With ten episodes Big Order comes to a close, leaving you wondering: What did I just watch? I for one wasn’t to sure myself, as throughout the series I experienced many emotions… mixed with laughter. There was cynical laughter, there was the kind of laughter that comes from someone deep in denial, genuine laughter at the obscene amount of light beams everywhere, and inquisitive laughter. It’s clear to me this anime is simply a satire, even with it’s grandiose premise and powers, important characters that aren’t important, and of course the protagonist fighting to save his sister and protect his ideals.
Eiji is without a doubt the kind of hero we should all strive to be, granted we may think him stupid for how little he (and everyone else for that matter) makes use of their powers. The fact of the matter is while these powers sound grandiose, they’re actually very limited. Especially Eijis as we learn early on that his power was limited to a fraction of its true potential, so of course he can’t control water, he’s clearly not at a level high enough to bend the water to his will. So why is he the kind of hero we should try to emulate? He loves his family so much he’d go to great lengths at a personal cost to protect them. He’s strong willed, and sticks to his beliefs and ideals, and although he can be naive
and dense, he’s at least smart enough to question the situations he finds himself in. Not to mention how he’d turn the entire world against him to save people who have no relation to him, and in fact are people that could possibly be his enemies. This guy, Hoshhimya Eiji is with out a doubt, a clueless selfless hero that set’s a great example for humanity as a whole.
But enough of our hero the valiant knight, what of the others? Well we have Eijis sister, Sena, and like Eiji she also loves her family (which at this point consists of only the two of them) but the thing is, she’s mortally ill, so she doesn’t do much until near the end and generally acts as Eiji motivation to do anything. Also we have Kurenai Rin who can’t die (or rather stay dead) and seeks revenge against Eiji for the death of her parents, she gets dragged along with Eiji and ends up becoming a yandere. As for the rest, the group called the Dazaifu, they’re there and they do things, important things. Examples include loving Eiji for no good reason, having some sort of man crush on the antagonist, and of course most importantly moving the plot wherever they’d like for a period of time.
What brings them all together is the simple fact that Eiji destroyed the world. That’s right, he destroyed it. This isn’t a “save the world” story, it’s a “conquer the world and then save it” story. What’s the difference? Well out hero, from the worlds perspective is a bad guy, in fact he’s public enemy #1. Turns out destroying the world tends to put you in that position, be it on purpose or by mistake. Sadly he didn’t do it on purpose to cure humanity from their wicked ways or anything like that. This is not an epic about the story of a misunderstood “antagonist” with a cause living by the words: “The cause justifies the means.” This is not that, it’s simply the story of a naive kid who simply wants to wallow in his filth, but is forced into action by the Dazaifu. This somehow jumps from a survival story, to a super power showdown story, to a conquer the world story, to a story about existential idealism. All this, and more in just 10 episodes. As you can imagine, the result is that the story goes by fast; is full of plot holes, inconsistencies, and conveniences. Sometimes you’ll even feel as if you skipped an episode, only to discover that isn’t the case when you check.
Ultimately Big Order was that one ride at an amusement park that looks like it’ll be great. You get on and as it starts you’re hyped for it to get moving, and when it finally does something starts feeling off. By the time you’re going full speed, you realize you hate it and you want to get off, but it’s to late, you’re already on, and you can’t get off. Because of this you find a few things you do like, and focus on that to make it bearable. In fact I extended this positive bias to this review, otherwise I’d just be hating on this anime. The art style looks clean, and actually seems to stand out this season, and I can at the very least thank Big Order for introducing me to the band Yousei Teikoku with their song Disorder which was used for the Opening.
With that said, I’m glad it’s over. I won’t be forcing myself to sit through the cringe worthy light beam censored fan service, inconsistent pacing, and bland character fest every week. I don’t hate it, but I definitely wouldn’t say I like it either. To me it falls into that area where it’s so bad, it’s… worth watching, not that I recommend you do so. Big Order is a good looking, wild, mess of a ride that manages to have a certain charm, that almost makes you feel bad for hating it. Almost.
Now if there’s anyone reading who genuinely liked it, I’d like to hear why and what you enjoyed about it.