While browsing for this season’s latest anime and thinking of trying some shounen anime, I bumped into one specific anime that had a mouthful title: Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii. I’m a real sucker for anime/manga/books with long titles; so this one took my interest right away.
Summary (taken from myanimelist):
Nike, the fourth princess of the Rain Dukedom and one who holds the power to call forth the rain, travels to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius for her country, despite her own reluctance. She soon discovers that the King, who conquered the world in only three years after his ascendance to the throne, is still a child! Furthermore, for trivial reasons, he has demanded that Nike call forth the rain…?!
This was a pretty interesting anime to watch. You have your young evil genius, conquering king, who has a bit of a perverted side to him, and a strong, not-gonna-stand-your-BS heroine.
What I didn’t like about this particular anime is the fact the hero is still just a child! There were plenty of plot holes in the story as well. While watching, a lot of questions popped in my head.
How can a child think like a grown man and conquer the world in just three years? Hitler wasn’t a kid when he tried to take over the world. He was a sick, old, detestable megalomaniac! Could Livius be suffering from some kind of mental illness?
How can Nike fall in love for a child? How can she see Livius as a love interest? When I was in high school and saw elementary
kids, I never thought they were sexually enticing. I thought they were stupid brats.
Another issue I had was the world-building. It’s kind of hard to jump from the real world to the 2D world. I really like it when any of my books or manga and anime takes time to introduce to the reader or viewer how the world in the story works. Unfortunately, this anime has a bit of a world-building problem. Why? Well, it didn’t have any kind of helpful information about Rain Dukedom and Sun Kingdom. What’s the history of these two countries? What’s their connection? Geography? Anything?
Do I recommend this anime?
Surprisingly, yes. I do recommend it. It does have action and a big-chested heroine. So, why not? It’s pretty entertaining and can leave you wanting to watch more episodes. I’m just hoping as the story progress it won’t get dull or get more ridiculous as it is now.