「オーダー!目覚めろ、悪の力! BIG destruction」 (OoDaa! Mesameru, Warunori! BIG destruction)
“Order! Awaken, Evil Powers! Big Destruction”
From the mangaka of Mirai Nikki, comes a new anime called Big Order. And it’s exactly what you’d expect from Esuno Sakae. It’s over-the-top, incredibly crazy with a rather unique protagonist and keeps you interested throughout. The story itself is completely separate from Mirai Nikki and centers around a post-apocalyptic event 10 years ago triggered by Hoshimiya Eiji (Morita Masakazu). 10 years ago, a wish-granting fairy by the name of Daisy (Misaki Mari) appears before Eiji and asks him for a wish. This wish turns him into an “Order” which means he’s granted special powers based on what he wished for. Throughout the episode, the audience is left in suspense about Eiji’s wish but it’s known early on that he made a wish which destroyed the planet and now he never chooses to use his powers (and has even forgotten what it is exactly that he asked for!). One day, an student gets transferred to Eiji’s class, Kurenai Rin (Mikami Shiori) and not even within five minutes of her appearance, she attempts to murder Eiji in his house. She explains that the “Great Destruction” killed her parents 10 years ago and now she’s looking for revenge (backed by an unknown employer right now). Her first attempt to kill Eiji fails and instead, she holds his sister hostage to try and lure him out. Eiji’s sister, Hoshimiya Sena (Kuno Misaki) gets stabbed as a result and Eiji activates his powers in order to save her and himself. The episode ends just as we’re seeing the full extent of Eiji’s powers on Rin.
Big Order‘s premiere gave me exactly what I was expecting from a followup to Mirai Nikki. This series is in no way related, but it’s hard not to make comparisons when there’s so many similarities in character types. The plot might be completely different but come on – you can’t see Rin and not think about Yuno. Those yandares be cray cray! I’m not expecting any romance here though because their motivations for their obsessions with the main characters are completely 180. Eiji and Yuki are a bit more differentiated too Eiji seems to have more of a backbone even if he’s scared of his powers initially but I imagine him doing very well himself. Given that Rin’s the heroine and she pretty much hates him, I’d be interested to see their dynamics and if they’re really a duo or frienemies. Not to mention that ending… what was that? It sounded like an anime turned into a few innuendos at that last moment; especially when no OP or ED was played.
As for the story itself – it’s quite interesting how it takes place after the destruction of the world already. The world fears these people known as “Orders” and Daisy seems to be the one appointing them. There’s another organization that’s after Eiji though and everyone on this “Board” looks to be Orders themselves sending Rin out to capture Eiji. Now that Eiji’s powers have awakened (to 1/1000th of their ability), he’s going to find himself with more enemies. His sister, Sena seems to be his only weakness and I predict that Rin is only the first of many that will try and hold her hostage. As long as she continues to be hospitalized (and doesn’t become an Order herself), Eiji will have his hands tied. His relationship with Sena is a good one luckily – sometimes bordering “too close” in my opinion, but then again I might just be fabricating things after watching SUPER LOVERS and Sailor Moon Crystal recently.
I definitely see a lot of potential in Big Order to be an entertaining and exciting watch this season. It’s not scared of being bloody, potentially killing off characters and even plays with the heartstrings a bit. I like how the story is quick and to the point without dragging out Eiji’s inner conflict with destroying the world but still portraying his regret in his wish. I’m often not that keen on characters that have such strong and over-aggerated personalities, but I found that in Mirai Nikki, they grow on you. I’m hoping that this will be the same case with Rin and the other Orders. I’m sticking around to see what happens and hopefully it’ll be adapted well with enough manga material to go from. As the manga is still ongoing, I don’t see the anime creating its own original ending so perhaps it’ll be a one-cour run with a follow-up soon.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #BigOrder’s premiere was quite exciting but not too unpredictable. MC is OP but hey! That’s what makes it fun. Has all the crazies and gore that I was expecting from #BigOrder so it fits the bill for an exciting Friday watch. A #MiraiNikki replica? I don’t think so. Maybe Esuno Sakae just has a distinct style with characters =X