OP: 「JUSTITIA」 by Lia
「レディ・ジャスティス Sword and Scales」 (Redi Jasutisu Sword and Scales)
“Lady Justice Sword and Scales”
For some reason I briefly tricked myself into believing bad-ass cop woman was the MC before being hit with a good dose of “wake up, it’s the Moe Era. Also, you read the Winter Preview, baka.”
I’m not entirely sure why I was interested in Wizard Barristers; it may have been all the Ace Attorney I’ve been playing lately, or Div-kami-niisama pointing it out as interesting looking during preview season, or just the fact that I miss watching shows about crazy fantastical things. Perhaps for others the appeal lays in the idea of a law show including wizards, or the fan service (plentiful indeed, seeing as this is ARMS we’re talking about), or they’re just curious about the original premise. Regardless of prior expectations, I have to say, I’m not really sure what to think about this premiere.
Action-wise and world-wise, I think there’s some potential to Wizard Barristers, though I’m not sure if the whole court procedural part and the plot will be up to snuff in the long run. I like court dramas okay, but so far I’ve seen a lot more girls than I have law in these first 20-odd minutes, and it doesn’t really help make me interested. As a fan-service show, that’s a good sign of course, but I’d like to think there’s at least a bit more to be had, if only the characters shape up in the next few episodes. I actually was pretty disappointed to see our heroine Cecil (Tanabe Rui) be more or less a stereotypical bubbly and young-looking lead, not because I shouldn’t have expected it, but because I don’t really like to over-saturate myself with information before trying out a show. It would have been nice to see someone like Quinn (Inoue Marina) in the lead for once (it feels like ages since a leading female character has been an older woman with minimal moe-fication, but maybe I’m just watching the wrong shows), but as that’s not the case, you have to decide if Cecil works for you or not. There’s definitely a hint of backstory, an allure, if you will, to keep me from judging her and her perverted frog familiar too harshly too early, but other than that, her metal/mecha powers and her supposed intelligence in court (still to be seen), I can’t say she’s too interesting yet. Right now she’s a naive and newbie barrister who wants to represent a supposedly innocent wizard involved in a bank robbery, and it looks like her mother or someone related to her is in jail. Could that be her reason for becoming a lawyer? It’s likely, but we’ll have to see if it all works out well.
The animation and direction are fine as far as I can tell, though I’m rather apprehensive considering this is the director of Galilei Donna we’re talking about; that ended with a court trial, and it was terrible, so I’m hoping these are two entirely different animals. Action-wise, things look nice, though the characters do look a little stranger and take a bit of getting used to here and there, and I’m really hoping the plot can stand on its own, both in the courtroom and beyond. In summary, I’m not hugely impressed with this premiere, but it never hurts to see where it goes from here.
Note: There are currently no plans to cover Wizard Barristers on a weekly basis. Check back on the season schedule over the next week for any possible changes.
ED: 「BLUE TOPAZ」 by 田辺 留依 (Tanabe Rui)