Stella no Mahou – 10
「精密機械」 (Seimitsu Kikai)
This is exactly what this show needed. A little bit of drama that stemmed from all the right places and hit all the right people. Or maybe it was just the fact that Arai Satomi randomly appeared and made everything 100x better? The world may never know.
Seeing how Minaha and Tama have this love-hate relationship that has no signs of ending, I guess it’s time we embrace it instead of fighting it, right? Luckily, even for the most stark Minaha haters (I’m probably in that camp), there’s no denying the positive affect she’s had on Tama. Both in terms of Tama’s personality as well as her skills, without Minaha we might have had a drastically different show. Can you imagine going through each and every episode watching Tama try to find inspiration to kick start her wanting to become better for her senpais? I guess another big bonus with Minaha around is we get some awfully cute moments when Tama tries to stick up for herself. Being the underdog, I just love how Tama has grown into a fine freshman that’s able to speak up and not get dragged along at someone else’s whim.
Overall, I guess it’s a net positive for the show with Tama having someone else besides Yumine to bounce off of.
Being a Senpai
Boy were there a lot of examples of being a good senpai this week. From Ayame’s Iris-sensei to Teru pulling a gigantic fast one on Tama, it was fun to see that the older generation was doing its job at guiding the youth toward a more positive future. While it remains to be seen just how bad Minaha’s breakdown will be when she finally puts two and two together, I did enjoy seeing Teru pull a fantastic magic trick that gave Tama the advice she needed to tackle her trouble with Shii. Because not only was it quite amazing how she swapped everything, I loved how she managed to express everything to Tama without saying one word.
Appearing where I least expect her, I never thought I’d get to hear Arai’s amazing vocals in a show like this. As a mom who’s a programmer that works at home no less, I don’t think you could have found a better fit for the character. Also, she knows how to keep a group of hard workers motivated!
With things chugging along smoothly and Tama becoming more and more expressive, I don’t really think I could ask for anything else. With summer right around the corner and the Summer Comiket only a few episodes away (only a few episodes left for the season!), I hope things come together for a fantastic finish. Anyways, I’ll catch you next week where we’ll hopefully get to see Seki without her makeup. See you!