Well, I dare say the biggest surprise for Seijo no Maryoku’s finale is that there was no real surprise. Sei did saintly things. Sei did embarrassed saintly things. Oh yes, Sei even found time to do embarrassingly cute saintly things. Does it sound like a problem? Better not, because I loved every damn minute of it. There may be something to be said for a lack of advancement on the part of that bubbling Albert crush (just on the other side of boil now methinks), but hey, have to leave something to dig into the source material over. Even for laidback series like this need something to look forward to and Seijo no Maryoku certainly left the options wide open. Now onto those impressions!
To be quite frank, Seijo no Maryoku wasn’t a show I expected to blog. I knew from the start I was going to follow it (isekai is an addiction you don’t escape), but it never really screamed out as more than seasonal filler. Lo and behold such expectations quickly getting shredded as underneath the unassuming visage was a series far more appealing than meets the eye.
What arguably sold me on Seijo no Maryoku was its focus. Much like the thematically similar Shiraryuki-hime, Seijo no Maryoku is a fantasy-focused story which couches its developments with major romantic overtones – but a story which keeps those overtones from excessively dominating. You know at the start for example that Sei will be pulled hard given the pretty boy palette on display courtesy of Johan, Kyle, and Albert (among others), yet the show never actually delves deep into what could’ve been one nasty love free-for-all. Instead as soon as Albert comes into focus he immediately assumes romantic primacy with Sei – and Seijo no Maryoku never once looks back. As a result we get a romance story without any major drama, a story able to focus more on the cute and whimsical and play up the warmth and healing often lost when romantic competition enters the picture. One can consider such a strategy boring of course (especially if you come to romance for the drama), but it’s a strategy certain to leave a smile on your face when in need of some simple relaxation.
Helping this aspect as well is how Seijo no Maryoku handles its drama when it does inevitably pop up. Case in point being Aira’s role and Kyle’s scheming involving her. At any time this central plot-line could’ve been wrung hard, blown up, or otherwise milked to death to maximize potential conflict and chaos (and oh did plenty exist). Instead? Surprisingly reasonable motivations and an even more surprising resolution with rational (mostly) character actions. Indeed Seijo no Maryoku’s handling of its characters is probably its most significant feature as not once did a particular character feel too superficial, out of place, or possessing contradictory motivations and/or personalities. Plenty certainly received less development than others (as is always the case), but all had their place and filled their roles well. Given how strongly the strength of romance can often hinge on the handling of key characters, having Seijo no Maryoku successfully keep the thoughts and actions of its players logical did wonders for the overall story.
Taken as a whole, Seijo no Maryoku is easily one series which any fan of romance or more down-to-earth fantasy will find plenty to enjoy. It may lack in overt action and dispense with much of the expected drama, but through strong characters and well-handled narrative it consistently provided a good weekly dose of the warm and fuzzies. I’m unsure we’ll ever see more of it in anime form (woe be the curse of the average LN adaptations), but Seijo no Maryoku is certainly one isekai series I wouldn’t getting more of should the right opportunity arise.