The Isekai genre has been a mainstay of anime for years, but Netflix’s new series “Uncle from Another World” flips the genre on its head with a hilarious first episode.
For the uninitiated, isekai means “different or other world.” In this genre, protagonists are often transported, summoned, or reincarnated into a fantastical world filled with swords and sorcery. No matter how the protagonists arrive in this new world they find themselves, they quickly become entangled in tales of danger, intrigue and other high fantasy tropes. “Uncle from Another World” asks the question, “What if the protagonist returns to their old life?” The answer? Hilarity.
Yosuke Shibazaki, the title uncle. He wakes up after a 17 year coma and finds himself in Japan in 2017, having woken from his 17-year hibernation. He is now living in Japan, where technology and culture have made it as far as possible.
Yosuke’s nephew, Takafumi Takaoka, first arrives to inform his recently awoken uncle of the harsh realities of modern life only to discover that his uncle’s insane ramblings concerning his isekai adventures were all true.
Shibazaki, Takaoka create the perfect pairing manzai Comedy duo, Shibazaki as the funny man and Takaoka as the straight man. His often painfully funny recollections from his time in the fantasy realm are hilarious. Shibazaki’s nephew, Takaoka, acts as the straight man and reacts perfectly to his uncle’s ignorance and tribulations. The jokes are hard-hitting and fast, which is typical of manzai comedy. “Uncle from Another World’s” visual gags, misunderstandings, and mundane uses of fantastical powers left me in stitches.
Hotondoshindeiru wrote and illustrated the series and Kadokawa Shoten published it. The Netflix series is currently being simulcast in Asia, with the global release delayed by two more weeks. The first episode of “Uncle from Another World” is available now and is rated TV-MA.
By BHIT YOON
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