Anime Spotlight: Wizard Barristers

Wizard Barristers is an anime produced by ARMS and directed by Yasuomi Umetsu. The series aired on Japanese television from January 12-March 30, 2014.

As of this writing, Sentai Filmworks holds the North American home video license for Wizard Barristers.

Wizard Barristers 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.

17-year-old Canadian-Japanese girl Cecil Sudo has become the youngest wizard barrister after passing the bar exam at 15. At the beginning of the series, she begins working for the Butterfly Law Offices. We learn that she became a wizard barrister in order to save her mother from execution, because she was found guilty of murder in the Court of Magic six years earlier.

Natsuna Hotaru joins the firm on the same day as Cecil, and is jealous of her for most of the series. Other members of the Butterfly Law Offices include Mitsuhisa Hachiya, paralegal Moyo Tento, Tsunomi Kabutohara, Koromo Sasori, law firm leader Ageha Chono, second partner Seseri Chono, receptionist Batta Mitori, and Tobirou Kamakiri.

The Metropolitan Police Department includes two important characters: Quinn Erari and her partner, Shizumu Ekuso. It turns out that Shizumu has a secret and that it’s tied in with Cecil.

We also meet members of the Shark Knight Law Firm, and it’s revealed later in the series that there’s more to their firm than meets the eye.

As Cecil tries to find a way to get a retrial for her mother, it’s discovered that Cecil has more power than she ever dreamed of, and that something important happened concerning her during the incident that took place six years earlier that landed her mother on death row.

At the end of the first episode, I thought that Wizard Barristers showed a lot of promise. As the series went on, the story kept me interested in what was going on and made me want to come back and watch week after week. My least favorite part of the series was the animal familiars, because for the most part, they didn’t seem to truly add anything to the series.

By the time I reached the final episode, I was overall rather satisfied with how the series progressed. My biggest disappointment with the series was the fact that we don’t learn what happened to Cecil’s mother. The viewer was left with the responsibility of assuming what happens.

Overall, Wizard Barristers turned out to be a pretty good series, even though I’m disappointed with the fact that the loose end about Cecil’s mother still exists. Of the six new shows I watched during the Winter 2014 season, Wizard Barristers was only beaten out slightly by Hamatora as my favorite new show of the season. Since Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series for home video release, there’s a chance of getting it on home video at some point in the future. This is a title that I’d be willing to add to my personal anime home video library.

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