Magical Warfare #01 — Almighty Japanese Wood

January 9th, 2014


That’s not even a penis joke, or is it?


I don’t think I have any kind of handle on what was going on. Not in the Z/X way. That was being deliberately obtuse. This spent a great deal of time and effort… okay, just time… in attempting to explain itself like a hyperactive 12 year old might explain their totally cool new idea for a video game. There are magicians from another world, but they can travel to this world, and if you use magic on regular people, they become magicians too, but if you use magic on other magicians, you vomit up all your magic and become regular people, unless you first say “NOT TOUCHING YOU NOT TOUCHING YOU”, in which case you’re allowed to detonate lightning bombs right in front of them because apparently burning out eyes doesn’t count as an offensive action according to the Great Wiz In the Sky. Also in this world, the real world, I mean, a school’s bamboo sword can hold its own against a gigantic metal cleaver, no problem, not even weight. Also, seeing a girl faint is something that sends you into a panic attack but having a firearm discharged two inches from your face is just… you know… youthful antics and not worth note. And then they all traveled to another world where none of these rules apply any longer and presumably everyone’s magic because it’s the magic world.

So yeah. Take whatever you want out of that and call it a wreck, but I feel mostly insulted that it was the product of an info dump that ate up nearly a third of the episode. They spent all that time doing absolutely nothing but exposition and that’s what they ended up with. It was bad enough that not a single one of them was behaving like an actual person through it. Not the jealous girlfriend, which while a rarity for anime, immediately threw up about a dozen flags for being killed, kidnapped, or just extra fuel for the emo flame after the extra emo start. No. She was comic relief. Something the episode did not have even a whiff of until she showed back up again. Not even the spikey haired buddy character, who upon being attacked by a glowing girl who apparently fainted, thought to himself “Huh. I better carry this around on my shoulder,” and placidly went on with his business.

To sum up the last two paragraphs: the writing, not so good. But hey, better anything than nothing at all. Moving on. Madhouse did a decent job with the production otherwise. If not for the ridiculousness of pliable wood vs giant metal sword, I might even call the sword fighting there okay. Probably took some of the money from the basically completely unanimated middle third to use on it. I guess at least the characters weren’t too obnoxious when they weren’t acting like their thoughts and actions were being determined by the guinea pigs living in their skulls, although the male lead certainly held up his part of the conversation with the usual array of conversation padders. “Eeh?” “Wha?” “Last word that you said but with a question mark?”

Enough of this! Four more shows await!

Next Episode:

A metal sword? It is to laugh.

Posted in Magical Warfare | 6 Comments »

6 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • anise_punter says:

    A few years ago the petite female lead would have been a Kugimiya, so progress!

  • marvelous stan says:

    Maybe the big sword is a plastic prop?

  • Goldi says:

    You forgot to mention how the blonde had her breasts expanded, I’m sure that’s a major plot point later.

  • kenuran says:

    Well this is still the best action show of the day. I mean it still showed the action without using stills like crazy like a certain Still la Still show did this week and every other week.

    Still though, that bamboo sword was even making sparks when it clashed with the metal one…

  • The Phantom says:

    I was thinking he was using magic power on the wooden sword (Trace on!), otherwise how the hell could he deflect so many hits from that bigass metal sword?.

    Other than that it was a very decent show, the plot was terrible but heh we have seen much worse this season, cant be picky when there is NOTHING else around.

  • Kadi says:

    Without spoiling anything: It’s going to be more of the same, just worse. Okay, maybe less exposition. Maybe. But it might be enjoyable… just treat it like the train wreck it (its plot and common sense) is.