Just like in real life, you can’t expect things to always go according to plan. Luckily, it looks like the SNS-bu and its newest member have just what it takes to get things done.
A Little Disappointment (The Good Kind)
If I had to pick one single thing that bothers me about the slice-of-life/school-life genre, I’d most likely pick the over emphasis that a majority of shows place on keeping that “happy” tone alive and strong. Throwing disappointment and failure to the wind, it never really feels that satisfying until we see our beloved characters go through some hardship (however, forced plot points that try to oversell “hardship” aren’t what we need either). In Stella no Mahou’s case, it felt like we were a little overdue for some trouble (our girls are trying to make a game from scratch after all!) and I couldn’t have asked for more.
Before I praise the moment that really caught me off guard, I’ll be honest that I wasn’t all that happy to hear that the “trouble” was a failed lottery drawing that essentially dropkicked all hope out of the SNS-bu’s ability to showcase their game. Between that and the schedule going totally sideways, I felt a little let down that the story didn’t think of something a little more in-depth to really hit us in the feels. However, that all changed the moment Shii and Ayame lost 100% hope in Kayo and her ability to deliver the songs she promised. Throwing all of us for a loop, I was nearly in shock as I saw Shii and Ayame discuss their contingency plan with Tama struggling to accept that one of her beloved senpais would fail to deliver on their promise. And as if that wasn’t enough, for a split second after Tama tried defending Kayo, you could see that she started to fall into that train of thinking and it literally felt like the world was completely falling apart.
Luckily, there was a quick return to form with Kayo sending her work in just the nick of time to bring up the mood of everyone in the clubroom. Combined with Shii’s great sense in naming and really emphasizing just how important everyone was in the creation process, you were left with a somewhat bittersweet feeling as you tried to forget what Shii and Ayame said only moments beforehand. Now, before one of the five commenters (I’m watching!) misunderstand me, I get that this is a pretty cut throat environment that has a really high turnover rate. I’m not faulting Shii or Ayame, just pointing out just how quickly the assumptions turn to the negatives.
Anyways, even after stumbling over a few bumps, it looks like it’s finally time for the SNS-bu to debut their game! And while it remains to be seen whether or not the game itself is going to work, the only two things I’m really looking forward to is seeing how Tama handles the doujin game circle and for Kayo to praise Tama for sticking up for her. Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you!
P.S. Man, the day that this club manages to corrupt Tama is the day we know that world is about to end.