For the past few weeks, every episode of Eromanga-Sensei surprises me a little. And it’s yet to be a good surprise. Two weeks ago it was the realisation that the sibling relationship in the show was going to be more than familial while this week it was the adding of the harem tag to the show.
This week saw the full introduction of yet another rival light novel author, Muramasa. Another young girl who strives to create a work that she can give one-million out of a hundred. It also happens that she’s in love with Masamune and his writing. If you’ve been enjoying this show, and I’m still not sure if I have been or not, you will have enjoyed this episodes. Muramasa’s confession and ambition to halt the Izumis’ dream brings Sagiri further out of her shell, and for the first time outside of the ending credits, out of her room. In addition, Masamune is continuing to work hard on converting his light novel about a younger sister into a publishable work, which by the end of the episode, is the envy of both of his fellow authors.
Dan Machi or Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon was billed as one of the biggest show of this spring’s anime line up. Based on the light novel series by Fujino Ōmori, it is a show portraying a teenage boy’s dream: the underdog hero who exceeds all expectations in a dungeon full of monsters and beautiful girls – who incidentally, all happen to love him.
Background and plot
In the city of Orario there is a giant dungeon that is the domain of monsters and glory seeking adventurers. It also happens that the God’s have decided to transcend to this city, giving up their heavenly power (for the most part), creating familia of adventurers to advance far into the dungeon. The main character is Bell Cranel, a young boy with no family who seeks out a familia to join and begin adventuring. He ends up with Hestia, in a familia that comes as close to a group of hobos as is possible when you’re led by a God.
In a bold move, I did a search of the web for well rated anime released in the last year. Bold because it almost certainly meant a season of sub, shock horror. I ended up with The Irregular at Magic High School. So, what did I think of it?
The show focuses on two siblings set in a world where magic is used as modern technology and, more importantly, as a weapon. We’re introduced to the pair as if the younger sister, Miyuki, is a prodigy and her older brother, Tatsuya, is a failing half-wit. It doesn’t take long to realise this is plainly not the case.
For the most part, as you might have guessed, the show is based in the First Magic High School. One of nine magic high schools in Japan, it accepts only those that have shown the gift of magic. However, on arrival entrants are divided into course 1 and course 2 students. Miyuki is a course 1 student while Tatsuya is a course 2 student.
The first arc of the show focuses on the inevitable prejudices that arise from splitting students so categorically at the start of the studies. In the first episode we are introduced to the terms Blooms and Weeds. Pretty nasty. It doesn’t take long after this for Tatsuya to show off how not-bad his powers actually are. After joining the disciplinary committee (says enough about his power in a school with magicians, doesn’t it?) and taking out 3 upperclassmen (for good reason it should be said), he becomes a bit of celebrity. At this stage, his ‘prodigy’ sister isn’t doing too much, apart from the scenes where she is loving her brother a bit too much.