Sistine attends a magical academy to hone her skills in the magical arts, hoping to solve the mystery of the enigmatic Sky Castle. After the retirement of her favorite teacher, the replacement, Glenn, turns out to be a tardy, lazy, and seemingly incompetent bastard of an instructor. How is it that Glenn was hand-picked by the best magician in the academy?!
Man I love it when producers use the usual cliché’s to create something enjoyable. I mean new ideas are good and all but frankly todays new is itself but a cliché.
Let me put some catchphrases out there – Magic, Action, school, Multiple female MC’s, teacher-student cast, comedy, Lazy bones hero, a tsundere/feisty heroine, a strong cute heroine, a power full and mysterious heroine, did I say comedy………
This anime has decent comedy with cool MC's. It has a feel good type of air about it but with an underlying serious tone. The thing I liked the best about it is that you can watch it for
the comedy and still be assured that in the end you would still get a good story out of it. There is a main plot of the story and then there is a subplot for characters, both meshed together seamlessly. This effectively removes the risk of the story from getting monotonous.
The male MC is not exactly a decent guy, coming across self-serving and underhanded plenty of times. Although we love well-executed goody two shoes characters in our anime but when the time comes to mark our favorites a badass with hint of evil, a dash of devilry and a lot of brains takes the prize. Our man here is a bad boy with his heart in the right place. Also a bad ass in his own right but without coming off as too over powered.
So far in the girls have been enjoyable to watch too. I hope they would get their individual back stories and background and become more than just wall flowers.
(update: Okay I think the female MC’s are becoming more and more involved – Me like. Me very very like. Me all over that.)
Let’s just say so far so good…
Okay, so it's none of the 'professional and long' reviews you see often. Just felt like it would be great to give you a short glimpse on this anime, since I'm that kind of person who needs to be reassured that an anime is worth watching, and that's usually by checking out trailers or reviews (mostly to see if there are any positive reviews, because I mostly watch non-popular anime). Either way, is it worth watching? Yeah, definitely. There are only 4 episodes at the moment and I will update the review once it finishes airing, but for now, jump in as soon as you
can, so you keep up with the flow and don't need to do an all-nighter as I do all the time when watching anime (updates later below).
Now, I don't talk about people, yes you, who despise or dislike harem / ecchi genres. I, in particular, see no problem in watching these genres as long as it's not over the top or has actual plot. Maybe this show is a bit similar to a cliche, what is a strong MC; hides the powers; has a dark past; blah blah... But the execution itself and the kinda original spin of the cliche is what I like, because it reminds me of Konosuba, No Game No Life, Mondaiji-tachi, Gakushen Toshi Asterisk (even though it didn't have insane ratings) and such shows (ex. No Game No Life has an interesting plot to me, and it's good, further more it includes comedy, the MC doesn't strain / limit himself nor his character acting however he wishes, yet knows his abilities and thinks about them and proceeds knowing he can do this or that). That is basically why, you should watch this show, since it reminds of those shows, yet it's original. The MC is similar to a one of NGNL / Mondaiji-tachi, yet it is original in ways, because he's not too OP, however has a lot of knowledge. The plot is growing around the place where he works, yet the story has a great flow, considering there's a lot of happening and yet it all makes sense. It keeps me pumped waiting for the next episode, so I do recommend it to you.
Plus, kawaii girls, what else do you need?
You get shironeko (white cat), Rumia the super calm and cute (and noble, too, apparently), and a bunch of students who adore the teacher who didn't even want to work for the school in the first place (and was forced by the carelessly carefully amazing Celica. Seriously, they're close, I can tell that), but probably knows more than most of the teachers there considering the popularity he's gained.
Keep in mind I have no idea what the show is like in LN, nor I have read it, because I love watching the animations rather than reading (probably due to my photogenic memory that prefers remembering animations, and not the pages), so I take no responsibility if it's worse, or whatsoever, in the LNs (I believe I've seen someone tell it's worse or better).
To sum up eps 1-4:
• Story - 8/10 (the flow is fine, fillers are fine, fan-service is fine, everything is preserved, nothing distracts you from the action and flow, maybe just not enough epic fights that give you those chills that I love, perhaps also 8 for the fact that it's 4 episodes and I'm waiting for something really crucial to happen, and am afraid it won't be in time unless they decide to go further than 12 eps)
• Art - 9/10 (it's fine, although I disliked one moment in the episode about the quality at one part)
• Sound - 10/10 (can't judge it, fine by me, I can hear even the birds, so it's goody goody for me, even objects falling have great sounds)
• Character - 9/10 (it's building up, developing - Glenn, Sisti, etc., don't expect much from a harem, this is a lot already, but considering the main character, he has changed quite a lot compared to the start of the show)
• Enjoyment - 10/10 (seriously, it's fun, it kept me watching, I liked it, and I wait for the next eps. same as for when Konosuba 1/2 aired)
• Overall - 10/10 (for eps 1-4), I'll update once something changes, i.e. I finish watching it or something life-changing happens.
UPDATE: No changes as the 5th episode came up. All I can tell is that I hope the next episode gives me sum epic action. :p
This show follows your regular, run of the mill action, school show. You have the tsundere who actually cares about the mc but doesnt show it. Then you have the nice blonde haired ojousama. Then the sterotypical strong but lazy main character. The thing is, is that this show does everything right!
If you didn't know the show follows the light novel. Having reading both the manga and the light novel I can safely say that the anime adaptation is really good. Of course this review is only for the first four episodes, but if it continues along the route of the novel and manga faithfully.
This will be one of the most entertaining shows that comes out this season.
Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records, or Akashic Records in short, is one of the must watch anime this season. Why? Read on to find out.
The void left by KonoSuba in the comedy genre can't be easily filled by any anime this season save Akashic Records. While I won't place it on the same level as KonoSuba, the comedy is strong in this one. We also get a healthy dose of action and romance in Akashic Records, and it packs a solid punch.
The anime is adapted from a light novel of the same name and it also has a manga adaptation which is pretty great.
The story is pretty generic but enjoyable. In a fantasy world, where mages still exist, we get to see the goof ups and adventures of the extremely lazy but immensely capable Glenn Radars. He starts as a part time teacher in the school and the story follows from there.
The Art is superb! I just love it! The sound on the other hand is kinda okay, but the ED and OP doesn't strike a chord within me.
As for the characters, Akashic Records does a fantastic job. Glenn is easily my number one fav character this season. His comical yet serious nature, his antics, his courage and his love for his students & friends are immensely enjoyable. The other characters, especially, Rumia is also interesting. Her nerve of steel is appreciable.
Overall, I'd pretty much suggest anyone to watch Akashic Records if you're a fan of comedy and action genres. The characters, the story, everything is just too good. Watch it, you won't regret. And also don't forget to read the manga!
As a parting shot, Sisti(Shiro Neko) is totally the best girl! Don't agree with me? I don't care, lol.