「緊急事態発生！」 (Kinkyuu jitai hassei!)
“Emergency Situation Occurred!”
Well bet you never saw this coming. KnM back for a little coverage? Yupp you’re not seeing things. Frankly I never expected to be back with this show either (at least until season finale time), but I’ll be damned if I cannot help liking the show. A lot. For all its cliché cookie cutter nature there’s something fun at work under the hood in KnM, and it’s something arguably worthy of seeing just how entertaining it winds up being.
Probably the thing appealing to me most about KnM right now is how unabashed and honest it is when it comes to its various tropes. Shin for example may be the overpowered, otherworldly Gary Stu badass we’ve literally come to expect from these shows, yet for all his strength, skill, and flirtatious charm he doesn’t really rub the wrong way. Part of the reason for this of course may be Shin’s roughened edges—i.e. actually taking damage and having to exert himself—but the majority is debatably down to KnM taking a tongue-in-cheek approach to his character. Yeah he’s OP, everyone knows he’s OP, so why not have some fun with the role? After all, who would expect such power to serve as the basis of a freaking school club. It’s this lighthearted approach which arguably keeps KnM from descending to the likes of Mahouka’s Magic Jesus and SAO’s Kirito, where a focus on serious story and built-in idolization leads to the debate and divisiveness plaguing them from day one. There may be some main character fawning occurring in KnM for example, but when you’ve got the prince snickering for successfully dumping fame, fortune, and future paparazzi onto Shin’s shoulders, you know any Gary Stu shenanigans here will remain the pleasant sort.
Part of the strength in this regard as well lies in KnM’s other big selling point: a total lack of harem. Ok, maybe not entirely, but seriously, I think we all know who the inevitable winner of any potential love triangle here will be. Much like with Shin’s character there’s a sly nod on KnM’s part to the usual isekai romantic quandaries, with Maria an obvious love interest against the thoroughly smitten Sicily (yes, that’s her actual name), but thanks to some intelligent arrangement, we’ve more or less skipped the harem battling for some additional cutesy first time love scenes. Yes, I might be a tad excited about it. There’s plenty which could be said about how KnM is going about setting this up—i.e. the whole clothing enchantment scene last week—but as it stands the strategy is a pretty damn good choice when paired against the likes of KnM’s remaining cast, especially our wizard/guru duo and that crafty prince who I swear is starting to impress me via humour the more I see him. Make no mistake, KnM could still easily revert back to the isekai fantasy mean, but as of right now my hopes will remain standing tall.
All we have to figure out now is how well the obvious enemy threat will match up to the entertainment of KnM’s good guy cast.