Has the potential to be good, but not enough to convince me to continue writing.
That opening statement points out my biggest frustration with the show so far: the lack of delicious fanservice. Maybe it’s a shallow wish, but admittedly the main appeal of an ecchi title is nudity, especially if they put the effort into making things erotic. And being that this was animated by the same team that brought us Highschool DxD, I was expecting a parade of uncensored tits and a plethora of sexual situations to get my jollies running. Unfortunately the most daring boner bait this first episode had to offer was a ditzy maid landing her bouncy bits face first into a guy’s face. And the rest of the fanservice? A tsundere pettanko claiming the lead that saved her is his servant. Didn’t we already get that in Seikoku no Dragonar last season?
Speaking of things we’ve seen before, almost everything this show has to offer so far has a been-there-done-that feeling to it. It has the premise of Infinite Stratos, the setting of Zero no Tsukaima, the spirit-capturing aspect of Campione, and your typical line-up of girls in a harem. In summary, it’s basically a world with magic that requires the help of spirit pacts possible only by females, and follows the adventure of a lone male spirit contractor who now attends an all-girls school including a tsundere pettanko, an oujo, a strict kuudere and a ditzy maid. Sure it’s competently presented with consistent pacing, fun action and world building that tries its best to avoid info dumps. But the core material here is so generic that I can’t help but complain despite the effort.
So if it isn’t unique and it doesn’t satisfy the basic needs for an ecchi series, is there anything that keeps me writing about it? Yes; Kazehaya Kamito makes for a surprisingly entertaining lead. He doesn’t really stand-out as a standalone character, and he still gets caught in naughty accidents or fought over like a typical harem lead would. But what makes him so fun to watch is how he responds to these girls and how his existence in this world really feels like an anomaly. Rather than the entire classroom trying to jump into his pants like Infinite Stratos, the girls view him with a mixture of caution and curiosity. It doesn’t help that the only previous male spirit contractor was a demon lord, so it becomes less about how this guy can grab every girl in the room and more about fitting naturally into an environment that views him like an alien. It also helps that he’s nowhere near as dense as the average harem protagonist goes. He knows how to respond differently to each girl and even teases them from time to time. If this show was all about him, I’d be sold.
As far as an ecchi comedy goes, it’s lacking the boldness to be erotic or hilarious. As a fantasy action series, the exposition is poorly delivered and the action borders around average. But as a harem revolving around a competent, yet protective lead trying to fit in with a school population entirely consisting of girls? Now that it might deliver on, but it isn’t worth the amount of time to put it in writing. Expect a mention in the unblogged post at the end of the season.