He woke up in a familiar world that has vastly changed.
His school has become a school that teaches magic, encouraging everyone to become a mighty magician.
Outside the city, many wandering magical beasts and monsters attack and prey on humans.
A world of advanced science, changed into one of advanced magic. Despite this, his ambition in life, and his situation remains the same. One of the dregs of the society with a struggling father and a disabled step sister that couldn't walk.
However, Mo Fan found when everyone can only have one major element, he can do much more!
Mod Edit: This review may contain spoilers.
This show starts out with really no intro to the main character and never tries to give an explanation to a few questions you might have at the start of the show; however, this does not detract from the experience. This is a very enjoyable short magic anime with a strong and determined hero who wants to change the lives of him and those around him. He is a underdog with immense potential and culmination of rare abilities and for the most part he hides his true power from all around him.
Watch this show and you'll not
regret it. To enjoy the show more and not constantly wait for things to be explained that never really are, I will give you a backdrop to the story that can't really count as a spoiler.
The main character appearently 3 months prior to the show woke up to a world vastly different from the one he knew. People around him were the same, but the world changed from ours with science to a world with magic being the fundamental core of society. With this change, Magical has become the great divide in social class and there is great demand for magic in work and also jobs related to combating monsters which now exist and attack humans.
Magic is broken into elements and some are much more rare than others, with the rare ones often giving way to its own hierarchy since they tend to be more powerful and bolster the effectiveness of any group of mages that can recruit a rare type mage. Elemental powers are determined the day you enter a magic high school. What the series never explains is that while Magic ability is rare and types can be rare, what is most rare is possibility of have a second element. They not only do not mention that this exists prior or after the main character becomes one, they don't even talk about it when you see someone else use more than one type later in the series.
The main character enters the stage as he is trying to pass magic school entrance exams, but since he had only 3 months to learn what he needed to have learned about his new magic world, he fails desperately. His dad does everything he can to help his son get into the school. Another minor fact they never explain is when before the start of the show he exactly and for what reason he ran away with a girl of a prominent magical family (it doesn't seem to follow the timeline of him just waking up 3 months prior to exams).
This series while 12 episodes is short due to its shorter than normal time length. Despite that, the show actually covers around 3 years time and is virtually the opposite of Slice of Life since he seems to spend all his time getting stronger and has little interaction with classmates or any random events.
Other explanations (Minor Spoilers):
Strongest members of Privileged established families do not waste time going high school and have speed up training to make those that go to school to learn magic a secondary class of mage. Due to translations and the lack of explanation, the power displayed by individuals might not be clear. Most of the show talks about levels of magic without clarifying; I will try to do this now. Staying away from the issue that equal levels of magic are not equal across elements;I will mention levels the show equates to characters. While one teacher said he could not accomplish what a student at level 2 did, another teacher displayed level 2 ability to her class. Hunters seem to be around level 2 with leaders at level 3. While it seems a big deal when they mention level 3, you find out later that this is still the Basic Tier of Magic. 1 time later in the series a "Pro" or "Master" shows up and it is talked about how his 2 elements of "Advanced Tier" Magic did what an entire squad of Basic Tier Hunters couldn't do.
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This show is a hidden gem cropping out from the Chinese market and I can't urge strongly enough that it is a great little series to pass the time with.
It's really good. OP MC who hides power until last episode. Season 2 coming soon. Hype.
Apparently I need a longer review soooo... here are some definitions of anime:
Merriam Webster: a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes
Urban Dictionary: a style of animation that originated and is still heavily centered in Japan.
The word 'anime' is based on the original japanese pronunciation of the american word 'animation.' The stereotype of the anime style are characters with proportionally large eyes and hair styles and colors that are very colorful and
exotic. The plots range from very immature (kiddy stuff), through teenage level, to mature (violence, content, thick plot). The classification of 'hentai' is given to animes of a strong sexual nature. Although over 95% of anime has nothing perverted about it, most closed-minded idiots think anime is always a form of pronography.
Oxford: A style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children.
Wikipedia: An anime is a Japanese hand-drawn or computer animation. The word is the abbreviated pronunciation of "animation" in Japanese, where this term references all animation. Outside Japan, anime is used to refer specifically to animation from Japan or as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes.
