Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Alt title: Roku de Nashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records

TV (12 eps)
3.936 out of 5 from 10,812 votes
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Sistine Fibel and her best friend Rumia Tingel attend the Alzano Imperial Magic Academy, one of the most prestigious magic schools in the Alzano Empire, and are eager to become top-rate magicians. But that won’t be easy as their new instructor is none other than the lazy, bumbling Glenn Radars. He'd rather sleep than teach, seems to have no magical abilities, and drives Sistine crazy with his lackadaisical attitude. But as dark forces converge on the school, will this proclaimed "bastard teacher" reveal his true clout as a magician?

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Episode 1

The Unmotivated Bastard

Just the Slightest Bit of Motivation image

Episode 2

Just the Slightest Bit of Motivation

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Episode 3

The Fool and Death

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Episode 4

The Magic Competition

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Episode 5

The Queen and the Princess

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Episode 6

The Evil Being

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Episode 7

The Sea of Falling Stars

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Episode 8

The Fool and The Star

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Episode 9

The Reason to Live

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Episode 10

Gold Digger?!

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Episode 11

Face-off! The Magic Corps Battle

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Episode 12

The Place Found for Oneself

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Rokudenashi has a lot of initial promise. The first few episodes are laced with humor, and the MCs interactions with his students offer a lot of potential in terms of character development, for both the MC and the students themselves. The MC is extremely interesting at first, as he is an unemployed NEET who harbors a secret past as a special forces Mage, whose special ability is negating magic and thus he is literally a "punch wizard". The problem is, the show clearly had no idea what to do with all of their ideas so the whole plot strings along with one unrelated incident after another, finally resulting in a final battle that has literally nothing to do with anything introduced in the show thus far. Following that, not one single plot thread gets resolved. Side characters quickly become annoying as they have very little personalization outside the first couple episodes. Shironeko / Sistine has an obvious crush on the MC, and fulfills the tsundere archetype. Yet even though they spend the entire 12 episodes showcasing her and training her character, she has practically no involvement in anything of substance until the final episode. The princess character, who has a subplot that is hinted as the reason behind all the different events that happen, allows for an easy excuse for "things to happen" and has virutally zero character development despite an extremely strong start, and sits on the sidelines as simply an object to be protected. There's very little of substance to be had in Rokudenashi. I debated simply dropping it, as by the 8th or 9th episode I had determined that the show was not going to improve in a substantial way. In fact, I was correct in my assumption because the show actually got worse. Overall, I cannot recommend this anime. The first few episodes are interesting, but as they do nothing substantial with the premise, it's not particularly worth watching.

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