「日常と戦友」 (Nichijou to Sen’yuu)
“Daily Life and Comrades in Arms”

We may only be two episodes in but I’m pretty sure we won’t be running into any surprises when it comes to MSTA. The story has been laid bare, the plot (and the other plot) is up for all to see, and you can be sure this show won’t be sparing any effort when it comes to slyly debasing cute girls with magical powers. Cute mascots and smiles to protect? Please, it’s pure cutie breaking from here on out.

The part which drew me to MSTA in the first place was the potential of its story and so far at least it looks to be holding up its end of the bargain. Petty terrorism and nationalist desires are (as probably to be expected) only the tip of the iceberg, as teasers and foreshadowing point to a different sort of threat on the horizon, one I’m betting a more than few people didn’t predict coming in. Magical girls as the antagonists? Definitely one way to liven things up, especially when thanks to a companion magical mascot it appears our new yandere in the making (guaranteed) is not part of the Magical Five. It’s clear that MSTA plans on making the most of its concept here, as if the enemy is a different breed of magical girl, then Asuka (and friends) must not only contend with a world used to their existence and holding expectations of their power, but reconciling their desires with that of their opponents. As the girl herself describes power in all its forms will change its wielder, and often not for the better. You can never predict what you’ll do with power until you have it, and these magical girls won’t be any different. We won’t know where MSTA plans on going with this until the enemy and their objective is properly revealed, but there’s plenty of potential to take the concept and run with it.

Where the real fun for the moment lies however is on the good guy side. Besides the darkly humorous implications of guardian holding a spare key, best friend father engaging in happy go lucky torture, and the likelihood of what happens to the poor bastard leaking a magical girl’s identity—seriously, I doubt those rumours are entirely false—we also have new girl Kurumi and what certainly will be some fireworks in the near future. While scenes like this may just be for the usual yuri baiting, when Kurumi suddenly transfers to Asuka’s school after seeing her and looks to emotionally coerce her back into military fold it’s very likely she harbours more than simple friendship for Asuka and plans on acting on it. We’ll naturally have to wait and see if it holds true, but you can bet if Kurumi is a believer of wholesome love there’s going to be trouble when it comes to Asuka’s new group of friends, and with powers like this, it won’t even be a fight.

Stay tuned boys and girls, the mahou shoujo shenanigans are ready to begin.


ED Sequence

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  1. Loved how black humor was employed to introduce the killer teddy bear. There was something morbidly hilarious about it juggling a severed head while making stereotypical “kuma” sounds. Breathed some fresh life into what would otherwise just be a dull, unimaginatively designed monster of the week.

  2. 2 episodes in and I say that MSTA is morbid, Madoka is physchological, Mahou Shoujo site is smut and Nanoha is WMD.

    The whole entire episode left me very uneasy looking at the PTSD that the characters have.

    Truth be told, I cannot take this scene at its yuri bait face value. There’s something in her voice that just makes me disturbed. It’s like she’s seeking reckoning for what Alice did to her. Like she said, “You turned me into a mahou shoujo and you ran away.” I have a mental picture where Madoka and Sayaka seeks reckoning from Mami.

    And on another note… I do not trust that fur ball. Madoka taught me to be highly wary of cute magic familiars.

    Henrietta Brix
    1. No worries link fixed! And regarding comment editing we probably will be having that (or something similar) on the new site, but no promises, depends on how the redesign pans out.

      As for Kurumi oh yeah she’s crazy, the end scene pretty much seals the deal IMO. The girl wouldn’t transfer over that quickly if she wasn’t obsessed and determined to have Asuka, one way or another.

    1. You also notice that she’s most likely some homage to Prisma Illya and/or Card Captor Sakura, especially with that wand (can either be Ruby or Sakura’s first new staff)? lol

  3. Looks like Kurumi is more used to a supporting role. If she linked up with that mascot, she’d know how potent her poison actually is. Certainly doesn’t look like she’s used to going solo. If we take Asuka’s word, then she should know her own weaknesses quite well.

    Didn’t really notice while watching, but you can really see whose getting too close to the other’s personal space. Looks like it’s still one sided for now. XD

    1. Yupp she’s definitely support focused, Asuka even mentioned it outright. And that scene emphasized perfectly who’s loving who more in this relationship. I cannot wait until Kurumi finds out Asuka already has friends, it’s going to be hilarious in one way or another haha.

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