Big Order Ep. 1-2: Of human bondage

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This series flew completely under my radar, and it would’ve stayed that way had a co-worker not constantly ask me if I’ve seen it. And now that I have, it’s… well, it’s something, alright. So the story goes a little something like this: Daisy, a supernatural being, has been granting people wishes left and right. In doing so, a special power manifests. These special powers are known as Orders, and sure enough, our hero Eiji has one. In fact, he has the best one: ten years ago, he had wished for world domination, and as a result, he has the ability to bend everyone to his will. It gets a little, uh, S&M-y when he activates his powers. Also, this led to world destruction, but we haven’t quite learned how exactly that managed to happen. At the moment, we just know that Eiji lost control of his abilities, and a lot of people died as a result. This includes Rin’s parents, who is also an Order use. Naturally, she wants to avenge her parents. Unfortunately for her, Eiji is the hero, after all, so he’s got plot armor. He simply dominates her mind, which involves making the girl moan a lot, then afterwards, she is no longer able to directly harm him or his sister. Convenient.

But let’s return to Eiji and his predicament. Our hero’s just trying to survive another six months, because that’s the amount of time his sister has left. Yes, our anime protagonist’s got a sickly sister. Big surprise there. It’s pretty much a required fashion accessory at this point. But wait, wait… they’re not blood-related. Oh anime, what would I do without you? Anyway, due to a series of unfortunate events, Eiji’s sister falls into the clutches of the “Dazaifu Government Organization.” These evil mutants Order users believe that the new world should be ruled by, well, people who have Orders. It’s a pretty common trope, after all. And since Eiji has the ability to dominate the world, who better to lead them than our hero? But wait, Eiji’s not some big, bad baddie! He was just a kid when he wished for world domination. He doesn’t actually want to be Hitler! And most of all, he just wants to spend time with his precious imouto! Well, tough shit, kid. If you don’t listen to us, your sickly sister will die. Eiji might not be bad guy, but he is still an anime guy. As a result, there is nothing more important to him then his precious imouto. And that is where things currently stand.

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Big Order doesn’t have the biggest budget, that’s for sure. Even one episode in, the animation is pretty subpar. It’s not horrendously bad, but you can just tell that there isn’t much love in the production values. It should also come to no surprise, then, that there’s only going to be ten episodes, i.e. eight left to watch. If you’re an optimistic fellow, then it’s entirely possible that the truncated length will lend itself to a taut and efficient narrative. No fillers, no chaff. Hah. In all likelihood, ten episodes mean the story will leave off at some unsatisfying point, and we’ll likely never see a sequel. Would we even want a sequel? Well…. I mean, I could be wrong, but you will probably have to pick up the manga if you ever want to know how this all ends. Which is fine. I’m not exactly blown away by the premise. In fact, I’m most entertained when it’s just Eiji and Rin. She wants to kill him, but she can’t… but that doesn’t mean she has to stop trying. And since she can’t die herself, she can do all sorts of risky things to try and get the job done. It’s kind of humorous even if it’s just a slightly clever contrivance to make her stick by his side.

As for the rest of the characters, well, the jury’s still out on them, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up if I were you. The end of the second episode introduces a slew of new faces, so we know relatively nothing about them at the moment. If I may predict, however, they’ll probably just have gimmicky, one-dimensional personalities tied around their powers. I hope the show can prove me wrong, but I doubt it. With world domination at hand, who’s got time for character development anyway? Plus, if the Eiji-Rin dynamic is the series’ strong point, it’s probably a good idea to just focus on those two anyhow. So while these side characters won’t likely amount to much, it’s not a big deal either. It might even be a boon if it means we can avoid some sort of pseudo-harem developing around the hero. We all know how attractive power can be. In any case, the only character I kind of want to learn more about is Daisy. After all, she’s the one granting all these wishes. Why does she have that ability, and what are her ultimate designs? Sadly, with ten episodes, I can’t help but wonder if this adaptation will even have the time to answer those two questions.

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Anyway, aside from Eiji and Rin, the only other character who gets any significant amount of screentime is Eiji’s sister Sena. Now that’s she’s in a time stasis, however, she likely won’t have much to say. But then again, since they’re not blood-related, that’s not exactly a bad thing. These imouto archetypes never amount to anything interesting. So far, Sena’s super nice, and she wants to spend her time with her onii-chan. Gag. She’s technically a character, but she isn’t really her own person, y’know? She’s just a concept; her purpose in the show is to give Eiji a purpose. Without her, he has no modus operandi. He’d just be some guilt-ridden loser who would probably be suicidal to boot. Without Eiji, Sena ain’t much either. What are her personal motivations (aside from spending time with her oniichan), her dreams, her fears, her wishes, her needs, etc.? Well, who knows, because again, she’s just a concept who serves to complete Eiji. Writing a strong female character doesn’t necessarily mean she has to be some Amazonian battle princess who bench presses boys for fun. It just means creating a fully-fleshed out character whose existence doesn’t hinge on a male character. Well, it’s not like Rin’s a strong character either…

Anyway, I guess I’ll keep following it for now.

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One thought on “Big Order Ep. 1-2: Of human bondage

  1. ioncarryon

    This is why I liked that one cannibalistic show; it’s the one time we see an anime featuring an imouto and makes it interesting. I really wonder how many otaku actually have little sisters and/or are STILL to this day given any extra interest in a show/manga/etc. just because of the little sister inclusion. It can’t still be that big a deal, right?

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