We now return to the land of the dull, where competitions lack competition and action scenes last less than a minute.
Joking aside, I don’t want to jump on the hate bandwagon like a lot of people have on forums. I sincerely believe that there’s some aspects of this show that still work, particularly when it doesn’t continue to kiss the ass of Tatsuya 24/7. Giving the secondary characters some time to shine provides much needed personality to the long, dull lectures. Having an abundance of powerful figures both inside and outside his family not only adds to the theme of discrimination, but also gives something for Tatsuya to prove despite his ever-increasing harem and pack of bros. Even the dull exposition at least gives relevant information for the story later on, and Tatsuya has enough cracks to hint at a human personality behind his robotic exterior. Lastly, this show still captures my interest when it comes to demonstrating the magic in this world, particularly in the action scenes and sports competitions.
But here’s the thing though: none of this keeps the overall experience from being extremely dull. Part of this is certainly due to the long line of lectures coming out of Tatsuya’s mouth, but a bigger reason is that THERE IS NOT A SINGLE LEGITIMATE THREAT TO OUR MAIN CHARACTERS! I gave a free pass to the first arc because they made it clear the villains were low level, but the level of analysis these students are capable of and how easily they handle disasters such as a flying car wreck stretches my level of disbelief to the point of being torn apart, especially when it’s taken seriously. This doesn’t just involve the dangers outside of school, but the sports festival as well. Even when it tries to run its own magical spin on sports competitions, it forgets that the key allure of these plot lines aren’t the games: IT’S THE FREAKING COMPETITION! Oh sure there’s occasional mentions of other teams winning, but all on-screen footage consists of PMUAHS dominating the field or showing off a heroic sacrifice for others safety.
And speaking of flaws I let pass for far too long, I can’t stand Miyuki as a character. I know that beating on incest pandering for modern anime is derivative, and I see the appeal of the fetish from time to time (examples: Mikan from ToLoveRu, Nazuna from Working, etc). However, there’s a difference between pandering and freaking milking it for all its worth. Miyuki is not a character; she’s an extension of Tatsuya who’s sole purpose is to sing praises about him or serve as incest bait so obvious a neon sign saying “SLAM THIS NOW” should pop in front of him. Not once does she ever function as an individual character, nor do the writers stop desperately trying to proclaim her hotness. And just like Michael Bay did with explosions in Transformers Age of Extinction, Miyuki has abused the word “Nii-san” to the point of boredom/irritation. If it wasn’t for the fact she actively plays a role when danger calls, I would see no use in her even existing in this show.
I’m starting to lose my patience with this series, and so are alot of people. The hype for this show has dropped fast since its airing time, and fans of the light novel have told me that this is a rushed adaptation. If that’s the case, then whoever’s in charge is clearly focusing on the source’s worst aspects. My only hope at this point is for some more cool action scenes, because whatever intrigue it has built up is shrouded by the snores of a million viewers.