Seri Koyuki is just trying to have a normal school life, but instead ends up acting as the sane counterpart to his eccentric partner, Kabuto Hanadori. Kabuto is a high school student with great delusions, his fantasies range from believing that he is a gentleman to claiming that removing his eye patch would free an evil alter ego named Michael Offenbarung Dunkelheit. Seri is determined not to get carried away by Kabuto’s misadventures, but we quickly realize that maybe that’s almost impossible.
This is how the world of A Destructive God Sits Next to Me is presented to us, an anime about school life that has plenty of room for the most ridiculous comedy but is ultimately a slice of life from the heart. As we said, the story follows Seri in his attempts to get away from Kabuto’s chaos, although at times it seems that his delusions may not be that far from reality. We are definitely dealing with a rather strange kind of humor, even by Japanese standards. A Destructive God Sits Next to Me presents a script very much in the style of a stereotypical British comedy, follow that formula of a normal person thrown into a world where extraordinary things happen around her and she must be the one who keeps her feet in some way or another on the earth.
The series itself is aware of its elements, as Seri, despite seeking to be normal, has facial features that make him look a lot like a cat. It may be one of the simplest uses of irony as a narrative device that we can find, but it is details like this that make the story of A Destructive God Sits Next to Me so fun to watch: something is always happening, whether in terms of story or animation, so if you are worried that one more slice of life from the bunch on your marathon list is boring, you can leave those doubts at the door; here we have a completely eye-catching product, even if you can be derivative at times.
Speaking of flashy things, complementing the duo of Kabuto and Seri we have Utsugi Tsukimiya, who also has strange delusions and also perhaps has a kind of telepathic powers. Both Utsugi and Kabuto are always dragging Seri into problems, which, although they may seem to be a huge source of frustration for the protagonist, turn out to be quite entertaining as little stories that delight the audience. Perhaps there is a deeper meaning to how Seri so desperately wants to get away from the eccentricities, but even if we don’t find it we are left with several hilarious sequences.
A Destructive God Sits Next to Me is an interesting twist on the familiar slice of life formula for school life anime. It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s quirky enough to at least deserve a glance. Just like Seri, you may find yourself being drawn without realizing it into the strange occurrences of this world.