As I dwell upon my own shame.

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This is my first journey through the “100 Days of Anime” Challenge, an ambitious project that I’ll be taking. For the full list of prompts, click here.

“An anime you are ashamed you enjoyed?”

Spoilers for Big Order. Continue at your own risk.

When I first sat down to watch Big Order, I invited a friend to join me. About midway through episode two, I decided this was a definitive drop. Filled with confusing and convoluted special abilities, and a plot worthy of Trypophobia, I left Big Order behind fully believing I would never see its hideous face ever again.

Only two days later, my friend told me he finished the anime (and another week passes before I can speak to him as a human again).

But why? Did you enjoy it? A tentative nod leads me on a confusing journey of poor character writing, cliche-ridden villains, a metric fuck-ton of powers that make no sense: breaking their own rules, and not-so lowkey incest. A questionable combination at the very least, yet I found myself enjoying it not for the oh-so-serious drama that the show was leading us on, but the pure comedic value of every cringe-worthy moment on screen.

Such as Yuno Ga- , Kurenai Rin’s attempts to kill MC-kun.

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Incompetence at its finest.

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Not to mention the whole incest thing they’ve got going on at the end.

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At the end of the day, however, I had a lot of fun with it. Past episode three, I just treated the whole show like the comedy it was meant to be. Discussions on it turned from plot holes in MC-kun’s “Bind Dominator” into how many memes we can make out of an episode. Shouting out “Order!” while playing video games, or mentioning the pregnant scene was a guaranteed laugh, at least for a little while.

Would I recommend the show to anyone? God, no. But if you do end up watching it regardless, jump in to it as if the show was a comedy. You won’t regret it.