Quick Thoughts on Magical Sempai: Magically Magnificent

Normally I tend to give shows the full ‘shallow dive” treatment on this blog, but since most of what I want to talk about with this series is the main character herself, I have decided to give the titular Magical Sempai the full character dive later this week. Regardless I want to also talk about the show itself, so here are my thoughts on Magical Sempai

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Dummy Thicc

I’ve mentioned in other reviews that sometimes anime can feel like a series of Sunday morning comic strips, and that analogy is no more perfect than with Magical Sempai. Instead of opting for a 24, or even 12 minute single story, Magical Sempai instead has its run-time devoted to a series of one or two minute skits, with multiple in a course of a single episode. I thought I would soon get bored of this format, but I was surprised that it worked quite well, and allowed the story to focus on what makes it work: Magical Sempai sucking and magic, and ecchi hijinks.

Much of this show’s success and frankly meme potential is placed on the titular lead herself, who is yet another stellar example of the freedom that anime and manga give their female characters. With no over-arching plot, or dramatic stakes, Magical Sempai is free to just be a story about a bunch of kids having fun with their little magic club, with plenty of well done ecchi hijinks to boot.

I wish I could say more, but that is going to be saved for later this week when I talk about our female lead. All I’ll say this is: Magical Sempai is a solid, fun and entertaining ecchi comedy and its shorter run time never means it outstays its welcome. I’ve said it has been an absolute shit year for ecchi and harems in 2019, but Magical Sempai along with Hensuki and Do you Love your Mom have really helped turn it around. Don’t miss this show if you love ecchi and harem, or just a cute anime girl doing memeable things.

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So many memes, so many.
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Quick Thoughts on: Nobunaga-sensei no Osananuzma: The Other TILF Show.

It has not been a good year for Ecchi in 2019. The shows have been sparse and those we do have have been decent at best, horrible at worst, or in the case of Why the Hell are you Here Teacher?: censored to hell and back.

That’s a shame really, because 2018 was all around a banner year for the sub genre, with How not to Summon a Demon Lord becoming a runaway hit, and High School DxD Hero proving to everyone why it’s still the king. While 2019 is not over yet, and there are some interesting shows coming up (Please don’t suck Isekai MILF!). It has just been a really weak year.

The show we are looking at today is one of those weaker shows, so join me as I take a look at Nobunaga-sensi no Osananzuma, or, Nobunaga teacher’s young bride.

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Teacher Fucker Anime 1 of 2.

Nobunaga Sensei is a very strange show. With each episode around 6 to 7 minutes, it always feels like a show that is just getting started before it suddenly ends, which is a shame because the premise is actually quite interesting.

Our lead, a decedent of the great Oda Nobunaga is a teacher at a local high school and everything is peaceful until, when his hand touches an ancient object, he finds himself in the presence of a young girl named Saito Kicho who claims that she is his bride to be. What follows next are short mini episodes of ecchi antics where more and more girls connected to Nobunaga’s life are introduced to cause comedic chaos.

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This is anime, no it’s not.

Now it’s hard to talk about a show like this simply because it’s so short. This is a show that at the very least should have been 12 to 15 mins, or a full 24. There is enough comedy among the girls, enough chemistry among the characters that the series could have gone on for a bit longer, but I guess they didn’t bother.Which is a shame, because unlike the other show, this one was actually uncensored and brings a respectable amount of “the goods”. Again this has been a horrible year for ecchi, so beggars can’t be choosers and thankfully there is quite a bit done in the short run time.

And that’s about all I have to say about  Nobunaga-sensi no Osananzuma. I was never not entertained by the show, and I chuckled a more than a few times at some of the comedy. It’s nothing special at all, but hey…at least it’s fully uncensored.

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Yes, multiple times.

Quick Thoughts on: Fruits Basket 2019 First Cour, Cliffnotes Version: Setting up the Sadness Table

I had a whole fucking FULL post ready to be published, then it randomly got deleted. I fucking HATE it when this happens. But I can’t be bothered to re-write the whole damn thing again, so you’re getting the cliff-notes version. Gah that pisses me off, anyway here are my thoughts on the first cour of Fruits Basket 2019.

