(*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.)
This series has a fun hook: What if our world’s best assassin was reincarnated in a fantasy world and told to assassinate the hero destined to save it? Now, despite his mission being given by the goddess of this fantasy world, it’s not hard to guess that her reasons for having the hero killed are less than pure. Thus, she is, broadly speaking, a villain—as is our protagonist by proxy.
With this kind of a setup, it’s important to make our protagonist if not likeable than at least sympathetic. There has to be some emotional connection between us and the legendary assassin—something that makes us root for him despite…