Do not get this wrong. This is NOT a harem novel series just because he is in the middle of a group of girls. I got some spoilers from other forums and he sticks with one girl. I think this is worth the read because it is a story that will pull at the heart strings as you find out what the MC has to go through. I will update this review as the story progresses.
Satomi Koutaro is a somewhat funny character who likes to joke around with his peers. But when push comes to shove you can bet that he will be determined to what is right. In general we was a likable character to read and not some asshole. He can be dense but I think that's just who he is a character. He is not all that smart but he isn't naive. He knows when a character feels down and will make it personal to an extent. But until the big reveal I thought of him as normal and boy was I wrong in every aspect. And here's the thing, he knows they love him and he has his reasons for not being so close to them which is a major plus in my books. But boy oh Boy when you get past 7.5 and 8.5 he becomes a complete bad ass.
I rate this MC at a 4.5/5.
As stated before there is a lot of mysteries surrounding this story. Questions keep popping up to give readers a mild interest so they can look forward to it in the next novel because the Author does a good job at foreshadowing. Though my qualms about the story is the fighting parts of the story. The first arc is lack luster, not very detailed and nothing new but this novel isn't where the novel shines. It's about the interactions of the characters in the story. Everyone has a part and this is what makes the novel feel so whole. It's funny and cute with enough drama to keep you satisfied as a reader. Every novel will make you feel that its part of an even bigger story you have yet to see.
Only when we get the big reveals does the action pick up and become interesting. But because the story seems so happy that we don't get much on things that could pull on the heart strings. The one thing that I think it lacks would be those suspenseful moments. But the few we do have was enough to shed maybe a tear or so but nothing that would cause a river.
The story gets a 4/5 for executing the story pretty well but it could be better in some areas.
Before the big reveal we get to see the characterization of each girl. All of them had undesirable attitudes which almost made me stop reading but as it progressed they started to become more and more likeable as characters. Each one of them are connected to characters in one way or another. They didn't just fall in love just out of no where but through interaction and realizing what they truly are under the facade they initially put up. The tropes they fill are obvious but they too also grow out those shells to be more characterized as individuals. They too know that the MC knows he likes them yet they don't push no it and wait because they know of the conflicts he is suffering right now. Until the day he is ready to face them will they be able to face one another. Though they do seem a little nonchalant about the fact that everyone likes the MC.
I rate this harem at a 4.5/5
The anime was okay even though it crunched about 4.5 volumes into 12 episodes. What made it so good was the pacing of the anime. It didn't feel so overly rushed nor did it feel like I missed to many details. But the anime is akin to a VERY DETAILED SUMMARY. It is definitely missing details that would have made a big impact on the story and the characterization of the characters. Even if you already watched the anime it is best if you read the series again to get a better understanding of what is going on.
I rate it a 3/5 watch it only if you want a feel of the story and decide if you want to watch it or not.
Common in all harem tropes our MC is dense which I am not surprised and expected it to happen. But what makes him unique in this novel is that he is the only sword user in the age of guns which is uncommon in light novel tropes. What makes him so good at the sword is because he can overclock his brain so be able to perceive anything around him. He is able to do this because of he trained in the Kusanagi arts that were meant to deal with magical entities with in the human limits. But in order for his body to keep up with his brain he has to practically destroy his body. The problem is solved when he gets his magical heritage. Moving on to his personality, he used to be very angry and prideful child because he thinks that the sword is the best. That gets completely crushed when he was defeated by Ouka Ootori. Now he is much more calmer and passive. But when his blood gets boiled then his original personality starts to show. In conclusion he is an okay MC with his cool moments that will try to save everyone and anyone he deems worthy but knows when there is moments where he can't do anything. 4/5
The first 4 volumes are what you might considered to be very cliched. Each novel is dedicated to one girl and the MC must learn their story and make them fall in love with them. But each novel is necessary for defining each of the characters personality and to see their dark pasts. What makes each one interesting is the darker aspects of magic that shown in every novel. We get to see zombies attack the innocent people. A ghost that possess and eats the individual's. Human sacrifices of the children to Summon an ancient hero. Things you don't typically see in light novels that is why for the first 4 novels I'll give it a 4/5. Now this where the actual story line takes place and the start of the Second witch war may begin. Where villains are actually your allies and allies that turn out to be enemies. OR ARE THEY!?!?!? Do not be fooled by the premise of the 5th novel because you won't be seeing the sister joining the harem because in essence she is the final super weapon of the probable main antagonist. So now we finally have and overarching objective that will last many novels. Each with its twists and turns that you might have not expected to happen. Even I don't know what will happen in the end because its that good. For this part of the series I give this part a 5/5.
