Meet Yuno 2.0
|Big Order is the next cool thing by the creator of Mirai Nikki (Future Diary), and it’s being adapted by pretty much the same staff as well. So if you like wild-eyed action with an extra helping of mentally unsound cast members, you won’t wanna miss this one.|
Big Order starts off with a tease: getting us to wonder what an innocent toddler named Eiji could have wished for to destroy so much of the world around him. The reveal isn’t as exciting as all the hype leading up to it, as it turns out he literally just plagiarized a dumb cartoon character who wanted world domination. While the build-up didn’t exactly pay off, I do agree that it’s pretty messed up an innocent wish ended up killing so many people and causing Eiji a lifetime’s worth of guilt and heartbreak. Therefore, the twisted story of “be careful what you wish for” taken to the extreme begins.
It appears that wishes are granted on a random basis, meaning that any innocuous wish you think of out loud may become your new superpower for the rest of your life. Either that, or wishes that have a particularly strong desire behind them end up being granted. This means that those who want it more may have their wishes fulfilled. However, those in desperate states are more likely to let emotions take hold and end up having that wish backfire on them. It doesn’t help that the whole wish-granting system isn’t exactly kind int he way it interprets these wishes too.
As a result of these two things, everyone with wishes granted thus far seems to have gotten the short end of the stick. Most obviously, Eiji wishes for world domination with the goal of world peace in mind, but he ends up almost destroying the world. Slightly less obviously, we have Kurenai who is now immortal and will have to suffer whatever life has to bring for all eternity. Immortality is great for the short term, but that wish has serious repercussions if you, say, cut her up into pieces and store her in separate boxes forever. She can heal, but it looks like she still feels pain so that would not be fun at all.
Going forward, it looks like a big part of Big Order will be seeing how these wishes manifest themselves as unique powers. It’s a neat concept because the wish directly tells us a lot about the person who made it. We know from Eiji’s wish that he is actually quite just and dislikes conflict. Kurenai’s wish tells us that she cares fiercely about those she loves and would do anything to protect them. If her power was simply “healing” without any of that deeper explanation behind it of the whole wish system, we’d be missing a whole chunk of her personality. Knowing what wish leads to what powers already gets a lot of character building out the way from the get-go, so it’s rather convenient.
Another thing I like about these wish powers is that every Order seems to have a physical monster standing behind them to fight, like in Ajin or the Stands in Jojo. This hasn’t been explored very much, as Eiji is still working out his powers, but it seems like a nice way to add some more depth to the whole concept.
That being said, Big Order is not a show with a lot of depth. A kiddy pool is deeper than this. In Big Order, the characters feel more like set pieces than actual characters. Everyone has their quirky power, dark past, and hidden motives to be pitted against one another…but that’s about it. I previously noted that we learn a lot through the characters based on what they wished for, but really that knowledge is just for us to know why each character is so damn crazy. We’ve only seen Kurenai’s psychopathy so far but I will bet you anything at least half of the cast would benefit greatly from a psychiatrist (and probably some daily tranquilizers). This focus on doing what I loved in Mirai Nikki has me convinced that Big Order will turn out exactly how I want it to be.
Basically, if you liked Mirai Nikki, there’s a high chance you’ll like Big Order. Both are focused on making up crazy superpowers in order to get an unlikely group of insane rascals to fight each other. I found Mirai Nikki to fun and highly memorable, but also rather messy and inconsistent. It liked to flop over into dumb cliches and fluffy highschool romance moments that just didn’t work well with the story at times. I can already see though rough edges in Big Order with the way Eiji dotes on his little sister in what hopefully doesn’t cross over into the usual siscon territory. I’m still so sad siscons are a common anime thing, so please let me be free of an incestual subplot for at least this show.
Looking for big action and a plot that will likely make zero sense as the anime progresses? Big Order is your show – perfectly imperfect and just as off-the-hinges as the very psycho characters it’s telling a story about.