When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace focuses on the five members of Senko High School’s Literary Club. Jurai Ando has a case of “chunibyo” (eighth grade syndrome), Tomoyo Kanzaki is bemused by Jurai’s antics, Hatoko Kurshikawa is a polite girl who takes Jurai’s antics seriously, Sayumi Takanashi is the club’s president, and Chifuyu Himeki is the niece of the advisor who hangs out with the club. One day, Jurai is pulling one of his antics and claiming that his arm’s hurt due to possessing a superpower. They’re all surprised when light suddenly manifests from Jurai’s hand and spreads across the Literary Club’s room. Six months later, they discover that student council president Mirei Kudo has also mysteriously acquired powers.
Episode Three introduces two new characters to the series. The first is Shizumu Sagami, a handsome boy that Jurai doesn’t get along with who’s constantly being dumped by girls due to his otaku behavior. We got to see Shizumu briefly in a couple of scenes, which was just enough to establish the type of character that he is. Hopefully he’ll become more important later.
The other new character is Hajime Kiryu, Tomoyo’s older half-brother who has chunibyo interests like Jurai. Jurai meets Hajime when he returns to the Literary Club room to get his notebook that he’s nicknamed “Bloody Bible,” and finds Hajime reading it. Jurai and Hajime seem to hit it off, and this seems to explain how Tomoyo knows how to handle Jurai and his interests. But while Jurai and Hajime are hanging out, Hajime gets a phone call. We only hear Hajime’s side of the conversation, but it sounds like he has something going on that could be tied in with the powers of Jurai and the others. Could Hajime potentially be the guy that was hiding in the shadows at the end of Episode One?
At one point, we see Tomoyo and the other girls talking about Jurai and how he’s really given thought to their various powers with the warnings that he’s given to some of them. Tomoyo seems to dismiss this, but I think that she believes it as well. There’s definitely been effort with this series to develop Jurai as a character, and adding Hajime starts giving Tomoyo a little more to work with. And through a story that Hatoko shares with the other girls, we also get to see that Hatoko isn’t quite as ditzy as she seems to be portrayed up to this point. I appreciate the effort that’s being taken to try to develop these characters beyond just being character types in this episode, and hopefully this will continue.
Between what we see right at the end of Episode Three, as well as from the preview for Episode Four, it appears that Chifuyu will be the main focus of the next story. Hopefully this will help to provide some more character development for her.
The early part of the episode seemed to be a little more on the “fanservice” side than we’ve seen in the series up to this point. The fanservice included shots of the female teacher that Jurai was meeting with at the beginning, as well as a couple of shots that we see during the tennis matches Jurai and the others are having on the tennis court that Chifuyu created in the club room. Fortunately, the fanservice wasn’t too terribly bad and didn’t distract too much from the story.
Overall, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is still showing signs of promise, and I hope that I’ll continue enjoying this series as it progresses over the next few weeks.
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