So in conclusion this part gets a 4.5/5
What I typically try to find in harem novel series that has a growing, dynamic, not flat personality. That each character has a face and aren't just there to complete a trope. As stated before the first 4 novels define the characters as a whole. But it doesn't end there, they aren't just thrown to the side and left in the background just to support the MC. They keep on growing through out the entire series and to become some one completely different then the one you originally. The way they interact with one another also becomes different as they progress through the novels for the good of the group. They are also not characters that regress into the background and only let the MC own the enemies. They act as mental and battle supports that can stand side by side with the MC. When he feels down they were there to get him to stand back on his 2 feet which earns more bonus points in my books.
That is why for this harem I give it a 5/5
This adaptation was pure sh*t. Not only did they crunch 5 books into 12 episodes they completely changed the ending of book number 5. Not only did they do that but completely took out the darkness that you can feel in the novels. Very little blood is shown and the bodies of the people are off screen. Don't get me started with art style. Everything about it felt clunky, the battle sequence was pure sh*t and you can easily see the CG that was used in it. The cool pictures in the novels were utterly destroyed by the anime. I know they had a budget but this no excuse for excluding and changing many details of the novels. This was in all likely hood a promotional anime and there is no future for a second anime.
I give the anime a 1/5. Don't bother watching it
The main character
To be honest I didn't like him very much. Yes I get that he suppose to act like the fool but there are just not enough scenes where he is competent. Only a few pages worth in the first arc where he acts smarter then he normally does and doesn't actually fool around. I didn't see that at all in the second and I am not sure in the second or third arc. Luckily he isn't dense about his feelings and knows how people feel around. I am not sure if there is a possibility of a harem, there are a few candidates but not enough shown to be solidified. There is without a doubt that he is pretty smart its just REALLY hard to see. Its a good thing he isn't the focus 100% of the time and the other characters gets a spotlight.
Subject to change when I get around finishing the 3rd arc and start reading the 4th
The story is definitely disjointed in some parts because well that happens when you have so many characters to write about. But the fact that each individual gets a story and the fact that it flows pretty well into the main story gets bonus points in my book. With such an immense story you would think it would be riddled with a lot of plot holes right? Well up to the point where I read I haven't found any apparent plot holes that needs to be called out upon. The author spent great deal in world building that you can easily understand what exactly is going on. I don't think there was a moment where I was confused with exception of moments of trying to remember who is who. But the down fall of course would be the length of the story. Because it spent doing all the other stuff that well the main story kinda suffers. That is why it doesn't get a perfect score.
This is without the strongest point about this novel. There literally no characters I hate in this novel. Even the Villains I don't hate at all. Each one is funny and enjoyable to read as I read more and more about their characters. When the novel starts focusing on a character you don't just get a snippet about their day to day lives you get the full blown story with struggles and them trying to overcome them. There are no carbon copies in the story each one are interesting (to an extent) and them specializing in something cool or somewhat weird. What the main character lacks, the rest will fill that void.
Definitely worth the watch because the action is REAL intense. Sure it misses out on few important details but the execution of the anime is well done and you will be satisfied by it. The extra detail that animators put in to make it funnier made it much more enjoyable. Paced well in my opinion that it doesn't destroy the over all story. But if you already read past the anime I would still consider watching the anime just for sequences and the intense music because they are that good.