Masamune-kun's Revenge biggest hook is that none of the characters are likeable...at least for now.
We meet Masamune, a high schooler who changes his body and identity after being rejected by a girl, with the sole goal of breaking her heart. It's a long con, and you have to admire Masamune's dedication, even if it has led him to having a warped world view.
Basically, he feels that hot people can get away with anything...and the cast proves him right.
Masamune's target is Aki, who is the rich girl that broke his heart. Aki has the reputation of being a slayer, and publicly humiliates the guys who (for some reason) confess their love to her.
Aki routinely files background reports and gives the guys demeaning nicknames, like Pudding Prince for a chubby admirer. To be fair, it's not like Aki is going out of her way to bully people, since none of the guys she meets are exactly good people.
Kojuurou is the most precious character of the season, and he must be protected.
Without getting into manga spoilers, Masamune-kun's Revenge is not as mean spirited as the first episode lends itself to be. Sure, we see a lot of people get torn down, but it's to show how warped Aki and Masamune's world view is.
Aside from future character development, there is some genuine comedy. Masamune is not as cool as he tries to be, and Aki has a silly secret she keeps from the entire school.
The real winner is the comedic timing. Just when you think Masamune-kun's Revenge is taking itself too seriously, it switches to a well timed joke and pokes at the absurdity of Masamune's dedication to his "Dead or Love Plan".
The first episode might be a little too mean spirited for some people. If you are familiar with the manga, you'll know that Masamune-kun's Revenge falls in line with a lot of rom-coms, albeit with more dramatic development.
So, if you like a main character that is not dense and a few mean spirited jokes, you'll find an enjoyable first episode.
Plus, there is a loli mom. You can't go wrong with a loli mom.
Seriously, this is the future.
If you're really feeling the show and can't wait for more episodes. A rom-com with terrible people comparable is the award winning series, You're the Worst (which also has some mature scenes so it's not meant for kids).
Seem like all over the world creators are discovering that rom-com heroes don't have to always be sweet.
Aaron Magulick has been a fan of anime ever since being exposed to it in the late '90s. A fan of nearly all genres, he is not afraid to explore the creepier side of the industry. Feel free to connect with him on GoBoiano Social.