In case it hasn’t become clear, Glenn really doesn’t have any shame but at least he understood his opponent and the tactics he would be up against and devised a suitable counter, even if he didn’t play to win but merely bring the duel to a draw.
That said, his basic personality is all over the shop. I get that they are trying to give us this whole tragic back story so we can see Glenn as just a young mage full of ideals that got crushed by tragedy and his current obnoxious persona is merely a cover for deep inner pain but to be perfectly honest I’m not buying it. He’s just too obnoxious.
That said, plot armour apparently broke this episode at least temporarily because while Glenn may have taken the class combat to a draw he later gets beaten fairly badly and from Sistine’s voice over it seems he slunk away. I somehow doubt that’s the case and it’s probably all part of some plan to have Leos reveal his hand so they can round up everyone all at once and somehow everything will work out, but maybe this show will surprise me. Maybe.
Akashic Records of a Bastard Magical Instructor is available on Crunchyroll.
Okay, right from the start my biggest issue with this show was Glenn. He was lazy and unforgivably sloppy at his job (which effected the well being of the students in his care), and basically his attitude sucked. Despite backstory which tried to excuse it, that didn’t make the initial impressions of this character any better, however he actually did start doing his job and was fairly competent at it once he felt inspired to do it. So this episode?
They pull this exact same scenario three times and each time you just can’t help thinking how much better things would be if Glenn just never came back. While I get that a lot of this episode is set up for the next confrontation, when they play Glenn like this I hate him and to be honest there isn’t a lot else to keep you watching the show at the moment. Any interesting curiosities with the magic have ceased to be a point of discussion, the students have more or less just become part of the background, and the larger mysteries around Rumia have essentially been put on hold. So what I’m left with is a show where I don’t much like the comedy moments and a main character I despise. I really would pull the plug on this show except (there had to be one) that part of me actually wants to know what the deal is with the cult and Rumia.
Though it is quite likely that Glenn would be more tolerable this episode if Sistine didn’t make some truly insane choices and you can argue she doesn’t do well under pressure (there’s certainly precedent), but there’s very little that is threatening enough to have her declare that she’s her teacher’s lover.
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