Beast Tamer (shortened from “Yuusha Party wo Tsuihou sareta Beast Tamer, Saikyoushu no Nekomimi Shoujo to Deau” — loosely translated, “The Beast Tamer Who Got Kicked Out From His Party Meets a Cat Girl From a Superior Race“) is a lighthearted Fantasy anime premiering in Fall of 2022.
The studio responsible for Beast Tamer is EMT Squared, a relatively unknown studio who has not produced any noticeable hits in the anime sphere.
Of course, that’s only as of yet. Time will tell if that stays true.
We meet our protagonist, Rein. He is called in to a meeting with his party members only to be told that he’s been fired from going on heroic adventures with them. They don’t do it softly, either; many members of the party flat out call him useless and tell him to leave his gear and go away.
Rein does this, and thus ends the bond between them.
Make Something of Yourself
Rein sits alone under a tree for a long while, contemplating what to do. With little money and no gear, there’s not a lot he can do with himself now.
A few children run up to him and ask him to do a trick for them. Rein obliges and forms a temporary contract with a nearby bird, who he commands to do a few small tricks for the children, much to their amazement.
As the children talk amongst themselves, Rein has an idea to become a solo adventurer with the adventurers guild rather than a Hero in a party.
Do You Know What You’re Doing?
Upon meeting the receptionist, Rein asks for more information about being an adventurer. One thing I particularly like that this anime does is that they gloss over the needless details; all too often with these Fantasy anime with guilds, they’ll go into intricate explanations for well known concepts.
However, when registering as his Class — a Beast Tamer — the receptionist looks worried for him and tells him to be extra careful. Beast Tamers, it seems, are not well suited for combat whatsoever.
A Side Quest Appears
Rein’s trial quest is to kill 10 goblins and collect 20 of a specific type of herb. He uses a squirrel to help him locate the goblins before using his weapon.
As Rein is defeating low tier goblins with a bit of difficulty, he hears a shriek nearby and runs over to try and assist. He spots a woman with cat ears and a tail lying on the ground in front of a large clawed monster.
He attempts to attack it but his weapon breaks. He accepts his fate, telling the woman to run away. He doesn’t mind, he reasons with himself that at least he could help somebody else. The woman, however, drop kicks the large beast from the sky.
An Instant Bond
Rein catches the girl after she passes out from exhaustion and notes her cat ears. This girl is a rare Cat Spirit, a race of beast that are going extinct but exceptionally strong without the use of magic.
When she wakes up, Rein feeds her. We learn her name is Kanade and she was dying of hunger when he found her. She’s incredibly thankful.
As the two walk and talk, they form a bond very quickly. Rein tells stories of what happened to him with his party members. Kanade is angry on his behalf but calms down after he says it was probably for the best. She states that they’re missing out, because Rein is super strong.
A bit puzzled by this, Rein asks what she means only for her to reveal that when they met, Kanade felt a buzzing in her head that told her Rein could possibly tame her — a feat only very powerful Beast Tamers can attain. He gives it a shot.
Lo and behold, Kanade and Rein are now bonded with a spirit contract. A mark appears on Kanade’s hand as proof.
Bond Strengthened, roll outro.
Opinions / Analysis
With many series premieres, it’s normal to feel like it goes a bit fast sometimes. After all, there’s a lot of information to get to the viewer in a short amount of time. While I feel that this episode did go quick, I also believe it didn’t feel out of place. This feels like a lighthearted, non-plot-heavy anime.
I don’t predict that much plot will happen episode to episode, which is why this episode felt so chunky — one thing leads to the next, which leads to these characters meeting, which leads to their bond — okay, NOW the anime can start!
I feel like the first episode isn’t a good indication of how the anime will feel from here on out. We’re only just beginning.
I did notice as well that the tags on MyAnimeList include ‘harem‘, so while there’s only one girl so far, I predict we’ll see more.
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