Hiyono wrote:In the novels, a lot of the reason he's seen as being shrewder than he looks is the way he unexpectedly cuts to the heart of the matter while talking, taking Kuro Usagi in particular by surprise quite often.
Unfortunately, as florza's said while we were discussing this, an appropriate depiction of Izayoi ruins the balance of the show (not that I'm advocating it be made this boring), because he's both too strong and too smart. In comparison with the other "problem children", the other two aren't even on the same planet, let alone same level.
Indeed, Izayoi ruins the balance of anything in any way...
However, I think its a big plus in the novel, as the girls later feel inferior in a few ways. Asuka who felt she is helpless, relying on gifts that accept her. And the other girl felt inferior after Asuka started contributing as well. It was needed for Izayoi to be overly useful, just so to spur them into performing better.
P.S. Izayoi's contributions are actually quite limited. Reason being no one dares challenge him to a game! WTF! He can single-handedly defeat a deity or a whole community! Who in the right mind would challenge him!?
Yes, it was a mistake... I remembered the more famous names and mixed it up... Sorry, its Perseus, will edit it.
As for the joke, in the novel, how the problematic children went into the grounded Black Rabbit's room is a big joke!