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Fruits Basket: Sisterhood
  • I can see why people love this show. Twelve episodes in, and I am already fully committed to watching this until the end. It’s an exceptionally well done piece of anime so far.
  • Tohru is a good character, but feels a little basic and hollow right now. Is that the point? I know the broad strokes of the plot, but I am hoping we get a bit more meat to her character in the next cour.
  • Kyo and Yuki feel like almost stereotypical shoujo character, but since this is considered a landmark title, I suppose that’s the point?
  • The first cour feels very much like set up, establishing the core characters, their personality traits and place in the Zodiac chain/Soma hierarchy.  Again this is going to be a 60+ episode series, so we can forgive that for now.
  • Tohru’s friends are the best, with Hana walking away with series MVP so far.
  • Hatori is my favorite Soma, giving us a great little peak into that Fruits Basket angst the series is known for.
  • Akito, the series villain show up in the twelfth episode and does a remarkable job showing us the danger and fear that the other Soma’s have towards the family head. I had chills just watching it.
  • Shigure’s hinting at darker motives for having Tohru stick around the household is also a great sense of foreshadowing.
  • The comedy so far has been really well done, Hana again is a great fucking character. I’ll buy any statue that make of her in that cute black dress and hat, just GIVE IT TO ME.
  • So far, the series has not gone full “Sadness: The Anime,” yet, but I know it’s coming and I am READY for it. Bring it on.

 

 

Quick Thoughts on: Do You Love your Mom and Her Two Hit Multi-Target Attacks Trailer: Gimme.

 

Gimme.

Gimme gimme, gimme gimme.

Seriously, I want this broken down and injected into my veins. I do not do hype, I hate it, but THIS is going to be amazing if it even lives up to a third of what I think it will be. Ecchi has been in such short supply this year, ranging for decent to horribly censored. This is the great last real hope we have for 2019. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be groundbreaking. Just be good enough.

Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme.

Quick Thoughts on Quintessential Quintuplets getting a Second Season: Right on.

To quote Palpatine from The Phantom Menace: “A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.”

This show just ended a few weeks ago, and already a second season has been green lit. This show, a HAREM anime. That fact alone is quite shocking, because as I’ve said beforehand, the Harem genre is one where anime fans are either ‘in or out’ when it comes to their interest. So to see this show come out of literal nowhere to reach the heights of popularity and get a second season THIS fast, where so often many harem shows are just one and done is frankly a delight. Apparently it has skyrocketed the sales of the manga and this show is right at the TOP of Japan’s popularity charts.

Now I gave this show a shot last season, but dropped it because it didn’t end up being what i hoped it would be: an ecchi comedy. However I’ve dabbled around the series since then, and I think I need to give the show a second look. I’ve have, and always will be a staunch defender of the harem/ecchi genre, and I think I may have not given this show a fair shake just because it wasn’t the sexy romp I wanted it to be. And if we are being honest here, giving a harem anime support like this can only be good for the genre as a whole. This is the first real “home run” it has had since probably High School DxD.

So yeah, great to see that The Quintessential Quintuplets scored one for the boys, and you can expect a re-dive into this series within the next week or two. So let’s bookend this post with a paraphrased Yoda Quote.

Begun…the Waifu Wars have…

Quick Thoughts on: That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime 2nd Cour: Peak Slime

I think it is massively important to realize when your mind changes on something and don’t hold to pride and believe you are still right. I have always maintained that both on this blog and in real life. Admitting you are wrong is not a weakness, it is a strength.

That being said, I need a knife and fork, cause I’m gonna eat some crow on the second half That Time I got Reincarnated as Slime.

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This hurts me.

Slime’s 2nd cour is not “bad” in the same realm as other bad animes. In fact, all of Slime is never falls below average at best. It’s frankly too well made and has enough effort put into it that it can’t ever become truly bad. However, I have to admit that this show clearly peaked with the ending of the Shizu arc in the first half, and is never able to get back on solid footing again.

That is a shame because those first twelve or so episodes of Slime are actually some of the best Isekai I have seen. Its slow pace allows the viewers to get accustomed to the world and seeing Rimuru adjust to his new life and ability over the course of several episodes and not just one makes for good storytelling. The Shizu arc, in general, is some of the best Isekai stories I’ve seen since ReZero and the conclusion quite frankly should have been in the running for the award of “most touching moment” last year. All of that is great, and my thoughts I made back when I gave my thoughts on the 1st cour still remain true.

It’s just after that, the show is never able to get back on that footing, and Slime falls into the trap that several other Isekais face: watching as our main lead “mary sues” his way to victory each week. Quite frankly everything falls into place too easily for Rimiru and never once does it feel he has to suffer or face any challenge. Now that is alright if the show is upfront and admit it (the one reason that Isekai Smartphone is becoming more and more respected by me), but Slime never does that, and we are just left to accept that Rimiru is just this good. Is it a deal breaker? No, but once that initial shine of Slime runs out, the goodwill it earned in the first half falls always quite fast.

I doubt this will be the end of Slime and I know that things are going to get better in the future if a second season comes (this story is actually completely finished, so that’s a bonus in its favor). Yet I have to call a spade and spade here; That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime just couldn’t keep the good times going and it suffers for it. I still enjoyed the series, but it became harder to get invested as the weeks dragged on.

Great fucking music though.