Believe me when I say it’s a compliment that I found both of these shows boring.
Taishou Otome Otogibanashi
The main reason I’m combining these two shows is that a) I went into both with the absolute lowest expectations possible and b) I find I have relatively little to say about either of them – which, all things considered, is probably a good thing. Of the two though, Taishou Otome Otogibanashi (Taishou Maiden Fairytale) had the potential to be the most offensive and/or downright skeevy given its premise involving a child bride.
However, I was pleasantly surprised that there was actually zero in the way of fanservice or even general sleaziness with this one, so major props to Otome for that. Nonetheless, this kind of show just isn’t for me. While comprised mostly of fairly tame slice-of-life/comedy material, the two main characters did nothing to draw me in. Tamahiko is a self-proclaimed pessimist, which in this case means he’s self-pitying and self-absorbed, and Yuzuki is the classic idealized waifu figure who derives most of her joy out of cooking, cleaning, and tending her soon-to-be-husband. There could well be some character development somewhere down the line, but I’m just not invested enough to stick around to find out. In this situation, I think the most charitable thing I can do is quit while the show still has the moral high ground.
Saihate no Paladin
This is the only isekai light novel-turned anime that looked decent enough to at least give the benefit of the doubt for the premiere episode (and believe me, there was plenty to pick from). However, despite the various aspects that Paladin did right – again, zero in the way of fanservice, sexism, or even boob armor – I was bored enough that I had completely checked out by the halfway mark and no longer even remember how the episode ended. The story was quite literally 90% or so exposition, and while I respect the fact that there’s probably something a bit more exciting in store at some point, I have absolutely no motivation to keep watching to find out. Again, I think the best I can do here is call it quits while the show’s still… well, if not ahead, then at least not offensively bad.