This is seasonal harem but damn, they’re not holding back with the cliche fest. Probably wrong of me to think this way because what is a harem series without any cliches? However, I’m seeing a lot more male leads with the hidden background, extremely powerful but misunderstood type these days. The craze seemingly following Mahouka’s trainwreck of an adaptation with introducing characters that go through very little development since they are developed by a backstory instead of doing anything meaningful as the story actually progresses.
But shit, who am I kidding, it’s anime. It’s a medium to make money and girls do that, they could care less how their story and character development goes.
Let’s get right to it shall we?
What better way to start a harem series other than the male character immediately barging into a girl’s shower? Granted it’s outside and the school grounds are for all girls, but yes, the series starts with our male protagonist Kamito running into Claire Rouge in the middle of a bath in a small body of water. Claire immediately confirms her place on the harem Checklist as the token tsundere and calls out her titular gimmick Spirit weapon in form of a whip. Of course, corresponding to her hair color, her power is over fire.
Anyways, Kamito is able to save Claire from a tree she sliced and the two eventually begin walking to a nearby shrine. Claire apparently has some inner struggle and wish to get stronger and attempts to form a contract with a rather powerful spirit sealed inside a sword. She completely fails and Kamito is forced to make the contract with the ancient sword to save her.
So for whatever reason, Kamito is made to enter the all-girls school as the only male elementalist. The principal forces him to partake in the upcoming Blade Dance tournament for reasons that pertain to Kamito’s ex-partner/sword that apparently disappeared, which was contrary to his statements beforehand. Apparently the only other male elementalist happened to be the “demon king” who controlled over a ton of spirits. Knowing the genre and how it takes from the fantasy RPG cliches as well, any sort of legend or prophecy will immediately come true later on so this is completely relevant.
We’re introduced to the rest of the harem group already. First we have Ellis Fahrengart, the blue haired tsundere who treats Kamito like trash since he’s a disgusting male who provides for him a shed near the horse stable as his new lodging. Then in class we have Rinslet Laurenfrost, who also seems to treat Kamito like trash.
Honestly other than that, that’s all we got. The series reminds me of a rather recent series that also happens to feature a secretly powerful main character in a similar situation with Kamito here. I don’t like it any more than this series but it resembles this . It also reminds me of Machine Doll but at least that doesn’t as many cliches as this one. I could list all the comparisons but I got other stuff to write so that’s all for now folks.