On a spring day when the cherry blossoms have started to fall, the naïve princess of a small country, Lion begins her days at a school in Hokkaido. The school houses a special facility run by ALCA that trains Logicalists who protect the peace of the world. Lion has a lot of unique classmates in Class 1-S, including Nina, a Logicalist. This is the story of the energetic and adorable days the Logicalists-in-training spend together. It’s time to Trance!
And so here it seems that I am going to get my magical girl fix for the Summer 2017 season. Hina Logic makes no apologies for the cuteness of its characters, the candy-cane colours of its world or the amount of tropes it shamelessly uses. Suffice to say that Lion is a total airhead. She’s enthusiastic, overly-trusting and friendly and has the capability to be a decent Logicalist, but it seems she requires the help of Nina and her fellow students to help achieve her dream.
My first impression of Hina Logic? A colourful, magic academy story centralised around six cute girls that like to do cute things. Oh, and they have the ability to make contracts with otherworldly spirits called foreigners that enable them to transform into magical girls. You might say that this one sounds as trope-y as hell, and you wouldn’t be far wrong. But as far as tropes go, the ones in Hina Logic are the most tolerable to my tastes. So let’s take this one for a spin.
Lion is a naive, genki girl who made a contract with an unregistered foreigner, Rosa, when she was just two years old. Whilst this is unusual, and explains her fast-track to the S-class in the academy, her academic studies are appalling. In her classes she meets distant Nina, tech-geek Mahiro, senpai Yuko and resident ojou-sama Yayoi, who is always accompanied by her bodyguards Karen and Karin. Even though their world is going through a time of peace, these girls are training to become logicalists to help harness their power so they don’t cause catastrophe if their powers become out of control.
As it’s a time of peace the threat level of foreigners is very low and as a result these girls are going about their lives rather peacefully i.e. not a great deal of fighting is going on. They’re participating in mock-battles, planning birthday surprises and occasionally doing things that venture them into mild peril. In one of these instances, Lion’s overbearing anime dad (that, startlingly enough, reminds me of All Might from My Hero Academia with his muscles, smile and booming voice) comes to the rescue, which involves him actually uppercutting a brown bear. Not sure why the four girls with superpowers couldn’t take care of the problem themselves, but whatever. The King of Liones is officially my favourite character in this anime from that one lone act.
The opening sequence and soundtrack are quite memorable. The opening uses the effects of cut-out 2D characters (literally paper cut-outs) and integrates them with 3D elements, showing Lion hopping across some roses and Nina holding some feathers. The effect is quite unique and the up-tempo, catchy beat of TRUE’s ‘BUTTERFLY EFFECTOR’ complements the style. It’s actually one of my favourite openings this season.
I feel like there’s supposed to be a bigger picture coming to fruition here – the mystery behind Nina’s presence and the teachers’ warnings to Lion about letting Rosa take over so much of her mind and body when she trances. However, I simply just haven’t seen anything. The group just seem to be having simple-minded fun, going to festivals, studying and training for tests and taking sudden trips to Lion’s home country to use her pool. Whilst this is all terribly lovely and all, just what is the point of you having superpowers if all you’re going to use them for is to track down stolen game medals at a party and wonder if you want to join ALCA, go to university or get a job during career day? We’re over halfway through the season and basically nothing has really happened. Perhaps it’s the magical girl element that has confused me into expecting something that just isn’t going to materialise, but I thought that there was going to be a little more to this one rather than just the usual ‘cute girls doing cute things’ – but just at a magical academy. Perhaps I should have given more weight to the statements of “We have entered a peaceful time” that kept being bandied about in the earlier episodes.
Hina Logic is a mildly-entertaining story following cute characters doing academic things with a sprinkling of light humour. I would recommend this one if you enjoyed Hinako Note from last season or Anne-Happy. I wouldn’t, as I did, jump into this one thinking it was magical girl-centric, as that element is only there to make these cute girls even cuter.