While thinking on why I enjoy this anime so much I couldn't help but draw parallels to Ninomiya and Roku-gou. In Sentouin the premise was a high-ranking agent from an "evil" company trying to colonize another world. Yet for all the talk about evil and how bad the agents were, you never really got a feel for how he could be considered that bad in the first place, with how pure-hearted and selfless Reoku-gou seemed to be outside of pranking others. Ninomiya, on the other hand, doesn't come from a designated evil organization however he encapsulates "evil" much better than Roku-gou ever came close to doing. All of his ambitions lie in self-interest, he isn't hesitant to take advantage of others or abuse their courtesy, and he's willing to switch sides as it suits him. This is to say, Ninomiya is a complete asshole and most certainly not a good person even if his heroics at times can make him seem better. Roku-gou on the other hand was always doing something for others' sake instead of his own, would never allow harm to come to those he knew, and was always shouldering the blame for others, ready to sacrifice himself for the interests of the world around him. He was so good that I'd argue even Kazuma from the author's previous work was more of an asshole than Roku-gou was. Not to say being an asshole is something all characters should be, but given the premises one character type certainly shines brighter and garners more interest from the viewer.
In short: Meikyuu Black Company good, Sentouin Roku-gou bad.
I also felt that Roku-go seemed like he was trying to be more bad than he actually was.
As far as these two series go, what stuck out to me more was the 'sudden loli appearance' similarity in the plot. I mean, I understand keeping a winning formula, but at least try a little harder to introduce the character in a way that isn't "the loli was thought up before the plot so let's figure out the quickest way to throw her in the story" kind of thing. Dunno if I'm alone in that thinking or not...
Roku-go's personality is told to the audience and the viewer goes along.
Ninomiya's personality is defined by his action and the viewer has to understand him.
One's more of a comedy and the other is more commentary so it's somewhat expected that the audience will go along with Sentouin being less of a well developed story if the gags are funny.
I don't think Sentouin was trying to do anything more than generate some laughs while doing simple commentary on what good and evil are. Ninomya is the opposite where the laughs are secondary to the commentary.
While the two touch on similar themes the usage of the themes and the hook are different. I wouldn't really compare them against one another.
I guess that's fine, or would have been fine if Sentouin performed better as a comedy. As it was, there weren't many times I ever found myself laughing at Sentouin, so instead my mind wandered off more into thinking about the characters and setting. Which given that they weren't really planned to be thought about gave rise to my frustrations with the series.
yeah, the reason I don't like Sentouin was because it didn't do anything very well. More of a simple crowd pleaser.
The gags of 6 vs Ninomya is sex gags vs black comedy so I'm hesitant to compare comedy genre's against one another.
If I were to take Kazuma and compare him to 6 then it's more fair. His character design is built to look like a brat and his backstory is one that explains why he would behave in certain ways. 6 is like a kid in an adult's body for no reason.