My reviews are going to be a bit delayed due to my erratic Internet access. I apologize for this.

Now where have I seen this before…

A city is burning. Girls are dying. A boy lies in a pool of his own blood. But that’s not important, because it’s time to go to magic school! Or, rather – Anti-Magic School!

At this vaguely military-style school, our protagonist, Kusanagi, is mocked for using a Japanese sword rather than a high tech gun. He also, like many protagonists before him, has a penchant for walking in on girls in compromising positions. I thought there was nothing worse than “walking in on a girl changing” but that was only because I’d never seen “walking in on a girl in a bunny suit being made to pose seductively as another girl films”. I wish I was kidding.

Elsewhere, a sleazy-looking fellow who seems to be every headmaster ever informs a high-ranking Inquisitor that she is being returned to student status due to killing witches rather than merely detaining them. I should mention that she’s some kind of prodigy and also a redhead. She’s assigned to the same platoon as our protagonist, which is known as the “Small Fry Platoon” and is infamously useless. Apparently, this school operates on some kind of points system, and this platoon has a grand total of zero.

The demoted redhead, Ouka (who is also Sleazy Headmaster’s daughter) is introduced to her new platoon. The platoon goes on a mission to retrieve an illegal magic book. The mission becomes a horrible failure when the bunny-suit girl, Usagi, accidentally shoots into the wrong building and Kusanagi is ambushed. The men ambushing him make fun of Kusanagi for his sword, and he goes berserk – but still fails to defeat the gunmen. Ouka steps in and saves the day, but the book’s owner fights back with…a giant robot. Ouka still wins, however, and the Small Fry Platoon’s mission is a success. Oh, but Kusanagi accidentally grabs Ouka’s boob in the process. And also falls asleep with his face in her chest.

Back at the school, Ouka chews out the rest of the platoon for being terrible at their jobs and refuses to work with them. They try to throw a party to make her feel more welcome, but that of course fails as well. The end of the episode tries to throw in some plot exposition and attempts at foreshadowing, but still is mostly shots of Ouka’s chest and some dismembered corpses of nameless faceless victims in trashcans. I wish I was making this up. It ends with Kusanagi resolving to work hard to be Ouka’s friend while a random goth loli watches them both in the background.

DRAMATICALLY STARES AT BULLET

Man, I thought there was nothing I hated more than “generic magic school light novel anime”. It turns out there is: “generic magic school light novel anime that tries to pretend it’s something else.” Taimadou Gakuen thinks it’s being so clever by being an “anti-magic school” and having some manufactured “drama” about murder victims ending up in trashcans and Ouka’s supposed mysterious backstory as to why she hates witches (I was confused. Doesn’t everyone in this setting hate witches because magic is illegal for some reason? Why does this make Ouka so different/special?)

At least the events of this episode didn’t unfold in the exact same sequence as those two basically identical shows that Moeronpan and Ariana reviewed earlier this season, but it wasn’t too far off. There was the redheaded angry prodigy and the hapless male protagonist who is terrible at the thing he’s supposed to be going to school for. There was the requisite boob grab, the requisite “walking in on a girl in an uncomfortable position” and, to top it all off, the perverted girl in the lab coat and the under-boob strap filming all of this fanservice for her own enjoyment. There was even a scene where Kusanagi calmed down from his berserk rage by imagining a voice calling him ‘big brother’ – we’ve got hints of incest before the protagonist’s sibling is even introduced. Is that some kind of record?

I really don’t feel like there’s anything else I can say about this show. It’s incredibly fanservicey, the plot is generic, nothing whatsoever is explained about the world the show takes place in (WHY, for example, is magic illegal and witches so supposedly dangerous?) Luckily, I don’t care enough to be bothered by these uninteresting questions, so I won’t be watching any more of the latest installment of Light Novel: The Anime.

Half a Dio, because there was nothing in this episode worthy of earning a full one.

1/2

Every headmaster in these kinds of series is the same character

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