I really like the character who half-transformed into Chaika, and I’m rooting for her to find the boy she has loved (from a distance) throughout the first season.
I also am rooting for green-hair, because she’s womanly enough to deserve a boyfriend.
Yeah, it’s a little sad that Chaika will have a pure and frustrated crush on the hero, but Chaika has a lot of growing-up to do before she can get serious about boyfriends. These characters have a well-written conflict because it’s very plausible that the hero would not see his step-sister as a legitimate object of romance. Incest is supposed to be taboo, even with your step-sister, and since they were children together, there’s a valid psycho-physical reason his brain would grow up to regard her non-sexually. The serious question, of course, is how the hero will react to all of this. The writer will probably have the hero kiss Chaika near the end of this season, just because the fans will demand it. A lot of fans will want him to just marry Chaika, regardless of her age. I’ll be impressed if the writer can manage to make a plausible resolution of conflicts. I suspect the series will end without resolving this triangle, however.
However, my suspension of disbelief was shocked by green-hair’s costume:
In these first captures, it looks fine because the brown leather pouches are covering her butt.
And then when she bends over, it looks like there’s no difference between her skin tone and her garment. Her legs are supposed to be bare. Is that bare butt showing over her belt?
The more I look at it, the more I think that the artist did it on purpose.
Maybe it’s not an error, and her costume is really supposed to look like that. But if so, this character model is basically the artist trying to get cosplayers to push the limits of what conventions will allow.
But real-life leather belts don’t slide over butts so easily. If cosplayers try to dress up like green-hair in real life, they’re going to have to be very careful that their costumes don’t fall off while they’re posing.
I award bonus points to the side character hanging a lampshape on the fact that the characters are not making optimized tactical decisions!
This lampshading is a win in two ways:
1 – It shows that the characters have depth and are not just paper-thin masks over a battle story with optimized strategy and tactics;
2 – it shows that the artist is savvy enough to recognize that the non-optimal tactics frustrate many viewers who are shouting at the screen, “Don’t be so naive, grab the quick win, this is too important for frou-frou moralizing!”