Monday, October 11, 2010

Maburaho Anime Review




Maburaho (まぶらほ?) is a romantic school comedy light novel series written by Toshihiko Tsukiji,  and illustrated by Eeji Komatsu.

The series is about the story of Kazuki Shikimori, a second year student of the prestigious magic school, Aoi Academy. Unlike ordinary people who can use magic less than a hundred times and several of his classmates, who can use magic several thousand times, Kazuki can only use his magic eight times before he turns to ash. His life changes when it is revealed that Kazuki is descended from a line of world famous magicians and he has the potential to father the most powerful magician in the world. Suddenly three girls, Yuna Miyama, Kuriko Kazetsubaki and Rin Kamishiro, enter Kazuki's life in order to obtain his valuable genes.

Well, this anime resembles Mahou Sensei Negima to a certain extent. What makes it interesting is the personality of the three girls and the unexpected plot twists and turns. Yuna Miyama (one with the pink hair) is cute and faithful and overpossesive too. She wants to become Kazuki's bride (because she promised him that in childhood not because of his genes). Kuriko Kazetsubaki is from the rich Kazetsubaki who want a powerful heir and hence Kueiko is sent to obtain Kazuki's genes. She is flirty and most focused on her goal but gradually grows to like Kazuki. Rin Kamishiro is the most interesting and funniest too. She is the heir of the Kamishiro family and is sent with the same motive as Kuriko but she thinks Kazuki is so weak, that he is not worth loving and tries to kill him. But she grows to understand his strengths too and then she stops attempting to kill him. Chihaya Yamase makes an appearence late in the series, but her role is important. She is Kazuki's childhood friend who had a major crush on him.

Halfway through, the series has too many surprises. The last episode is the best, which will make you cry your heart out and laugh at the same time because the ending is so positive and funny. The happy ending (which was somewhat weird too) was really needed. I am bored of watching Japanese dramas and animes which have tragic endings.

For all of you who want a happy (and somewhat weird) ending and lots of laughs, Maburaho is perfect.



Characters-4.5
Plot-4.5
Setting-4
Animation-4.3
Graphics-4.5
Direction-4.3

Overall-4.5

Pros-Interesting characters

Cons- Some jokes/character obesssions are over-used.

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