30 March 2016 | jwfritz
Excellent Cross Genre Anime
When I searched for new anime to watch, the lead character of this show popped up many times as not only a great hidden power character but one that was just cool. And he is. His confidence or lack of emotional display rather, may give the impression he is overpowered but he is not though it is implied he could potentially reach that plateau, but so could dozens of others with the same kind of great powers he has. This anime shines mainly because it is anything but an atypical nor overly clichéd anime yet it brilliantly skirts the surface of many anime icons and popular genres without falling into those tired clichés that so often fill each of those genres. It does some of them in a rather skillful reverse gimmick like the harem theme. He is so socially awkward and unskilled such a thing does not even cross his mind but he is so smart and good at magical programming that he attracts girls' interests and guys as friends. Or the magic power theme, he has great and diverse power but he is not allowed to show it even if he wanted to which he doesn't since he isn't a showboat. His sister is essentially the princess of her class/grade but she is so dependent upon her brother she lacks confidence to take advantage of that position. He is a top notch martial artist as well but he doesn't flaunt it like in many other martial art focused anime. Characters are a bit more realistic who all have some flaws but not something so detrimental or unrealistic that could spoil the appeal of the anime or the main characters. You can see many themes portrayed in one way or another in the series like: High school; magic; mecha; espionage; martial arts; gunfights; sword play; sports; and more. The major drawback is the uneasy brocon aspect of Miyuki, which she always denies. It could do with a more in depth back story explanation that is only hinted at in the opening sequence. It does seem unfinished because it needs another 2 or 3 seasons. At the end we are left wondering how the others would react to all this new information and never quite get that satisfied probably because the studio must have planned more seasons and did not prepare an ending to slip in if no additional seasons were to be forthcoming. It is however one of the best animes, despite a few flaws, I have ever seen in part because it isn't the same as most and has few if any tired repetitive clichés. It is one of the few animes, I can also watch over and over or even more than once without getting overly bored or tired of it.