When the two girls meet, magic begins. Hazuki Kagimura loves stories, an orthodox girl who is overly imaginative. Because her relationship with her new family does not go well, the environment sends her toward the stories in which she spends her days. One day after school, Hazuki gets lost among the bookcases of the library, leading her to a mysterious school where meets Shizuka Tsuchimikado. It is a magic school where girls (called "mädchen") are selected by the magical texts from which the world's stories are born. Hazuki herself is said to be chosen by the book of Cinderella. In order to become a true magician, Hazuki becomes friends with Shizuka and begins her new life at the school.
This anime is simple: cute girls in a magic school setting performing a list of clichés. This is not a train wreck. This is a train that shouldn’t be made in the first place.
It suffers from the chronic mediocrity of anime industry. The characters are bland. The animation is cheap and dull. But its worst sin is lack of good storytelling. The characters info-dump profusely, and they immediately jump into talking about the upcoming super-important magic-girls tournament in the second episode. In the third episode, leaders of other schools are already there to info dump and show how serious that tournament is. Even other bad
anime have the decency to wait until episode ten or so before getting into the obligatory tournament arc.
The main character, of course, has the best magical talent, and as expected, she ‘cannot’ use her powers yet. And like this the story goes on.
I don’t mean they have to be original in every respect. But at least they should try to avoid appearing too shallow.
I don't know why people find it bad, but it's a great anime! First, people talk about clichés (funny since a lot of people watch normies animes like One Piece, DragonBall, etc.). Yes it's about magical girl, but about a girl too shy in the society that she take her time on book. Maybe it's because I never seen animes like that, but to see a ficitional character who is shy as me made me love the anime. Hazuki discover the world of magic and think it'll be cliché. On the contrary, it's a world where you need to protect the whole planet. Indeed, the
nudity is too much, but it's not why I watch this, so I don't pay attention for that. The art is just amazing and help to feel the emotions of the characters! The music is good and relaxing, a good contradiction to much violent anime, but more intense than slice of life! Watch it guys, it deserve more love!
IMPORTANT NOTE: I'll be doing this review under a new grading system I've come up with. Since I care more about story, characters, and execution than animation and sound, I will be focusing more on that on my reviews from now on.
To give an idea of what it will be like I will judge an anime on three thing: TO UNDERSTAND, TO FOLLOW, and TO CARE ABOUT. For the grades, there will be five of them on a scale from best to worst: EASY, INTERESTING, SIMPLE, DIFFICULT, and IMPOSSIBLE. I may make side notes about the art and music if necessary but the main
focus will be on the story and execution. Now onto the review.
After four episodes, Marchen Madchen is an anime that has a simple enough premise, the execution and the melodrama makes it difficult to care about what's going and why we care.
SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND
Any magical girl anime is easy enough to get into and Madchen does just that. It's kind of like a magical version of Fate Stay Night with it students characters and their transformation. The problem is that the show so far hasn't focused enough on these things.
DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW
Despite its simple premise we're not given a clear explanation of exactly why this magical world exist and why it has this special tournament. Granted, the series is only four episodes in right now, but unless we get an episode that takes it's time explaining things, I'm going to find myself caring less and less about this series.
DIFFICULT TO CARE ABOUT
The show's biggest problem right now is its characters. They're characters we've all seen before and honestly they are ones you really couldn't care less about. The story so far has practically done nothing to improve and at this point I don't expect it to. The characters as of now are just there because the plot requires them to and to provide silly fanservice. The implied yuri relationships are enough to make you constantly roll your eyes when it gets all melodramatic. The main character is just a bland fangirl version of Akko from Little Witch Academia. Unlike Akko, a character who never gives up, Hazuki just finds a new way to annoy you while the anime tries desperately hard to make her an important character. Unfortunately, none of the other characters are any better so for the time being you'll have to deal with Hazuki and her shenanigans.
Overall, unless this anime starts to make dramatic changes to its story and execution don't expect much from it.
It has an okay premise, a highschool in another world with magic based on the stories of books. It might be interesting to see how old stories can be turned into interesting magical powers. That is sadly the only interesting part about Märchen Mädchen.
The worst part of the series are the characters. There are a lot of them, especially for a 12-episode show. Outside of the main characters, who aren't that special, none of them are memorable. I wouldn't be able to tell you any of the names of the girls from the other schools. I can barely even
remember from which country they are.
Of course this doesn't mean the rest is fine. The base art is alright, but the action is really stiff, which takes out any enjoyment they might have.
There's a lot more to rant about, such as the weak dialogue or the forgettable sound design outside of the op, but you get the point. This show fails on almost all aspects. I wouldn't recommend it.