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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace Episode 7 Review
Recently I had stumbled across an anime known as When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace. To be honest I had no idea what to think of this series when I laid eyes on it. Even after watching a few episodes, I couldn’t tell if I even liked this anime. Yet in spite of my confusion, I couldn’t stop laughing at certain parts. As far as I can tell, this series appears to be some sort of hybrid of countless genres like high school slice of life, comedy, drama, action, and even a helping of harem. When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace presents itself as a parody and satire at times, while also having serious moments when it needs to tell a story.
Before I go into the review for episode seven, perhaps it would be best to summarize the setting and characters. When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is about five students (one male, four female) that run a literature club at their school. One day the five of them discover that they have developed the ability to use magic, and must now figure out how to live ordinary lives while wielding (usually) incredible power.
The main character, Andou, is the only male in the group and (due to his condition as a chuunibyou) is essentially a walking talking embodiment of every possible cliché in over-dramatic anime and manga characters that you could possibly think of. Andou’s power is the ability to create a dark flame in his hand, which is basically useless as it doesn’t really do much of anything. The four girls are Tomoyo (she can slow down and speed up time), Chifuyu (she can create physical objects and alter the world around her), Hatoko (she controls the five elements), and Sayumi (she has the power to restore things to their original state). It seems like all four of these girls have some sort of feelings for Andou, which is where the harem genre comes into this mix.
While recent episodes have been focusing more on drama than comedy, the seventh episode takes this to a whole new level. Hatoko finally explodes and verbally rips Andou a new one due to how frustrated she is with being unable to understand a word he says. This particular scene was really impressive, mostly because how long Hatoko was ranting at Andou and how authentic it sounded due to the skill of that particular voice actress.
I do wonder if the reason Hatoko finally blew up had something to do with her possibly being jealous of the amount of time Andou and Tomoyo were spending together earlier in the episode. Of course, that would be a big misunderstanding given that Andou was just trying to help Tomoyo out with the light novel she is writing. At present, Andou doesn’t even seem to notice that all the girls he is surrounded by have feelings for him in someway (which is usually the case for the main character of a harem anime). Even after this big dramatic moment, episode seven does not let up with much humor. On top of all that, a possible band of antagonists finally reveal themselves. At the end of this episode, Sayumi mentions that she plans to awaken her power to its next stage. I wonder what that next stage is for her powers, given she is able to restore things to their original state.
The next episode preview looks like it will be a fairly action packed one with Andou and his friends facing off against this group of antagonists that have shown up at long last. Of course, it could end up not being anything more than lots of talking with the occasional funny part to lighten the mood.
Going forward, I wonder if this more dark and dramatic mood will be the standard for future episodes. This particular anime does humor really well, and I wish it would focus on that aspect a little more than it has been lately. Nevertheless, if you are looking for an anime that has a little bit of almost everything, then I would recommend checking this one out. When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace has a way of not taking itself seriously while also doing the opposite. Yet in spite of that, everything melds together surprisingly well.