It is good until halfway of season. After that, it became cheesy mediocre your usual sport anime with cringe protagonist and his so-called rival. To be honest, I’m a bit skeptic about the characters. Koshiyama was your supposed beta herbivore Japanese guy. He was a nerd, smart, liked to read, and didn’t like the spotlight. Then fate (heh) chose him to be one of the players in the demonstration of his school quiz bowl circle. With his wide knowledge, he successfully answered the difficult question right and thus pulled the interest of our heroine, Fukami. You could guess the rest, it was as cliché as your favorite textbook. But it was fine. The pacing and storytelling were rather good so even cliché like this can pass without much criticism.
The problem is later. The story told us that he didn’t like the spotlight, he didn’t even have friends and eat lunch alone in the library. But somehow, he overcame that problem without much trouble. Like… umm… sorry? If you wanted to make him feels like an ordinary guy, maybe not too popular, but not hated either… the least you could do was give him people who were not close enough to be a friend, but not far enough to be an only acquaintance. I mean, quiz bowl is pretty much a game that you can only win by getting in the spotlight. You have to chase away your nervousness (no overthinking and second-guessing yourself is okay) and quickly push the button. You have to be at least fine under pressure. And character Koshiyama at first didn’t seem to be fine at all. But this problem was shoved aside just like that. He somehow overcame that obstacle easily and it made his earlier personality feels like a joke.
Don’t tell us he was a pathetic nerd who couldn’t even make a friend if you just then shoved it aside for the cringe plot you thought was more important than proper character development! You could always make him ordinary without making him that pitiful!
Then, the plot development of the so-called rival was pushing the heroine role to the side. Fukami was the one that pulled Koshiyama’s interest in the quiz bowl. But when his rival appeared, her role gradually disappeared like the first part of the story didn’t matter anymore. Not surprisingly (cause this is shounen, and boys should be more skilled than girls #pfft), her skill wasn’t as good as the other monsters. Yeah, she was still good enough to be considered above average. However, compared to so many skilled people in this story, she became a rather mediocre player. Add that with leveled up Koshiyama, she was almost nothing except pretty face (maybe later in the manga they would make her better, who knows, but for now in the anime, she is not).
The most annoying part is… I already tried to overlook the flaws of this anime from the very first episode and they somehow wanted me to overlook more!? The seiyuu for Fukami, THE HEROINE, was bad. It was not how I imagine her voice sounds like when I saw her image in the poster. Yeah, that was rather subjective. However, the way she talks was often a bit monotone too. I mostly blame the director though. How could you let this pass, what did you direct during the recording session! And they just became lazier because the few last episodes, seiyuu for Koshiyama slipped up too.
So, yeah. The only good part is the few first episodes. For me, at least.