「破天荒な新英雄」 (Hatenkouna shin eiyuu)
“The Brave New Hero”
While it may be all fluffy lighthearted fun and games, cannot say KnM doesn’t know when to spice things up a little. This series may not be breaking the bank in terms of new or unique material (or even characters for that matter), but the little things it’s doing and their corresponding execution are certainly leaving a good taste in my mouth. It may only be derivative OP Gary Stu isekai wish fulfillment, but I’ll be damned if it’s fun isekai wish fulfillment.
Given the importance of magic to KnM’s world it’s surprising the show hasn’t tackled an explanation yet, and though we may still be lacking the entire answer, at least some more info was forthcoming this week—and in an entertaining fashion to boot. No real shockers here, it’s all about that sweet sweet mana and literally gorging on (well, concentrating) it as much as possible and visualizing the outcome, although Shin naturally has everyone else beat. Easy to guess how the kid is doing it of course (*cough* real world knowledge, see the talk on fire), but it’s quite pleasant having the show willing to let others actively learn and match Shin’s abilities. He may be the inventor, but he doesn’t have a monopoly over the invention. Frankly it’s a refreshing take on the usual isekai shenanigans, where the master is almost untouchable strength wise, as Shin through evidence and musing both has pretty much admitted he’s going to be seriously challenged in the not too distant future. Probably not enough to lose mind you (he is the OP machine after all), but enough to need the help of friends and (honorary) parents? I’d place a few bets on that.
On the other side of the coin lies the main plot—erm, the other one—now finally cropping up. Not much of a stretch for example to assume our lovely demonoid antagonists are the main puppeteers behind the sudden threat of war on the horizon (even though the reason for it remains unclear), or that Shin will inevitably become the centrepiece to the whole show. Seriously, you honestly expected the kid to just respect authority and adhere to the promises made on his family’s behalf? Please, we’ve got friends to rescue and a girl in need of a good smooch or twelve on the lips—there’s no time for rules where we’re heading. From here on out it’s lighthearted fun with a romp through the jungles of war, and while pretty easy to guess the immediate events in store, I don’t imagine it’ll be any worse than the classroom lessons or projectile sword making.
After all we’ve got a veritable magical black hole on our hands, and it would be a shame not to see him unleash his full potential.