Maerchen Maedchen – Anime Preview
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Synopsis: This is a story about girls (called “Maedchen”) who are selected by “Origin”. They attend school of witchcraft located all over the world to wield their magic and become first-rate “Origin Masters”. Their goal is to win at the annual Hexennacht competition, where representatives of each school compete in their abilities to wield their magic. The winner gets to have one wish magically granted. Due to lack of members, Japan might not be able to attend the annual competition this year. but things start to change when one day Shizuka Tsuchimikado, the leader of Japan meets Hazuki Kagimura. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Observant viewers will most likely have alarm bells going off early on as the opening credits play and you realize that it comprises of shots which are clearly and literally taken from the show’s actual episodes rather than having separate animation of its own. To make matters worse, those shots are repeated several times during the credit sequences, making the show start off feeling like an unfinished or extremely low budget project that couldn’t even afford proper opening credits animation.
Tom: Once we get into things though, Maerchen Maedchen’s greatest issue is overwrought and painfully forced narration. We’re introduced to Hazuki Kagimura, our friendless, socially inept lead. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this type of character, but all things considered the girl lives a fairly charmed life. The show, however, is begging for us to feel sorry for her, to the point where it wants us to actively root for her to get sucked into a fantasy world in order to address her painful inability to socialize. It’d be one thing if it felt like she was facing undue social stigma from it, but we by and large get the sense that her family, while a little put out, is otherwise understanding of her issues. At the very least they aren’t actively making her life worse.
Linny: The verbal exposition dump from Hazuki is so blatant that it feels like she’s hellbent on making you feel bad for her, which is hard to do when she lives such an otherwise charmed life. To make things more cliche and painful, we even begin the show with her narrating about herself in the third person. There’s of course some hope that one might empathize with her awkwardness around people but it’s so forced and such a tired ‘flaw’ for characters to have in anime that it struggles to come off as anything but a lazy cliche.
Tom: I think my biggest issue is that Maerchen boils down to a classic Isekai female heroine plot. It reminds me a lot of Fushigi Yugi and other such tales of a girl finding herself sucked into a fantasy world. One notable difference is a lack of a male harem, but otherwise it kinda fits the mold. Like many of these Isekai stories it reeks of wish-fulfillment, and while she may not be overpowered like some of the more recent Isekai outings, I still find myself not at all interested. But if Isekai is your charm, and switching things up with a less often seen female MC is all you need to reinvigorate your interest, you really could do worse.
Linny: It’s true that Maerchen Maedchen is basically yet another Isekai show. Even with a female protagonist, we still have the all female supporting cast that is so common in standard Isekai. Though she hasn’t been shown to have any special powers yet, the later parts of the show already allude to her being some kind of special individual. So, like Tom already said, if cute girls are your jam and can save any show for you then give Maerchen Maedchen a try. Everyone else, move on.
Maerchen Maedchen is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.