Michio Kaga finds himself in a videogame-like world where he gets some powerful equipment, kills some bandits, and gathers the spoils. When a villager tries to steal some of said spoils for himself, he is caught and turned into a slave, and Michio watches as the village leader personally sells off said slave to a trader in a nearby town. Said slave trader then gives Michio a tantalizing offer: buy a female slave from her, who is willing to… do things with him at night. Sure, she costs a lot, but Michio has five days and zero moral qualms about this so…
Okay, readers, there is something you have to know about this world. In this world, there are people who like some pretty perverse stuff. In normal everyday life, they mostly know better than to indulge in those desires, especially when said desires involve some socially problematic things like slavery. But in secret, they want to fantasize about that kind of stuff. And web novel authors, light novel publishers, and anime companies know the demand for that kind of stuff is out there, and so they make stuff like Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World for those people. This is important to know, because when seeing that garbage like this exists, which is so objectifying of women that it makes Shield Hero look progressive, it’s all too easy to think “why do companies allow trash like this to be made?” And the answer is that, like it or not, there is demand for it. And thus, the point of going through these first impressions is not to evaluate whether this is worth watching or not, because it’s pretty obvious this is absolutely not worth watching for any of this blog’s main readership. The point is to remind everyone that there is an audience for these kinds of shows, and that someone we might be trying to reach out to may be part of that audience.
Oh, and the first two-thirds of the episode, before the slave talk starts, was painfully boring, so that doesn’t help.
For the record, Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World is streaming on Crunchyroll.