I feel like you really did not read it right, and yes I know super late, but from the way he acted initially at the port city yes it was about the “kidnapping” he acted that way made sense, but before the fight the hero was a complete asshat, and honestly since arias character was already written to be in love in the with the hero in the WN prior to it, could not change that if she were to go to Wazu’s side cause he’s strong now, it would have made aria seem more like a “THOT”(never used this term before, but if felt fitting for it did occur) and make an already shallow character even more shallow. Also to mention he was being extremely forward and pushy towards Princess Eris, and still did so knowing she disliked it. Honestly from the sounds of it it seems like Aria in the LN has more character to her, and didn’t fall for the hero because regardless if he saved her many times, did not fall for him because he was an asshat which sounds better And the people on this thread say it really gave character development to Wazu for looking down/ignore Aria, I’m sorry while yes it was, it was more of a drop in character though. I felt he lost some of his own characteristics and what I felt made the WN story drop considerably at this point and “for me” ruined the whole story, still enjoyed the rest of it, but overall felt ruined. Well the whole Aria shallow character thing did I mean the whole reason he ran was because of her and if she fell for an asshat cause he saved her multiple times while knowing he is a playboy/asshat, just kinda ruined it what the Wazu’s story was built on. I mean most of the story happened because of that. may read the light novel, because of the changes, but that won’t excuse it if it’s a shitty adaptations/writing changes and the whole thing suffers cause of it so not gonna day if it’s better or not till I read it.