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Episode 2 of Knights & Magic was visually beautiful. Giant robots and huge beasts and sword fights and magic fireballs. What else could we have asked for? I have an idea. How about a more coherent story and a more sympathetic protagonist? That was too easy a win, Ernie. Too easy for a monster that all the kingdom was afraid of.
Let’s start with the basics. That huge monster is a division class demon whatever that means. Of course, we haven’t given an explanation on how these monsters came to be. What are these demons that are terrorizing the land? Are they experiments of an evil wizard that wants to destroy the land? Do they come from an ancient portal that connects this world with the world of demons? Are they animals transformed into demons because they ate a bit too much last night? Why this particular class is a division class and what should we expect from these monsters? Am I asking too much? I have always thought that when a story does something right then you don’t even come with questions like these in the first place. And like in real life stories, we always know when something is not right because our mind always tries to make sense of the facts.
Enough bitching about the Behemoth. The fact here is that it’s freaking big and it can trample robots and melt them with its fiery breath. It is also almost indestructible because of its tough shell. It brings fear and destruction and terror to all except for one. A little kid that is either too brave or too stupid to be afraid. I am betting on the latter because you must be stupid as hell to catch a running mecha and hijack it because the owner run away. What the frak is wrong with that kid? He didn’t care about the people getting killed. He just wanted to pilot the robot and fight with the monster because robots are awesome. The only moment when he showed some bit of emotion was when the demon unleashed that fire wall and there I thought that we were going to have that ‘don’t kill my comrades’ + inspiring shout moment. No, of course not. The little irresponsible and psychopathic kid had this to say:
The only thing allowed to kill a robot is another robot
Really? That’s what concerns you? That it wasn’t a robot that beat the crap out of your comrades? You little prick. And besides the total lack of emotions, he is also the BEST PROGRAMMER ever. Adjusting and programming a new robot that I just hijacked? Check. Do things no one has ever done with a robot before? Check. Defeat a super demon on my own? Check. Have my mom narrate everything because I do awesome things and you may not understand how awesome I am? Check.
Unless there is a good reason behind all this, I’m not buying into this and the next time I will be rooting for the monster.
The Evil King: I don’t know if he is really evil but he does want to stop Ernie because his power is probably going to be troublesome for him in the future. I hope they tell us why because the series doesn’t have a good record of properly explaining things. The gold robot behind him was cool.
A power that is too great can bring about destruction…
Robots: The mecha are the reason I watch this show. I have to admit that. They are well animated and the battles are very interesting. The opening sequence promises us more of those. I wonder what kind of powers they will have.
Who is Ernie: I’m still not sure if Ernie is the programmer who doesn’t care that he is a young boy in a different world or if he is Ernie that inherited the love for robots and the programming powers from the reincarnated programmer. Is he both? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
It might have something to do with Knight’s and Magic being a light novel adaptation but I can’t shake that feeling that there is something wrong with the way the story advances. Everything is going a bit too fast for my liking and the protagonist is both a mystery and annoying as hell. I know people get their kicks out of child prodigies because they probably always wanted to be one, but little Ernie went a bit too far in showing us how AWESOME he is.
That is all Ernie cares about, obviously. Unless they do some magic and turn Ernie from a spoiled genius to a hero that deserves to be called the protagonist of a fantasy story, I think I’m not going to care about anything else in this series but the robots.
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