Stella no Mahou – 11
「お困りですかお嬢さん」 (Okomari Desuka Ojousan)
“Having A Problem Young Lady?”
Man this week’s episode was everywhere. Luckily, even if it wasn’t appealing to some, it was totally working for me (at least until Teru-senpai appeared in the windowsill).
While that heading may be a little misleading, let me start off with this — Am I the only one who was really happy that the story casually glossed over issues Minaha had at home? Giving us a serious explanation that her family was super traditional and that being a part of something as ridiculous as a “doujin” circle was an absolute no, I was afraid that this episode and the next would get caught up in trying to bring Minaha back. Luckily, it looks like we got to get all the best parts of Iino showing off her older sister side without having to suffer through all the little things. Sure, the execution may have been a bit spotty (I’m not sure how Seki managed to sway Iino into helping, but I’ll take it) and the resolution for the problem came a little out of left field, but damn it with only a few episodes left there’s just not enough time to be dabbling in side stories!
That said, even with Minaha and her family struggles being sidelined, it sure was nice to see her turn into a more humble and polite person. Sure I could do without her calling Tama by her full name every single time she addresses her, but such a stark change in her behavior was a welcome sight. Especially since I’m not sure how much more I could have taken of her being super rude to Seki. Honestly, even though she’s for the most part reformed, I still want to see that temporary mental breakdown when she realizes the girl she’s been berating is her beloved Goddess Iris.
Senpais, Comiket, and Looking Ahead
On the other hand, can we all take a moment to appreciate Teru-senpai? I get that she’s merely here for some comedic relief or to provide a shoulder for Tama to lean on, but the way she suddenly appears from nowhere and just goes at her own pace always makes me smile. That and it was surprising to see her get caught off guard while she was consoling Tama this week. Those eyes that she made when Tama brought up her dad and how much she loves him was priceless.
With more and more work being put into the game, hopefully we’ll see a more finalized version of Stardust Intenzione playing on the screen. Based off the preview though, it looks like we’re going to be headed for the infamous beach episode that nearly always appears in a show like this. Hopefully it’ll be fun to see the girls all having fun together? Anyways, see you guys next week!