The stunning suit of plot armor shimmers in the sunlight as the protagonist stands idly by a lake which events must occur at even though the protagonist has never been there before. That is the job of anything in the presence of the protagonist, sentient or not.
Aside from the normal super powers protagonists and often their supporting cast are god like in the sense that they cannot be killed and often they are immune to injury entirely, this doesn’t always apply but at least 50% of anime guarantee the godlike tendency to win all battles regardless of the foe. This weeks victim of atrociously predictable battling is Misaka from Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S who used her plot armor to defeat yet another uncharacterized crazy person who must have spent the better half of a week setting up an elaborate set of explosives only to be beaten by a super human hot head who wander in and ruin them. Sure the battle was entertainment but even with the dire situation not a single person viewing the anime, that’s at least 10 maybe 15 people didn’t even consider the possibility that Misaka could lose even though she was portrayed as the underdog. That’s because of her plot armor, I thought the purpose of a good fight to decide who is the most powerful but clearly this battle and thousands of other battles in anime are decided long before they start simply because they involve a main character and someone lesser.
So why is this entertaining to watch then? Is it more about how the battle happens or the length of time the obvious loser can hold the upper hand or survive in general? I’m actually confused as to why I enjoy this myself and I think it might need some explanations. Plot armor is also active in other forms such for harem type love stories and detectives get an honorable mention as it’s never a matter of if they can solve a crime so much as how and when.