The Unwanted Undead Adventurer

The Unwanted Undead Adventurer

A slow but surprisingly motivational fantasy anime with an adventurer starting from scratch

7.2

TV Show

Japan
Japanese
Action & Adventure, Animation, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
2024
Ikumi Hasegawa, Mikako Komatsu, Ryota Suzuki
24 min

TLDR

What’s up with this anime season’s tendency for fantasy satire and resurrection?

What it's about

After being devoured by a dragon and becoming a skeleton, Rentt Faina begins his quest to achieve Existential Evolution and hopefully return to civilization in a more humanoid form.

The take

Usually, being swallowed up by a dragon means death. However, for Rentt Faina, The Unwanted Undead Adventurer, becoming a skeleton is just a little setback in achieving his dream of becoming an defender for the kingdom. That’s because in this world, dying doesn’t mean dying– it just means that he has to kill other monsters and absorb their spirit in order to evolve into more human forms, like ghouls and vampires. It’s a strange premise, and the first episode relies on internal monologues, because, well, he doesn’t have the muscles to speak, but it's intriguing to see someone persevere despite having to start all over again. After obtaining the respect of novice adventurer Rina, the show plays out in a fairly entertaining way, with decent visuals, coherent storyline, and a more cautious protagonist we haven’t seen from previous shonen fantasy.

What stands out

Character design. Skeleton characters aren’t exactly new– see every death-inspired work ever created– but The Unwanted Undead Adventurer considers the logistics of not having muscles and the existential contemplation as to whether or not undead characters are the same characters.

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