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Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They? - First Thoughts PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 January 2013 21:27
Sakamaki Izayoi, Kudou Asuka, and Kasukabe You, all possess skills greater than the average person - skills that have attracted the attention of someone who'd like to make them an offer. "This letter is for those of you with many troubles and extraordinary powers. If you wish to see how far that power of yours will take you, cast aside your family, your friends, you possessions, and come to our 'Little Garden'."


I'm failing to see how You is a problem child, so far. As for the other two - Izayoi is cocky and overbearing (and proud of it), while Asuka overdoes the ojousama thing to the point where she's barely tolerable. And we have to spend the rest of the series in the company of these two. Joy. Fortunately, You and Kurousagi seem to be more bearable characters.

Set-up seems to be fairly typical tournament stuff, with the kids given the chance to play through a series of games (the "Gift Games") in which they can place wagers to earn greater rewards - with those rewards looking to go to the Community that Kurousagi represents, I'm betting.

THE GOOD: Potential there to have some fun with the games, and Kurousagi's exuberant nature seems fun. Get the feeling you wouldn't want to make her mad.

THE BAD: Very by-the-numbers, and if they make the kids crazy-powered there'll be no tension to the games - and if Izayoi's episode-ending battle is anything to go by there's a real danger of them doing that. Ratchet down the powers a little, m'kay?

There's nothing particularly spectacular here, but equally nothing that's really crying out for it to be dropped. A few more episodes to see how it goes, but I'll be quite surprised if it picks up enough to be essential viewing.

Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They? is streamed by Crunchyroll.


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