I follow the manga, but only recently found out that there’s an anime adaptation of it! Although it is only an OVA, it’s a fitting approach to introduce this series to non-readers. There is also not enough material for the anime adaptation to currently go off with. Production-wise, it was a good call so they have more budget to allot for a quality release, which definitely showed through the art and animation of the pilot episode. Considering this is an entirely different world of magus, fairies, familiars, and more, the details to be expected on the characters and magic shouldn’t fall short. Not only did Wit Studio did a wonderful job in that regard, the background music has a lovely selection. It felt like I was watching a Disney film. It sounded magical, which was very fitting for this series.
I’m interested on how the plot’s going to play out. It seems that it will focus more on the main protagonist’s, Hatori Chise, childhood. I don’t recall seeing this background story of her past, but I’ll see how it goes. I would have loved it if the OVA focused more of the main storyline, or even how Chise ended up living with this peculiar magus. I think it would allow more non-manga readers to be more interested on what the series have to offer not because of the fancy magic tricks the animation is showing the viewers. On a related note, this episode somehow reminded me of Natsume Yuujinchou and xxxHOLIC. Not entirely surprising since the premise is almost similar, but this one is a little darker and more mysterious.
Apparently the next couple episodes of the OVA are slated for release on March 2017 and September 2017. That’s quite a long time, and more than enough for non-manga readers to forget about it. Most likely by 2018 though, it will be green-lit for one cour. We’ll see. Do give this OVA a try; it’s beautiful to watch.
Sound/VA cast: 3/5
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