Something possessed me to go back and watch the first DVD of Maburaho again today. I wanted something silly and light, and it fit the bill. Having watched a lot more animÃ© since I first saw it, (and a lot of it was junk in the last season or so), I am just amazed at how good this series is. It’s imaginative, funny, sexy, offbeat, and has a top-notch haremette in Kuriko Kazetsubaki. (I can’t believe I left her out of my Dream Team Harem.) Yuna isn’t anything to sneer at, and while I may never have warmed to Rin, she wasn’t that bad. Yes, this was one kick-ass harem animÃ©.
For two episodes.
Then it made a huge blunder, that was, unfortunately, a harbinger of the collapse to follow. The writers couldn’t come up with a good reason, so they had Kazuki use his magic needlessly. The next episode tried to regain the momentum, but then the Doctor did something equally stupid, which put potentially the whole school, and specifically Kazuki and the haremettes at risk. Contrived situations became the norm, and I’m told, after Kazuki dies (which ought to be pretty obvious it’s coming by the foreboding music and the 3rd time he uses his magic), the show loses any sense of momentum it might have had. Yuna turns into a jealous bitch and forfeits any fan sympathy due to the Childhood Marriage Promise.
Fortunately, I bought only the first DVD. The original review, ported over from Houblog without the pictures, is here. I recommend the version with pictures, unless your work environment has a problem with panties and garters.