Have you heard how awesome Tatsuya is? ‘Cause he’s awesome!
We spend minutes painstakingly explaining what Tatsuya did in order to defeat Hanzo. Then we spend minutes painstakingly introducing him to the Disciplinary Committee. Later that day, Miyuki disrobes in front of her brother so that he can fiddle with her CAD or whatever. She then nukes with a spell because he doesn’t just fuck her on the spot. The next day, Tatsuya goes on his very first patrol as a member of the Disciplinary Committee. He quickly saves Erika from sexual assault and breaks up a fight between the kendo club and the kenjutsu club. Wow, what a guy!
• Tatsuya didn’t need magic! He just instantly warped behind the guy thanks to the power of ninjutsu!
• Let’s stand around and talk about Psion waves. In other words, who the fuck cares?
• Oh my god, this fucking explanation is still ongoing. And now, we get a blueprint-like technical analysis of exactly what Tatsuya did in order to win a fight that didn’t even last ten seconds. Hell, probably not even five seconds.
Look, he won. End of story. So why are we sitting here, fapping about details that don’t mean dick all to the show’s characterization or the plot (let’s just pretend either of these things actually exist at the moment). This is like reading some goddamn wiki.
• All the girls stare expectantly at Tatsuya.
Gosh, how are you so awesome, you manly anime specimen!
• And now, one of the girls is squealing over Tatsuya’s CAD because it has been made by a mysterious engineer. So the guy gets specially-crafted stuff for him, and he’s also learning ninjutsu on the side. This is starting to sound like that childhood “friend” who’s always like, “And I can fly! And also, I have invisibility! And you can’t hide from me because I have x-ray vision too! Oh, don’t worry, I have a weakness. But it’s not really a weakness because I can read your every move.”
• But you guys don’t understand! This level of inane details is important! Since we don’t have to worry about silly nonsense like… being interesting, we can slowly world-build, which is so, so important! I can totally feel the compelling drama, the gripping characterizations, and the thrilling plotting boring themselves straight into my brain because I totally know that the Silver Horn has been optimized for Loop Casting!
• More technical analysis:
I can’t get enough technical analysis!
• Magic invocation speed! Target Data Rewriting Strength!
• So, we took four minutes to come to a rather simple fucking conclusion: “I see, so that’s what happens when tests don’t reflect your true abilities.”
• Aw, Hanzo’s now apologizing to Miyuki. He just doesn’t say a damn thing to Tatsuya. After all, our hero’s still a Weed. And grr, even though the one-dimensional discrimination at this school is all based on the perceived superiority of the Blooms over the Weeds, and this guy just kicked my ass, I still won’t be contrite!
• It’s alright. He leaves Tatsuya to a room full of girls all impressed by Tatsuya’s “gun.”
• Mari: “They shouldn’t be all poisoned by discriminatory impulses yet, right?” Uh, were you not here for the last two episodes?
• Two members of the Disciplinary Committee report back to Mari. Of course, they initially take a bit of umbrage with Tatsuya’s presence, but after hearing how our hero managed to easily defeat Hanzo, they’re now glad to have him around. This is another thing that’s silly about the discrimination in this anime. The elitist attitudes of the Blooms solely hinges upon the perceived notion that every single Weed is not only worse than them, but drastically worse. At any average school, however, the distribution of aptitude is most likely going to be one continuous gradient. But not at this school though! You have one chunk of smart students, and one chunk of not so smart students. So of course, when you contrive such an unnatural scenario, you really take the air out of the discrimination subplot. It’s simply not believable.
• Afterwards, more boring spell talk at the Shiba household. Miyuki wants Tatsuya to recalibrate her CAD — that saucy lass — and this means she has to strip down to just her underwear. Meanwhile, Tatsuya gives us this face:
I’m watching such an amazing anime.
• Y’know, it at least took Kirito half a season to win over the girl of his dreams. Asuna didn’t just throw herself at her Gary Stu right from the very start.
• Miyuki: “Or is it perhaps that you don’t see me as a member of the opposite sex?” What an asinine thing to say. Guess who else is a member of the opposite sex? Tatsuya’s mother. Sure, sure, she’s probably dead or whatever, but by Miyuki’s logic, he should be willing and ready to bone his own mom just because she’s a member of the opposite sex. Let’s just throw the whole “Oh by the way, we’re blood-related” thing right out of the window.
• Miyuki then accuses her brother of having too much fun talking to Mayumi and Mari earlier today. For someone who loves her brother so much, Miyuki is fucking blind. ‘Cause here’s a random sampling of Tatsuya’s facial expressions throughout this very episode:
Basically, a piece of lumber does a better job of emoting than this guy. :I
• The imouto then nukes him with a spell because she thinks he has had lecherous thoughts for the aforementioned girls. Great, she’s violent too. But hey, now we get to see Tatsuya all naked and shit. Even recovering from an injury has to be a long and drawn out process as Tatsuya vomits jargon in the audience’s direction. Load Magic Sequence! Core Eidos Data!
• Shockingly enough, he’s been knocked out for the entire night. It is now morning time. Yes, Miyuki was so jealous, that she knocked her brother out for an entire evening. But don’t worry, ’cause she assures her brother it was just a prank gone wrong. Yep, this is one of the main characters. And not only that, you’re supposed to root for the strong bond between her and Tatsuya. Right.
• At school, Tatsuya comes face-to-face with Shun again. Basically, you have a lot of grimacing and a lot of yelling. Same ol’ one-dimensional discrimination.
• On his patrol, Tatsuya spots a group of students nearly stripping Erika of her clothes just because they wanted her to join their respective clubs. Are you serious? You can’t be serious, right?
• Our hero then springs into action! He quickly grabs one of Erika’s hands and absconds with her! But oh no, her shirt has come undone and we can see her cleavage!
• “I’m so mad that you saw my cleavage! I’m so, so very mad! If you want to make up for it… you’ll have to… uguu, spend time with me…” /blush
Is this real life? No, guys, this isn’t a harem anime! Trust me!
• Tatsuya: “…maybe I’m just not as emotionally invested.” Understatement of the year.
• All of a sudden, the kendo club and the kenjutsu club begin to butt heads. But not if Tatsuya has anything to say about it!
Very cool. So dashing.
And once again, in less than five seconds, Tatsuya subdues another male asshole, thereby adding another female admirer to his collection. The rest of the kenjutsu club tries to gang up on our hero, but naturally, his ninjutsu proves superior.
• On the side, a guy pushes up his glasses with a single finger and mutters, “Omoishiroi.” Christ, could you get any more generic?
Three episodes in, no signs of an interesting plot yet. Just another day in the life of a Shiba Tatsuya. Yeah, he’s pretty much a hardcore Gary Stu.