Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara

Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara

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This story centres around Yuzuka Hanami, a young girl with a small circle of friends who loves to be helpful and do her best. Then one fateful day (as these things tend to go), she comes across a peculiar creature that goes by the name of Miton, rifling through rubbish. Upon noticing Yuzuka, Miton tells her that she may have the makings of a magical girl within her. As Yuzuka finds herself undergoing the usual extended transformation, she opens her eyes to discover that she is, in fact, just wearing a swimming costume.

imageMahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara (usually translated as ‘I’ve had enough of being a magical girl’) is based on the manga of the same name by Sui Futami that began in early 2015. It’s now been transformed into an anime-short that runs for four minutes per episode. at first we see Yuzuka busily doing the housekeeping and getting herself to school. Her dad often works long hours and she’s gotten pretty competent at looking after herself. She meets up with her friends and settles in for a normal day at school… or so she thinks. There’s a certain slice-of-life beginning that quickly sets the scene for a short and fun (and relatively straightforward) anime. The style and design of the show is simple and colourful, perfect for the genre and duration.

I’ve noticed that the magical girl genre tends to go in three different directions. Either it continues with the usual tried-and-tested methods, takes a darker turn in order to reveal the conceits and perils of having magical powers or just decides to do a parody. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara falls into this third pathway.

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When Yuzuka meets the veritable ball with wings that calls himself Miton we get some very familiar moments that are reminiscent of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. There’s something about Miton that is vaguely Kyuubei-ish (I think it’s in that small adorable face of his). He does find Yuzuka being a magical girl very amusing and goes of his way to make her uncomfortable, but Yuzuka does have her limits and, on occasion, we see her lashing out at Miton as his jibes push her over her limit! This gives their relationship the bit of balance it needs and shows that everything isn’t completely one-sided.

However, this serious pulls away quickly before the comparisons to other series’ get too lengthy and gets back into the mix of humour and serious situations that keep you watching. Due to their short durations, some anime shorts tend to keep things very lighthearted, verging on inane, but there’s a definite substance here that you can invest in, even if it’s only for a short while.

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Having said that, this seriousness disappears completely whenever Yuzuka transforms into her magical girl outfit i.e. a swimsuit. The camera angles completely change to accentuate the fanservice elements. However, Yuzuka isn’t exactly well-endowed in the usual places, which gives the whole thing humorous overtones along with the fact that it’s never actually explained as to why she transforms into a magical bikini to fight monsters.

After watching the first episode most people will get a good idea for what’s on offer with this one: light-hearted comedy and some quick-and-easy magical girl action. If you like a good anime short and enjoy the fun and frolics that the magical girl genre includes, you can pretty much sign up for this one until the end and keep coming back for the production values and decent artwork. Within its four-minute remit it goes in strong, does what it need to do to make the time fulfilling for the viewer and sets some potential plot lines up for the later episodes.

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Overall Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara is a solid anime short that provides a little amusement in a few minutes. It’s rather cute and vague on the whole but doesn’t shy away from addressed the shortcomings of what its like to live your life as a magical girl. I’m interested to see what form this one will eventually take and whether it will become somewhat of a genre parody or if it will be giving more hat-tips to famous magical girl series’ and tropes.