「伝説の撃墜王」 (Densetsu no Gekitsui-ou)
“The Legendary Ace”
Ah Plunderer, it’s funny intro’ing this right now when I probably could’ve back in early December (episode previews for the win! Or something like that), but school work is hard and I’m incredibly lazy so here we are now enjoying the latest anime titillation. I know this one will be splitting opinions hard and frankly it’s not hard seeing why, because when you lead off with the lewd, it only goes downhill from there.
As indicated back in the RC Preview, Plunderer is a straight take from the once prevalent action-fantasy script. We have a world of cookie cutter misfits wrapped up in a world changing plot whose truth may be currently hidden from us, but whose reach is definitely not underemphasized. For Plunderer the key of it all are Counts, numbers located somewhere on your body (giggidty) which represent a specific action or event. Do things which meet that action (e.g. walk a certain distance) and your Count goes up, fail to do so (or do something opposite) and your Count goes down. Count goes to zero? Well it’s
tentacle evil hand to the Abyss time. Anyone with a modicum of anime experience can tell you where this is going overall, and that’s before we get to the matter of Count-based social standings and special duels for reapportioning Counts between people. Is someone, somewhere, abusing this system with the intent on monopolizing power and control? You can bet on it.
The inevitable crack in this system of course lies in our girl Hina (Honnizumi Rina) out to find the legendary Ace (or Baron) and her helpful savior—and wholesale pervert—Licht (Nakajima Yoshiki) who just so happens to be more important than initially apparent. Both these characters are completely sticking with their respective tropes, although Licht will definitely be the more divisive considering he takes the usual “comedic relief” and ratchets it up to attempted rape. While this archetype usually mellows out as the story gets going and we learn who the true villains are, Licht definitely is at risk of wearing out his welcome before then considering the intensity of his nature and the cutie pie wholesomeness Hina is evidently aiming for. Is it enough to completely ruin the show? Not necessarily, though Plunderer arguably leaned too hard on intended humour over substance in its introduction.
I expect things will balance out once we get into the explanation of Ballot Holders and white stars and Hina’s role in it all next time, but Plunderer certainly is a bit of wait and see. It’s got everything needed to stand out from the crowd, but needs some glue to tie it all together. Just have to find out what next week brings.
OP: 「PLUNDERER」 by Miku Itou