Inou – Battle Within Everyday Life #01 — Tell, Don’t Show

October 6th, 2014


Boy, do I love exposition!


My fears prove pretty much correct. Yet another magical school with magical club members. They didn’t harp on about “and everything’s normal!” as much as I feared, but they didn’t fill up the space with any actual content either. And perish the thought of seeing them actually use their powers. That’s about 30 seconds of the total run time. Tell, don’t show is the rule of the game here, to an absurd degree at points. “We’re not seeing anything happening at all, and let me tell you why!” The series of godawful infodumps at the end explaining who X was, what her plan was, and then her background was also a pretty good candidate for utterly godawful. I see what we’ve learned from Kill la Kill is serving us well, Trigger. That and putting stylized text on the screen.

It’s not funny, nothing happens, the characters are all either annoying or also bored to be a part of proceedings, a sentiment I sympathize with. About the closest thing to a joke it has is just wholesale copying KyoAni’s Fourteen Sick’s dramatic ranting over nothing schtick. And that’s it. That’s the only joke. Obligatory Male In Club of All Females rants about something and then someone else goes “That’s not true” in a deadpan voice. Over and over and over and over and over. If it’s trying to be a comedy, it’s failing badly, and I have no idea what else it might possibly be.

I was bored the whole way through and like many an LN adaptation, I’m not sure what exactly it’s trying to do but am sure it will not be attempting to do it any time soon.

Next Episode:

You bore me.


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3 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • algorithm says:

    Hey it’s that Trigger thing that… looks like your average LN adaptation made by any low end studio around.

  • ElevatorDreams says:

    They used up all their talent on one show and now are just like everyone else.