In eighth grade, Yuuta was the Dark Flame Master… but now that he’s entered high school, he wants to pretend that never happened. Unfortunately, Rikka decides to follow in his footsteps and he ends up joining the magic and naptime club.
I loved this show. The first half was hilarious. When someone goes into Chuuni mode, they have these hilarious battle animations which always turn out to be a spatula or a circle of Christmas lights. Great stuff.
In the final quarter they notch up the drama and confront the problems of growing up. The show seems to have garnered a bad reputation for this. Usually I hate it when comedies turn to drama, but in this particular case I thought it was extremely successful. Typically when anime turns to stories of growing up, they end with someone saying “you’re you, you” and everything is magically resolved. This particular coming of age story didn’t take any of those cop-outs and ended up being a thoughtful reflection on what it means to grow up. I’ll admit it, I teared up a bit.
- Storytelling – B – Transitions from comedy to drama remarkably well, and succeeds at both.
- Voice – A – All the Chuuni delusions were very distinctive.
- Characters – A – Great characterizations. Even the male leads side kick was great with his adorable puppy love for Kuumin. Dekomori and Rikka’s antics were hilarious, as was Nibutani playing the straight man.
- Attention Grab – A – Never lost my interest.
- Production – A – As expected of KyoAni, looks great.
- Overall – B+
Recommendations – Hyouka, Kokoro Connect