Stella no Mahou – 09
「スキルアップその2」 (Sukiru Appu Sono 2)
“Skill Up Part 2″
While you’d never catch me calling this show a serious one, there are definitely moments that catch you off guard and sweep you off your feet.
Being A Senpai
While a majority of this week’s episode revolved around Tama getting a nice mini level up, I think the first 5 or 10 minutes deserve their own section (which I’m about to give it). First, can we all admit that we all felt our heart sting a little when Shii felt horrible about being unsure in her advice to a depressed Tama and then admitted to Seki that she thinks she’d be a better club president? God, if there wasn’t that Iris-sensei transformation moment I think I might have teared up a little. And you know what, if there’s something that this show does extremely well, it’s the way it brings out a unique charm out of all of the main characters. Be it the scenarios it places them into or by diving into the inner workings of their personal thoughts, it really feels like you’re building an intimate relationship with every single character that’s constantly growing with each passing episode.
If there was one thing I was afraid would happen after the SNS-bu debuted their second game, it would be Tama not having any sense of conflict and the show growing stagnant. Luckily, the introduction of Minaha and her fiery personality jump started Tama’s drive to become an even better artist. Creating a situation where the journey becomes more important than the destination, you have to love how the solution to most of Tama’s troubles are super simple but the story becomes more about how she figures out how to get there. That and it doesn’t hurt when Minaha calms down a bit to the point where she can actually teach Tama some important skills be it with digital or traditional art.
Overall, I think this has been one of the better episodes we’ve had in a while. There’s a clear direction that the SNS-bu is heading and we’re getting to see all the steps their taking to make it to their goal. That said, I can’t wait to see the group at the Summer Comiket since I’m sure it’ll be crazy and I’m excited to see Tama’s reaction to all of it. Hopefully by then she’ll be a digital art master that can put even make the high tesntion Minaha relax. Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week — see you!
P.S. You know, it really bugs me that this show has such a lot rating on MAL. Sitting at a low 6.8, it makes me wish everyone else could experience the way I feel about this show. Alas, that’s the power of slice-of-life / school-life and I’m sure that a lot of people probably find this show too boring for their taste. AHHHHHH WHY.