I was going to write up a review of I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 14 right after I watched it. Thankfully that did not happen. In the time between me watching this anime and writing this review I had a chance to gather some thoughts. Unfortunately, that time could not change my mind that episode 14 was pretty bland.
Where can I watch I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 14?
The current season of this anime is airing on Crunchyroll. As such, you can also catch it over at VRV if you’ve got a subscription there. I don’t personally see the point in having a subscription to both services so I’m just going to stick with Crunchyroll for this one.
Outside of those two places I didn’t see any legitimate place to watch. It’s not that they’re not out there, I just wasn’t going to spend half my day looking for the most obscure, legitimate method. No matter what, you’d have to have a subscription and it’s not worth going beyond the main options, in my opinion.
How was the story in episode 14?
To put it bluntly, it was a little bland. Yuusuke Yotsuya worked to level up as best he could while the others trained to fight. The mercenaries hired by the humans on Jiffon also trained to fight. This led to an artificial feeling argument over who should be fighting. It was solved by one of the mercenaries, who was from Jiffon, giving an “inspirational” speech to rally everyone to the cause.
I just don’t buy it. There’s nothing here that hasn’t been done before. There’s nothing here that hasn’t been done better somewhere else. Because of that, I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 14 falls flat.
I saw one comment on Crunchyroll’s website that described Keita Torii, the newest member of the group, as a “Discount Spear Hero.” The commenter was obviously referring to Motoyasu Kitamura from The Rising of the Shield Hero. That anime, by all accounts, is much better than I’m Standing on a Million Lives.
Kitamura, as the Spear Hero, is strong, arrogant, gullible and stupid. Torii has the same feel to him, only a little less in all departments. Torii acts that a total Bro in episode 14, but he’s not as useless or interfering.
Did you see any other similarities between the two anime?
As I had time to think a little bit, I saw some similarities between Yuusuke Yotsuya and Naofumi Iwatani, the main character from The Rising of the Shield Hero. Both characters were summoned to a new world and given seemingly useless jobs. Both have had to develop those jobs in order to compensate for a team of lackluster compatriots.
The only problem is that I’m Standing on a Million Lives is a much less interesting anime. I’m sorry if you like this one, but I can’t help but feel that way.
With all that in mind, did I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 14 get anything right?
It did. Watching Yotsuya figure out that he needed to train a different way than the others was refreshing. His realization that becoming a blacksmith was a good turn of events was also enjoyable to see. Everyone can’t be a warrior or mage after all.
Yotsuya worked hard to hone his skills and come up with a way that he could be useful. It’s good to see. I almost expected him to master his blacksmith job and create some masterwork items. Unfortunately Yotsuya only made an ugly looking axe that also had a spike on the back. It seems effective.
What did episode 14 get wrong?
The biggest negative about I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 14 is that the episode is just sort of bland. It felt like a chore to watch this episode. That’s not something that I really want to say, but it’s how I feel.
Even the moment of the episode that was supposed to be funny didn’t really come through. As it turns out, Yana and Aoiu are Jiffon idols. Their position as the island idols is cemented when the ceremonial song that the two girls perform turns out to be a pop song. I have to admit, at this point I just wanted to turn the episode off.
I know the anime was trying to be cute, but it just didn’t work. It reminded me of one of those moments when someone is trying so hard to be funny that they fail miserably. You know what I’m talking about, there’s usually an awkward silence that comes right after the joke fails. That’s what this felt like.
Is I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 14 worth watching?
I’m going to say no. I just wanted this anime episode to be over with about half-way through. If it weren’t for the fact that I’m watching this season in order to review it I probably would’ve. There are so many more anime out there that are worth your time. This one so far just comes across as a discount Rising of the Shield Hero. Hopefully things will get better from here.
Now go watch some anime!