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Posted 5/12/16 , edited 5/12/16
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Big Order is a series with designs almost as grand as that of its protagonist, placing characters with unbelievable powers in a post-apocalyptic setting with an emphasis on geopolitics. It’s hard to encapsulate just what is going on because so many things are happening at the same time. The many schemes and quick pace of the story make it dangerous to look away from the screen for a moment or you’ll lose track of the story. Even with laser-like focus, you’re unlikely to understand everything that is going on as characters use multiple levels of sometimes-super-powered deception to keep friends and enemies alike in the dark about their goals.

Eiji Hoshimiya accidentally destroyed the world. He was one of several individuals with a singular, driving desire, visited by a godlike being known only as Daisy who grants their wish by giving them the power to accomplish it themselves. Eiji, wanting to emulate his favorite cartoon anti-hero, wishes that he could dominate the world. The result is a cataclysmic event that kills an untold number of people. While the details of the destruction and Eiji's part in it are left vague, the event serves as the defining point in each of the characters' lives which shape their motivation and often their powers.

Orders, as they are called by humanity, are individuals given reality-shifting power by Daisy, individuals with specific powers that often manifest from totemic beings visible only other Orders. While their powers are tremendous, they are also extremely limited by the parameters of the person’s wish. Eiji’s desire to conquer the world manifests in absolute control over any area he has walked upon while Rin Kurenai’s desire not to die before exacting revenge upon Eiji for causing the death of her family gives her Wolverine-like regeneration that can also restore other people and even objects.

The action genre putting “one man against the world” has fallen into disuse the past few decades since the ’80s and ‘90s when heroes like Kenshiro battled alone against overwhelming odds. While initially reticent to use his powers again lest he repeat his previous disaster, Eiji is eventually convinced to pursue his wish to conquer the Earth. In doing so, Eiji must not only battle other Orders and the military might of the world’s governments, but also an entire global population seeking revenge against the individual responsible for the deaths of their friends and family.

An infamous group of Orders known as the Dazaifu's Group of Ten betray the world government and swear allegiance to Eiji, even allowing him to use his power to control them, but it is obvious they have their goals which may or may not accommodate him becoming the king of the world. The result is a series of complex schemes and big battles, both physical and for the hearts and minds of humanity, in which Eiji must mistrust the loyalty of even his own servants. Also, fan service.

Obviously a lot is going down here, but essentially Big Order can be boiled down to Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure characters fighting in the world of Darker Than Black. Most of the characters are extremely strategic and driven by their personal goals to the point that morality is no longer a priority. Where Jojo takes a more measured pace, however, Big Order throws new information at you nearly constantly, so strap yourself in.
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