Magimoji Rurumo

Magimoji Rurumo

IMG_0957.PNGKouta Shibaki has been branded as the most perverted boy at his high school, and girls are always wary of what perverted mischief he’s getting up to (and so is his mom). One day he finds a book on how to summon witches and decides to try it out on a whim. Turns out that the book is actually authentic, and an apprentice witch named Rurumo materialises and offers to grant him a wish at a great cost – his soul. Fortunately, Kouta helps Rurumo and in return she refuses to take his soul. For this, Rurumo receives a harsh punishment from her witch elders: she must now give Shibaki 666 magic tickets for him to use before she can become a witch again. But there’s a catch – each time Kouta uses a magic ticket, it shortens his life. After the last ticket has gone, he will die. Now Kouta faces a choice: make his wishes and help Rurumo become a witch again or resist the temptation and try to save his own life.

IMG_0958.PNGI thought there was a really interesting concept at work here, and I was expecting good things because I have seen some of Wataru Watanabe’s work. There is something in the way that the characters are drawn and the way they act, particularly in this anime, that conveys a strange-yet-effective sense of realism in a fantastical slapstick comedy anime.

It has to be said, the plot on and episode-to-episode basis isn’t anything to write home about – usually just scenes of situational comedy that includes some anime classics like cat-girls and hot springs, but in the long term, the relationships between the main characters develop into something really compelling and charming.

IMG_0955.PNGIn particular, the chemistry between Kouta and Rurumo is an absolute winner. With him being a typical adolescent girl-crazy schoolboy and her being a rather stoic young girl with a deadpan expression and naivety about the world, it’s something I wouldn’t imagine working incredibly well – but it does. They work funny/straight man combo and pull off the air of a great comic anime duo. Having said that, there are also some genuinely sweet moments that never seem to be overly sentimental or pretentious – perhaps because there is the perfect amount of innocence thrown into the mixture.

IMG_0959.PNGIt’s not the most ambitious show in the Summer 2014 line-up by any stretch of the imagination, and this might be why this is one of the shows that has flown under the radar for the most part, but on the whole I can’t really pinpoint anything in this anime that was particularly bad. The themes addressed aren’t exactly mould-breaking, but the overall approach is honest and innocent and it’s refreshing to watch.

Funny and heartwarming in turns, Majimoji Rurumo is an easy-watch anime which had me looking forward to each episode every week. To round everything off, there is a good supporting cast that all have their own personalities and back story.

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Kouta’s mom is one of my particular favourites. She has a very scary stare when she gets suspicious!