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Fall 2014: Fantasy/Magic


Magic can be quite…well, magical. It can also be, like science fiction, an avenue of pure creativity; you can do whatever you want and claim that magic is behind it. Yet despite that freedom, you’d be surprised the number of times I’ve seen a magic-based show follow the same trends as all the other ones instead of branching out in its own direction. Do any of these shows buck said trend? Let’s find out!

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Madan no Ou to Vanadis
(The King of the Magic Bullet and Vanadis)

Animation Studio: Satelight
Origin:  Light Novel [Kawaguchi/YoshiO]
Date of Premiere: October 4th

Summary
The European country of Zhcted [I think I missed that geography lesson] is in the middle of a great war. Seven beautiful women lead the country as ambassadors or Vanadis despite there being an overall king. Enter Eleanor Vertalia, the silver haired main protagonist and Tigre, a young earl who is taken prisoner by Eleanor after one battle and is taken into her court to serve her as a warrior.

Initial Thoughts
As much as I think that the animation looks pretty good and the idea is sort of decent, it feels like a stock slice-of-life plot disguised as a harrowing and action-packed romp with the whole “From today you must serve me” angle. It DOES look cool but all I sense is a buddy-cop scenario with the potential for unnecessary fanservice; here’s hoping it doesn’t go there but my hopes are tempered.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium-Low

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Magic Kaito 1412

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Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Origin:  Manga [Aoyama]
Date of Premiere: October 4th

Summary
Kaito Kuroba is a young magician who takes revenge on his father who died eight years previously in somewhat shady circumstances. Upon further investigation, Kaito discovers that his father was the infamous thief The Kaito Kid. In memory, the young Kaito takes on the moniker. From there begins a tale of revenge, illusion and having a thing with the Chief Inspector’s daughter!

Initial Thoughts
This goes without saying, this is going to be good. Magic Kaito has been around since the late 1980s in either his own manga or making cameo appearances in Aoyama’s other famous work Detective Conan as a rival. I am curious to see the origin story of this character as there is a lot to him. As for the product by A-1, it looks the business and you can expect a great amount of care with this show as it’s a national icon. You might wonder that since this is a spin-off and not a WHOLLY new show why I’m covering it. I feel it’s a re-telling in the same vein of Sailor Moon Crystal and it’s popular so people want to know my thoughts – OK, you got it!

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: High

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Nanatsu no Taizai
(The Seven Deadly Sins)

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Origin:  Manga [Suzuki]
Date of Premiere: October 5th

Summary
In Britannia, seven powerful knights [the Seven Deadly Sins] struck fear into the heart of the nation’s monarch. After wiping them out with his own Holy Knights, rumours begin to spread that the group are in hiding. However, the king’s own Holy Knights use their power against their ruler and take over the kingdom by force. The king’s daughter Elizabeth escapes capture and goes on a quest to find the Seven Deadly Sins in order to dispose the usurping warriors from the throne.

Initial Thoughts
I’m getting a very 90s vibe here. It looks quite retro despite being a new property with the manga only starting in 2012. The overall feel is that I think this will be a fun adventure with seven colourful characters and a plot that would appeal to younger boys akin to Naruto or Bleach. There is some potential for fanservice to come into play but I’m somewhat confident it won’t be an issue.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium-High

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Sanzoku no Musume Ronja
(Ronia the Robber’s Daughter)

Animation Studio: Studio Ghibli/Polygon Pictures
Origin:  Novel [Lindgren]
Date of Premiere: October 11th

Summary
Based on the classic Swedish children’s book, Ronia is the daughter of a group of bandits and the heir apparent to the tribe. She and the gang live in a fort in the middle of a forest. One day she comes across another child from a rival tribe and together they come across mystical creatures and powerful truths.

Initial Thoughts
It’s Ghibli. It’s Polygon Pictures. These two powerhouses in anime have come together to produce the former’s first TV series after decades making movies. It’s unusual to see studios go the opposite direction from the silver screen to the small screen but it’s an interesting prospect. We all know what Ghibli can do and we all know this could be the last thing we see from the fabled studio after the upcoming restructuring or it could be the start of a new path for the beloved animation house. I’m most intriuged as are you as to how Ghibli adapts this story into anime form.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: High

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Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis
(Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)

Animation Studio: MAPPA
Origin:  Game/Rage of Bahamut
Date of Premiere: October 6th

Summary
This adaptation of the mobile game Rage of Bahamut chronicles the tale of how the legendary dragon Bahamut was sealed by all living factions to protect the world from his tyranny and the only way to open it is a key which is cut in half. All is well for many years until one human decides it would be a great idea to steal half of the key; this sparks a conflict between gods, demons and humanity after millenia of peace. Smooth.

Initial Thoughts
Good golly this looks amazing! The lush colour palette and organic movement all come together spectacularly and to think that all this came from a phone app. This is going to be epic and despite the fact that this is to promote a smartphone game it doesn’t feel like a cheap marketing ploy; it feels like a genuine product with a lot of care and attention put into it. MAPPA are building a strong reputation in that regard.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium-High

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Sora no Method
(Celestial Method)

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Animation Studio: Studio 3Hz
Origin:  Cross-platform original
Date of Premiere: October 5th

Summary
From the creator of Kanon, this tale is about a wish that five girls made one summer which comes true seven years later. This wish takes the form of a magical disk which hovers over the town which they all met in. Nonoka, our main character, returns after this timeskip and finds the friends she met that one summer including the colourful Noel, who hasn’t aged at all. Duh-duh-duuuuuuh.

Initial Thoughts
There’s not much to go on here. This being an original production with little information released so far save for a few chapters from the manga which came out a month previously. I can’t really say whether this will be good or not but I will check out the first episode with great interest to see what it’s all about. Perhaps the mystery is part of generating hype…or to hide something they don’t want you to know.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium

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Trinity Seven: 7-nin no Mahoutsukai
(Trinity Seven: The Seven Magicians)

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Animation Studio: Seven Arcs
Origin:  Manga [Nao/Saitou]
Date of Premiere: October 7th

Summary
Arata is living out his normal humdrum existence until one morning when he is greeted by a black sun caused by the Breakdown Phenomenon. This doesn’t cause people to go insane, it causes them to LITERALLY break into pieces including Arata’s family and friends. He is only saved when his childhood friend Hijiri entrusts a special grimoire which saves the town for the time being. Because of this, Arata is enrolled into Royal Biblia Academy where he can learn how to disable the Breakdown Phenomenon and save his home town from ultimate destruction with the help of the Trinity Seven.

Initial Thoughts
I feel like this will be a harem show with a bit of class. The premise is engaging enough to be different in that Arata has a real and worthy reason to join an academy of magic. He seems like a guy who knows what he wants instead of a whiny and naive frontman we’re all too familiar with. The production feels serious and yet funny at the same time; the show is a comedy mixed with magical action so it’ll be necessary to strike a balance between the two contrasting genre in order to make a good story; do that and things will be bright!

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium

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The rabbit is truly out of the hat! We have one more genre showcase coming up tomorrow and that’s the fabled Slice of Life/Drama category. Catch you later!

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