Wizard Barristers: Episode 1 – “Lady Justice”

Wizard Barristers is an anime produced by ARMS and directed by Yasuomi Umetsu. As of this writing, Crunchyroll holds the North American streaming rights for the series.

The series is set in 2018, where humans and wizards live together in Tokyo. While the police continue to protect the peace, wizards are tried according to magical law through Magic Prohibition Law. Wizards are taken to special courts, where they are defended by wizard barristers via the Court of Magic.

Cecil Sudo is the main character of Wizard Barristers, and she’s a 17-year-old Canadian-Japanese girl who has become the youngest wizard barrister after passing the bar exam at 15. At the beginning of the series, she is about to begin working at the Butterfly Law Offices. Unfortunately, she is running late to work.

When Cecil decides to take a shortcut while riding on her scooter, she doesn’t see the sign that says she’s riding in a bicycle only lane. Two police officers pull her over. When they see the wizard designation on her license (which is shown as “WUD”), they ask to look in her bag. Cecil is able to throw various laws back at them which allow her to decline their request. The cops are taken aback, and all they do is write up a ticket. As they leave, Cecil sees a metallic dragon known as a metamoloid flying through the city. Cecil follows it.

She comes across a crime scene and crosses the police line. She introduces herself as being a wizard barrister from Butterfly Law Offices, and she learns that a group of wizards committed a bank robbery, and that they have a wizard in custody who killed one of bank robbers. Cecil volunteers to take on the wizard’s case.

Cecil makes it to the office late. She receives lectures about being late and taking a case like this as an excuse for being late, as well as for not dressing professionally. However, Ageha, the head of the agency, has no problem with how Cecil is dressed and has Cecil lead the investigation over the protests of some of the others in the office. There’s also another new hire named Hotaru Natsuna, and it appears that by the end of the episode that she’s feeling jealousy toward Cecil.

The rest of the episode focuses on Cecil as she’s trying to investigate the crime. She is accompanied by Sasori, one of the other girls in the office, to serve as her advisor. Cecil seems to piece everything together, but something happens to Cecil at the end of the episode that could potentially jeopardize her case.

Cecil is an interesting character, and she’s obviously going to be a bit more unorthodox in how she goes about her job. She also has a secret that just starts getting revealed near the end of the episode, and I have a feeling this secret is going to end up being what motivated her to become a wizard barrister and become the youngest wizard barrister in history.

However, Cecil has this frog named Nana Genie who doesn’t currently seem to serve much of a purpose. From the credits, it’s obvious he’s going to be around for a while, so hopefully there will actually be a reason for why he’s around.

There was one thing that bothered me in this episode. One of the main people lecturing Cecil about her appearance is Sasori; however, I found her to be a bit of a hypocrite, because I felt she was dressed more like she was ready to go out on a date than professionally representing a law firm. I kept thinking, “Sweetheart, you should probably practice what you preach.”

Even with my couple of complaints, I did enjoy much of the writing that was used for the series. I also thought the animation style worked rather well for the series as well. There was one particular shot that stood out to me in this episode, and it was an establishing shot of a building that was done by using computer animation. However, the computer animation looked rather realistic; if you didn’t look at it closely enough, this particular shot almost looked like it was live-action.

Overall, I thought that by the end of the episode, Wizard Barristers showed a lot of promise. I’m looking forward to watching the next episode in order to find out what’s going to happen next.

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