「天才か愚者か」 (Tensai ka gusha ka)
“Genius or Fool”
While not introducing any major developments, Luck and Logic’s second installment steers the series in the right direction.
Last week’s Luck and Logic did a remarkable job of tastefully relaying the lore. This week was no different. Through fun scenes involving all the characters, the series not only manages to provide informative exposition, but also start to flesh out the personalities of the main cast. We got a better look at Chloe’s airheadedness, Yurine’s insecurities with power and authority, and Asuha’s quirky reticence. I really like how Yurine and Tsurugi conflict at the top of their pack, creating tension to their dynamic, which I have no doubt the show will play with moving forward, especially with the concluding development. All of the characters are so far likable and not completely obnoxious. Even the outspoken ditz comes off as goofy and cute rather than annoying or excessive—a feat rarely achieved in anime.
However, I still can’t help feel that the lore itself is still convoluted and messy—the specialized jargon is far too extraneous. Though Luck and Logic does do a good job of communicating it all in a digestible fashion, in spite of how superfluously complicated it seems. I also do like how you really can’t tell this show is based on a card game, other than a few, necessary moments which scream the motif. I’m also interested to see how they bring meaning to the bond between a Convenanter and a Logicalist (looks how ridiculous these terms sound)—how it comes about, what it means in the long run, and what relationships they can share.
Not a lot of bad stuff has been said about our protagonist so far, and for good reason—he’s an immensely likable fellow. He’s not bumbling with social anxiety or struggling with getting the hang of his powers. He’s experienced, proficient, and sociable, as well as a family man. However, he’s also got a tattered past—no doubt the result of some deep character flaw—so he still has potential for a lot of development, despite his already-established competence.
I’m confused as to what role Olga will serve in the plot (is he a villain, ally, comic relief?), but I’m sure he’ll be important as the series goes on. If he does become an antagonist (at least to some degree), I would find it appropriate—he’s got nice levels of snark and intimidation about him.
Though the show is still remarkably beautiful, I still find the costume designs jarringly gaudy, which isn’t much helped by the rough CG work. I found the quick nod to fanservice, though, absolutely hilarious. A tasteful acknowledgment of the undeniably impractical engineering which afflicts much of battle-anime—a fun and clever little bit of satire.
Though this week’s Luck and Logic doesn’t spend much time establishing a greater narrative arc going forward, it does make an effort to pay the groundwork for its mythos and characters. I’d rather have a series take its time than rush ahead at full speed. I look forward to further learning about this world, its characters, and its villains.
ED: 「盟約の彼方」 (Meiyaku no Kanata ) by (Emi Nitta)