「かわいいヒナには旅をさせろ」 (Kawaii Hito ni wa Tabi wo Saseru)
“Send Your Cute Hina on a Journey”
OP: 「BUTTERFLY EFFECTOR」by TRUE
「合体は一日にしてならず/花よりおにぎり」 (Gattai wa ichinichi ni shite narazu/Hana yori onigiri)
“Transforming is Not Mastered in a Day/Rice Balls over Flowers”
If Wikipedia is to be believed, I must have travelled ahead in time. The 2nd episode is up, despite being pegged to air on the 8th July. This confusion is what caused me to be slow on the uptake, in regards to releasing this post. Not that it matters. The summer season truly begins, and let me preface this post by saying I’ve never seen the original Luck and Logic. What I’ve heard hasn’t been too great. But there really aren’t many things that excite like a baptism of fire. Here goes!
First Episode Quick Recap
Tractor up the mountain, scruffy girl in tow, it is here that we already get a reminder that looks can be deceiving. Contrary to her country bumpkin appearance, who could have guessed that Liones Yelistratova (Madoka Asahina) was a stowaway princess from another country?! She enrols into the ALCA, an institution dedicated to training Logicalists, those who wield special powers that make or break the balance of world peace. There, she meets many new people, and a surprise old acquaintance in Nina Alexandrovna (Yamamura Hibiku). Her initiation into the academy includes a debacle where she loses control over her latent powers, falls into a river with Nina, and faints in a hotspring while bathing with the other girls.
So far so good, as the show is shaping up to be everything Takaii said it would be:
“It feels like Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic is going to be something along the lines of a school-life/slice-of-life show that integrates magic and magical-looking girls to spice things up.”
Welcome to the vibrant world of Logicalists, where partners are contracted through cards, in order to use their powers for battle through a process called trancing! The art was pretty gorgeous if not ‘chibiful’ at times, with the colourful and bright palette being quite a treat. For me, the show does a really fantastic job with magical girl transformations. You get an initial sequence reminiscent of Madoka Magica, which is then topped off with a stylised pose set in an artistic frame. The ensuing action hasn’t been too bad so far, and I hope this is merely but a taste of what is to come. There really is potential for some cool magical girl style battles to go down! But Belle was my favourite thing about the episodes, and she has to be the most adorable thing I’ve seen so far this season! This token mascot wasn’t just for show, often interacting with other members of the cast, but not taking over scenes in a way that detracts from Lion.
The cast comprises of various interesting members, and already, we’re presented with plot threads. Despite possessing top Logicalist capabilities, the ice-cold Nina is told by her superior that she has room to improve, without being given any hints as to what this could possibly be. If I had to wager a guess, this probably refers to developing some semblance of a humanity via social interactions. I look forwards to seeing how Nina will resolve this by forming friendships with everyone else, and learning to care for them as the series goes on. Judging by how things are going, I’m expecting gradual reveals where other characters have their own sets of problems that need sorting out, in between all the fun we’re getting. At the moment, I’m really liking Mahiro (Takamori Natsumi) for her mad scientist vibes, and Yuuko (Ueda Kana) for the tranquil ‘Ara ara’ she constantly gives off (much like a certain Undine from Aria). My fingers are crossed in the hopes that these two will receive more character development!
If this show flew under your radar, I suggest that you should definitely give it a try. Overall, Hina Loji ~from Luck & Logic~ is pretty energetic and most importantly it oozes fun. With its quirky characters, cute girl antics, and a magical girl trading card game premise, I have to confess that these first two episodes have me completely hooked. I’ll personally be sticking around for more!