Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (2017) Anime Series Mini Review

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records is an anime series released in 2017 that is based on the light novel of the same name by Taro Hitsuji and illustrated by Kurone Mishima. It is released in 12 episodes, which is pretty typical of any anime series nowadays.  With its impression being that of a cliche high school setting with magic, is this a great anime that deserved your time? Read on to find out!

 

PREMISE

The basic premise is regarding the character of Glenn Radars, a happy-go-lucky teacher who is suddenly forced to be a teacher in a respected magical high school. He is initially teaching reluctantly and often creates bouts with students and other teachers. However, when a big incident happened, he became motivated to protect his students from harm. With this, and with the memories of his past, he begins to form relationships with his students and teach them the way of magic, while also preparing to risk his life for them.

 

ARTSTYLE/ANIMATION 

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The artstyle of the anime borders between detailed and cartoony. Characters are drawn with a bit more detail, especially the girls with their uniforms. In a sense, one can tell that the budget for the anime is pretty high. You can see the colourings and detail of the background are pretty extensive as well. What’s more, they are bright and the colours used are easy on the eyes. It may not be the most detailed, but I like how the artstyle accentuates the characters to make them stand out and feel unique in their environments. With that said, some of the artstyle bear similarities to other animes of similar genre, especially in the high school settings/ecchi types, so I won’t really say their artstyle is unique.

Animation wise, this anime is one of the better ones I have seen. There are plenty of actions and quick sequences of this anime, which is a surprise considering it is about magical school. The movements are smooth when needed, and also able to make the characters seem kind of alive in certain scenes. Basically, I think the budget for the animation is equally high when the director can put such quality of animation during those important action scenes.

 

Characters

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Characters themselves are pretty unique from one another and you won’t mistake one for the other. The main character, Glenn, is perhaps the simplest and most mundane looking among all of them, which is another surprise. At least the other characters have a more elaborate costume, hairstyles etc, but I’m just kind of confused they would design the main character to look so normal. Though ironically, it is precisely because he’s the simplest looking, that he actually stands out from others just because of that. Meanwhile, each character has their own personalities that complement with one another. Most of them are cliche personalities, though, like what you would expect from such anime. However, some of them stand out, especially for Glenn Radar. Some of the characters also have a dark past that belies their appearances, which I really like, as it makes me care about them more.

 

Story/Music

The story itself begins normally enough and I love the pacing at how it introduces plenty of important characters straight away in the first few episodes, and this includes the enemies’ identity. Things just move pretty fast without dragging on, which is so unlike certain anime series that love to do this. Also, this is one of the few animes where they would skip the opening and ending theme songs for more story coverage, which is so rare. However, the story progression encounters quite a serious drop-off in the later half of the episodes. For one, there are many characters being introduced at once and also with one particular enemy appearing out of nowhere without any foreshadowings. It is as if the anime series is being rushed through to cover up as much content from the light novel as possible. This makes the story a bit incomplete and nonsensical in the later half of the series, which is a disappointment.

Music wise this anime has it all! It has a great energetic opening and also fighting sequences soundtracks! I have actually dialed up the volume just during the opening and the fighting scenes just to feel the tension and awesomeness of the soundtracks, they are just better than other average animes! Really love the music and their effects of accentuating the tension of the scenes.

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Anthony L Tjandra

A photographer and videographer that aims to capture the Heart behind the moments.

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