OP: 「アイデンティティ」 (Aidentiti) by 酒井ミキオ (Sakai Mikio)
「落第騎士 I」 (Rakudai Kishi I)
“The Worst One I”
I absolutely loved everything about this first episode. From the pacing to the slight changes from the source material to fit its transition into an anime, the entire thing felt like a perfect pairing between source and studio. And come on, who doesn’t want a little more SILVER LINK in their lives?!
Stella and Ikki
Getting back on track, I loved how well this first episode managed to capture the essence of what made me love the manga and its two main characters. There’s just something about the chemistry between Stella and Ikki which works all the way down to the essence of their characters, somehow blending together almost seamlessly. Starting with Ikki, he’s the definition of a true gentleman and doesn’t let the little things get in his way. I mean, how often do you see a guy take the typical accidental peeping moment and turn it into pure comedic gold? And not only that, but when the situation gets out of hand because that’s just how tsunderes work, he defuses it with pure honesty about how he felt about having a beautiful girl in front of him?! Man, can you imagine how much other male leads could learn from Ikki? That said, don’t let me make you think Stella isn’t just as amazing as a person as Ikki is. Even with her tsundere side blatantly showing, it takes someone pretty emotionally intelligent to hear the offending party’s words when in tsundere mode. Toss in how she’s so innocent that a little bit of lust can completely overtake her and it makes you wonder how a character who should be cookie cutter can be so far from it?
The Strongest and The Weakest
I know of another show that has a premise eerily similar to this one, except this one definitely doesn’t come off as another reincarnation of Magical Jesus. With obvious built-in faults and a back story that tries to push the idea that the talent-less cannot beat those with talent, we have an awesome main male lead known as Ikki who just oozes with that underdog feel we all love to root for. Sure, his skills of reflecting someone’s style at them isn’t anything new, but seeing how he can only do so much with it, the idea of defeat isn’t one that seems far away in some distant land. If anything, it feels like it could happen at anytime! On the other hand, you also have to love how they handled Stella and how she didn’t come off as a privileged bitch by the end of the episode. Because after her outburst during the beginning of the episode, watching her become humbled by Ikki and his situation/mannerisms was the perfect way to establish she’s probably a really nice person.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m extremely happy with this show. While it remains to be seen whether or not the rest of the season will be as good, early signs are pointing to a resounding yes. I hope you guys enjoyed this first episode as much as I did, and I’ll catch you next week!