Three kids with some unusual gifts find themselves whisked away to a magical land. Sounds pretty typical, doesn’t? What if I told you they’re all a bunch of jerks? Seriously, could you find a cast more terrible? I take a dive down the rabbit hole and see what in the world is up with these problem children.
The first half of this episode starts off rough. We’re presented with the world of the Little Garden and the Gift Games through some pretty overbearing exposition. I kind of wished they spread the information out throughout the episode. It’s like having to go through the tutorial in a video game and no option to skip ahead.
Sakamaki Izayoi is the first character introduced, and I find it incredibly hard to like this guy. He’s presented as incredibly powerful whose quite a jerk, along with a host of other undesirable traits. He does however score both of the Gift Game wins in this episode though. The first win is with the card game against Kurousagi. The second being against the Water Dragon God. We also see a brief flashback in the Water dragon battle that appears to be possibly his mother? Who knows. Also, what’s with his headphones? They already got dunked in water twice, why is he still wearing them?
Kudou Asuka is the resident ojou-sama type character. Not only does she have it made financially, she also commands people and animals at will. Pretty crazy stuff. Commanding birds to take Kurousagi down? Between her and Izayoi I feel like they’re nearly unstoppable. This looks like Sarah Emi Bridcut’s first anime role, and she plays the tsundere ojou-sama quite well. I hope to see her in more work.
The odd one in the group has to be Kasukabe You. There is already two people with extremely powerful gifts, but her ability is that she can talk to animals? What is she, Eliza Thornberry? I feel like there’s more to her abilities than just that, but it’s hard to tell. She’s also voiced by Nakajima Megumi, who you may remember playing Ranka Lee of Macross Frontier. It’s a real treat to hear her voice again. I can’t forget her cat, who steals the show by hitting on a cat-girl. Seriously, that was awesome. The cat’s expressions throughout this episode were a highlight.
I’ll be honest, I’m sticking with this show because of Kurousagi. Bunny girls are a highlight for me, and she happens to be incredibly adorable. She’s delightfully cheery and her facial expressions are a delight. Kurousagi’s a real mystery though. Her intentions for bringing the three to this world aren’t clear. Her transformation is curious and I have to wonder what abilities she possesses.
It’s a rough start for this show, but I think there’s some promise. Showing that these characters are powerful from the very beginning, I wonder if there’s a limit to their abilities? On the other hand, they might be facing even more powerful enemies. The OP was played at the end of this first episode, and there’s a lot of foreshadowing of some tougher opponents. We’ll have to wait and see.