I’m sure someone out there could come up with a reason why anime set inside MMOs have really become a thing recently. Is it really as simple as anime fans also happen to be big MMO players so fellating them with MMO appreciation is exactly the way to get them on your side and to buy your product? I feel like there’s some kind of wider statement you could make about anime Japanese otaku and these kinds of stories. The desire to actually get outside and meet people while still being able to stay within a world they actually understand? I’m probably reading too much into this.
In case you hadn’t figured it out from the opening paragraph, Ixion Saga D-T D-T D-T D-T D-T D-T D-T D-T D-T yeah that opening is rather enthusiastic to keep the letters D-T in our minds. The story is about the same loser nerdy gamer from every anime ever dropping into an MMO and then going around completing quests, doing escort missions with princesses, buying ridiculous clothing in taverns, you know the drill. Where it differs from something like Sword Art Online is that it doesn’t take itself even remotely seriously. It’s all goofy and exaggerated nonsense. The main character defeats the boss by kicking him in the balls with a pair of dragon shoes.
Which I’m totally down for. The more steps anime take away from Sword Art Online the better. Ixion Saga DT would have really helped its case though if it was actually funny. Name dropping Final Fantasy isn’t humour. It’s referencing, the worst excuse for humour. Either that, or it’s the character saying he’s a virgin and it’s funny because it’s about sex. Or how about there’s a TRAP who ensnares the main character and then makes him feel his privates because we all know that’s what trannys do.
Everything in Ixion Saga is campy and colourful, but it’s just pulling off the same tired boring cliches that other fantasy-themed MMO games do. Ironically rolling your eyes at them makes you self-aware, but that doesn’t change that these kinds of things are boring in the first place. I genuinely like this director a lot. He directed some of my all-time favourite comedy anime like School Rumble, Gintama and Daily Lives of Highschool Boys. But in those 3 cases, he was just adapting strong source material. When left to make something original (Ixion Saga does have a game, but this story has nothing to do with it), he’s left found sorely wanting.