Episode at a Glance:
After getting off the plane and taking a bus into the city, Sora gets lost on her way to school and ends up arriving terribly late because of it. Along the way though, she manages to prevent a semi-truck that ran off a viaduct from crashing into everyone below. In addition to saving an old lady, Sora also ends up saving Midorikawa Gouta, who tells her she doesn’t need magic training if she can already do something like that. After attempting to slip into class unnoticed and failing to do so, Sora has to give a quick self-introduction, where she explains that her motto is “trial and error”. She then quickly makes friends with Yamabuki Hiyori, and they along with all the other students in the class, are given a sudden test by their teacher, Kawada-sensei. They then have a short recess before continuing on with a class to practice freezing water.
Back in the classroom, Hiyori notices that Sora seems to know Gouta, after which, Sora creates a large chandelier-like sculpture following a random outburst at Gouta. Seeing this, classmate Asagi Honomi doesn’t want to feel outstaged, so she tries to sound smart by asking Kawada-sensei whether or not the rumour about there being magic that can bring someone back to life is true. According to Kawada-sensei, it’s just a made-up story by people who don’t understand magic, as no level of mage can manipulate life like that. This prompts another student, Kuroda Kouji, to tell Honomi that she could’ve figured that out herself is she thought about it for a bit. Naturally, this annoys her, so she tries to upstage Kouji, only to find out that he made a similar ice structure as her. Wanting to compete, they both ask to re-do their assignment, but are told that magic isn’t a competition. At the end of class, Morishita-sensei finds out that Gouta wasn’t able to freeze his water, but comforts him by saying that there are a lot of people who aren’t good with transformation magic.
After talking to Kouji for a bit about tomorrow’s class, Sora heads towards the Hara Mahou Office where she’s staying at, but spends some time exploring the city first. After finally getting to the office, she’s greeted by Hara Seiichirou, who also tells her that there’s another mage-in-training staying here. Leaving introductions for later, Sora then heads upstairs to her room, only to look out the window and see that Gouta is the other mage.
I wasn’t going to write up a post for this episode yet, as I’m not sure if I’ll continue blogging this series, but given how Sora moved from Hokkaidou to Tokyo and a lot of the scenes looked pretty familiar to me, I felt inclined to say a few words about it. To help depict the large number of scenic shots this series seems to emphasize, I’ve also included quite a few more screenshots than usual. As for some pretty reminiscent scenes, there’s Japan Airlines, Narita Airport, the ticket machine, Tokyo Tower, a kouban (police box), a long staircase of torii (Japanese temple gates), and just the skyrises and streets in general. It was also interesting to hear Sora read out various station names along the Yamanote Line, as I went to most of them while I was there. All of this kind of makes me want to go back to Japan already.
After two episodes, Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~ still continues to look really nice, but I can see how the relatively uneventful pace of the show would turn people away. With that said, I’m patient enough to continue following it, but I’m not quite sure if I’ll continue blogging it. The reason for this is because I might be picking up Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu instead, bringing my total number of shows on Thursdays to a ridiculous four. Things will be pretty damn hectic then, so I’d like to blog only one or the other, and I’ll decide as soon as I get a chance to watch the first episode of Nogizaka Haruka. I still feel that this is a nice series in a very calming, tranquil kind of way, but I think a love-comedy about a school idol who’s actually a hardcore otaku would be much more fun to write about.
– Suzuki Sora (鈴木 ソラ) / Hanazawa Kana (花澤 香菜)
– Midorikawa Gouta (緑川 豪太) / Maeno Tomoaki (前野 智昭)
– Asagi Honomi (浅葱 ほのみ) / Inoue Marina (井上 麻里奈)
– Kuroda Kouji (黒田 浩二) / Namikawa Daisuke (浪川 大輔)
– Yamabuki Hiyori (山吹ひより) / Takahashi Mikako (高橋 美佳子)
– Hara Seiichirou (原 誠一郎) / Koyama Rikiya (小山 力也)
– Shiraishi Saori (白石 沙織) / Takano Urara (高乃 麗)
– Mage Kawada (川田魔法士) / Soumi Youko (沢海 陽子)
– Mage Morishita (森下魔法士) / Okite Porushe (掟 ポルシェ)
– Suzuki Seiko (鈴木 聖子) / Takamori Yoshino (鷹森 淑乃)
– Gouta’s father (豪太の父) / Tatsuta Naoki (龍田 直樹)
– Oohara Jitsu (大畑 実) / Matsubara Daisuke (松原 大典)
– Narusawa Satoru (鳴沢 悟) / Miyazaki Hiromu (宮崎 寛務)
– YASUKO / Sasau Miku (笹生 実久)
– Elderly woman (老女) / Miwa Katsue (三輪 勝恵)
– Old woman (お母さん) / Hibi Aiko (日比 愛子)
– Older brother (お兄ちゃん) / Yamakawa Kotomi (山川 琴美)
– Older sister (お姉ちゃん) / Yamana Eriko (山名 枝里子)
– Bus’ male student customer (バスの男性客) / Takagi Akihiro (高木 章裕)
– Bus’ female student customer (バスの女性客) / Toudou Maki (藤堂 真衣)
– Bus’ female student customer (バスの女性客) / Shouji Umeka (庄司 宇芽香)