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 12 sees Mirei trying to attack the Literary Club and take away their powers; fortunately, Jurai and Tomoyo had been practicing just in case something like this happened. Unfortunately, Chifuyu’s power was taken before they could put their plan in motion. But by Jurai shielding Tomoyo, she is able to stop time and transport them out of the club room.
Jurai surmises that someone is controlling Mirei, and he devises a reckless plan to save her. The others try to dissuade him from using his power, but after Jurai makes his case, the others relent. We see Jurai enact his plan, and the audience finally learns why the others in the Literary Club asked him to not use his power again. I wasn’t surprised by the fact that the actual power itself was still useless, but I was surprised by the effect that it has in its second state. Fortunately, everything works out all right in the end, and Jurai forces the person possessing Mirei to stop.
We get to see Tomoyo’s brother, one his sidekicks, and the person possessing Mirei during two or three brief scenes. But the only references to the Fairy War that we get are in these scenes, as well as during Mirei’s confrontation with Jurai; but during this confrontation, she throws out the word “war” coyly and doesn’t explain anything to Jurai. With this being the final episode and looking back at the series, this Fairy War concept wasn’t as major of a focus as it really should have been. But considering this anime was using a still ongoing light novel series as its source material, it might explain why this element doesn’t feel as developed or as important as it should have. Perhaps more of a focus on this aspect is placed in volumes of the light novel that weren’t adapted for this anime series.
At least Mirei finally played an important role in the story in this final episode. For most of the series, she either only showed up briefly or was only mentioned in dialogue. I did have a problem with a line of dialogue she had with Sayumi, though, when she says they’ve both fallen in love with the same person. With the anime adaptation, I really didn’t see much that truly showed that Mirei was in love with Jurai, especially with how little she ultimately appeared in this 12 episode series. As someone who is only familiar with the anime, that line of dialogue just didn’t ring true for me.
And the ending for Episode 12 is such a non-ending. Again, this is probably due to the fact that the light novel series hasn’t ended, so those involved with the anime adaptation felt the series needed to have such a non-ending so they didn’t accidentally contradict something that could appear in a future volume of the light novel series. There’s still so many loose ends that are left unresolved that I just wasn’t satisfied as a viewer at the end of the series. It really made me wonder why I’d invested 12 weeks of my life into this series.
Since the series was given such an open-ended non-ending, it does leave the door open to potentially make more episodes in the future. However, more often than not, series that have these open-ended non-endings don’t come back with more episodes. But if for some reason there was ever another season of When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, I probably wouldn’t be in a hurry to watch more of it. In the end, there just wasn’t enough here to make me ever want to come back. Of the series I watched during the Fall 2014 season, my least favorites were When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace and World Trigger.
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