If this were a fanfic, then “Mary Sue” (or whatever the male equivalent is) would be the most apt term to describe the show's lead. It totally feels like there was some by-the-numbers show about a secret, telepathic military division (like FIRST SQUAD, perhaps?) which was re-written by a frustrated fan to include an invincible, flawless, inexplicable and thinly-explained protagonist who easily solves all the problems and humiliates all the characters.
And that isn’t actually a bad thing…!
Make no mistake, Mary Sue's can be the most eye-roll-inducing creatures in all of fiction - - and doubly so in amateur fiction. However, if all this stuff is supposed to be about escapism, then there’s something pure and infectiously cathartic about such shameless wish fulfillment.
In simpler terms, this was one seriously rad pilot, and it had some of the most kickass depictions of telekinesis I’ve seen in any anime. For as stimulating as it can be to analyze all the intellectual possibilities of a premise like this, there’s a lot to be said about something that just unapologetically delivers a parade of “Holy shit!” moments. There’s not much more to this pilot than a thin infiltration ruse and an explosive hostage rescue, but damn, if it wasn’t seriously enthralling.
After a glut of MMO fantasies started to seriously killing my buzz about this season, the general state of new shows is generally starting to look up between this and ROMAN. My only complaint, as it was with ROMAN, is the title has been rather lazily translated. Wouldn’t titling it “THE ULTIMATE” pack a lot more oomph, and better reflect the simple appeal of the show?
Watch this episode, "Paranormal Jailbreak -Schooler of deadlock" here and decide for yourself.