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Old 2014-10-06, 20:54   Link #41
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I think having the central protagonist of the story going through chuuni doesn't work as well as keeping the characteristic outside of the spotlight. It works for instances like OreShura or Chunnibyou where the embarrassment of the character is the humorous part, or the reaction of the main character to the antics of a chuuni support. In this case it feels just grating. Worse, the personalities of the supporting cast feels very understated and don't particularly stand out to me. And at this point, I don't even see why they tolerate Andou. There is no described history between them and they clearly seem consistently annoyed with his antics. If any romance develops at this point, with the whole rom-com angle already implied, it feels like it would be purely out of pity rather than some genuine characteristic he possesses that makes him endearing.

Worse, the actual appearance of a plot or "bad guys" just reinforces his chuuni-ness. At least it could have had the amusing aspect of him perceiving wide-reaching plots only to have it be completely normal in the end, but even that isn't in the cards.

I guess I'll stick it out for another episode or two and hope that there is some turn around
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Old 2014-10-06, 21:04   Link #42
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Oh great another one of those "Main Character is useless while everyone else especially the loli is super OP and just insult the guy at every turn" kind of anime. Kinda dissapointing really.

I'll give it a try but if there is no pay off for the MC sooner or later than I might just drop this no matter if it's a Trigger anime or not.

Is it so difficult to make an anime where the power scale is even across the board?

This kind of comedy is really tiresome, it's always either one end of the spectrum or the other never inbetween.

So far not impressed, did chuckle at a few parts but not as I said not impressed.
Um... isn't the timestop girl the main character? The narration happens from her perspective, and we hear her internal thoughts. So far, both of them have been in pretty much every scene together, so what reason is there to call the guy the MC? Other than standard harem protocol?
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Old 2014-10-06, 21:15   Link #43
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Worse, the actual appearance of a plot or "bad guys" just reinforces his chuuni-ness. At least it could have had the amusing aspect of him perceiving wide-reaching plots only to have it be completely normal in the end, but even that isn't in the cards.
And how do you know it isn't? We have no evidence that that guy at the end is anyone important. He could be some other random chuunibyou who got superpowers. He could a powerless chuunibyou who's pretending to have powers using tools to make himself hang there upside down. He could simply be a figment of Andou's imagination. Don't jump to conclusions. The whole premise of this series as stated by preview material is that these kids get superpowers and expect it to mean that something special is going to happen around them, but nothing happens.
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Old 2014-10-06, 21:31   Link #44
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And how do you know it isn't? We have no evidence that that guy at the end is anyone important. He could be some other random chuunibyou who got superpowers. He could a powerless chuunibyou who's pretending to have powers using tools to make himself hang there upside down. He could simply be a figment of Andou's imagination. Don't jump to conclusions. The whole premise of this series as stated by preview material is that these kids get superpowers and expect it to mean that something special is going to happen around them, but nothing happens.
The fact that there has already been one additional character introduced that tried to steal their powers, in the first episode.

I'm trying not to jump to conclusions! That's why I'm going to give it a few more episodes, but that first encounter really seemed contrary to the whole point of the series. A group of kids get special powers, but nothing happens... except something happens in the first episode. And clearly others have gotten some superpowers as well, which sets the stage for more things to happen that goes beyond the ordinary life thing.

I dunno, I'm not condemning it outright, it just doesn't feel like it is executing what the premise seemed intent on doing.
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Old 2014-10-06, 21:36   Link #45
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The fact that there has already been one additional character introduced that tried to steal their powers, in the first episode.

I'm trying not to jump to conclusions! That's why I'm going to give it a few more episodes, but that first encounter really seemed contrary to the whole point of the series. A group of kids get special powers, but nothing happens... except something happens in the first episode. And clearly others have gotten some superpowers as well, which sets the stage for more things to happen that goes beyond the ordinary life thing.

I dunno, I'm not condemning it outright, it just doesn't feel like it is executing what the premise seemed intent on doing.
Read how Crunchyroll titled the series: When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace. Just because Battles become commonplace, doesn't mean that anything plot related has to happen. It could just be that supernatural antics happen in their daily lives for FUN.
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Old 2014-10-06, 22:06   Link #46
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do you know where to read the novels? I just wanna confirm if he really is useless, if he is, then I might drop this.
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Old 2014-10-06, 22:08   Link #47
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It happens quite often, in fact. It is simply not this kind of anime. That's one of the jokes of the series: the boy who was crazy chuuniboyou about having supernatural powers ended up with something worthless, while the girls who couldn't have cared less ended up with world-breaking superpowers.
My guess is that the final arc of the anime they'll realize his power is actually ultra OP but only under certain conditions, allowing him to save the day.
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Old 2014-10-06, 22:10   Link #48
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"Chuuni" wasn't funny the first time, it didn't suddenly become interesting this time either. Oh, and I'll pass on having a look at the real people behind the voices every time the episode ends.
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Old 2014-10-06, 22:27   Link #49
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I lulzed.

Will follow for now.

Edit: After reading some discussion on the LN it seems like the show will turn crazy enough for Trigger to showcase their talents.

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Old 2014-10-06, 23:05   Link #50
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I lulzed.

Will follow for now.

Edit: After reading some discussion on the LN it seems like the show will turn crazy enough for Trigger to showcase their talents.
can you link me to the said LN discussion? hmmm will the guy remain useless?
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Old 2014-10-06, 23:08   Link #51
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I'm quite in the minority, but after the sour taste of Kill La kill (terrible show, IMO), this is quite better, even if someone thinks it's a "betrayal" because of the target material.
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Old 2014-10-06, 23:18   Link #52
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As largely an anime-only viewer, I think this is looking to be a pretty fun series.

