I got a request to try and review the first episode of Mahou Sensou. Why did I pick it up? It’s because I’ve never done an anime review before – which means something new to try out! And if it turns out good, I might even do more. Alright, enough blabbering. Let’s see what the synopsys says (copy-pasting this from myanimelist),
In this modern magic action story, Takeshi Nanase is an ordinary high school boy who has a somewhat dark past. Due to certain circumstances, he formed a “fake” couple with his childhood friend Kurumi Isoshima, but otherwise, he lives a normal life. However, one day, he comes across a girl named Mui Aiba, in a uniform he has never seen before, collapsed on the school campus. This encounters changes Takeshi’s destiny completely. Mui tells Takeshi that she is a magician, and she apologizes, for she turned Takeshi into a magician, too. What Takeshi once knew as one world is actually two—the world where magicians live and the world where humans live.
And next our hero complains about his horrible home life. Makes me wonder if someone had a checklist of cliches/tropes they needed to insert into the show …
And finally we get to meet the “childhood” friend,
A little later, the hero is minding his own business when a girl faints right next to him. What would you do in a situation like that? Myself, would call an ambulance. Our hero, did the next best thing. He took her to the school nurse’s office, where the girl regains her consciousness, mistakes him for her brother and promptly hugs him.
Upon realizing her mistake, she goes the violent Akane Tendo route and attacks him. And not just a punch or kick. Oh no! We live in the modern age after-all. A pistol is the tool of choice to use against a guy you mistakenly hug and accuse of being a pervert. And in typical romantic comedy fashion, we get this scene,
This being television, it obviously happens. Even the “its my first kiss” confession happens too! I’m beginning to wonder about the originality of this show. Before either of them can recover, another group of people come in (her brother among them) and starts attacking. Makes me wonder if this is some kind of action show or not. The fight can best be summarized with this image,
We wouldn’t have much of a story if our lead cast was caught just 10mins into the show, so by the power of plot armor, they all escape. The idea behind magic gets explained – apparently if you come into contact with magic as a child, you can become a magician, but once you become an adult without coming in contact with something magical, you can never become a magician. At this point, I guessed that it was the “accidental” kiss that made our hero magical. Was I correct?
Nope. Again, in the most cliche of ways this situation develops at the end of the episode,
If it’s this easy to become magical, I’m shocked that it isn’t more wide-spread. The matter can’t be left as it is, so the “mystery” girl asks them to follow her to her magic school. I wish the Harry Potter books would have transferred magic in this manner – for no better reason than to see Dudley’s expression when he realizes that he can do impossible things.
As for this anime overall, I. don’t. know. There’s nothing in here that specifically attracts me but nothing that repels me either. Sure, I’ve been a bit mean in the review, but what show exists that does not have a check-list of cliches? The tvtropes wiki wouldn’t exist otherwise!
Will I do episode 2? Again, I. don’t. know.