I have no witty introduction for this movie so instead let us get right to talking about Laidbackers.
Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Running Time: 58 minutes and 30 seconds (Reason for the specific time is because there are additional scenes midway during the end credits)
Plot Summary: In a land under constant siege and turmoil a brave knight and her group of misfits ventured forth to take down the malevolent Demon Lord Valvaran. To avoid defeat the Demon Lord resurrected herself in another world. The knight and her allies chased her down and they too were sort of reborn in the new world. There the heroines from an alliance with the former Demon Lord to gather dark fragments by defeating corrupted monsters. The new world? Modern day Japan.
On the one hand we have a story about lady warriors transported to “our world”, a Reverse-Isekai situation, and doing battle against rogue monsters.
On the other hand we have a college girl (Bless the writers for breaking the mold) having a bunch of powerful weirdos rooming with her. Fortunately unlike other isekai and reverse-isekai stories the writers skipped the “fish out of water” stuff and began the story with the warriors accustomed to life in modern suburbia compared to their home world where every day was a battle for survival. Here they spend most of their spare time either slacking off and enjoying their new life, going to work and relishing the benefits of this world (manga for example), finding a new purpose or stressing over the former Demon Lord potentially reverting to her old ways. I just mentioned the character arcs for the four legendary heroines. I leave viewers to see for themselves which is which.
On the other end we have the new and (to some) improved Valvaran living with a teacher who took her in and is waiting patiently for her to come of age. Valvaran struggles with who she was then and who she is now.
Kumi has her own personal struggle but it takes a back seat to her dealing with everyone else, which she does not really mind.
And that is it. This may be mistaken for a Yuri Quickie but that really is all there is to the movie. My best guess is the movie is a pilot for a potential TV anime and if that is true then sure, I would not mind watching a Laidbackers anime. I am not clamoring for one but if one gets greenlit, cool.
The animation reminds me of Flip Flappers, especially Harami who looks a lot like Papika. There are two battles in the movie which is where the animation shines brightest. The soundtrack fits the movie but little else.
Overall Laidbackers is a solid pilot for a potential anime should it ever happen. It has a solid cast with a solid premise and solid presentation. If we ever get more, cool.
Feel free to add in the comments whether you are on Team Valvaran or Team Mao (ENDRO~!) when it comes to moe demon lords.