「嫌いなクラスメイト」 (Kirai na Kurasumeito)
“The Hated Classmate”
Sometimes I hate seasons like this. Not because of the shows on tap – but because everything interesting falls on the same day. Saturday this time after all is utterly ridiculous, yet Wednesday is not far behind, particularly for fantasy and isekai lovers. And what’s leading the midweek charge? None other than Eminence in Shadow.
While I had a pretty good idea what to expect from Eminence in Shadow given I previewed the thing, I must admit I did not see this sort of premiere coming. For a start you could be forgiven for thinking you’re watching the wrong show as we’re treated to the daily life of the totally popular (and not at all putting on an act)
Nishimura Nishino and her running battle with Minoru Kagenou (Yamashita Seiichirou) for half an episode. Nishino you see loathes Minoru for his persistent failure to get her name right – NPC indeed, I admit I choked when that line was dropped – but in reality that means she is secretly interested in him because mysterious and no shits given. Oh yes, the usual story, except not entirely.
Where things start picking up (and getting more on script per say) is when Nishino’s past catches up to her and she winds up kidnapped because zaibatsu father brings in the money. Well, temporarily kidnapped. The resulting beatdown courtesy of Minoru physical prowess should give a pretty good idea of what to expect for visuals in this show – i.e. no flinching away from bloody and literally impactful violence – and also just what to expect from Minoru himself. Besides crazy training regimen and aspiring mastermind backstory teasing a chuunibyou mindset, you also have the humour courtesy of naming conventions and a (mostly) deadpan personality. We haven’t hit Lelouche levels of crazed just yet mind you, but something tells me we’re part of the way there.
As for what Eminence in Shadow will actually be about, well that will have to wait a week to find out. Outside of Truck-kun helping Minoru into a world replete with magic, cute girls, and lots of pointy ears (and no Nishino, sadge) it’s all imagery and hints of fun times coming for the moment, though I think you can get a good idea of where this story is heading from them.
Minoru has found himself in a world letting him live his dream, and you can bet he’s not going to waste the opportunity presented. And thanks to this premiere I for one am very eager finding out just what he gets up to in the process.
OP: 「HIGHEST」by OxT