This season has been marked by quite a few shows whose meat and potatoes is over-the-top silliness – Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, Mayoiga, and Kizvaiver to name but a few. Kabaneri certainly takes the prize in terms of spectacle, but it seems to me as if Big Order is the series that feels most natural in terms of writing. That’s because mangaka Esuno Sakae is very much at home in this sort of world, and Asread is very comfortable in bringing it to the screen.
It should be very clear after two episodes that Big Order isn’t really meant to be taken all that seriously. I found the repeated failings of Rin in the A-part this week funnier than anything in Mayoiga – which I’m not even sure is supposed to be funny, to be honest. It’s classic Esuno style, broader than Mirai Nikki but still cut from the same cloth. If anything Big Order suffers a bit because in Mirai Nikki Esuno really accomplished the main goal of reimagining Evangelion for a new generation. I’m not sure Big Order has a pressing narrative intention in the same way, so it stands as a more superficial entertainment than Mirai Nikki.
That said, I do find it pretty entertaining. And no, I’m not going to try and explain how all these Orders work and exactly how they interact, because I’m not completely sure even Esuno-sensei knows. At this point Big Order is another one of those series that may stay on the watch list and switch to the “as events warrant” list for blogging, because my weekends are pretty busy this season, but we’re only two episodes in and it’s possible the next ep could persuade me to change my mind.