English: Magical Warfare
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 2014 to Mar 28, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.251 (scored by 22458 users)
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SynopsisIn this modern magic action story, Takeshi Nanase is an ordinary high school boy who has a somewhat dark past. Due to certain circumstances, he formed a "fake" couple with his childhood friend Kurumi Isoshima, but otherwise, he lives a normal life. However, one day, he comes across a girl named Mui Aiba, in a uniform he has never seen before, collapsed on the school campus. This encounters changes Takeshi's destiny completely. Mui tells Takeshi that she is a magician, and she apologizes, for she turned Takeshi into a magician, too. What Takeshi once knew as one world is actually two—the world where magicians live and the world where humans live.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Mahou Sensou
Characters & Voice Actors
Before this show came out I was fairly excited for it, despite the premise being nothing I haven’t seen before. But as it was airing, I realized what an absolute train wreck it turned out to be. There are very few good points to this anime; each second is wracked with cringe worthy cliché moments. The characters are absolutely awful, and the plot is so bad I was struggling to stay awake throughout the entire thing.
The story seems cool at first, magic high school, awesome weapons and fights, etc, but the way it was executed can only be described as terrible. The plot is set up in the very first episodes to do one thing, yet halfway through the series it feels like that idea was scrapped and then they try to shove in as much drama and action they can. It tries to be everything at once, and as a result the characters are far too pretentious and there is more action than necessary. I’m a fan of cool looking fight scenes, but there is such thing as over kill, and this anime does just that. Not to mention how prominent the romance is, if you hate love triangles that seem forced and useless other than the fact that they need to put in as much male wish fulfillment as possible, there’s a good chance you will be physically hurting by the end of the first 10 minutes.
The main character is nothing more than an escapism character that teenage boys can look at and pretend to be. As that isn't uncommon in anime, in most cases it can be overlooked, or even enjoyed, but in Mahou Sensou it feels awfully annoying and the amount of cliche moments are doubled. As for the rest of the cast, literally every single thing about them is stereotypical and boring. There’s the manly man main character who manages to be completely average while also being the most overpowered and special human being on the planet, the loli girl who loves the MC, the damsel in distress with a huge rack (who also loves the MC), and the annoying male friend who tries to be funny. The “bad guys” aren't even really bad. The anime sets you up to believe that a certain group of people are the antagonists, yet as the plot progresses it makes it to where they aren't even that evil. In some cases that would be cool, villains turned good guys, but in Mahou Sensou it only leaves you with a feeling of “wtf?”
It’s less than average. The action scenes look good occasionally, but the character designs are awful, so even the good moments aren't as cool as they could be. The main characters design in particular, it seems more and more protagonists are getting to be so basic that every boy in the world can see themselves in him. Apparently this includes removing a nose too, because the MC is lacking one. And it is the most infuriating thing in the world.
Both the OP and the OST are basic and extremely forgettable. The voice acting is fairly decent, it fits the characters well, but it's not enough to be considered a redeeming quality. The only thing that kept me watching this anime was the ending theme, nano truly deserves to work on better anime than this, because “Born to be” is a catchy and amazing song.
It's certainly not as bad as a lot of anime, and it could have been much worse, but as a whole it is truly a piece of garbage. If you’re a masochist and like anime that is painfully awful or if you're a 10 year old boy who just wants to look at mindless fighting, you might like Mahou Sensou. If you don’t, then you’ll probably hate it. Either way, everyone should listen to the ED song and pretend it didn't belong to this horrible show.
Pros & Cons:
+ ending song
+ interesting magic theme
- cliché characters
- plot that’s all over the place
- too much action
- protagonists lack of nose read more
The phrase of "Dont judge book by its covers" is really true. When we all seeing the short explanation by this anime, we're gonna imagining something great, magnificent, epic battles and stunning art. But in the end it was all just an illusion. Illusion that been made by this anime, summary we're being deceived.
Mahou Sensou or Magical Warfare is anime that technically is about action and magic like the genre has said and thats it. If we're talking about plot, it hasnt. Well, at the first you would introduce that the world has two side world, first it was human world and the other one is wizard and whatever world. Then, somehow without any logical thinking, our MC is choosing to live in magician world just for helping one girl and moreover its the first time that they meet.
