I like it well enough, I suppose, but the telegraphing/foreshadowing is wa-a-ay too blatant. I mean, he's supposed to have "no practical magic skills", but
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I haven't read the LN's so no possible spoilers, but I'm betting that he's really already a "super-mage", who:
- Wants to learn the technical/engineering side of magical technology, without distractions, and/or
- Is dismayed by discrimination vs. those with "lesser" magic, and/or
- Has some idea of the coming conflict, and is hiding his power(s) for that reason.
I'm reasonably sure I'm damn close to the truth. If not, great, and I'll probably watch the rest of the series either way, but *thpbphthp* if I'm right