OP: 「God Save The Girls」 by 下地紫野
「スタート地点」 (Sutaato Chiten)
Stella no Mahou was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be. A lot better.
For those of you who came in with some idea of what this show would be about, be it from our preview or other various sources, I think this first episode lived up to everything that it promised and then some. Starting off as a typical high school slice-of-life that revolved around the life of Honda Tamaki and her goal of trying to figure out just what the heck she wants to do, I never thought the story would have kicked into gear so quickly during the first episode. But when I say “into gear”, I mean it in a slightly different sense then what you’re probably thinking about. With the SNS-bu focused on pumping out a game by the Summer Comiket, I really enjoyed discovering that there’s going to be a general timeline that the show will follow. Which in turn should mean that all the characters should get a healthy dose of development as they struggle to make that deadline. Something that isn’t necessarily required in a show in this genre, but definitely welcome when there’s an end goal in mind.
When it comes to the characters, I thought everyone and everything was spot on. Starting with the vocal cast, it was absolutely perfect in my opinion. From Yuuki Aoi who voices the high tension Kayo to Murakawa Rie who handles the somewhat monotone Shiina, everything just fit so damn well. When it comes to the characters themselves though, their unique personalities and the unique way they all try to inject some humor into different scenes really sold the show to me. Personally speaking, I’m having trouble picking a favorite between Ayame and Kayo. The former is a fellow megane wearer and seems to end up as the straightman for most things while Kayo is the down-to-earth one who also has the voice of an angel (Yuuki Aoi is a god). In any case, I think there should be a character for everyone to attach to with the wide range that the cast encompasses.
Overall, I think we have a pretty good slice-of-life on our hands here. With its focus on a specific topic (doujin games in this case) and a fantastic cast to help tell the story, you can bet this is going on my “make sure to watch every week” list. That said, I can see some people having trouble with the art of the show, but I think the designs and slightly bright color palette help make this show stick out from the rest.
Tl;dr: Watch this show if you’re looking for a good slice-of-life/school-life show that has good subject material and great characters to back it all up. DO IT.
P.S. I thought it was HILLARIOUS that the show had a designated fujoshi character. Man, this show’s opening is great, haha.
ED: 「ヨナカジカル」 (Yonaka Jikaru) by たまきとゆみね（CV 長縄まりあ・前川涼子） (Tamaki to Yumine (CV Naganawa Maria & Maekawa Ryouko)