The Dawn of the Witch

Alt title: Mahoutsukai Reimeiki

TV (12 eps)
3.327 out of 5 from 2,570 votes
Rank #9,810

Saybil is a magic student with no memories of his life before he met a mysterious blond woman in an alley. Now he travels with his teacher, Los—another student, Hort, and the beastman Kudo for “special training”… but this field trip may not be as routine as it seems!

Source: Kodansha

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Satisfying Conclusion?✔️Emotional?❌Actual Romance?❌Actual Comedy?❌Fanservice/Nudity?❓ (bath scene with fog-censorship)Recommend?✔️ (if u want a somewhat light-hearted, yet mature/dark magic-training show) What is this anime?A non-direct sequel to "Grimoire of Zero". Some characters reappear, but the main cast is new, and with a much more lighthearted story. 3 Students are sent to a special village to study magic for a few years. This is about them struggling together to get to the end-goal of graduating.Did I enjoy it?First off, highly recommend watching "Grimoire of Zero" first. You don't need to but it made the experience much better. If you find it boring though, still give this show a try, as they have very different vibes. I enjoyed this show more than the prequel, as it was more lighthearted and with a less predictable cast of characters. The MC has had forced the "amnesia" trope onto him. However, it plays it out well and differently than the usual. The OP MC trope is there as well, but it is somewhat hidden. The MC is absolutely OP, but can't use his powers. And that fact doesn't change instantly, like many other shows depict. Throughout the series the MC is slowly learning to accept them and to facilitate their use. Due to the MC living a non-standard life and not knowing the norms, sometimes the things that come out of his mouth gave me a giggle or two, especially when he talked about romance. The Conclusion ends nicely, but I would like to see the rest of the story of our MC and his buds. Give it a try.


Story (4/10): "The Dawn of the Witch," also known as "Mahoutsukai Reimeiki," presented a narrative that had potential but ultimately failed to deliver a satisfying experience. The story introduced a world of witches and magic, which initially intrigued me. However, as the series progressed, it became evident that the execution of this narrative fell short. Pacing issues plagued the plot, resulting in uneven development and a lack of depth in critical story elements. This inconsistency made it challenging to stay fully engaged with the storyline, and many crucial plot points were resolved in a manner that left me dissatisfied. Animation (6/10): In terms of animation quality, "The Dawn of the Witch" offered a mixed experience. There were moments of visual brilliance, particularly during magical battles and spellcasting sequences. These scenes showcased the potential of the animation team. However, the series suffered from noticeable drops in animation quality in certain episodes, which detracted from the overall viewing experience. These inconsistencies were disappointing and prevented the animation from reaching its full potential. Sound (5/10): The soundtrack and sound effects in the anime were serviceable but failed to leave a lasting impression. While they managed to complement the magical theme of the series, they did not stand out as particularly memorable. The voice acting performances were average, lacking any standout moments or exceptional character portrayals. Characters (4/10): The characters in "The Dawn of the Witch" were a mixed bag. While some showed promise early on, they often fell victim to underdevelopment and lacked significant depth. Character motivations and growth were not explored to their fullest potential, leaving many cast members feeling one-dimensional. This limited my ability to connect with or become emotionally invested in their journeys. Overall (4/10): In summary, "The Dawn of the Witch" had potential with its magical world and premise, but it struggled to realize this potential due to pacing issues, inconsistent animation quality, forgettable sound design, and underdeveloped characters. While it may appeal to fans of the fantasy genre, it ultimately left me wanting more from its narrative and characters. My overall score for this anime is 4/10, reflecting my disappointment with its execution.

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