Upon enrolling in high school, Tamaki Honda joins a club for making doujin games known as the SNS Club. Joined by programmer Shiina, writer Ayame, and composer Kayo, Tamaki begins working as an illustrator for the club's next game.
From the director that brought us titles like Tanaka-kun, Kokoro Connect and Non Non Biyori comes now Stella no Mahou, an anime about making doujin games but is that really the point of the anime? No it's not. Is it necessarily a bad thing? Not especially. Most people tend to overlook Stella no Mahou because of the low score and it's bland synopsis but it's not as bland as the synopsis makes it out to be.
Stella no Mahou follows the life of a first year highschool student named Tamaki Honda, who decides to join the SNS club. The anime isn't about how the game industry works and is more focused on the character interactions. The storyline isn't exactly new and doesn't really stand out as much as other slice of life anime out there, but like most SOL anime are soothing to watch and certainly Stella no Mahou is no exception. It can be slow at times but it is quite entertaining how the characters interact with each other, it will make you smile a lot.
The characters are the key to why Stella no Mahou is worth watching, the five main characters make the show more colorful than it already is because of their personalities. Although some characters lack screentime like Kayo and Shiina, when they show up, you will never get enough of them.
I really liked the opening for Stella no Mahou, unlike most slice of life anime opening songs because of it's catchy beat which most SOL anime openings do not have. The voice acting in the anime is actually well done in my opinion, they totally fit the personalities of the characters. The background music makes the show even comfier than it already is although it isn't as memorable as other bgms out there.
Stella no Mahou's art style is no different from most moe anime. The background looks similar to non non biyori which is easy on the eyes.
Overall, If you're looking for an anime which can help you relieve stress, or if you just want to see cute girls doing cute things, then look no further Stella no Mahou is for you. The game creation thing is more of a subplot since the anime focuses on the character's more than the plot itself which is common for most slice of life. As bland as the synopsis makes this anime sounds like it is, it is certainly one of the most entertaining ones this season and really worth to check it out if you haven't already. read more
Stella no Mahou follows a first year high school girl who decides to join a game development club. If you're thinking it's similar to those "industry production" animes like Shirobako, Stella no Mahou will probably feel lacking, since it spends more time focusing on character development.
Art is good for what it is: lolis. Lolis lolis lolis, think YuruYuri, Sakura Trick, Gochuumon wa Usagi desuka, or any other loli-based slice of life anime there is. Objectively speaking, the quality is fantastic, and consistent. One thing I dislike though: the pixel art in the opening. For pixel art, it just isn't good.
Sound is really good. Voice acting is on point, asides from one character sounding a "little" off.
I mentioned in the beginning that character development is what this anime is focused on. It very much is. It seems that even the main story line serves as a tool to develop the character's personalities more and more. Personally, I think they're doing a fantastic job of doing it, it's just that the characters are all so dull.
There really isn't much else to say. If anything, it's similar to a lot of those other slice of life loli animes (like Gochuumon wa Usagi desuka), so if you're into that, then I'd recommend this anime. It has a nice balance of slice of life and comedy.
Overall, would I recommend Stella no Mahou? Yeah. It's not bad.read more
I feel like as someone who is involved in the industry i should write a proper review about this show. Bear with me though as this is my first review, now let's start it off with one of my favorite lines in the anime:
"Jeez.. why is making a game so difficult?"
At a glance, it's just another "CDGCT" or Cute Girls Doing Cute Things which I won't deny but it's definitely one of the most enjoyable ones for me. It's not unique neither nor does it stand out in the genre SoL, but I can definitely say this, it's one of the SoL anime that I thoroughly enjoyed.
It follows the story of Honda Tamaki who finds her way in the SNS club (whose name I can't remember for the life of me), a Game Development club focused on making doujin games. While the anime doesn't go in-depth into the industry, it definitely has its moments wherein i can just relate to it as an upcoming Game Developer myself.
Story: Fairly simple and nothing too complex, it's just a SoL so it is what it is. 7/10
Art: I love the art style so much, it's definitely pleasing to the eyes. It's like Watamote, Tanaka-kun, and Non Non Biyori combined, and I like all those 3! 9/10
Sound: Honestly, i can't get enough of this anime's OP and ED. One of the few anime this season in which I've never skipped both, it's definitely my favorite for this season. Shinoshi is so good and the EDM-ish ED theme is just really amazing. 9/10
Character: The characters are really enjoyable and have their moments. Their interactions with each other are really fun and will have you smiling all throughout the episode. I especially love Shiina since I relate to her so much, an anti-social programmer and president of a club. Her reactions to bugs and coding stuff is really too real for me as I experience these kinds of things in real life. 8/10
Overall, this isn't the best anime and definitely isn't a masterpiece of some sort. But it's worth the try especially if you enjoy stuff like New Game!, Non Non Biyori, etc. It definitely has that relaxing feel after each episode, the same feel that Non Non Biyori and Tanaka-kun gave. It's a good Game Dev anime without really going too in-depth about it (wow, that's kinda contradicting, isn't it), things like rushing deadlines and stuff, etc., think like a prequel to New Game or some sort. My enjoyment for this is definitely a 10/10 but my overall rating is 8/10. read more