It’s been a hot minute since I have both watched, and also reviewed a terrible show. But it’s been even longer since I dragged myself to finish one. But have no fear! The show to end all of these issues is the infamous Big Order, the second offering from the mangaka that brought us Mirai Nikki.
This show was talked about for all the wrong reasons whilst it was airing, so I should’ve known better. But I was optimistic that it would be one of those ‘so horrible it’s brilliant’ shows that I find myself enjoying so often.
Ten years ago, a fairy by the name of Daisy appeared and asked the child Eiji Hoshimiya what his one and only wish was. Although his wish remains a mystery, the consequences were catastrophic. In an event called the “Great Destruction,” the world started to fall apart as everything collapsed and countless people died.
Now, Eiji is a high school student whose only concern is his sick sister. He does not remember what he wished for; all that he remembers is that his wish caused the Great Destruction. In the years since that event, thousands of other people have also received abilities to make their heart’s desire come true. These people called “Orders” are believed to be evil and are hated by the general public. However, some of these Orders are after Eiji’s life in vengeance for those that he killed. Will Eiji be able to survive the numerous assassination attempts? And the biggest mystery of all: what did he wish for, and what were his intentions in wishing for something that caused so much desolation? (from MyAnimeList).
Let’s burn through the reasons why this show was a flaming turd, shall we? I’m not sure I want to waste any more brain cells on Big Order in my life, believe me – 10 episodes worth of brain cells was too many.
First of all, despite a somewhat unique concept – the idea of these Orders coming about as a consequence of ‘be careful what you wish for’, shall we say, that’s where anything unique about this anime ends. The mangaka may have penned Mirai Nikki, but could he show just a little bit of versatility in his character designs? Just look at this. Carbon copies of one another. Not only in looks, the author was lazy enough to create another yandere pining after a whiny, irritating teenager. Give me a break.
Every character that had some semblance of a personality lost it as soon as they came into contact with our Eiji-Kun (who was also one of the most undeservingly overpowered MC’s I’ve ever watched). Yuno Gasai – I mean, Rin, the lead female character, swears to kill Eiji for killing her family until he kind of just says ‘no’ and then she stops? I mean…what? The same goes for the once-powerful wizard/mage, Iyo, who seems like a pretty cool and strong – albeit ditzy character…until Eiji touches her bunny ears and she falls pregnant and almost gives birth in the middle of the battlefield, thus swearing her utter devotion to him. You cannot make this up.
Eiji himself was literally just Yuuki again, except he cried less. However, in terms of ‘Oh my god, can ANYONE else step up to be the MC’, he fitted as Yuuki’s double perfectly. There was nothing interesting about his character past his order, which got really old really fast when you realised he was essentially just using Geass and didn’t have the charisma of LeLouch to pull it off. I say this as someone who didn’t even finish Code Geass, either. Though I suppose he did have a tiny unique factor…which was that he was a total siscon. Because you know, as if Big Order wasn’t already a huge trainwreck, it needed incest too.
The rest of the characters were so one-dimensional and bland that I remember neither names nor any kind of information or motivation. I’d love to write about them, but some of them, even as I look at their pages, I have no idea who the hell it was. That’s Big Order’s enthralling writing for you!
And then of course, the mangaka keeps up his tradition of not being able to write a good ending to save his life. I say this as someone who enjoyed Mirai Nikki a fair amount, but it had an abysmal ending, and Big Order was no different. Though I complain of anime that pulls endings out of its ass in order to make all the pieces fit, Big Order’s story was already a mess. Envision a jigsaw puzzle, except it was put into the box in a hurry, so there’s a bunch of pieces missing, and there’s a couple of random pieces from other puzzles thrown in too and you have a representation of Big Order’s basic narrative.
I usually like to end these reviews with ‘Maybe if you like [insert trope] here, you’d enjoy this awful show, but I can’t think of much for Big Order. If you don’t really enjoy anime and prefer torture, I suppose Big Order is the show for you! Otherwise, I order you to stay away at all costs.
My rating: 3/10.
What horrible shows have you seen recently? Think Big Order could top it? Let me know!
Until next time!