I honestly really like Battler as of now. Some of his early story antics maybe weren’t great but as we’ve established, he was at least never actually going to touch anybody inappropriately.
His other flaws are notable to me because they can be frustrating without making me dislike him.
One thing I think that might be worth noting is that his perspective may inform the viewer somewhat: one of the first things that happens in the series is that he expresses dislike for his father, however the narrative unfolds the reasoning for this to be not a terribly awful thing. (Given the end of Chapter IV, I’m guessing the Rudolf household’s story isn’t done though) Rudolf from what I remember never does anything worse than mild…rudeness perhaps? with some of the other characters. (He certainly seems nicer than his sisters or his father…) EDIT: Well, I guess he was something of an adulterer, now that I recall, but that not even being why Battler was mad at him made me forget this detail perhaps.
Battler’s…attempts to disprove witches can be frustrating, but certainly his continued efforts to do this will not suspecting his family can be rather heroic.
And hey, Ange likes him! So I can’t be wrong, right?
I am very curious as to how Battler’s relationship with Beatrice progresses.