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.
This episode sees Takeshi having nightmares, but he only tells Tsuganashi about it. Tsuganashi tells him that sometimes nightmares are caused by magic and that he should see the school nurse. He ignores the advice and ends up collapsing from exhaustion. The school nurse makes him sleep in the infirmary. When she discovers that his weapon is causing the nightmares, she orders him not to have the weapon by his bedside at night.
Takeshi ignores this order, because his dreams seem to be able to foresee the future; by ignoring the order, he still has the dreams. The Director calls Takeshi into her office and says he either gives her the weapon or he follows the order to not have it by his bedside at night. When he refuses, the Director says that the only way to get past this is to defeat the weapon when it manifests itself in his dreams in its human form.
The Director has Takeshi put into a deep sleep, and Mui is sent to be with him as a backup. When they find the weapon in its human form, Takeshi begins to fight with it. During the fight, he comes to realize how he might be able to control it without having to destroy it…
I couldn’t believe how dumb Takeshi was acting throughout most of this episode. For whatever reason, he seemed to decide that he didn’t need to listen to other people. First, it was ignoring Tsuganashi’s suggestion to see the school nurse, followed by not following the school nurse’s order not to leave the weapon by his bedside.
There was a section when Takeshi and Mui are in the dream trying to find the weapon in its human form, when a “fanservice” scene takes place. They find themselves at the beach, and Mui’s uniform turns into a bikini, and something happens to the bikini that makes this a fanservice moment. To be honest, I didn’t feel that this fanservice truly added anything to the story; to me, it felt more like a way to kill a couple of minutes because they couldn’t quite get the episode to the right length without it.
As I watched Magical Warfare today, I finally realized what it is that is keeping me from enjoying this show. We’re now a little over halfway through the series, and many of the characters still fee l rather one-dimensional. And while some characters have gotten development, such as Takeshi and Isoshima, they’ve hardly progressed as characters this far into the series. There’s also times when it feels like the characters aren’t acting naturally, and they’re only doing what they’re doing because the writer told them to act that way. I also don’t feel as if there’s much in the way of any real chemistry between the characters.
Oh well. I’ll see Magical Warfare through to the end, but I’m going into it at this point without any real high expectations.
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