Dictionary.com: a Japanese style of motion-picture animation, characterized by highly stylized, colorful art, futuristic settings, violence, and sexuality.
I went into this series with high hopes after reading the synopsis and a few reviews, but I have been exceedingly disappointed from the very beginning. If this had been released in the 90's, it would have been a mediocre series, but being released in 2016 means it just feels old and dated. Not only is the animation quality sub-par, and the sound quality and voice acting done poorly, but this show ticks every box on the 90's anime tropes list. Every time I started to get into the story, the immersion was broken by some stupid prat fall with
cartoon sound effects or a completely unnecessary and dull transformation scene. If I had to watch one more outtake with a giant bead of sweat on someone's head, I was going to throw my monitor across the room.
The characters are all fairly non-descript with only the occasional different hair color or outfit piece to tell them apart and every one of them is bland and unremarkable. I kept having to rewind and replay scenes just to figure out who was doing what since the only person who you can pick out of the crowd easily is the main character's rival.
Lastly, and probably the biggest flaw to me, is the horrible story telling and the terrible pacing of the series. Almost the entire first episode is the main character telling you about the last 6 months of his life. Why should anyone have to sit through an entire episode of exposition in a series? The whole point of animated shows is that they can show you things that can't be reproduced in real life, so why waste my time having someone tell me a story when you can just show me? And the bad pacing just continues throughout. I kept having trouble figuring out how much time has progressed between and even during episodes as the story just seems to randomly jump forward. I still can't believe that the main character went from a worthless nobody to the number one in the school between episodes. Why in the hell would you skip the story of his come-uppance?
Overall, this is a pass. While the show is not horrible in any one area, it is lacking in every area. I can't find any redeeming qualities in this series and I wish I hadn't spent several hours looking for them. Don't make the same mistake of wasting as much time on this as I did.
For me this is an odd show to review. It'd be a lie to say I didn't enjoy it but if I actually think about reviewing it it's hard to come up with something positive.
I'll start with the thing I disliked the most, namely production value. The art style is pretty mediocre imo. It looks far closer to being a decade old rather than something not even a year old. Same goes for the animation, it 's not at all fluid and really feels..budget. The electric guitar track used as an attempt to hype up a fight is sometimes placed at odd times and
feels clunky. And in terms of voice acting there's a lot of awkward laughing among various characters along with other seemingly forced heroism or sorrow that is not only out of place but slightly creepy as a result. So overall I have quite a low opinion in terms of the production.
Does the story or character development impress me instead then? Basically, no. There hasn't been much of a story so far; we have the protagonist being op with potential like no one else before in the history of dota/mankind and it half seems to stem naturally from birth and half from a character we see once in a flashback and is never mentioned again. The causes of his strength are never really touched on. But if you imagine a 'good guy' coming from unfortunate backgrounds and having unexplained overwhelming strength fighting against stereotypical rich kid obnoxious villains you more or less have an accurate idea of what the main plot line is for the 12 episodes. Naturally other stuff happens in the meantime for him to get stronger and realise his potential, including somehow duping 2 apparently elite mages into thinking he was a different person by swapping the order of his name and wearing a mask covering his mouth. Besides the main overarching plot of 'good guy who is pitiable because of his background fighting obnoxious dickhead rich villain' each episode is basically just another fight for him to become stronger which I guess is why the plot-centric questions are never answered.
So essentially all I've done so far is bash everything about the show. Yet I originally said I enjoyed it. It's clearly not a show to think deeply about, the plot and character depth simply aren't existent enough to warrant that. But neither was there good production value to allow it to get away with plain fun action. And neither was it something I enjoyed because I cringed/laughed at everything I didn't like about it. The more I try and review it the more I end up thinking something was poor. So I think it was probably just something fun to binge on for a few hours whilst not really thinking about it too much. By ignoring any of the important questions to the plot and letting myself get swept along in the pace of 'introduce setting, introduce characters, fight here, fight here, fight here, and finale fight here' I think it's enjoyable in one go.
Incidentally, if you do plan on watching it I'd recommend waiting a bit as max resolutions appear to be a mix of 480/720/1080 and subs were done by fans for speed, using abbreviations like 'n' and 'u' and having a few typos/errors. Not bashing on them for that at all, it's thanks to them using their free time everyone can watch it, but it's fair to let people know beforehand I think.