A world where the existence of magic has been known for a century as a mysterious power to rival science. However, the discovery of MISO — the Material of an Impediment to the Sorcerer's Orders — made magic into not a special power, but a technique that can be raised. One morning, while Shōta Hacchōya (a high school boy attending a magic academy) was tasting miso soup, a princess of Majieeru suddenly breaks in. Majieeru happens to be the birthplace of magic.
:There are no spoilers in this review, the synopsis has more information than the actual OVA does, and I'm not kidding:
The concept of "Mahou Tsukai Nara Miso wo Kue!" sounds quite interesting, a world where the existence of magic is know, and used. People can gain more power with their abilities relating to "the Material of an Impediment to the Sorcerer's Orders" or MISO.
Sounds like the anime Sekirei, except you level up, like in a video game.
If executed well, it could be entertaining.
But after the 1 minute explanation of the concept by an omnipresent narrator, the show turns into an ecchi fest.
I can tell you the whole story right now:
Opening monologue explaining existence of magic and MISO,
Two characters are intoduced, 1 joke,
OP titles (a waste of time where they could have added some story),
out of nowhere the two characters have a short fight with a helicopter,
Some brooding dialogue with the "Boss",
then a random ecchi scene for no reason (it's so unrelated it is to the show your jaw will drop),
then a new character is introduced, one joke with some up-skirt shots,
another unrelated ecchi scene,
and then it repeats that exact same cycle of "New character, joke, up-skirt, random ecchi scene" 3 times, until it ends with a cliffhanger fught (if you were actually interested enough to call it that). ED credits (Just scrolling text over black.)
This short episode felt extremely off the cuff, and not very well planned.
It did not make me want to read the Light Novels in any way.
There's absolutely no character, you just see what they look like and what kind of underwear and bikini they would wear.
The art is quite good when it comes to anime, but generic. For an OVA it could have been better, especially if it's trying to persuade me into reading the light novels.
They have the time, they have short window to tell a story, why couldn't they make it successful?
The music and seiyuu are what you would expect, they do the best with what they've got.
I thought I was going to watch something unique, and bring some form of entertainment, but the useless, random ecchi scenes, and disjointed storyboard make this a confusing mess, and it's only 15 minutes.
Too much time was wasted on the useless ecchi, bad jokes (the jokes are redundant, if you can believe that), OP, and ED.
This may have been an episode that was coupled with the novels, so it's kind of like an extra treat. But this will leave a bad taste in your mouth, compared to much better series you probably have already seen.
"Sekirei" would be a better Series to watch if you want something like this. read more