(*Note: The review of the first episode is copy-pasted from when I reviewed it for The Fall 2021 Preview Guide—which also includes a review of this episode from other ANN reviewers. The episode 2 and 3 portion of the review is completely new.)
As a longtime player of JRPGs, I am well acquainted with the “not a true companion trope.” In countless games, you get a character who joins the party for a limited time and then stays behind to do their own thing (or dies) while the main party continues their world-spanning adventure. It’s an interesting idea to center a story around one of these characters.
In this case we follow Red, who was the mentor to the hero—the Obi-Wan to this world’s Luke—when they were just starting their journey. However, the world is literally built in a way that ensures he never can never keep up, because each person in this…