Saturday, January 9, 2016

Anti-Magic: The 35th Test Platoon

Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon is an anime adapted from a light novel. I'll be honest, when I first started watching this show, I wasn't expecting much. My expectations for this anime was, "harem magical high school," and nothing more. Now, while I did get a harem magical high school, this anime still managed to surprise me.

The first thing about this show is that this anime has some surprising depth. First off, the main character is quite a bit more assertive than the average harem hero, yet he still maintains enough harem protagonist tropes that he works well as a buffer for the girls in his harem - sorry, I meant, for the girls in his squad. The girls also have a bit more depth than the average harem female. Granted, each and every one of them has the cliche'd "dark past" trope, but considering the unforgivable world they live in, I can forgive that. While this anime is filled with what I would consider standard stereotypes, the characters have enough personality and backstory that I'm not as hard on this as I would be on other anime.

Like a lot of anime, this one mixes "dark" themes with humor and fanservice. While some anime fail at finding the proper balance between these three genres, Anti-Magic Academy does a decent enough job that I'm not put off when I see something funny or fanservice-y in an anime that also has people being violently killed. While there were no "laugh out loud" or "snort milk from your nose" moments, it was funny enough that I could appreciate the humor, and it was serious enough that I didn't grow bored with it. While I wouldn't rate this series very high on my list of "anime you need to watch," I do think this is series does well with the tropes it uses and presents an entertaining series for people who are into this genre.

Artwork: 9/10
Animation: 9/10
Sound: 10/10
Characters: 6/10
Story: 6/10
Personal Enjoyment: 6/10
Total: 7.6/10