It’s that time of the year again, so here are some of our Final Thoughts of the summer anime season that just came to an end~
I actually dropped Blue Reflection at about the halfway mark, but I wrote about what I thought up until that point. 😛
Prior to this being announced, I had never heard of the Blue Reflection game, so I don’t know how the anime mirrors to the game (if it mirrors it at all). What I do know is that Blue Reflection Ray was another dark magical girl anime where despair is king, and while I thought it started out in a pretty interesting fashion, over time, my interest fell pretty hard. A lot of that has to do with how the story felt stretched out, no doubt because of this being two cours.
Compared to some other non-Madoka dark magical girl anime, I thought the story had some interesting aspects to it, but I was disappointed when it was apparent that the villains were comically evil. I hated Shino, Uta, and Nina, though a part of me liked Mio. It’s pretty much the opposite when it comes to the main cast. Ruka, Momo, and Miyako were winners in my book, though I was less impressed with Hiori.
Thanks to the bad girls, this anime seemed to have a decent amount of yuri, so there’s a very good chance that I’ll finish watching this and review it in the near future. Based on the other dark magical girl anime that I’ve seen, the bar for these types of shows isn’t too high (if we’re not talking about Madoka), and the first cour of Blue Reflection is probably not the least enjoyable one I’ve seen. I’ve stretched this out long enough, so stay tuned for a proper review in the coming weeks… hopefully. 😀
Soooo, about Kobayashi-san. L and I had a little misunderstanding where we thought that the other was going to write about it, so no one ended up writing about it. Man, this is the most scuffed Final Thoughts post ever. 😀
But this is the type of show that you don’t even need someone’s opinion on how it was. You just know that it’s going to be really good. And how good was it? Uhh, stay tuned to the answers to this question and more, in our upcoming review of the show! 😀
Truth be told, I completely forgot what happened during the first season of Magia Record, so I was a little lost for the first couple of episodes of this season. That’s a quarter of the season, since there are only eight episodes this time around. Anyway, it all mostly came back to me, and I’d argue that this season was better than the previous one. For the most part, I thought the story was pretty interesting, though there were some pacing issues that bothered me, and eight episodes just wasn’t enough time to properly sort through all of the various plotlines.
To me, part of the problem is the number of supporting characters, because there were some (such as Tsuruno and Touka) that I simply didn’t care about at all. On the flip side, it was great seeing Madoka and the girls from the main series involved, though I hated how Homura wasn’t presented as the badass she is in the main series’ timelines. My other grips include: the seemingly rushed and anticlimactic finale (I’m looking in your direction, Mami), the complete lack of subtitles in the first half of the last episode, and the complete lack of Alina (she was present, just nowhere near enough)!
Despite all of that, I still enjoyed this season. It’s clearly not in the same league as Madoka★Magica, however, I think it’s the next best thing. Of course, being a magical girl anime, there is some yuri shipping to be had, yet I’d say that it’s decidedly less than the main series. The third and final season of Magia Record is supposed to begin in December, and hopefully the new Madoka movie will soon follow. The unresolved portions of the story this season leave me curious and looking forward to next season, and I hope Shaft can iron out some of the issues that were present in this season.
Back when this second season was announced, I was pretty hyped, because season one was a lot of fun. Well, season two was also a lot of fun… but for yuri fans, there was just very little to get excited about. This season, Mary, Maria, and Sophia all seem to have reduced screentime compared to last season, while Geordo, Keith, and even a new guy are the ones that get to spend some romantic moments with Cat. I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.
This show doesn’t NEED yuri to be entertaining, but it’s just frustrating how this turned into a full-on het reverse harem, complete with a few kisses. A movie has already been announced, and I’d be surprised if it doesn’t skew even further towards a het-heavy romance story. Aside from the lack of yuri, the story has no resolution. The antagonist just disappears, right after pulling the same stunt a second time (kidnapping someone), so it’s a very anticlimactic way to end things.
In conclusion, I liked the show, but I didn’t like it as much as the first season. The romance aspects were turned up a few notches, though the beneficiaries were all of the male suitors. The non-romance portions of the story felt dragged out and didn’t even get a proper conclusion. At this point, I’m not even sure I’ll watch the movie. A few months ago, I was pretty sure I’d end up reviewing this show, but now, I don’t even feel like rehashing all these gripes and giving it a 2 or 3 yuri rating. So be it. 😛