January 7th, 2017
How do these people function in society?
I'm honestly not sure whether or not I can say if this is any better than the other seeming glut of godawful non-romances that have infested this season so far. It certainly shares the characters with them; one 'inoffensive' male protagonist with absolutely no character traits or personality whatsoever, and girls, particularly one manic pixie girl, fawning all over him because he didn't immediately slap her with a trout the moment she opened her mouth. His age and the lack of staring at anybody's underwear and blushing are about all that separates them. It's a relatively important difference, but it's not really a significant one. He exists solely to be a sack of potatoes for the females to stammer and blush at because he pays attention to them. And stammer and blush they all did. Blush at him giving her attention, I mean, not stare at his underwear, although I kind of feel like the role reversal might've at least been an improvement.
So no, the characters are not so much likeable as they are maybe somewhat lest detestable as most of the rest this season, and that's as far as I'm willing to go. The episode as a whole was basically a thin excuse to listen to a single voice actress excitedly rant for around eighteen minutes with the occasional bored question from the male side of the equation. Nor was there any story nor promise of any to come. Guy meets monster girls. Monster girls rant at him. The end. It's not like every show needs to be a sweeping epic, but christ, a little structure, some highs, some lows, some development, anything would make it feel like an actual episode in a story instead of just twenty minutes of padding out the time before the check clears.