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2 August 2016: I hope I don't need to like Ikuta in order to enjoy Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin

Would you really want a hammock that high in the trees?

I've only seen two episodes of Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (Alderamin of the Sky). So far all I know is the show involves some supposedly genius teenager who becomes a general in a magic/steampunk war. I also know he's a pompous, sophomoric, condescending ass who acts as if he's doing everyone a favor by deigning to acknowledge their existence with his jibber jabber. Additionally, I also learned THE SPOILER, which basically sapped most of the interest I had in the show to begin with.

Chamille and Ikuta
Ikuta treatens to kill the princess for teasing him about his mom.

On the other hand, this ridiculous steampunk war is being fought with the assistance of Pretty Cure fairies. I'm not really sure what's in it for them, but their cooperation with the humans doesn't appear to involve coercion on either side. I also think they're probably not being effectively used, since it's implied fire fairies are merely used as heat sources, and Potato-kun's own solar-powered Precure fairy doesn't seem to do anything a decent flashlight couldn't do. My opinion won't improve until I see that little fucker shoot a searing laser beam out of his tummy.

This is much less impressive on the receiving end.

I might also be a little too hard on Ikuta. He's rather unlikeable, but none of the other characters introduced thus far exactly radiate charisma. The closest thing to a likeable character is Yatrisino ("Yatori"), who is playing the part of the cool tough girl who is supposed to be a foil for the overly emotional (but clinically dispassionate and logical in his own mind) "smart" Ikuta, but I probably actually only sort of like her because her hair is red and her clothes have a bunch of superfluous straps.

Maybe they're tactical straps.

I guess I'm not dropping Alderamin quite yet, since it looks like it's supposed to be a serious show and not moé fan service fluff about how war is bad. However, there's a good chance it's going to stumble anyway as it tries to find a less cute way of telling me that war is bad. Truth be told, I'm also not enamored with the silly "steampunk" air guns (I blame Japan's fascination with Airsoft), and only give them a pass because the show has God damn Pretty Cure fairies in combat support roles. Nevertheless, I do hope Potato-kun will start being less of a dick to everyone, or at least stop acting as if everyone should be grateful to receive his insults and threats. You're not getting a tsundere pass from me, guy.

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