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Magician's Academy

Animated by Studio Zexcs, which hasn’t made a single good anime outside of Love Hina. Directing is done by Kanasaki Takaomi who made a season of Shool Rumble and Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka ? In a similar to those style, Macademi Wasshoi (MW) is a school comedy and parody of various genres and clichés. A newcomer would have a hard time understanding the jokes while the veterans will most likely find that the overall anime lacks depth or that has nothing serious to care about it in the longrun.

The whole series plays out mostly as slapstick / ecchi with rather chibi looking characters, lively animation and perky voice acting that in effect makes the erotic humor look bolder and funnier. I have seen a similar treatment in Mahoujin Guruguru and Dragon Half and I know it can work just fine. But then again those oldies were a lot more subtle and better planned than MW, which is completely chaotic and lewd. This is practically what ruins it too; there is no seriousness amongst all this wackiness which turns every event, no mater how serious it appears, to feel like a passing itch. Buildings blow up, demons are summoned, hundreds of people are thrown around like ants and nobody cares in the least. If there were restrictions and punishments for every havoc they unleash onto the world, this whole mess would feel a lot more interesting. Some overall plot and objective would help too.

So anyways, the story is about the archetypical loser male making a failed summon and ending up with a super cute and super powerful girl who is madly in love with him. He also has a female cousin with a similar fascination with him and they both end up living in his house. Later on, more girls are added as well, making a joke out of every hentai cliché you can think of. They also blow up buildings and cause mass hysteria every 5 minutes but that seems to not mater after another 5 minutes pass. I find it hard to write anything else about the setting, as it is completely random and the only way to enjoy it is to figure out what it’s making fun of at every turn. Other than that, no overall plot or interesting characters… apart form perhaps Hapsiel, the hard gay angel. Do you believe he has a Flash Gordon music theme and a Rose of Versailles ending dedicated just for him?

As for the humor part, I admit I was laughing a lot with the constant references and parodies at first. But after episode 5 (which is by far the funniest of them all) the quality in jokes and storytelling drops further and further to the point it becomes a complete random pile of average slapstick and lukewarm ecchi. So I say the show is fine up until the first half but then grows stale and bored with its own setting.

As for the type of humor, it is heavy on lewd otaku culture and it is really relevant how long you will find the whole sexploitation of tropes interesting to follow before randomness takes the better of you. It is bold and honest at how a typical otaku perceives erotic clichés but even so it can’t remain funny for 12 whole episodes without something extra to keep you interested. And unfortunately MW not only lacks substance but even loses the initial semi-interest it had while getting to know the characters and the setting in the first half. It had a somewhat basic but effective narrative focused on a specific theme and objective on each episode. In the second half, all that fade away as nothing really new is introduced and everything is just random jokes.

In a few words, it starts out as very good and after 5 episodes it becomes utter boredom. So no pass from me; it gave up at the point of no return.

And now for some excused scorings.

Analysis: General Artwork 1/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 2/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 1/2

Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 2/3

Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 1/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 0/2

Analysis: Presence 1/2, Personality 1/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 0/2, Catharsis 0/2

Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4

Analysis: Art 0/1, Sound 0/2, Story 1/3, Characters 0/4

VERDICT: 3.5/10

3/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
3.5/10 overall
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