I do remember that I liked it, though, hence the reason for picking up both boxed sets when I saw them on sale. And after disk one I'm not dissatisfied. But Ban-chan, despite being probably my favorite character, is kind of annoying me already. I remembered that his power was "the Snakebite" and he had this cool kung-fu grip action thing going on for him. And because of his namesake they often drew him with kind of snakey eyes, similar to the always superdeformed Genji had his own distinctive art style. However, I had either completely forgotten about his illusion powers or I couldn't tell reality from illusion the first time through because I only caught episodes here and there as time allowed.
This is really weird to me. The rest of the show is pretty good, aside from the unexplained fact that people have random superpowers which is a common enough thing for most Anime. His is a interesting power and I don't think we see enough illusionists, personally. But I've never seen DEUS EX MACHINA be used as a superpower before. Whenever the hero gets stuck in tight spot, things just...work out exactly as planned without explanation. And all of the most exciting, intense action that the scene has been building up towards for the entire episode ends up happening off camera. How can that be a good idea?
For example: The lone hero approaches a moving semi. He has to rescue his captured partner and retrieve a crate full of cargo before making his escape. Two vilians stand before him, not counting the driver, all prepared for his arrival. They're ready to fight while he's still driving to keep up with the truck. He's pretty much screwed but...ONE MINUTE LATER! Everything somehow worked out and both he and his partner are escaping with the stolen goods, laughing and smiling and waving to the confused bad guys (and audience) as they drive away.
They were building up for that for two episodes. Sure, they had a few fights and some character development here and there along the way. And it still wasn't exactly bad. But after all that, you're pumped up to see how they're going to pull it off, and then ONE MINUTE LATER...fuck. Where'd my show go? What do you mean it just happened and it's over now? o_0;