First Impression: Am I Actually the Strongest?

Bullied at school and becoming a shut-in, a young man eventually dies while locked in his room. Thankfully, this is anime, so that’s not the end of the story! A goddess decides to reincarnate him and make him overpowered in a fantasy world, where he’s reborn as an infant to the king and queen. There’s just one problem—he’s misevaluated as having virtually no magic, and his royal parents decide that he should be abandoned in the woods, where he’ll die from exposure or maybe even possibly get eaten by a giant fox demon. If that last bit sounds oddly specific, it’s because that’s exactly what’s about to happen when our infant hero uses his barrier magic to utterly defeat the demon, whom he nicknames Flay. Soon, Flay has attached herself as a servant to the baby, whom she believes is the reincarnation of the demon king. Both are brought into the household of a compassionate warrior, and, nine years later, “Haruto” has grown into a powerful young boy, though nothing much else has changed as he’d still rather stay in his room all day. But when he leaves that room and shows his power, Haruto proves to be something special. In fact, he may be a little too powerful. Could it be that he’s actually the strongest?

If you’re looking for a fun isekai series that doesn’t take itself too seriously (and doesn’t want you to take it too seriously either), look no further than Am I Actually the Strongest? Although episode one felt a little scattered and a little too much occurred (the MC’s death, rebirth, abandonment, victory, adoption, growth, reveal of his doppelganger, and display of power, whew!), all is forgiven because of how entertaining it was. The tiny baby about to bury a giant fox demon under thousands of tons of earth was an unexpected and hilarious moment, as was the scene where the king and queen quickly and emphatically decided to get rid of the infant. Smaller moments, too, like the silly conversations between Flay and Haruto and the heartfelt words spoken by his adoptive family, lead me to believe that there’s going to be a lot to love about this show. Keep this one on tap as a sneaky fun pick to watch in summer 2023.

Am I Actually the Strongest? is available to stream on Crunchyroll.


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