OP: 「町かどタンジェント」 (Machikado Tanjiento) by shami mono
「優子の目覚め!!家庭の事情で今日から魔族」 (Yuuko no Mezame! ! Katei no Jijou de Kyou kara Mazoku)
“Yuko Awakens! For Family Reasons You’re Now a Demon Girl”
With the swath of heavy hitters now making their appearance it would be easy to forget summer has a few other shows resting under its belt, but Machikado Mazoku is here to remind us that not everything good must be a blockbuster production. There will be no surprises here for anyone remotely familiar with everything comedy and magical girl, but as a hilarious bit of weekly downtime, oh boy is this one set up for fun.
As mentioned in the always faithful RC Preview, Machikado Mazoku is incredibly simple at heart: ordinary schoolgirl Yoshida Yuko (Kohara Konomi) is one day transformed into a demon in order to destroy the magical girl Chiyoda Momo (Kito Akari). Doing so will free Yuko and her family from a perpetual curse of poverty and deprivation, but succeeding is another matter entirely when Momo is about as overpowered an opponent as they come—and that’s before she transforms. It’s a premise well-fit for a serious story, however Machikado Mazoku veers the other way by taking it firmly into comedic territory. Yuko couldn’t hurt a fly if she tried, her mama is nothing but encouraging in the best way possible, and Momo, for all that power, has some hilariously overbearing sympathy which turns Yuko into an adorable bundle of fail you just want to help succeed. It’s pretty much Gabriel Dropout without the hikkikomori gamer twist, and it never fails to remind you of the fact.
What arguably makes Machikado Mazoku work so well in practice though is its nonchalant deadpan attitude. From the get go everyone—and I mean everyone—is fully cognizant of what Yuko and Momo are and treat them no differently from their original “normal” state. Long winded introductions and complex attempts at hiding one’s powers? Not in this series, because if first appearances are anything to go by such multigenerational magical struggles are par the course of any healthy school experience. Such a setup allows Machikado Mazoku to dispense with the usual comedy setup requiring some measure of explanation before hitting with the punchline; because all these characters know exactly what’s going on (or at least accept it at face value), we can jump from gag to gag without them ever feeling forced or ill fitting. Given the type of material on and the likely route the story will take—i.e. Momo helping train Yuko before both wind up teaming together against Yuko’s ancestor Lilith—we’re looking at some seriously outrageous comedy before all is said and done, but the risk of course (much like with all comedies) is Machikado Mazoku burning itself out before reaching the end. Not hard thinking for example those plentiful sound effects will wear out their welcome before too long.
In the end however Machikado Mazoku is certainly set up well to be this season’s main comedy feature. We may have seen this premise a million times before and enjoyed these jokes many times over, but with execution this good and the promise of even greater shenanigans to come, need look no further for a summer show to satisfy that comedy itch.
ED: 「よいまちカンターレ」 (Yoimachi Kantare) by Coro Machikado
TFW no murderized mahou shoujo…
Also, don’t bulli binbo demon JK!
magical girls can even stop truck-kun!
thats some scary power level!
Jashin-chan Dropkick ver.2
Yuko is utterly adorable. She needs lots of hugs and headpats… which I expect she’ll get from Momo, which will only infuriate Yuko more (in an adorable way).
I loved how her response to her ancestor appearing in a dream and telling her her destiny was “ah, no can do, too sleepy” and pulling her blanket over her head.
It also amuses me how blasè her friends were, not just about her turning into a demon, but also that her destiny is to brutally murder a magical girl. And they even help her find one!
Oh, almost forgot.
That truck driver may have been leaning on the horn, but he was also accelerating right at Yuko the whole time! You can hear the engine revving. He was deliberately trying to kill her!
heh i lold at that timer during the transformation of the mahou shoujo… it is like saying this is why you cant kill a mahou shoujo while transforming is because in reality “it is this fast”.
I feel like I need to give this one the second episode. Overall the jokes were missing a lot more than they hit; which is a problem when they’re so rapid fire. Yet anytime I see something related to the first episode I just think that it otherwise looks right up my alley
This was a lot more entertaining than I expected. The jokes missed a bit too often for me, but when they hit, they were hilarious (loved seeing the magical girl keeping paperclips and loose change in her locket). I’ll give this another episode to see if the humor becomes more consistent. I’m kinda 50/50 right now on watching it.