Campione’s first episode proves remedial to the point of being totally average – this isn’t a “good” series whatsoever, and while it deserves some ridicule, it’s also tough to label as entirely awful as well.
This series is essentially a concoction of generic to the point of being something somewhat creative – although the fact that it steamrolls forward through what would normally have been a series’ worth of developments is both a positive and negative. In particular, the romance jumps at a pace “just a little” too fast – with male and female lead going from complete strangers, to kissing, which even if is intended to be an extension of how the protagonist’s power works, as is ambiguously yet possibly implied by the conclusion of the series, isn’t doing much to impress.
There is however a finer point in this less than exquisite series – and that comes with the plot, though note that the story isn’t exactly grand, or even standard, it has a tendency, like many details of this series, to fluctuate between fair and terrible.
First of all, the protagonist is given some magical tablet to deliver to an entity with a forgettable name – and so he finds himself in Italy, where he then immediately is confronted by a blonde tsundere character in clothing which provides a notable amount oppai service by design. She expresses some gibberish in the face of our protagonist – and he’s unsurprisingly clueless to essentially everything she tells him, basically reflecting our own thoughts as well.
Then all of a sudden, “a god” attacks the city – stealing away the attention of the blonde oppai service character, and leaving the protagonist to continue his delivery mission, only to be stopped yet again, now by a kid. This is the portion which proves interesting – the kid is clearly no regular child, and he seemingly makes note of the tablet before “entrusting it” to our protagonist. The intriguing bit within this is that it’s made apparent the kid holds some sort of higher rank – and similarly, our protagonist isn’t of a standard class either it seems.
Ultimately, it turns out that indeed, the foreshadowing was well-played – skipping over some lengthy service moments, comedy, and only half-relevant chatter, the situation as it stands is that the protagonist is now paired with the blonde tsundere of earlier, and they’re already acquainted with one another on a multitude of levels all within this first spectacle. The element of romance was introduced in this episode, and goes beyond blatantly obvious, to practically finalized, in only a few minutes time as the protagonist goes with the girl to stop “a fight between gods”.
The girl finds that she’s too weak to stop the creatures from fighting, and thus, the protagonist suddenly goes into hero-mode with his stone tablet – becoming invincible, saving the day, defeating the antagonist, getting a kiss from the heroine, and gaining a sword, all in one.
Again, this isn’t a sort of series one would dub “horrible”, it’s not that disappointing yet – although it’s certainly not beyond decent, and it’s unlikely to escape that atmosphere any time soon, if at all.