Hi everybody! I hope you enjoyed my look at Spiderman: Homecoming for MC Tuesday. How’s your week going? Mine is going well. Yesterday felt extremely long. I woke up at 6:00 am for no reason. There wasn’t much for us (my husband and I) to do. We went and bought daiquiris and bought some food. I played an 8-bit side-scroller called Ninja Senki DX. We listened to The Last Podcast on the Left while chillin’ on the porch. It was just a long day filled with very little.
Enough about my long day, let’s get to Anime Thursday. Today we are talking about Butlers x Battlers (Butlers: Chitose Momstose Monogatari). The anime comes from Silver Link Studios, home of Masamune kun’s Revenge and Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody. Before I get into my thoughts on the show, let me give you a brief synopsis.
J From Back In The Day
Kouma Junguuji (known as J to his classmates) has it all. He started attending his new school five seconds ago and is already the most popular guy in school. He’s smart, handsome, cool, and the president of the student council. What his student council and the rest of the school does not know is that J is not from their time, but from a previous era. He is in the present-day in search of a way to rescue his sister Tenna who was in the care of her butler, Tsubasa Hayakawa. Hayakawa is also in the present-day, working at a popular coffee shop. J is on a mission to learn from Hayakawa the whereabouts of his sister, by any means necessary.
The Cute Boys Cast
Besides J and Hayakawa, there’s the attractive student council. Ren Shitori is the treasurer, Haruto Hizakura is the V.P., and baby Hotaru Aoba is the secretary. Headmaster Takashi Mikuni looks like he could be a student. He is also the only one that knows J’s secret. There’s also Yuki Fujshirou aka Dracula, coffee shop manager Tachibana Akira, and Holmes and Watson that works for the school paper. As you can see, this is a massive cast of characters.
With regard to storytelling, this show is all over the place. The first episode introduces us to the four-billion handsome characters. I gave the show a pass for that. The second episode has the council working in the coffee shop, drawing customers after a rumor caused the shop to lose business. After this episode, I thought, “Oh. Maybe we’ll be here for the story”.
The third episode started and stopped a bunch of nonsense. There was this storyline with baby Hotaru that looked like it was meant to be filler, but it was included in parts of the main story of J’s search for his sister. There was also some pointless scenes with treasurer Ren. The show was telling us stuff without telling us anything at all. There were humorous moments that aren’t funny. When we finally get to an important part of the episode, it is executed poorly. I’m going to need this show to focus. This episode needed to either be filler, or a key part of the story. The episode could have built suspense to a confrontation, which would have been a more interesting approach. Instead, we get half-assed filler and half-assed main story.
Wrapping it Up
Overall, the show is not great. I see the potential for a decent story, but it’s bogged down with foolery and an enormous cast. Hopefully, the show will settle down and tell the story. It can save the rest of the mess for filler episodes.
Well, there’s my thoughts on Butlers x Battlers. Let me know what you think. There are a few more anime for the spring season and I’m not watching and covering them all. For Sunday’s post, I thought I would point you in the direction of some ani-bloggers covering other anime including Golden Kamuy, Caligula, Gegege no Kitaro, and Persona 5. Next Tuesday’s MCU flick is Thor: Ragnarok and next Anime Thursday is Hinamatsuri. Don’t forget to find me on social media!