This is another show that started off with a good idea and then did nothing with it. It suffered from the first problem, in what is the name of the crfapping show? The search has it come up as “When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace” (“Inō-Batoru wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de”), but it is also known in Japan as “Inou Battle Within Everyday Life” and “Inou-Battle in the Usually Daze.”
We are in Senkō High School’s Literature Club, who is reading “Hunger Game” or “Divergent” or “Fifty Shades of Gray”. The story focuses on its five members (from right to left) who are: Tomoyo Kanzaki, Hatoko Kushikawa, Jurai Andō, Chifuyu Himeki and Sayumi Takanashi. They have all developed superpowers from a strange and bizarre incident. These superpowers (such as they are) have now become a part of their everyday lives, as they battle against others wielding similar powers.
The sixth person, Mirei Kudō, is not part of the club, but the Student Council president, who also has obtained these powers. It’s just that the powers seem a bit limited. Slow down time or manipulate the basic elements or create matter or space. Then, once they figure out how to use these powers, they…………do nothing with them. They have a hard time understanding these powers anyway, but what do you do with them? There was an old “Saturday Night Live” sketch, “The Interesting Four”, superheroes with marginal powers, like Weather Woman, who can raise or lower the temperature in a room by 17 degrees. These folks are kind of like that.
Then, in the middle of the show, the bad guys show up, then, go away. Huh? Aren’t you going to do battle? Oh, you’re on tour and they keep you on a strict schedule? I understand that.
The show dissolved into a harem comedy (five girls and a guy? Where else can it go?), until the very end when something that looked like a real plot showed up, but by then it was too little too late. It’s just that the show did not do anything, really, in regards to these special talents. Wouldn’t you at least want to put on some outrageous outfit and run through the streets, proclaiming your ability to help all those in need? Wouldn’t you want to scare bad people with the black flame you hold in your hand (even though you are the only one to know it does nothing at all?) into submission so they stop their acts of mayhem? Wouldn’t you like to know the real reason you have these powers? I know I would.
It’s just that we got too obsessed with “Chuunibyou”. Huh? Basically, you get to the 8th Grade and you become a Know-It-All, even though those around you realize you don’t know Jack. This was a show that didn’t really know what it wanted to be and ended up being a rather convoluted mess and eventually went nowhere fast. If you will excuse me, I’ll go back to reading my book now. “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times…..” Yup, I agree.
On a scale of 1 to 10:
Artwork 7 (The eyes are far too big)
Plot 7 (Good start, bad execution)
Pacing 6 (Slows down in the middle)
Effectiveness 7 (Hit and miss)
Conclusion 7 (It reaches a ‘coupler’, but doesn’t really end)
Fan Service 2 (A similar show would be “Okamisan”)
Overall 7 (Got a bit too aimless for me)
And remember, it’s first run until you’ve seen it. Beware my Dark and Dark!