What happens when God accidentally kills you? Are you revived, or do you go to heaven? Well in the case of In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.), Touya Mochizuki gets sent to a magical world with his – you guessed it – smartphone. With the anime industry currently filled with Isekai stories, you will either ignore or be hyped for this series; depending on whether you’re tired of, or thrilled by, the genre. I’ll tell you this though, In Another World With My Smartphone is a self-aware series, and is in no way serious. Don’t expect it to be another KonoSuba or Re:Zero. With that in mind, let’s dive into the anime and make sure you keep your smartphone on hand!
In Another World With My Smartphone originated as a Japanese web novel series written by Patora Fuyuhara with illustrations by Eiji Usatsuka. It’s currently being localized by J-Novel Club in English for the Western audience. With more than 100 million views on the site it is being published on, no wonder it got an anime adaptation.
The story revolves around Touya’s new nonchalant lifestyle in the fantasy world he’s resurrected in. He takes on quests, and solves political issues between various countries and kingdoms in the world. Throughout his journey, Touya meets new allies to befriend and maybe even betroth. The story has some decent pacing for an anime, yet the season unfortunately has an open ending. Questions are left unanswered and it’s hard to say if there will be a sequel or not. Regardless, you can pick up the light novels on BookWalker and continue the story that way.
The anime has a seemingly minimal animation budget, with the action scenes standing out as especially low quality. The music is average at best and the art style is fine. Honestly speaking, I don’t think the animation or music detract from the sense of enjoyment you can get while watching the anime. Everything works well together. This anime is in no way spectacular and in fact falls short on many aspects if you look at it seriously. Overall, it is simply average, and that’s okay. At least the girls are cute…that’s always a bonus, right?
If you want to watch an Isekai anime and have a good time, this is definitely a show to check out. If you want something more serious, I suggest you wait for the upcoming Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody anime adaptation.
Alternatively, you can read our review of Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Vol 1 here.