Wizard Barristers #01 — Madame Donut

January 12th, 2014


The secret’s in the hole.


Oh good, a show that understands what a hook is. The rest of the episode didn’t quite live up to that, but it does give at least the hope that in the future, they’ll be able to put together something a little more relevant to the core cast. Or dash my hopes when they blew the entire budget on the first episode like Arms is occasionally wont to do. A groping pervert magic frog seems to be Arms’s main contribution. Otherwise, it’s astonishingly well-animated for them and the action looks pretty good in general. A lot of it is talking, but since they keep things moving from place to place, scene to scene, etc, it maintains at least the illusion that things are in motion instead of dwelling on the same conversation for longer than it takes to deliver a pizza. There is a preponderance of CGI when things start moving though, so I guess it gets zero stars overall and 10 points from Gryffindor. 

What’s really striking about the action (particularly after the other shows I’ve watched today) is how little exposition there is through it, or even in general. While this episode doesn’t really explore a whole lot, it does introduce the bare bones of the setting and general main character motivation, and I’m really hoping it just leaves this as they are. People use magic. Criminals explode things. Characters fight criminals, vindicate the innocent. QED. No strange lessons on the origins of magic, or anybody explaining to thin air the things that are occuring around them, etc. If nothing else, that was a relief.  

Speaking of the characters though, they can be a little bit distracting. It’s not just that they look like they were savaged by a roving band of Halloween costumes and make-up artists either. See this here? It’s part of basically a briefing, and that guy on the left spent the entire thing spinning, and all I could think is “What the hell, guys?” I… guess it’s better than just a still and adds some character to him, whoever the hell he was, but that’s better kept subtle, like the expressive pigtails, not some old guy playing spinny chair. A large part was also that there were just so so many characters that almost all got little more than the first impression which is largely visual and again, they all look like they lost a fight with Cirque du Soleil’s costume department which doesn’t fit well with the more procedural aspect that was the middle of the episode.

I’m going to give WCW and Buddy Complex a glance, but unless one does something particularly noteworthy, good or bad, I probably won’t post anything about it. I think I’ll probably be okay with this, Noragami, and maybe NobunaGun as my Sunday shows if it can pull its act together a bit better next week. So speaketh Aroduc.

Next Episode:

I still don’t think I fully understand what a barrister is.

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7 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Fellow says:

    I’m honestly fine with all the wizards looking wacky and weird, I’d be disappointed if they looked normal. At least the muggles look relatively normal.

  • Dynellen says:

    You could go play spot the stalker with WCW if you’re feeling bored.

  • Dave Baranyi says:

    I thought the show had promise until the Loli-from-Ontario showed up… Now I’m convinced that the show will have no more chance of being watchable than the Leafs have to win the Stanley Cup.

  • Fate says:

    “I thought the show had promise until the Loli-from-Ontario showed up… Now I’m convinced that the show will have no more chance of being watchable than the Leafs have to win the Stanley Cup.” Couldn’t have said it better.

  • The Phantom says:

    This season started extremely poorly with all kind of shitty shows one after the other, I was literally piling up shit each day just trying to find something BARELY watchable.

    This show however is far from being perfect (waaay too much fanservice), but is a ridiculous large step in the right direction, those visuals… just the train scene alone is more than any other ‘action’ show will do for the whole season, it was just that good.

    This show is easily the highlight of the season, impressive visuals all around, hopefully they can keep this quality up but I seriously doubt it.

  • Fate says:

    I come from a long line of lawyers and man is this painful to watch from that standpoint. Also, this show has very little fanservice compared to most others idk what you mean by that.

  • aklik says:

    Am i only one who thinks that heads/faces poses/animation is awfuly unnatural?