Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de (When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace)

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Note: The following review was written a long time ago, before our migration to WordPress and when our reviewing skills were still noob-level. Apologies. 

 

Genres: Slice of Life, Supernatural, Harem, Romance, Action
Number of episodes: 12
Summary:
Six months ago, four members of a high school’s literature club, as well as the elementary school niece of their club’s adviser, were bestowed with superpowers. However, other than that, nothing else has changed with their lives. With no heroic reason to use their powers, they maintain their ordinary lives, keeping their powers a secret from everyone else around them.

 Main Characters:
Jurai Andou
Tomoyo Kanzaki
Hatoko Kushikawa
Sayumi Takanashi
Chifuyu Himeki

Overall Rating: 3/5 moons

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Breakdown:

Story –  6/10

Characters – 6.5/10

Visuals + Audio – 7.5/10

 

Review: 

Despite it’s misleading poster design and the inclusion of the supernatural/fantasy genre in this anime, it’s actually just a slice of life/harem type. There’s pretty much no action or adventure at all in this series, so don’t go into this expecting anything like that.

Personally, though I would have liked it to be an action, fantasy type of anime, I found myself enjoying this series anyway. It’s lighthearted and fun to watch. The setting of the series is quite unique (if not weird) and the comedy is on point. In fact, I would have enjoyed it completely if it just continued in this gag anime kind of style. However, it began to introduce more blatantly harem moments and some serious tones into the show towards the end of it.

What I didn’t like about that was that the serious moments seemed half baked. If they were going to introduce a serious back story, they should have done it thoroughly instead of developing it a little (including development of completely new characters) then dumping it without any kind of conclusion. And they could have done it quite well. There were some very touching moments in the anime that showed the potential of the script, but it just didn’t bear fruit beyond that level.

On the point of harem-ness, I would say the first half is not half bad. For once, it shows the characters slowly falling in love instead of them falling in love for no reason, or because the guy did one cool thing, as it is in other harems; mainly Date A Live, especially in its second season. BUT, towards the end of this series, the harem aspect became almost over bearing for me. Almost.

Overall, it was still fun to watch, but it was a pity that some moments were so cliche, including the fact that the only boy didn’t get any character development at all and remained clueless till the end. It appears that only boys that are completely oblivious to girl’s advances get to be a part of a harem. Pssh, anime logic.

Speaking of characters, the character design was nothing special in this anime. It’s typical harem matching; tsundere, kuudere, dandere, deredere (or is it undere?). In fact, the whole story, besides the part about superpowers, is quite typical. Though it was funny, and at moments, even touching but it also became more cliche as it neared its end, and that made it less entertaining to me as well.

The visuals in this series is quite good, actually. The audio is also decent. Mostly, I just had a slight problem with the story line. The series in general is not a bad one, as long as you don’t mind typical harem type of anime.

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