Breaking The Trigger Early, Ain’t You Inou-Battle?

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To those who were wondering whether Trigger’s LN adaptation would break the goodwill that Kill la Kill, Inferno Cop, and Little Witch Academia brought, I think you guys need to realize that unless your name is Quentin Tarantino, there is no such thing as a perfect record. You will make mistakes. You will make bad things. It’s a fact of life and you cannot change that. You can only deal with it when it comes.

I’m going to use that paragraph to clumsily segue into discussing Inou-Battle Blablabla. On the one hand, I like the fact that it’s an anime about normal people getting superpowers. On the other, I wanted to drop it eight minutes in because it SUCKED!

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I honestly don’t understand why people praised this show prior to me getting to it. Not once did I laugh watching this show, and to be honest, it just aggravated me throughout most of its run. The episode only had three jokes at maximum – all centered around the male lead’s annoying chuuni syndrome – and proceeded to repeat ’em over and over again long after they stopped being funny. Remember how Kill la Kill had a lot of overdramatic “tell don’t show”, but you could overlook that because it was being done with interesting style? Inou-Battle has that too, minus said style, which just leaves you with pure tell, and thus, pure annoyance. You don’t have to tell me what the superpowers are! I didn’t need to know what Rock Bison’s ability was in Tiger and Bunny, because all that mattered was that he was breaking things normal humans couldn’t with one punch!

It’s pretty damn clear that Trigger is just making this to pay the bills, because the visuals are mostly boilerplate with only flashes of style, the humor is phoned in and safe, and it’s clear that this show doesn’t really have much of a plot. The end of the episode hinted that there’s somebody out there who gave these characters their superpowers and I guess the confrontation with him could be potentially exciting. But the previews seem to indicate that we’re going to have sit through a bunch of boring, unfunny slice-of-life segments regarding these characters using their powers in everyday life before we get there.

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Think I’d be much better off watching the new KyoAni show instead. Someone sub that please.

7 responses to “Breaking The Trigger Early, Ain’t You Inou-Battle?

  1. Interesting review. I haven’t seen this show yet, but it’s nice to have some reviews that aren’t always positive ratings, to help not be disappointed in picking the wrong show. In the most recent things I’ve reviewed, there have been a few that I gave low reviews to, such as Pacific Rim. I felt kinda bad haha but oh well. I review anime and manga sometimes too, but haven’t ran into many series I was really disappointed in yet.

  2. Eh, I guess people were praising it because it’s done by TRIGGER. For some, the studio behind a show is enough to keep them glued to their screens.
    I haven’t watched the show yet, so I am not to judge it. Thanks for the review, anyway. Saves me the time of bothering to watch it.

  3. It might be a Trigger series, but the director is neither Hiroyuki Imaishi (Kill la Kill) nor Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia). it’s not even the Inferno Cop director. So yeah, I’m not surprised if it’s totally uninspired.