OP: 「OVERLAPPERS」 by Qverktett
「『異変』アルファ・エピソード」 ((Ihen) Arufa Episoodo)
“(Unusual Phenomenon) Alpha Episode”
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you were an innocent high school kid who suddenly and inexplicably gained supernatural powers? Well if you haven’t don’t worry — Studio Trigger did all the work for you!
General Synopsis for people too lazy to check out the Preview
Set in a typical Japanese High School, this show focuses on the lives of five friends who are all members of the literature club. Typically spending their days joking around in their clubroom, everything changed when the only guy in the group, Andou Jurai, was busy screwing around and unleashing his inner chuunibyou. Channeling his inner Dark Flame Dragon, a bright light suddenly came from his hand and bestowed powers to everyone around him.
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this show. I leapt straight on it after realizing that Trigger would be behind things but for a first episode it started off awfully slow. The initial premise was enough to keep me from closing the video but I was really surprised to find myself not really getting into it until the halfway point. That said, I think the point where everything started to click for me was probably when Tomoyo and Chifuyu finally unleashed their ridiculously OP powers during their “magical” physical.
However, the glue that manages to hold this show together is definitely Ju-kun who’s voiced by the always emphatic Okamoto Nobuhiko. His random bursts of chuunibyou make scenes that would be fairly boring pretty exciting and even though he’s basically stuck on being comedic relief when the air gets a little heavy he manages to put out just enough cool to lift him out of being stuck in the derpy/dense category. But what got me so attached to him (and the show to a lesser extent) is the way he loves that useless power of his. While I whole heartily expect that useless dark flame to do something epic down the road, how can you not root for him for keeping such a positive attitude after everyone around him got such cool abilities!?
Which brings me to the an additional point that kept me watching — the cast that supports Ju-kun. Although no one comes close in rivaling how passionate Ju-kun is about the whole ordeal, things wouldn’t be the same without people on the side questioning his decisions and priorities. Each girl in the group brings their own unique personality that helps mellow him out and possible love interest / tsundere / closest chuuni Tomoyo is probably my favorite.
At the end of the day, I’m surprised how hit or miss this show could be for some viewers. If the premise was enough to get you watching then I think you’re in for a fun ride. While things might be a bit slower than what I expected, it’s far from being too slow. The characters and their personalities seem to have more than enough oopmh to create dynamic situations and it probably doesn’t hurt that there’s some serious seiyuu firepower behind them. Sure I’d love to see more of the supernatural elements but it makes sense that you wouldn’t whip them out in a world that doesn’t normally have these things. Overall it’s a pretty solider offering from Trigger. While it’s no Kill La Kill (at least not yet), it has its own charm that shines brightly through the characters. I’m definitely giving it the 3-episode treatment and judging from how crazy the preview looked it seems that this show still has a lot its holding back.
P.S. That Dark Flame that Ju-kun wields is like the embodiment of the thousands of hours I spent playing with friends way back when #nostalgia. Also, the BGM for this show is pretty spot on.
ED: 「You Gotta Love Me!」 by かと*ふく (Kato*Fuku)