DVD Review: Yusibu – The Complete Collection

What do humans and demons have in common? Not much but according to Yusibu: I Couldn’t Become A Hero So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job they share the common goal of working in a retail store. Either way let’s check out what MVM’s latest anime offering has to offer in our DVD Review of Yusibu: I Couldn’t Become A Hero So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job – The Complete Collection.

Synopsis:

Raul Chaser never wanted to work in retail, but when the war against the Demons ended unexpectedly, the Hero Training Program he was in shut down. But although combat-trained Raul may feel out of place dealing with customers in a department store instead of dealing out death with hardened steel, his newest co-worker’s culture shock is even worse. While Fino Bloodstone is ready, eager, and willing to please, she’s also the daughter of the now-deceased Demon King!

Not only are her social skills a little challenged, but it’s going to be up to Raul and the staff to teach her the finer points of the human concept of a “pleasant shopping experience”… not to mention when it’s proper to wear what kind of clothes and whose bed you can sleep in. And they’ll have to do it quick, because there’s a sinister major retail chain moving into the area with plans for global domination.

Our View:

Realistically Yusibu: I Couldn’t Become A Hero So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job, or just “Yusibu” if you wanted to keep it short, should have been known as Yusibu: I Couldn’t Decide on What Type of Anime I Wanted To Be So I Settled With This, as it has elements from different types of anime series that merge together to deliver a rather colourful, but bland, experience. Harem? Yes, Fan-Service? Absolutely, Slice-Of-Life? Potentially, Fantasy? Definitely, Adventure? Sure… and the list goes on; but despite all of this it’s not that good of a series and fails to meet any standards one would expect from any of the aforementioned genres.

Taking place in a fantasy setting, the world is ruled by a Demon King and to defeat this king Hero’s are needed; each of which are trained in academies throughout the globe. However when the Demon King is mysteriously defeated new heroes are not needed, and as such these Hero Academies were shutdown. For one ‘wannabe hero’ known as Raul Chaser this closure meant his dreams of becoming a hero had died, so he reluctantly decided to get a job. As such Raul now lives his life working as a sales man in the magical shop known as Reon; and alas it is here where our ‘long titled anime series’ begins.

Raul dreams of becoming a hero but with the defeat of the demon king this is not possible; however during a regular day at work he becomes acquainted with a girl known as Fino Bloodstone. It’s revealed, rather quickly in fact, that Fino is actually the daughter of the Demon King and she is applying for a job within the magic shop Reon. This new found information puts Raul in a strange scenario on what to do, but alas Fino is given the job and Raul is appointed as her mentor. For the next handful of episodes we see Raul train Fino on how to be a good shop assistant, with the correct procedure of handling customers and interacting with the mechanics of everyday shop work.

Naturally as Fino is unfamiliar with the Human world it does generate some comical moments, especially when it involves clothing and describing features of items to customers, but alas very little evolves from this scenario of events other than Fino becoming familiar with the work. It’s at this point where the series begins to stir things up a bit by introducing old allies of Raul, a potential love-interest in characters from a neighbouring shop and a battle between companies for dominances over sales. It’s very adrupt, slightly confusing and lacks focus – just like my writing style.

I’m not even joking either. For instance one story arc sees a larger corporation open its own Magic Shop within the Royal City and so Fino and Raul visit to see the competition – at the same time other staff members of Reon Magic Shop are invited to a tour of the factory where the magic items are created. It’s clear that items are manufactured on a cheaper scale and can be sold cheaper which means Reon would not be able to compete with the heavy discounts. A battle of corporations and discounts is promised but alas does not arrive. This story ends – sort of – to which we then see a character Raid appear and abduct Fino.

This latest story arc sees Raid, a demon of sorts that is familiar with Fino, abduct Fino in order to resurrect the Demon King and – working with former heroes in training – hopes to reignite the old days of demons ruling the world. This arc sees all of Reon, and some friends from nearby Shops, join forces to defeat Raid and return Fino to her original ‘customer focus’ self. Once again rather adrupt moments see once unknown characters show their magical abilities and involvement within the magic/demon world; of which raise more questions than answers.

Speaking of spontaneous the final episode is an OVA styled episode which sees Raul’s younger sister (who at this point has never been mentioned) appear in Royal City in hopes of seeing her older brother be the hero he always wanted to be. It’s a fun episode; but it definitely shows the spontaneous (and fan-service-filled) nature that this series has to offer.

Extras:

This DVD release via MVM Entertainment of Yusibu: I Couldn’t Become A Hero So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job is just as disappointing as the contents of the series itself as not only does it feature rather simplistic menu presentation but contains a limited number of bonus features on the second DVD discs.

In this case viewers will find textless opening and ending segections of the series, which are petty standard for most anime releases, as well as a selection of trailers for other titles released by the disc author – which is Madman Entertainment.

It’s a simple selection of bonus features for a ‘very simple’ release; so it is to be expected, but at least they have been included rather than left out.

Specs:

Media:  DVD 9 x2
Region: 2
Running Time: 2:39:15 (Disc 1), 2:16:30 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-2
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 224kbps (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 720×576 (576i)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Frame Rate: 25 fps

Overall:

Yusibu: I Couldn’t Become A Hero So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job attempts to go all in with its comical twist of fantasy setting, fan-service themes and real world situations but fails on delivering a consistent story that develops character or relationships. Disregarding the episodic events of the series many elements are left unexplored and the potential love interest between characters, such as Rual and Fino, Raul and Airi, and Raul and Nova, are left untouched – thus ending on an unsatisfactory conclusion that is just as open ended as the how the story began.

A consistent story with a developing plot would have been nice and while elements of the story do develop into something they are quickly overshadowed, or forgotten, by nothingness; even the inclusion o fan-service (full frontal nudity) does nothing to enhance what is already a mudane experience. In short Yusibu: I Couldn’t Become A Hero So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job follows Raul Chaser as he teaches Fino on the ways of being a shop assistant and protecting her from unknown dangers of those finding out her identity. This story sees the characters engage in various different scenarios that soon end up with a Demong King being reborn; albeit briefly as Fino loves being a shop assistant even more. Colourful themed fan-service with a lack of direction is easily the best way to describe this show.

In terms of this DVD release then MVM Entertainment have opted to use disc masters authored by Madman Entertainment in Australia and as result we receive a PAL authored release with a simplistic menu design that mimics other Australian authored titles (Love Live for instance). Although this is a PAL authored release it doesn’t feature the PAL issues that plague other releases (such as GATE’s ghosting and interlacing issues) and during my experience wouldn’t have known its a PAL encode other than comparing it against NTSC materials (which is obviously a good thing). That aside Yusibu is a Japanese audio only release with English subtitles and the English subtitles are clearly readable with a mixture of White and Yellow text appearing depending on who is talking (i.e. main character and background).

This DVD  release of Yusibu: I Couldn’t Become A Hero So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job can be a mixed opinion release; namely a very simplistic (and basic) release that works as intended but is let down by a disappointing series that, at times, does provide a few laughs. Yusibu isn’t a fan-service themed show (such as Monster Musume) but it does have questionable fan-service themeds mixed within its daily adventures of being a sales person. If you work in retailer (which previously I have) then Yusibu: I Couldn’t Become A Hero So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job could be a fun watch; but other than that it doesn’t really offer anything concrete other than wasting a few hours worth of your time.

Score: review-stars-2

Yusibu: I Couldn’t Become A Hero So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job  – The Complete Collection will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray from the 11th June 2018.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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