Cheese and “Macademi”

March 12th, 2012 in Anime, General Reviews, Magician's Academy by

Welcome to JurassicPark….I mean, Macademi Wasshoi! One of the finest magician’s academies anywhere, even though it does exist in an alternate dimension and it is a bit of a workout to get to it, but if you want to better who you are as a magician, this is the place to be.

Takuto Hasegawa (far right) lives in two worlds, spending a lot of his time at the Academy. Think of it like Hogwarts, but not as dark or imposing. One day, while preparing for a summoning spell exam, he happens to create a girl (look, I know it hard to get a date as a teen, but really!) whom he calls Tanarotte (the one in the Daisy Dukes soaring through the air). But this creates a problem. Tanarotte can either be a God or a Demon and this throws off the balance between all three worlds (Earth being in the middle).

When emissaries come out from the other two worlds to try and dispatch Tanarotte, they are pummeled into submission by her. She has not made the decision what she wants to be, but since she is hopelessly devoted to Takuto, it is felt that as long as he keeps her happy, things will be OK. To that end, the bulk of the show revolves around how Tanarotte tries to understand her surroundings. However, when she does not understand her full power, which is often, things get out of hand.

Adding to the mayhem are a pair of teachers, Professors Frankram Stein (who feels that the cutest girls are neko or otherwise girl-animal combos) and Eitarou Sakuma, a hopeless otaku moe pervert. They cause just as much trouble as Tanarotte does, so the dwarves (think of them as the maintenance crew) are constantly repairing the school and things in the human world. And why are things falling apart in the human world?

Suzuho Hasegawa, Takuto’s sister, is shy to the point that she can only express herself by writing out her feelings on a nearby note pad. But…but…but…when she takes the ribbon from her hair, she becomes the Midnight Blue Vampire (the one in the middle with the big, big sword), with the power to drain away the magical energy of those around her. Tanarotte inflames Suzuho to the point that she loses control and destroys all about her, regardless as to where she is.

It is a rather entertaining show, more of a romantic comedy of errors as we learn all about whom and what Tanrotte really is. There is a hysterical side story involving two other students, Metalys (a robot magician) and George (a classmate), plus the arrival of another teacher, Hapsiel, who is a pansexual masochist, and you have a student body and faculty that are completely out of control. I do not wish to say more, as that takes away the element of surprise.

This really is a fun show, meant to be a good time and nothing deeper than that. Even when the climax occurs, and it is a dramatic end, it still feels light. It actually is only 11 episodes. The 12th is a caliber of Christmas/Filler and really plays into the fan service.

On a scale of 1 to 10:

Artwork           7 (It sometimes goes overboard)
Plot                  7 (There is one, but the sub-stories are better)
Pacing              8 (It’s a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride)
Effectiveness    7 (It works, but in stops and starts)
Conclusion       7 (A tad abrupt and blind side)
Fan Service      4 (A similar show would be “Gurren Lagaan”)

Overall            7 (I never felt THEY knew what they wanted)

And remember, it’s first run until you see it. Don’t untie that ribbon!

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