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Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu Review


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watched 2010 roughly. 

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 40/40
Aired: Apr, 2004 to Mar, 2005
Producers: Studio 4°C, Touhouku Shinsha, Media Blasters
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy,Magic
Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu is a original anime directed by Yoshiharu Ashino and produced by Studio 4C.

There is a common theme within anime. A theme which leads the name Alice to be linked with magic. Whether this was inspired by Alice and wonderland (Which there are more than a few anime adaptations off) or a deeper meaning I so not know. But this anime is another with that theme.

Our  main girl is called Alice and she falls down a rabbit world in to an impossible world where magic exists. Well, not literally. She accidentally summons a magic circle from a book.

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She should not exist in this world, humans are forbidden. And yet she has magic. Something no human is supposed to have. Alice is overjoyed having wanted Magic for years. But it becomes quickly apparently something is very wrong with the world she has become a part of. The magic is bad. It does not inspire good nor joy. But pain and suffering. Still, to be able to use magic is something she has always wanted and she studies magic with two other apprentice witches. Determined to change the world.

This anime is short, 10 mins max an episode. This world is full 615of wonder but it is also pretty dark. Dealing with issues of slavery and cruelty towards animals. With the fact magic uses parts from animals which have to be killed. The artwork is messy. The world cluttered with strange objects which only enhances the strange worlds she has entered and very much suits the atmosphere of the story. It also has a fairly dull screen effect. This world is not vibrant but almost coloured in yellow.

The characters are mildly amusing. Alice is a troublemaker and your normal brat. Unlikely to stop for anyone or anything. She fully believes from her heart that magic is supposed to bring happiness to people. Both qualities have very negative effects when she released all the spirits from a holding facility. Causing the guards Eva and Shelia to be cursed so they could not age. But they sort it out, eventually. Shelia does hold a grudge for a while though.

All in all, I give this anime a silver. Its a quirky edition to the magical girl genre and has a new take on the world.

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Sugar Sugar Rune Review

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Watched 2010/2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 51/51
Aired: Jul, 2005 to Jun, 2006
Producers: Studio Pierrot, TV Tokyo
Sugar Sugar Rune is a manga adaptation is originally written by Anno Moyoko
Sugar sugar rune is a magical girl anime which has a twist making it slightly unique to the standard trope. These girls did not miraculasly gain their powers, nor were they granted or discovered. They have always had their powers, though they are still learning how to use them. Who are they? They are witches. Chocolat and Vanilla. Two best friends competing to become the next queen.

This anime has your standard shoujo characters. You have Chocolat, your loud and energetic type who tries her hardness but often fails to get the results she wants. She lovable but stubborn. Determined to win but often having a fool of herself in the process due to her temper scaring everyone. But her heart’s in the right place. Then we have her best friend and daughter of the current Queen, Vanilla. Vanilla is the quiet type who is good at everything she does. She clever, cute and shy. She collects hearts considerably easier than Chocolat but is conflicted as to who she wants to win. She also misses her mum a lot as her mum can only treat her as a candidate and not her daughter.

The main plot of the story is the two girls competing to become queen. How do they do this? Simple. When someone falls in love, their heart turns into a rune of varying quality depending on how deep they fell. The girls collect these hearts from people in the human world which are used to fuel the magical kingdom. But Chocolat breaks a massive rule. A witch can collect as many hearts as she wants but she must never let her own heart be taken.

Chocolat falls in love. To make matters worse, the boy who is capturing her heart is not a human, nor someone from the same kingdom as her. No, Pierre is prince of the ogres, a rebel fraction who split from the kingdom before Chocolat her born.

This anime is one of my favourite magical girl animes because while it has the basic formula of most, it is incredibly entertaining and funny. This show is very much a comedy and the girls make fantastic characters. The ending is heart warming and I fully recommend it. Gold.

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