Lapis Re:LiGHTs #01 — Unburdened by Complexity

July 4th, 2020


I don't make the nonsense capitalization rules.


In a vacuum, this is very much a Harry Potter knockoff if Harry Potter wasn't troubled by the complexity of things like "having a story" or "character development." And like always, I'm not talking about a Hamlet level character study here that plumbs the depths of mortality and the question of what it is to be human. I mean more like… Tiara learns a valuable lesson about being a slightly better person. But even that's impossible because there is no conflict. There are no challenges in this episode. There is no anything. It's quite literally a twenty minute tour of a Harry Potter knockoff school for all girls. At least take the Freezing approach and have a massive culture of bullying to the level of dismemberment.

Anyway, I feel like the best that can be said is that it downplays the idol angle. That still leaves it a show about magical girls doing… wait, I would say here "doing largely nonmagical things," but they're not even doing that. So we're left with a magic school? Like in probably a solid 60% of anime? Is that really it? They're existing, and sometimes they whistle at plants. And they have their own dodgeball quidditch? I'm genuinely at a loss as to what the twenty minutes were supposed to have established or are supposed to draw people in for further viewing that can't be summed up as "girls exist." That's as far as its ambition appears to have gone, and I'm not even sure it can be said to have really succeeded at that. 


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