I’m Standing on a Million Lives Episode 23 Review

With recycled plot points from the last mission in the alternate world, I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 23 is just disappointing. Dragon Bishops again? I thought the curse of Jiffon Island was over with? Apparently it isn’t and we’re going to be forced to continue this plot line until the end of the anime. I’m going to start dreading Friday’s at this rate.

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Where can I watch I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 23?

Crunchyroll is main culprit that’s perpetrating this anime on the general public. For all of the good anime that they have at their site, there’s an equal number of bad anime. It is easy to access any and all of them, it’s just sometimes they’re buried on the site and you have to intentionally look for them. That’s not the case with Million Lives episode 23 right now. You can easily catch it because it’s being put forward on the front page.

If you didn’t want to go to Crunchyroll to see this anime, you could always go over to VRV. The two companies have an agreement that allows subscribers at VRV’s site to access Crunchyroll’s content. VRV has the same agreement with several other sites as well. Because of that, you can watch Million Lives over there as well.

Watch I’m Standing on a Million Lives Episode 23 at Crunchyroll or VRV

How was the story in I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 23?

First off, I called it! I knew something was off with Jezby when she was first introduced in episode 19. Here are my exact words on my first impressions of her:

At this point I don’t trust Jezby and from the looks of it, neither does Glen. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jezby was somehow connected with what the heroes have to undo.

The big reveal here in episode 23 that Jezby is the Dragon Bishop plaguing Zagroth was satisfying simply for the fact that I called it. The rest of the story was either a mess or just disappointing.

Do you remember the Dragon Bishop from Jiffon Island? He’s the guy that brought the Orc Queen to the island and stirred up hostilities between the orcs and humans. Apparently there’s a whole group of them. The Dragon Bishops’ goal is to resurrect the dragons, which will lead to humanity’s destruction. This just so happens to be the future that the heroes are trying to stop in their world.

The problem with this new element of the story is that it’s tied in with probably the worst moment of this anime. I’m Standing on a Million Lives‘s time on Jiffon island was full of plot holes, ridiculously bad story elements and was just downright boring. I’ll always remember the mine cart full of lava that just appeared out of nowhere. It epitomizes the ridiculousness of the entire arc.

Why does that have any bearing on what’s going on now?

With bringing back the Dragon Bishops as the main group of bad guys, it makes me think that Million Lives has nothing better to offer. If it has nothing better than what we saw on Jiffon Island, I’m seriously going to regret ever picking up this anime to review. This anime is lucky that we’re at the end of the summer season and some other series are wrapping up. I’m very tempted to drop it right now but I don’t have Welcome to Demon School Iruma-kun to review anymore and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime season 2 is about to finish up as well.

Now back to the topic at hand, with the reintroduction of the Dragon Bishops I audibly sighed in disappointment and frustration. I thought we were past this nightmare but apparently that was not the case. It’s going to be shoved down our throats for the rest of the anime. Oh boy!

What did I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 23 get right?

I have nothing written down in my notes for this section. There wasn’t anything about episode 23 that struck me as above average. Moments that were supposed to be emotional fell flat. Fighting with the monsters was average at best. I just didn’t really care because Million Lives hasn’t done what it needed to do to make me care. It’s like we’re all just going through the motions at this point.

What did I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 23 get wrong?

Where do I start? I know, let’s start with the revelation that Iris has a wireworm attached to her brain. Am I supposed to feel sympathetic to this girl who’s been nothing but horrible since we met her? Also, aren’t the heroes a little suspicious that the only two times we’ve seen the wireworm has been when Jezby’s around? You’d think they’d make a connection.

Let’s look into that first question before moving on. Iris has been an entitled, spoiled and downright horrible child ever since we met her. She’s the epitome of a spoiled rich kid that thinks they’re better than everyone else. Even after they’re chased out of Zagroth, Iris’s attitude doesn’t change. Am I supposed to be sad that she’s dead now just because Torii grew attached to her? Yes, it’s sad that a young girl had a wireworm attached to her brain, but I’m not broken up about it.

Now let’s get into what’s going on with Jezby for a moment. When the heroes first met Jezby, they were quickly confronted with her “father” infected with a wireworm. Next, the monsters attacked Zagroth pretty soon after Jezby returned to the village. Of the escapees, Jezby is one of the few left alive, yet the monsters are still chasing them down. I’d think that if the monsters were being used for revenge, they’d stop after the chief was killed.

So what?

All of this is highly suspicious. Jezby was able to survive outside of Zagroth even though she was surrounded by powerful monsters, had others die around her without getting a scratch herself and just seems to have bad things happen around her. She’s the common denominator. At least Glen was able to figure this out. Unfortunately that revelation has it’s own problems.

After a blow to the head, Lanan regains his ability to talk and reveals that Jezby isn’t his sister. That’s all well and good except for one thing, all of the townspeople of Zagroth have memories of Jezby prior to the heroes arriving back with her. Wouldn’t that mean that Jezby’s backstory was legitimate?

There was nothing to indicate that Jezby used any type of magic on the entire town of Zagroth when the heroes brought her there. She was recognized immediately by everyone that they came across. Why, then, did Lanan need to be brainwashed? There should’ve been some sort of history between the two. It just doesn’t add up.

Are you going to complain about anything else?

You know what, yes, I am. Let’s move on to the monsters that are supposedly stronger than they previously were. This was a problem back when the heroes first arrived in the area surrounding Zagroth. Yotsuya mentioned that the monsters were stronger, and we even got to see some one-hit kills on the heroes. Why are they falling so easily during the fighting then? You’d think that these higher level monsters would take multiple hits by the heroes before they died. They don’t though. They’re one-hit kills themselves.

I have a hard time believing that the monsters have really gotten stronger when we’re not shown any reason to believe it. They’re on the same level that they’ve always been at. That goes for the troll as well.

I think that’s enough for today. There are a few other things that bothered me, but I’ve done enough complaining for one review.

Is I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 23 worth watching?

I don’t think so. I’m Standing on a Million Lives episode 23 follows along with the rest of this anime and is hardly worth your time. I’m only reviewing it because I committed to early on. Thankfully there’s just one more episode to go. Now I won’t have to deal with a sense of dread every Friday. I’ll have to replace this anime with something that’s actually fun to watch. We’ll see what the Fall anime season has to offer.

Now go watch some anime!

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