge of modern stuff to replicate some of them and get him money.

Saito should know about mechanic, plumbing and electricity, he obviously knows how to work leather to the point of replicating a quite complicated backpack and has knowledge of modern hand tools like saws and screwdrivers.

What does he does with all of that?

He opens chests, something that episode 4 shows its not even a rare skill, I dont get it.

Up to now everything I like about the show it's actually everything that has nothing to do with him.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2023 11:45 pm Reply with quote
So Raelza is Morlock's daughter or granddaughter? Was that revealed before and I missed it? I feel like I might be missing quite a bit due to the vignette structure of the series coupled with my Swiss cheese memory. Man, woman, person, cleric, tank, indeed.

For a second that cavern looked like Kagome's storage room. Smile Then I was impressed that even a locomotive had gotten isekai'ed.

Minos_Kurumada wrote:
He opens chests, something that episode 4 shows its not even a rare skill.

But Saito's better at it than your average lockpick, what with his modern tools, and experience with probably much more advanced locks than they have in this medieval setting.
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absent



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2023 12:28 am Reply with quote
Minos_Kurumada wrote:
I must agree with the series doing nothing interesting with Saito.

I mean, even freaking Konosuba had the savviness of using Kasuma's rudimentary knowledge of modern stuff to replicate some of them and get him money.

Saito should know about mechanic, plumbing and electricity, he obviously knows how to work leather to the point of replicating a quite complicated backpack and has knowledge of modern hand tools like saws and screwdrivers.

What does he does with all of that?

He opens chests, something that episode 4 shows its not even a rare skill, I dont get it.

Up to now everything I like about the show it's actually everything that has nothing to do with him.


Also shown in this episode is the modification to Raelza's armor that lets her pop it off in a pinch, and the silver flasks he crafted to carry holy water. He's not a god, but he's using his (very mundane) skills for more than lockpicking. I don't know what more you're expecting.

Consider also that this world doesn't have most of the manufactured parts that a professional in his world would expect to have. It's a lot harder to utilize your skills without those.
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Minos_Kurumada



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2023 11:25 am Reply with quote
Gina Szanboti wrote:

But Saito's better at it than your average lockpick, what with his modern tools, and experience with probably much more advanced locks than they have in this medieval setting.


We actually know nothing of the guy, he could be bellow average, if he is better then he could stablish a lock piking school and find a good craftsman who could replicate the instruments to sell them.

absent wrote:


Also shown in this episode is the modification to Raelza's armor that lets her pop it off in a pinch, and the silver flasks he crafted to carry holy water. He's not a god, but he's using his (very mundane) skills for more than lockpicking. I don't know what more you're expecting.

Consider also that this world doesn't have most of the manufactured parts that a professional in his world would expect to have. It's a lot harder to utilize your skills without those.


The flask are not special and the armor popping trick is exactly what I am asking, more of that please.

For example, the electricity trap, lets change it to the floor being charged, then Saito devises insulative shoes to pass it, simple and justifies this being an isekai.
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absent



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2023 6:14 pm Reply with quote
Minos_Kurumada wrote:
The flask are not special and the armor popping trick is exactly what I am asking, more of that please.

For example, the electricity trap, lets change it to the floor being charged, then Saito devises insulative shoes to pass it, simple and justifies this being an isekai.


I don't agree that it needs to do more to "justify" being an isekai, and I'd rather it didn't shoehorn more power into Saito solely to that end. You might not find the utilization of his skills to be anything special, but it's been made clear several times over that characters in the world do. I think the show has taken a refreshingly grounded approach to this format.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2023 7:56 pm Reply with quote
Minos_Kurumada wrote:
Gina Szanboti wrote:

But Saito's better at it than your average lockpick, what with his modern tools, and experience with probably much more advanced locks than they have in this medieval setting.

We actually know nothing of the guy, he could be bellow average, if he is better then he could stablish a lock piking school and find a good craftsman who could replicate the instruments to sell them.

Well now you're just dumping on him because he's not doing what you think you'd do. Smile

Sure, he could be below average in our world, but as absent noted, his skillz seem to be above average in this world. And why would he open a school unless he has a dream of being a teacher instead of an adventurer? Not that that was his dream either, but he's enjoying himself anyway. If he established a school for extra income or something, he'd be shooting his own party in the foot if adventuring was still his main gig once he trained people to run his school. Do they need the competition? Could he trust this hypothetical craftsman to share the income? Is there a legal framework here to protect his trade secrets?

He wants to be an adventurer with a group that he likes and that apparently values him as well as his usefulness, and there's nothing wrong with that.
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Minos_Kurumada



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2023 9:54 pm Reply with quote
absent wrote:

I don't agree that it needs to do more to "justify" being an isekai, and I'd rather it didn't shoehorn more power into Saito solely to that end. You might not find the utilization of his skills to be anything special, but it's been made clear several times over that characters in the world do. I think the show has taken a refreshingly grounded approach to this format.


Outside the fact that I am the third person on this treat who has said the same thing, he is doing so little with what he knows it's actually not believable to me and its dispelling my suspension of disbelief.

If what he has done is enough for you, that's ok and I am happy for you, but, it is not enough for me.

Gina Szanboti wrote:

Well now you're just dumping on him because he's not doing what you think you'd do. Smile

Sure, he could be below average in our world, but as absent noted, his skillz seem to be above average in this world. And why would he open a school unless he has a dream of being a teacher instead of an adventurer? Not that that was his dream either, but he's enjoying himself anyway. If he established a school for extra income or something, he'd be shooting his own party in the foot if adventuring was still his main gig once he trained people to run his school. Do they need the competition? Could he trust this hypothetical craftsman to share the income? Is there a legal framework here to protect his trade secrets?

He wants to be an adventurer with a group that he likes and that apparently values him as well as his usefulness, and there's nothing wrong with that.


I don't see how I can answer to that, we don't know if he is adobe average or not, we don't know if he wants to be an adventurer, we don't know if he is enjoying or just looking for money for food and shelter.

Now that I think about it, we know nothing outside the fact that he was very sad in our world...

We don't know what his shelter status is nor what he eats nor if he needs money or if he is ok...

Humm... I think the problem here it's a problem of world building than characterization.

Yeah, I think I will simply stop watching this, thank you for making me realice its not for me.
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