At any point in the Zero no Tsukaima series does Saito tap onto his inner buddha and stop being a base, conscience-less bucket of hormones? I feel like I should go back and recount how many times they’ve pulled this stupid, dumbass “MC says he loves heroine but can’t stop ogling and feeling up other girls to the sound of saxophones because “Aa-! Iya-! chigau-! I mean- no, you’ve got this wrong, this is just a misunderstanding!”” gag, but I feel like it would just make me hate him more. Anytime the relationship makes any kind of progress, we have to have another one of these improbable situations that drag it straight back to Square One. Another character to add to my list of beta harem ragdoll MCs, and another self-imposed stereotype of the Japanese instinct to balk, stutter, run and hide from any ounce of confrontation.
At least whenever Koyomi Araragi is being a perv, he backs it up with 5 paragraphs of philosophy and wit so dry it could evaporate oceans, and when confronted on it he ain’t no lil’ bitch about it.
but I liked the use of a bazooka and WWII fighter plane in an isekai series, so I’ll watch it to the end I guess