Anime of Tomorrow
Majikoi – Oh! Samurai Girls Ep. 1
Final impression – plotless (3/10)
Autumn 2011 (12 episodes) (Japanese title – Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!) (more info)
At Kawakami High School disputes between classes are resolved with grandiose battles. It reminds me of those two combat episodes of School Rumble. You know…the one where they did the cavalry game at the sports festival and the one where they fought with air rifles. Then add a touch of the Olympic combat of Dog Days and you’ve got the less than mediocre Majikoi. The first episode just drops the viewer right into the middle of a battle with no setup or reason to care who wins. The course of the fight wasn’t even constructed with any kind of development besides some contrived epic mercenaries who were there for no other reason than for the underdogs to win against the atypical, cocky top seed. It’s a thinly veiled, juvenile sports story that’s been done a million times and Majikoi does nothing to revolutionize the trope. Since I can’t tell what else this anime is about, I’m completely uninterested. It makes absolutely no room for plot development and if this first episode can’t construct the most basic elements of a story I have no hope for the future.