Magical Girl Ore

Magical Girl Ore

“Love makes a girl stronger.” Saki Uno is working hard as part of the new idol unit, Magical Twin. The one she admires most is Mohiro Mikage, who’s the older brother of her idol unit partner Sakuyo, and he’s also a member of the top idol unit STAR☆PRINCE. She would be willing to do anything for him, and one day, those feelings brought on a miracle. Saki ended up turning into a magical girl when she strongly wished to protect someone… But what she turned into wasn’t exactly what she was expecting…

Wow, do I love these shows that take the magical girl genre and give it a bit of a twist. And the further that we go long, the stronger these twists become. Until it gets to the point where you begin asking yourself “Is this a twist, or are things getting twisted?”

Saki Uno is fifteen and in an unsuccessful idol due with her childhood friend Sakuyo. When she sees a thuggish guy breaking into her house, she suspects he’s part of the yakuza and rushes into protect her mom. It’s here she discovers that her mother used to be a magical girl when she was younger and the yakuza-looking guy, Kokoro, is actually a mascot-type character who wants Saki to take up her mother’s mantle and fight the cute-faced demons that are threatening the world. What Saki doesn’t realise when she takes on this duty, however, is that transforming into a magical girl means she becomes a large, muscular guy that barely fits into a pretty pink uniform.

She doesn’t have long to get over the initial surprise, because these cute monsters appear to be targeting her crush, fellow idol Mohiro. Thankfully he doesn’t recognise her, but Sakuyo and their manager see the whole thing – making keeping a low profile as a teenage gender-swapping, cross-dressing, monster-battling mahou shoujo an absolute nightmare.

But all is not lost, for it doesn’t take long for Sakuyo to discover that she can become a magical girl, too. Empowered by her love, she transforms into a hulking, dress-wearing guy with the ability to beat monsters into a pulp with just her bare hands. It would appear that Sakuyo is in fact in love with Saki, but Saki only has eyes before Sakuyo’s older brother Mohiro. To complicate things more, Mohiro looks to have developed an instant attraction to Saki’s new, bizarre form after his initial rescue. Looks like a lot of silliness and confusion is on the cards here, with just a hint of magical girl sparkle.

Everything in this story is just bonkers. From the absolutely-ripped-yet-oddly-cute evil grunts stalking the city to the fact that two teenage girls become muscular men in dresses that are succeeding more at being idols than their female identities. I put on an episode of Magical Girl Ore knowing full well that I’m not going to have much on an idea of what’s going on. And I’m totally okay with it.

Something I’m constantly trying to pinpoint at the moment is everyone’s role in this story. For instance, I’m still trying to pinpoint just who is behind all of this evil nonsense. Is it Hyoue, Mohiro’s idol partner who is keen to monopolise all of his time, or is it the suspicious idol duo Prisma, who have done nothing but watch from the shadows so far? The supporting characters don’t seem to be there for much else other than help pull the story along and provide light amusement. Magical Twin’s manager is pushing them more now that they are a cross-dressing magical girl idol duo (because he has a huge obsession with magical girls), and I’m wondering if Kokoro-chan, their yakuza-looking mascot, will have anything significant to do now that he has given Saki and Sakuyo their powers…

The visuals and production are average, but the characters are made to be aware of it and even joke about their low quality. I’m also conscious of this show upping the outrageousness ante every episode and we’re not even halfway through the episodes yet. I can’t seem to figure out if this show is a clever show aiming to be stupid or a story that’s centring around its amusing gimmicks and if something doesn’t make sense, it’s not really important.

Magical Girl Ore is a fun mix of comedy, romance and weirdness that I look forward to watching every week. It’s ridiculous and totally unpredictable and I look forward to seeing the magical girl genre to be totally turned in its head and see hilarious parodies of tropes that we know so well.