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.
There appears to have been some kind of a time skip between episodes 11 and 12, because Episode 12 opens with Takeshi running to his mother’s house. When he gets there, Gekkou comes out of the house with blood on his face. We learn that Gekkou didn’t kill their mother, and Gekkou also tells Takeshi the truth behind the accident that had injured Gekkou three years earlier.
The two brothers activate their magic and draw weapons, and end up fighting against each other. Suddenly, the Trailers appears behind Gekkou, while Wizard Brace and their allies appear behind Takeshi. The two sides battle it out with each other while Takehi and Gekkou continue their fight.
Somehow, Isoshima has managed to escape from Kazuma’s clutches and just happens upon the battle that’s taking place. Gekkou seems to give up, and heads toward Takeshi. Isoshima sees this and heads over to them. Just as Gekkou is about to strike with Twilight, Isoshima flies in and gets between the two brothers. Unfortunately, Gekkou can’t stop his attack and ends up getting Isoshima with Twilight. After Mui comes over to help Takeshi with Isoshima, Takeshi leaves Mui in charge so he can continue to fight Gekkou. Isoshima says something to Mui, which we never get to hear, and Mui starts crying and says Takeshi must stop fighting.
Director Shijou appears on the scene, and uses her magic and weapon to lay waste to the surrounding area. When I saw that she did that, I was like, “Say what?” No explanation was ever given as to why she decided to destroy the area around Takehsi’s house.
Then other unexpected things happen with no explanation to the audience as to why they’re happening, and then the episode ends.
I have to say that when I finished this episode, I thought it just ended up being one huge mess. First of all, we go from Takeshi, Mui, and Ida defeating Oigami and Hotaru in Episode 11 and learning that they don’t know where she is, to Episode 12 opening with Takeshi running to his mother’s house. No indication is truly given as to how much time passed between these two events. Also, last we saw Isoshima in Episode 11, she was with Kazuma; however, in Episode 12, she somehow managed to escape from his clutches and just happens to fly right to where the battle is taking place. How did Isoshima get away from Kazuma? Her part in this episode just felt a little too convenient.
The events that take place right at the end of Episode 12 receive no explanation at all, so the audience is left to try to infer what actually ended up happening. Also, nothing in the series has truly been resolved at all. And I thought of at least one loose end that wasn’t even touched: what’s happened with Ida’s little sister? Last we knew, she had been taken by a couple of men in Wizard Brace during the attack on Subaru Magic Academy. Her ultimate fate is never touched upon in this episode, and she’s not even mentioned at all by her doting big brother. Did the writers forget that she even exists?
Honestly, the way Magical Warfare ended was just so vague and bizarre that it makes the ending of Neon Genesis Evangelion seem like it makes sense. And considering the reputation the ending of Neon Genesis Evangelion has, it’s really saying something.
In the end, Magical Warfare is a series that had a concept with a lot of potential, but the execution ultimately failed. It ended up becoming a victim of bad pacing, bad writing, and underdeveloped characters that became harder and harder to care for as the series went on. I really wish I could get back the time that I invested in this series, because I feel rather ripped off right about now.
In the end, Magical Warfare ended up being a steaming pile of poo, and I would recommend staying away and not wasting your time with this series.
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