Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3, which is known as Stella Jo-Gakuin C3-Bu in Japan, is based on a manga series written by Ikoma and illustrated by Tomomoka Midori. The anime is produced by Gainax, and is directed by Masayoshi Hawajiri. The series streams on Crunchyroll on Mondays.
The main character of the series is a girl named Yura Yamato. She’s a freshman at Stella Women’s Academy, and is a recent transfer student to the school. She’s a rather timid girl who has a hard time making friends, but she has a vivid imagination.
After being shown to her dorm room, which she shares with a third year who is currently away, Yura discovers her new roommate has guns and other military things stored in the room. It turns out her roommate is part of the C3-Bu, a club at the school that plays “survival games” with air guns.
Unfortunately, the club has been having problems recruiting new members, so the membership is dwindling; this is putting the club’s future in jeopardy. When Rento, one of the club members, goes to Yura’s dorm room to get one the roommate’s guns for a survival game, she finds Yura watching a Rambo-like video, and pretending to shoot one of the guns in the room. Rento thinks that Yura is into survival games and takes her to the club room to meet the others. Yura is interested in the club at first because of a misunderstanding, but after the club is explained to her, she leaves.
Later, Rento sees Yura and pleads with her to try to participate in one of their survival games. Yura relents, due to the fact that Rento seems almost desperate. Yura participates in one of the games, and the impression given at the end of the first episode is that Yura decides to join the C3-Bu.
There are several points in the first episode where Yura’s vivid imagination is clearly shown. I thought the inclusion of these imagination scenes added a nice touch to the episode. Another thing I enjoyed in the animation is when Rento discovered Yura in the dorm room, and how Rento smiles and says “A weirdo!” with sparkles surrounding her. This effect is used several times with Rento, and I found it amusing every time it showed up.
I have to be honest and say that when I read the description for this series, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it since I’m really not a fan of guns. However, as I watched the episode, I saw that the series has a light-hearted tone to it, and that while the guns are an important part of the story, they aren’t the main focus of the story. Instead, the main focus of the story seems to be Yura and how her life is changing by coming to Stella Women’s Academy. Future episodes will ultimately determine if this will continue to be the case or if the guns will become a more prominent focus of the series.
As I watched the first episode, I found myself enjoying it and being engaged with what I was seeing. I will definitely watch the next episode of Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 as soon as I can get a chance, so I can see whether the series will continue to entertain me as much as the first episode did.
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