Magical Warfare focuses on Takeshi Nanase, and what happens after a chance meeting with Mui Aiba and gains the ability to do magic. Takeshi’s friends, Isoshima and Ida, get caught up in what’s taking place and also acquire magical abilities. Mui takes them to the world where magicians live; it’s a place where time has been distorted and it’s known as the Ruined World. During episode two, Takeshi, Isoshima, and Ida transferred into the Subaru Magic Academy to study magic.
Episode three provides a lot of character development for Isoshima. It starts with Mui showing Isoshima that she managed to get two tickets for the “Fortune-Telling Witch Girl,” which is rather popular and hard to get tickets to. At first, Isoshima tries to get out of going. However, after Mui mentions that she does love fortunes, Isoshima says she’ll take one because Mui is being so insistent.
Later, Takeshi catches some guys trying to sell pictures of Isoshima that they’ve taken of her. Takeshi confiscates them, saying that Isoshima hates this kind of stuff and that the two of them are dating. Mui overhears the dating part, and this affects her.
When Isoshima gets her fortune told, she’s told that she and Takeshi will face some difficulties and that his eye will wander. Isoshima doesn’t want to believe it. After getting the fortune, Mui comes up to Isoshima and apologizes for the “kiss” that she and Takeshi had in the nurse’s room back in episode one. This angers Isoshima, and she runs off.
When Isoshima sees Takeshi, she tackles him and tries to kiss him, but he puts a hand over her mouth. She gets upset, and says that he should want this because he’s her boyfriend. After this, the audience learns that the two of them have been pretending to be dating all this time. When he asks if they can stop pretending to be dating, Isoshima becomes angry and refuses to speak to him.
Later, we learn in a flashback that Isoshima had to deal with a stalker back in middle school, and that the two of them agreed to pretend to be dating each other. Another flashback also reveals that this is part of why Takeshi’s brother, Gekkou, hates him.
During the episode, we also learn that Mui is viewed by some members of Wizard Brace, the “community” that she is part of, as a traitor because of her brother. This leads their teacher to explain the concept of the communities and to name some of them
While there was some exposition included in this episode, it was nowhere near as exposition heavy as episode two had been. The main “info dump” was when the teacher was explaining the communities to Takeshi, Isoshima, and Ida. While there was information thrown at the viewer in the flashbacks, there was still action going on to help keep them from feeling like more information was being dumped.
Like I said earlier, this episode had a strong focus on Isoshima. Through what happens in this episode, the viewer starts to understand a little more about Isoshima.
The viewer also finally gets a little bit of insight as to the animosity Gekkou holds toward Takeshi. It turns out there’s more to it than just the fact that Gekkou had a crush on Isoshima before she and Takeshi started to pretend to be dating. Before the second element arrived in the flashback, I found myself thinking, “Gekkou is so mad just because of this?” But when the flashback showed there was a little more to it, I felt a little better about Gekkou’s motivations.
The first couple of scenes of episode three featured some “fan service” with Isoshima and Mui; fortunately, after those scenes, the fan service basically disappeared in favor of focusing on the story.
After watching three episodes of Magical Warfare, I can’t say that it’s one of my favorite series of the Winter 2014; however, I also can’t say it’s one of the worst that I’m watching, either. I’m hoping that we’ll start getting more in the way of character development in upcoming episodes like we did here. I really do want to like this show, so I’m hoping that Magical Warfare will grow on me over the next few weeks.
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