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Battle in 5 Seconds Episode 1: This Is Going To Be A Fun Watch

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Episode 1 of Battle in 5 Seconds lives up to the series name, and it is glorious. If you love anime that gets right to the point, then Battle in 5 Seconds is a must-watch.

Violence Right Out The Gate

The audience meets the main character, Akira, for a couple of minutes at most before violence ensues. We learn right off the bat he’s a genius at his school and is growing bored with everyday life. Out of nowhere, Akira is chased down by a man after he leaves his house.

He goes into full big-brain mode and leads him to an abandoned building to where he ends it quickly. I won’t spoil how he does it. Just know, it’s brutal and it does the name of the show justice. So go watch it.

Battle in 5 Seconds Episode 1 - Man who chases down Akira

Akira is then met by Mion, the main antagonist. From there on, the game begins.

Rules Explained, Characters Introduced

An array of characters is given an introduction in the middle of the episode. Mion explains the situation.

Every contestant in the game is dead in the eyes of society, and each one now has special abilities. They have no freedoms or rights anymore. They only have the rules of the game and the rules are rather simple:

  1. Everyone is in handcuffs. When the light goes from red to green on their handcuffs, five seconds will count down before they release. This will let contestants use their abilities to fight.
  2. Contestants are free to use their abilities to cause harm or death to other contestants.

That’s it.

Mion (left), the main antagonist, with her assistant, Yang, watching over the contestants.

Akira’s Ability

Again, this episode wasted no time getting into the details. The first round of the game is classic 1v1 duels. Akira’s opponent, Kirisaki, a delinquent, seems to be able to transform objects. Nothing more was explained.

But Akira’s ability is more complicated.

In short, he has the power of illusion. Mion actually explains his ability perfectly for the audience, “He needs to arrange the right timing to voice the ability to his opponent and create an environment where they’ll believe it.”

Akira, Battle in 5 Seconds
Akira using his ability to create an illusion of Mion’s arm cannon from earlier in the episode.

Next Week’s Battle

Akira and Kirisaki’s battle end rather quickly leaving us hyped for the next battle to come. We’ll be watching Yuri, a high school girl and main female protagonist, fight. What are her abilities? We have no idea. But the previews look epic.

Battle in 5 Seconds episode 2 will air July 19 on Crunchyroll.

So, what did you think of the whacky and violent series premiere of Battle in 5 Seconds with episode 1? If you thought it was worthy of a top-10 spot, then make sure to vote for it in our weekly poll!

Yuri Battle in 5 Seconds

All images via Crunchyroll
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Eric Himmelheber

Hello, everyone! My name is Eric. I'm a huge anime and sports fan. I'm definitely a "shonen simp" and also love sci-fi anime. My favorite anime include Naruto, Black Clover, Violet Evergarden, and Cowboy Bebop. My favorite sports teams are the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Capitals, and Denver Nuggets. If you want to talk about anime or sports, feel free to DM me on Twitter @erichimmelheber !

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