The ‘mannikin’ at magic high school

Tatsuya Shiba has proven himself to be the blandest character of recent anime history with an equally bland and uneventful anime to go with him.

Shiba Sameface

Shiba Sameface

Tatsuya Shiba is the overpowered (gary stu) protagonist of ‘Mahouka’ animated by studio Madhouse in the current spring season.
At first I didn’t mind his stoic personality but ever since last episode it really annoyed me. Not only that but also the tensionless events which go on in this extremely generic Light Novel adaptation. No amount of blood and cool animated fighting scenes can make this show good.

Despite his non existent personality or varied facial expressions, Tatsuya apparently can do anything and is unbeatable (at least so far) which steals any amount of tension from any encounter with his enemies. I mean the enemies are also completely incompetent. A terrorist organisation easily gets destroyed by a handful of teenagers who apparently all have immense fighting experience and strategical thinking skills which allow them to take down an entire terrorist hideout without any trouble.

Weapons how do they work?

Weapons how do they work?

Maybe I am just spoiled by shows like Hunter x Hunter which relies heavily on strategies and planning out before taking on tough enemies, but seriously this is neither cool nor exciting. What is with these over powered Main Characters in bullshit Light Novels anyways? I mean this guy is worse than Kirito, because at least Kirito had some charisma. Tatsuya just ‘samefaces’ the entire time and talks in this extremely pretentious fashion like he is some super euphoric gentleman. He only needs a fedora and he is president of the teenage gentleman club.

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I mean I usually like the calm, collected and smart characters but this one has just no soul, no passion, he simply does things and is so predictable, always keeps the same demeanor, no fuck ups, no glitches, too perfect and boring.

His voice actor also acted for a similar character which I liked a lot on the other hand…

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Shiba stole my face

Oreki from Hyouka actually had charm. He was smart but blunt and had no social skills. While Tatsuya both is smart, charming and the girls like him. It’s just too many good qualities at once, while Oreki was actually a flawed person.

Overall last episode (episode 7) actually damaged the entire image of the series for me. The second something happens it is over so quick even the anime itself notices it…

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Hopefully with the introduction of Suzaku…erm I mean Crimson Prince the show gains some tension and we see characters actually struggle to gain what they want. I mean what is the point of a story if everything is a piece of cake and there is no struggle at all? You could also show people eating a slice of bread instead and it would have the same effect (I bet Shiba would look the same eating a slice of bread as when he fights evil terrorists).