January 8th, 2017
Especially your friends.
Here we are, the prequel nobody asked for, with all the synonyms for whimsicle you care to throw at it, which since this is a Japanese media production, crosses over pretty heavily with "screaming." The protagonist certainly hasn't gotten any less irritating from what I remember, and I was fully on Sucy's side when she tried to second degree murder her. Speaking of which, they seem to have taken the wrong lesson from Harry Potter about student endangerment. The casualness of how easy it is for them to die on the way to school, not to mention the students' own willingness to let each other die, or even straight up murder each other as a first resort doesn't really mesh well with all the whimsical fantasy magic of fantasyland, and will have even further problems if they keep up the murderness whilst laying the inevitable five foot layer of friendship concrete on top of it.
If you enjoyed the OVAs though, I'm pretty certain you'll enjoy this. It has the same expressiveness as them and the production does keep up through the whole episode, although as we've seen from previous Trigger outings, there's an excellent chance it'll now start coming and going at random. A lot of the issues I had with the OVA are a bit more exacerbated here with our lead being even more of a starstruck imbecile, shocked and awed (but not so much so that she can't scream about it) when the things she just saw happen, and indeed expected to happen, do in fact then happen, but at least one character provides a bit more of a dry comic relief against her constant shrieking, even if she does also accentuate the various murder-related issues with the writing.