Magical Sempai’s Magical Sempai: Shallow, Silly, Sexy, Stupendous

I have long been an observer of the pop culture landscape. While I never directly engage with it to protect both sanity (and because I don’t have the time to waste on that bullshit) I have always enjoyed watching the “discourse” evolve around entertainment and the people involved in it. Is that weird? Kinda, but we all got our interests I suppose.

One thing that I’ve noticed in the last few years, is that in the west, there seems to be a real battle over the depiction of women in cartoons and media, and while I am absolutely not an expert in that field, I’ve been coming to the conclusion that, in terms of the west, female characters often seem hampered by the need to be about “something.” Too often I find that female characters are often held to impossible standards, and that they must spend more time constantly justifying their existence or fighting for a “cause” than just being actual characters. Female characters have to adhere to silly shallow ideas of “strong” and “independent” and aren’t allowed the vast creative freedoms offered to male characters. They can’t just be normal, they can’t be people full of flaws or virtues. They are always judged by how they contribute to “the cause,” whatever that cause may be.

Anime I’ve seen, doesn’t suffer from that problem. As the medium is almost neatly split down the middle, with a large, respected and well entrenched female fan-base. I’ve noticed that female characters are often given far more creative liberty and freedom to encompass a wide range of archetypes. Most of all though, they are allowed to be just be people, and the best example I’ve seen lately came from the most unexpected place. After the cut let’s take a character dive into the titular lead of Magical Sempai: Magical Sempai.

((For the sake of avoiding confusion, I will now refer to the lead character as just ‘Sempai’))

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Also winner of best walking animation 2019.

 

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Housekeeping, Summer Plans and Beyond!

Hey guys.

I’m throwing up this post because I’ll be returning to the other side of the pond at the end of this week (thank Christ) and I want to throw out a bit of a plan of action on what’s going to be happening for the next little while. Plus I just wanted to throw up another post, cause fuck it why not, I gotta keep that post count up.

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The Summer of Love is working it’s way through it’s second month, and I’ll have finished the second season of High School DxD this week. So far it’s been an awesome time and I’ve loved going back to seeing how this series holds up. I’m glad for all the retweets and likes people have been sharing (do it more please). Next month is a big one, where I have to delve into the final two seasons, but I got a lot to say!

I’ve finally put up that post on Goblin Slayer I’ve been meaning to do for months. It’s always good to jump back into a character dive and discuss what works and what doesn’t. The next one I have planned is to look at the main lead of Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, which should be an interesting write up.

The mega sale on Rightstuf has allowed me to purchase several series for “cheap”, which means I’ll have more series to talk about. You can expect posts on Berserk: The Golden Age Arc, and So I Can’t Play H? in the coming weeks. I’m also planning on revisiting Shomin Sample before the year is out, I really love that humor of that show I do think it deserves a proper-redive.

The next theme month will probably happen in November, and I’m planning on it being a re-read of the manga Black Cat, expect more details soon.

This September will be the one-year anniversary of this blog, and I’m mentally preparing myself. My wallet however, is not. Also….fuck. Thanks Crow.

If you’ve missed it. I’ve been lucky enough to do a guess collaboration post on Ecchi Hunter. I’ve sat down with Lynn and discussed both Parallel Paradise, and How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord!

Do You Love your Mom and her Two-Hit Multi Target Attacks? Didn’t suck, so thank GOD for that.

As always thanks to CrowIrinaLynnKarandiScottYomu and Matt and Pete for always liking or sharing my posts and welcoming my comments. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the blog as much as I enjoy working on it. If you are not reading them, make sure to you start doing it, they’ve been round this block far longer than me.

 

Goblin Slayer’s Goblin Slayer: The Hero’s Hero.

Goblin Slayer has been a surprise hit among anime fans, harking back to the days of Berserk style shows where the gore, violence and settings don’t have an Isekai in sight. It was no doubt that a show like Goblin Slayer would be popular, but the level of enjoyment people got from this show was rather surprising, as was the “controversy”

But we aren’t here to talk about that, instead I want to talk about the titular lead of the show and what makes him so unique in the era of anime leads. Join me after the cut as I take a Character Dive into the main character of Goblin Slayer: The Goblin Slayer

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Did someone say Goblins?

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The Summer of Love: High School DxD’s Rias Gremory: The Effort of Doing Something, instead of Nothing.

The Summer of Love continues this week! While season 2 has been off to a great start, I thought it was time to go back and take a look at one of the main characters of the show. While I have dived into her character before, I thought it was high time to revisit the main lead of High School DxD and just talk about what makes her so effective and compelling. Join me after the cut as we take a character dive into the main female lead of High School DxD: Rias Gremory.

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Naruto’s Naruto Uzumaki: Zero to Hero

I’ve always tried on my blog to make my posts short and to the point. I am not a fan of long sprawling essays (I hate the concept of the pop culture essay to its core), and I think it’s better if people just find the chase and cut to it. That is one of the reasons why I’ve strayed away from talking about the “Big Three” shonen series. Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece frankly are too long and have too many working parts and gears that I just never thought it was a proper fit for this blog’s format. Yet with Character Dives, I tried to make an effort to focus on one particular aspect of a character and talk about it. I think that is possible to do with a big series like this. So after the cut let’s dive into the lead character of the series Naruto: Naruto Uzumaki.

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Still a fan of his pre-time-skip outfit more.

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Bunny Girl Senpai’s Kaede Azusagawa: The Unintentional Imouto Meta-Commentary

This is going to be a bit of a different character dive than my previous ones, in that this is really a response to a excellent post from Yomu at Umai Yomu Anime Blog who has been doing a wonderful series of posts examining each of the girls from the hit anime of last year: Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. More specifically this post is going to talk about the character of Kaede Azusagawa and provide what, I think at least, is a different viewing of the character from a more meta perspective than from the plot itself.

If you haven’t already, I HIGHLY suggest you check out Yomu’s post on Kaede and all the girls from Bunny Girl Senpai, as they are well thought out looks into the characters from frankly, the best show of the year last year. This post wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for that excellent piece of work.

Anyway, after the cut let’s take a character dive into one of the main girls of Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai: Kaede Azusagawa.

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Getting them Rem Vibes here.

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ReZero’s Rem: Crystallized Waifu

This will be a smaller character dive than the last two. Natuski Subaru was a character who deserved two parts because his character journey and development was heavy enough that it needed to be. For our character today however I want to focus the dive on the effects that this character has in relation to Natsuki Suburu and his character journey. So after the cut let’s take a character dive into ReZero’s Rem

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“Jackpot” is what the figure making companies thought probably.

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