The first time i watch this, i cant help to feel cliche and so pushed. Like one scenes that i said before, the MC is choosing to live in magician world just because he cant enjoyed living in his own house and feel urge to save someone he just met. Being heroic, is probably one of the good aspects that the MC must have but realistically speaking, even the stupid people would think twice to risking their live just for saving people. If the this MC called Takeshi have a good reason for it, then it doesnt matter but honestly all of the reason that he give is kinda illogical and another kind of illogical things is how kendo sword that been made wood is capable of fending off a real blade and moreover its a steel one. Oh god.
Aside from logical thinking, another things that quite funny is how easily people can be affecting to use magic. I mean, in this anime the MC or Takeshi is a normal human being and the second later he become magician just because Mui Aiba (the heroine) using magic near of him. Its like "you want to be a magician? then come here i will use my magic and you would become magician! yeah!"
Moving on to the art section, this is probably the worst aspects that this anime have. For anime that been adapted by Madhouse studio the one who brought you Hunter x Hunter (2011), this anime's art is really horrible for anime that airing in 2014. First how the characters design isnt consistent. When watching this, i cant help to notice that in every scenes they draw the characters so badly and something that doesn’t bode too well for an action/fantasy series such as this. Like sometimes, the face looks so awkward like it bents to the otherside.
Another things that probably being controversial is how the character design is like from fate/series. In the opening song, you would see like a white saber with that armor and things, then there is this blonde guy called Kazumi Ida who is looking so similiar with Gilgamesh. For anime that been made by a big studios called Madhouse, surely this one is such a big failure.
After all that, there is one thing that atleast "normal" and so so. It was the sound. There is nothing to much too mention in this term. Good things they have Mamoru Miyano for voicing Takeshi, as usual he did it well and really fits with the MC. For other seiyuus, they did well though i believe it wasnt something special. The one i like from this anime is the ED. Nano with their "Born to be" song is so epic, their fastbeat and energetic song makes this anime looks so epic though it wasnt happen. Such a shame.
Last, the characters. The explanation that i said before maybe give you a glimpse about the characters in this anime. First, we have a "heroic" MC called Takeshi which is have a justice feeling and prepare to help anyone who need to help. ANYONE. At the first we would see that he have such a dark past and trying to make us curious. But honestly well, its failed. I dont understanding what happen in this anime so why would i need to curious about his dark past? and for some circumtances, he is dating with such a beautiful blonde girls named Kurumi Isoshima. She is just your typical tsundere girls, and at last, we have Mui Aiba, our main heroines. She is nothing special to being mention about this. Well, she have a gun. a GUN. Summary, the characters isnt likeable which is the most important things in anime to make the viewers enjoy to watch. They have nothing that makes us to like the characters, after all they all plain characters.
After all that mubbling, i honestly feel guilty to writing this review. I dont want to judge the anime so badly but its just i cant bear it. I am not saying this anime is bad for all of you but in my perspective, this anime is bad though they have a lot of potentials in there. If you're liking action and magic with some cliche romance on it, probably this anime would suit you but honestly, there is still anime that is more better than this one. read more
Both protagonist happens to bump into a girl, and without knowing much about them decided to help them. They soon travel and help protect the girl without much decision.
Both anime involves fighting and magical weapons/power, both girls use guns while the male protagonist uses a sword. If you enjoy magical fighting than you'll like these both.
Hitsugi no Chaika contains several elements found in Mahou Sensou - a magical war that took place prior to the start of the series, a girl with a gun that fires magic, a protagonist caught in a slightly odd love triangle, and multiple warring factions. However, Hitsugi no Chaika pulls them off far, far better than Mahou Sensou did and is a far better series overall.
Both have the same magical girls who divert their magic to their guns, also both have the same magic, adventure, action and supernatural genre.
Both involves, magical girl with guns who happens to bump into guy and his friend where their live where never the same again. the difference, the girl in one anime carries a pistol, while the girl in the other anime carries a big gun.
Similar powers and theme are presented in both series. Main character from both series have the power to see into the future. Their eyes glow too. MC friend in both series can use fire magic. The Red World is very similar to "The Ruined World". Only people who have special abilities can enter these worlds/dimensions.
Both main characters have a power in the eye that allows them to see the future.
Diference: 11 eyes is not good.
Both involves the main character pulled into a world separate from their owns in which they must defend themselves with the new powers they've gained.
Both main protagonist has similar power in which they can briefly see an attack ahead of time before executed.
Opening Theme"Senkou no Prisoner (閃光のPRISONER)" by Yuuka Nanri
Ending Theme"Born to be" by nano (ナノ)
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