That, and Sayumi (and her pantyhose legs - mangatron will love ) just instantly caught my eye. lol
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Old 2014-10-06, 23:40   Link #53
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It's an interesting premise - What if a hardcore chuunibyou person discovered/gained actual superpowers and/or other fantastical elements, and they became part of that person's everyday world?

However, it should be noted that this has kind of been done at least twice before in anime.

Spoiler for The two shows in question, you will be spoiled on these shows a bit if you open this.:


This show seems to be taking a much more comedic approach to it, and I'm not sure if that works as well. Like kasimmorathi wrote, what makes chuuni comedy work is the fact that it's nonsensical, that it is in fact hammy characters playing make believe. So the sheer silliness of it all is what makes it amusing. But it's much less silly if people really do have superpowers.

To be fair, "My make believe simulations turn real?! Wowsers!" can be a good joke gimmick for a little bit, which is why I did chuckle a bit at Episode 1, but I'm not sure it'll work that well for a full show. Especially with the high-level powers here - It would be easier for it to be funny if the superpowers were all laughably low level, like the MC's appears to be.

Nothing laughable about the following, though...

1) Molecule Man
2) Captain Planet minus the Superman bits
3) Akemi Homura on steroids
4) ...Healer/repairer? Not quite sure how to take this one remaining superpower.

That's rather high level, on the whole, and the superhero fan in me can't help but think "Why the hell aren't these people trying to use their powers in practical, everyday ways to either help themselves or help others or both?" They're just training their superpowers once a month? What an utter waste, man!


But, to be fair, the show definitely has its strengths. The character designs are very nice, the seiyu work is excellent, and the action scenes are decent so far. I particularly like Tomoyo. She has an exceptionally nice character design, and she strikes me a bit as a strange blend of Haruhi Suzumiya and Maki Nishikino.

For those reasons, and others, I'll be sticking with the show. I am interested in seeing if it sticks to primarily comedy.
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Old 2014-10-06, 23:45   Link #54
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That's rather high level, on the whole, and the superhero fan in me can't help but think "Why the hell aren't these people trying to use their powers in practical, everyday ways to either help themselves or help others or both?" They're just training their superpowers once a month? What an utter waste, man!
I always got the feeling that Japanese culture on the whole is about not standing out in a way that society disapproves of. In this case aside from Andou, everyone else just wanted a normal life?

There's also the fact that they're not sure how they got their powers, so maybe they're trying to keep it on the down low until they have more information. What if they reveal their powers only to have some shady organization come after them (which seem to be the case in a lot of other super power stories)?

The crime rate in Japan is generally pretty low too isn't it? In a lot of superhero stories the superheroes end up only fighting supervillains, so maybe without a supervillain they're just not motivated?
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I always got the feeling that Japanese culture on the whole is about not standing out in a way that society disapproves of. In this case aside from Andou, everyone else just wanted a normal life?
If someone gave you a billion dollars, would you say "No thank you, I'd rather just have a normal life?"

Some of these powers are every bit as empowering as a billion dollars would be (in fact, some of them could almost certainly earn you a billion dollars if you played things right).

I could certainly understand some caution on the part of the major characters, but why not put on a magic show, for example? Molecule Girl, Captain Planet Girl, and Time-Stop Girl could do that very easily, and have people in complete awe of them.

To be fair, maybe they will do something like this later on.
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Old 2014-10-07, 00:14   Link #56
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1) Molecule Man
2) Captain Planet minus the Superman bits
3) Akemi Homura on steroids
4) ...Healer/repairer? Not quite sure how to take this one remaining superpower.
Reminds me of Orehime's healing shield from Bleach
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Old 2014-10-07, 00:19   Link #57
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If someone gave you a billion dollars, would you say "No thank you, I'd rather just have a normal life?"

Some of these powers are every bit as empowering as a billion dollars would be (in fact, some of them could almost certainly earn you a billion dollars if you played things right).

I could certainly understand some caution on the part of the major characters, but why not put on a magic show, for example? Molecule Girl, Captain Planet Girl, and Time-Stop Girl could do that very easily, and have people in complete awe of them.

To be fair, maybe they will do something like this later on.
Well, maybe they want to finish high school first. It's the 'rosy' part of Japanese life after all. Even Peter Parker didn't do any heroics until after he graduated (Spiderman movie).
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Old 2014-10-07, 00:23   Link #58
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They could do something to attract attention, and show off how special they are. But since they don't know where these powers came from, why they have them, or who else might have similar powers, they are justifiably hestiant to do so. Alerting other people to their presence, people who might have powers and who might not be nice, could cause all sorts of disaster. And if they have, in fact, been chosen to be some sort of heroes, then coming out like that could alert whatever "enemies" they might unknowingly have to their identities.

Even putting that aside, the powers they have could literally change the world. Even using them in some way that might seem like the right thing to do could have immense, unforeseen consequences, far beyond the level of things kids their age should have to figure out how to handle. Right now, they're wiser to stay out of it all. The ethical questions, the moral questions, the decisions that could accidentally destroy all life on the planet... better to leave it alone until they're better equipped to make the right choices.
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Old 2014-10-07, 00:26   Link #59
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Is he going to be useless?

Is the main character going to be useless? Since the LN is already far ahead can someone tell me how is power turns out to be and the character pairings? Thank you
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Old 2014-10-07, 06:02   Link #60
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Has there been information from the LN yet?
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