Anime Blu-ray Review: Wizard Barristers Complete Collection

Wizard Barristers Complete Collection is a two-disc set that includes all 12 episodes of the series. The set includes both the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Wizard Barristers Complete Collection
English Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: March 1, 2016

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. However, over time, I came to realize that Cecil’s mother was a MacGuffin (i.e. her existence and what happened to her was there to simply serve as a trigger for the plot). But outside of Cecil’s mother and her situation being a MacGuffin, I enjoyed Wizard Barristers.

The Blu-ray video for this set has 1080p High Definition / 16×9, and the audio includes English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. I had no complaints about either the video or audio quality of this release.

The bonus features are all included on the second disc. The “Web Previews” are the episode previews that appeared at the end of the episodes during the simulcast. This feature has Japanese audio and English subtitles. There is also a clean opening, a clean closing, and a menu of trailers for other Sentai Filmworks releases. While the bonus features aren’t terribly impressive, at least there’s a little more here than simply the clean opening and the clean ending (which seems to be a standard thing on Sentai Filmworks releases).

If you’ve streamed the Wizard Barristers anime and enjoyed what you’ve seen, then this Blu-ray release would be a good addition to your anime home video library.

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