Skittles brand magical girls coming at you!
After seeing the first few trailers for this series I was instantly curious because of the unique art style and strange looking character designs, but of course I would be lying if I did not say that the theme of card wielding magical girls pushed me to want to watch this series. So tagging with me on this first impressions post is magical partner Kara!
Mahou shoujo and tarot? …Well, why not. Plus some of the images are giving me Madoka vibes (not to mention there being both good and bad to every tarot card), so this might be pretty entertaining
Magical artwork and more!
Which one is your favorite? I like the ice powered girl!
Someone is about to get owned in the face!
Since this is the first episode I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about the animation and right off the bat Genei is filled with some very unique looking character designs that were originally done by Gomoku Akatsuki who worked on Astarotte’s Toy and Eureka Seven Ao while Shinpei Tomooka worked on such hits as Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, No 6, Squid Girl, Turn a Gundam and so much more, but of course there are probably some out there might not really care about what the characters looks like in the end as long as the story is good. I hope this series does not turn into Guilty Crown in terms of WOW IT LOOKS COOL but the story fails! That said we just need more episodes to see where things go for this series and I know this is going to be heavily compared to freaking Madoka Magica which is fine but at the same time that comparison really annoys me especially when something dark happens in a magical girl series it is instantly seen as a Madoka Magica clone? I guess that is a hard thing to get away from for any production company looking to do something different for the genre of magical girls! Besides that I am looking forward to seeing more of this crazy looking series.
Mahou shoujo Karakuri in the house
Akari is ready for something cute to happen today~
Yay! That was as dark as I wanted it to be! I have no idea what was going on half the time, but between everything trying to strangle Akari and seeing Fuyuna dead for no real reason, I was pretty satisfied. Also, it’s kind of surprising (in a good way) how Akari is so… sunny (haha) in real life, but her mahou shoujo transformation seems so badass and serious. It’s like she flips personalities. …Or if we want to translate this into meta/pretentious tarot terms, it’s like her personality was reversed. Anyways, Akari was so obviously based on the Sun, it’s not even funny. Her last name was even Taiyou. I’m not entirely sure about kanji, but I think her name seriously sounds like the japanese for ‘bright sun’. Can they make it any more obvious? …PFFT I just looked up the Moon and Star characters, and they totally have ‘moon’ and ‘star’ in their names too. …I have no idea why Temperence-chan is linked with money, but I can hazard a guess (due to it representing ‘balance’ and all of that. You know, balancing a bank account, etc).
With that though (and the large cast of mahou shoujo that were in the OP), are we going to get 22 magical girls in here? I totally saw the Moon and Star in here this episode at the end. …And apparently the other girl is based on Temperence (I have no idea about the gothloli+look alike). I noted some cards reversed in the ED too, so maybe there will be antagonist mahou shoujo? Or maybe the card arrangements are supposed to represent the lives/events of some of the characters, which is probably more likely. I recognized a few of the layouts (and was too lazy to pull out my book and try to interpret them… added to the fact that I can’t read what number some of the cards are), but I think I’ll wait until the storyline progresses a bit just in case they spoil something important that I don’t want spoiled for me. I do think they have some kind of meaning to them though, since they obviously arranged them a deliberate way. As for how tarot is working in the actual episode, I kind of had to suspend my disbelief on the whole tarot helping people thing and Akari being so accurate. Maybe it’s because I used to tell fortunes as a hobby a few years back, but people hear what they want to hear as long as you’re vague enough. I assume that because this is anime, Akari is perfectly accurate and not just telling people what they want to hear.
Extra magical fun
Taking a page from Index season one are we?
Akari is such a cute character
This is why you keep your plants OUTSIDE!
She is super cool~
Well damn that was a strange first episode and I can see why it quickly reminded people of Madoka Magica, but to me it honestly felt more like a Black Rock Shooter clone because it seemed to have that whole alternate world thing going on because the other world looked very stylized just like Black Rock Shooter. Besides that I have to hand it to Mai Kadowaki who is pulling double shifts as two magical girls this season as illyasviel von Einzbern from Fate Kalied and as Akari Taiyou in this series! So good work to her and I have to mention the opening song done by Lisa? Wow this series has just about everything going for it aside from the oddball story and loli girls being choked by giant freaking monsters…so what did you enjoy about this first episode? I loved the amazing looking opening because it has me so hype to see the action moments!
..I swear, the more I hear LiSA sing, the less impressed I am. Her voice is still lovely, but I just can never get into the songs she sings. It all kind of sounds the same to me. Anyways, this was a lovely choice of style for this anime, and I really liked all of the animation. The plot looks super interesting too and even if it derails, I think I can have fun with the tarot aspects of the show. As for the characters… well, that’s where I found this kind of weak (other than the fact that the beginning was kind of slow… but then again, exposition). Akari is just every kind of generic. However, I don’t think this will be a problem for long since we have her inexplicably serious mahou shoujo transformation and the fact that she sees her friends dead. I’m really, really curious about what was going on at the end of this episode and can’t wait to find out what this all means.
Magical ghost loli next time!
More Genei on Metanorn with Kara and Fosh so stick around