Anime titles seem to get longer every year and Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?, which translates into Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They? certainly follows that trend so I will just refer to it as Mondaiji. The series is about three teenagers (Izayoi Sakamaki, Asuka Kudou, and You Kasukabe) that are summoned to the world of Little Garden by the bunny girl Kurousagi to help her community defeat the devil king. Izayoi, Asuka, and You each have a gift which grants them special powers and has left them bored of their home worlds so they relish at the opportunity to help Kurousagi and explore Little Garden. In order to become strong enough to defeat the devil king though, they need to participate in gift games where they battle with various deities, spirits, and demon lords and win prizes that help their community grow.
Mondaiji was produced by Diomedea and the first season consists of 10 episodes. The director was Tasutaka Yamamoto, who has directed Shinryaku!? Ika Musume and the Valkyria anime. Considering Mondaiji was produced by a studio that was only formed in 2005 and directed by a relatively unknown director, it was very well-done. The main focus of the series is action and comedy, which it never sways from. Mondaiji doesn’t even fall into the trap of fanservice; despite Kurousagi always hopping around wearing a miniskirt, there is not one panty shot because her miniskirt is a magical anti-peeping miniskirt. Diomedea does an excellent job of making sure the action scenes have you glued to the screen with their wonderful animation quality. When the characters aren’t involved in a fight, things stay entertaining with Kurousagi usually ending up as the butt of the jokes.
What makes Mondaiji different from the regular “lets save the world” type of anime is that the characters are far from being good-natured. After being summoned to the Little Garden, the first thing they do is attack Kurousagi. As the title suggests, they are problem children and sometimes run off on their own to find something fun to do, much to Kurousagi’s frustration.
The only thing that I found upsetting about the series was that it was only 10 episodes long. It leaves little room to develop the characters and really delve into the story. However, considering the great animation, interesting story, likable characters, and overall positive reviews of the series, there will probably be a second season in the future. Before that happens, I recommend giving the first season a watch so you don’t miss out on what looks to be a great franchise in the making.