Another rant at Houshin Engi (I'm cutting out the U right now).
Someone called Taikoubou "generic as asta", well I can't disconect myself from the full story, and how he keept manipulating enemies and allies into victory, but the chapter went like:
Hyper Dense Info Dump -> Check out the kill list -> complete defeat vs the strongest dude in the kill list -> sad flashback -> try to defeat the other strongest person on the list without a plan -> fail and get captured and get like 20 people killed by a pit of snakes -> be saved by a random dude and the strongest dude -> decide to find allies
The manga goes something like:
From the info dump to the sad flashback is ch1
! Ch2: Defeat a minion with an army while defending a town by getting the town drunk so they are easilly captured, and then killing the minion
! Ch3-4: The strongest woman on the list does evil torture of hot metal, while her sister tries to kill the protagonist, the sister gets defeated and captured to be used as hostage
! Ch5-8: The protagonist infiltrates palace as "musician" to taunt the villain with the life of her sister, he meets the general dude, and gets to observe the villain on her natural state of complete manipulation of the situation, and while she gives tons of openings for him to attack, they are all traps, eventually she tries a direct approach and THEN he gets a lucky shoot and tries to escape with the emperor, all predicted by the villain who placed a safegurad, recovers the hostage and disarms him.
Ch9: gets captured, pit of snake, gets saved by general and strongest dude, decides to find allies.
He tries the gambit of trying to end the empire on chapter one, sure if Dakki fell then and there, other colorful villains would have taken her place and she'd be the Pilaf, or the world would have ended because reasons. But at this point I had the knowledge of the first anime, so I knew of Dakki's role going forward, so it was like going to world 8-4 right after 1-1, not Bowser getting to your doorsteep, but him actually invading the capital, with a fucking hostage, and by the skin of his teeth surviving way more than he should be able to.